WELCOME TO THE 2019 EDITION OF EUROPE ON TRACK
At Rail Europe, we take pride in being in service to travellers for over 80 years, and this brochure is just one of the many tools we make available to our travel partners.
What was a modest beginning selling train tickets to the South of France led to our becoming a leading Global distributor of train tickets and rail passes throughout Europe and we look forward to many more years ahead. What makes us unique is our commitment to customer service. We have localized representation on 6 of the 7 continents and are in place to provide support from planning, to booking, to providing help securing a refund, and any other rail related need in between. Our team of representatives are available to conduct business in your local language and currency! Rail Europe is committed to being there for you, helping turn dreams into reality, and making sure our customers have a stress-free experience from start to finish.
WHY TRAVEL BY TRAIN?
Whether for the efficiency of high speed, the abundant comfort, the scenery, or the attractive prices, travelling by train is a unique experience. If you haven’t decided how to travel for your next trip, we’ve put together five compelling reasons to choose the train.
City-centre to city-centre. Train stations are located in city centres, so you can begin exploring easily. Avoid endless lines at airports or the stress of driving in a different country.
Comfort. Trains provide comfort with spacious seating, ample legroom, and designated areas for luggage.
Be green. Trains are an eco-friendly, low impact form of travel. And high-speed trains are 3 times more energy efficient than regional trains.
Unique experience. Enjoy diverse experiences; watch rolling landscapes pass by, stretch your legs as you walk through the train, and chat with locals and other travellers.
Save money. Our broad product range of rail passes and train tickets fit the needs and budgets of all travellers: adult, senior, youth, child, groups, and families.
ABOUT TRAVELLING BY TRAIN
Now that you know the benefits of train travel, these are answers to the questions we are asked most often. Should you have a question that is not answered here, contact your trusted Travel Advisor for more information.
A train ticket is a travel document issued for travel between two known destinations. Choose from two types:
Open ticket :
– Valid for travel on a specific route within a set period of time
– No seat is guaranteed
– Valid from one city to another
Global ticket :
– Valid for travel on a specific route for a specific date and time
– Mandatory reservations are included
– Valid from one city to another
TYPES OF TICKETS
Depending on the train operator, your train tickets will either be delivered to you in paper form or electronically via email.
Paper ticket :
– Conventional paper travel document : A paper ticket is mailed to your home.
– Print at Home travel document : A PDF of the ticket is emailed to you and must be printed before arriving at the station. Once printed, your ticket is valid for travel.
– Print at Station travel document : An e-ticket confirmation code is emailed to you. To retrieve your tickets, enter this code at a self-service ticket kiosk in the station. You must retrieve your ticket prior to boarding.
WHAT IS A RAIL PASS?
A rail pass allows unlimited travel on the national rail network(s) of the country(ies) it covers. Passes are usually the best value if your itinerary includes three or more journeys and they allow you to choose when you travel within a set period of time and they often come with bonuses. Look for reduced or free fares on ferries, cruises, private trains, hotels, museums, and other attractions—plus local discounts. There is a wide range of passes from the Eurail Global Pass, covering 31 countries, to passes, like the Swiss Travel Pass or the BritRail pass covering only one country. Travelling with a rail pass is like travelling with a great companion who helps you keep your budget on track.
WHAT’S AT THE STATION?
Each station is unique, picturesque, and has its own distinct architecture; take time to look around before you get on the train. Most stations offer services such as currency exchanges, shops, information desks, restrooms, restaurants, and more. Unwind at Europe’s longest champagne bar at London’s St Pancras station. Enjoy high-end fashionista shopping at Milan Centrale. How about a little art infusion at Madrid’s Puerta de Atocha train station, home to a permanent sculpture display? You’ll also find that many of Europe’s train stations are hubs for other transportation like local buses and subways, or airport transfers.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LUGGAGE?
Take only what you can easily manage yourself. Storage compartments are available on all trains and are most often located at the end of each carriage and/or above the seats. Please label your luggage to avoid mix-ups and note that some major train stations do have luggage storage lockers or storage room services. For groups of 10 or more, luggage handling is available for advance purchase on select trains.
TYPES OF TRAINS
There are a wide variety of trains are available for travel throughout Europe. Whether you are travelling a short distance on a local train, flying through the beautiful countryside at 200 mph/322 km/h on a high-speed train, enjoying breath-taking vistas on a scenic train, or taking an overnight ‘hotel-on-wheels’, you will experience the very best in efficiency and comfort, and the freedom to enjoy a truly unique journey.
Offer a wide range of schedules and destinations, and several class of service options. Many Intercity and Express trains, as well as most high-speed trains require reservations be made in advance.
Allow you to cover long distances while saving time and money on hotels. Arrive the next day in the city centre rested and ready for sightseeing. Night trains can be found in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and more.
POPULAR TRAINS AND TICKETING
Enjoy extraordinary comfort, amenities, and efficiency as you’re whisked from city-centre to city-centre on board the most popular high-speed trains like AVE, Eurostar, Frecciarossa, ICE, Italo, Thalys, and more. High speed train tickets include reserved seats and offer discounted rates to rail pass holders. E-tickets are available on all of the high-speed trains featured here either as Print at Home or Print at Station*.
OLYMPIC CITIES OF EUROPE
Whether this is your first trip to Europe, or you’re a seasoned traveller looking for something different, you share the same purpose—you want to make the trip your own, and you want it to be memorable. On the train, and off, we can help you turn dreams into reality.
If you need an idea for where to start, check out our Olympic Cities itinerary that takes you to 15 cities in 9 European countries. A Eurail Global Pass covers all the countries in this itinerary and offers you the most flexibility. But you can also break it down into smaller trips that fit your travel schedule.
Eurail has now made it easier for travellers to see more of Europe for less. Visit a total of 31 countries with a Eurail Global Pass, or choose from one of the 25 Eurail One Country Passes.
EURAIL GLOBAL PASS
Included countries in the Global Pass: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain NEW, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania NEW, Luxembourg, Macedonia NEW, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.
EURAIL ONE COUNTRY PASSES
When you’re exploring just one European country, choose where you want to explore and seek out the hidden gems in any one of these 25 countries.
FAVOURITE ONE COUNTRY PASSES
France conjures up images of rolling vineyards, gourmet food, and incomparable art. Watch the landscape change from your window and relax as the train transports you through the magic of France. The French rail network is yours with the Eurail France Pass. With extensive train travel and 3,000 railway stations, you can go almost everywhere—from chic cities to the countryside and around to the vineyards. See page 9 for Eurail One Country booking and validity guidance.
Eurail France Pass will get you there with a choice of 1 to 8 days of train travel within a one-month period.
All trains reach out to Spain’s great cities from magnificent Madrid, the country’s geographical and cultural centre. For train travel in Spain you have the option of a Eurail Spain Pass (details on page 9) or the RENFE Spain Pass, a unique e-pass.
Italy is filled with classical delights and is home to some of the most magnificent works of art in the world. There is no greater experience, or more beautiful sight, than arriving in Venice by train, exiting the station and seeing the Grand Canal before your eyes. With nearly 10,000 miles of rail, and over 7,000 trains running daily, a Eurail Italy Pass valid on the Trenitalia trains puts you on the right track to enjoy it all. See page 9 for Eurail One Country booking and validity guidance.
Enjoy extensive train travel on the national rail networks of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden; four countries with a One Country pass. Now that is beautiful! Discover countries where storybooks are written, and fairytale endings are recorded for posterity. With a Eurail Scandinavia Pass, hit the tracks and create your own amazing journey by train wherever you want to go, including ferries. See page 9 for Eurail One Country booking and validity guidance.
Itinerary : Europe_On_Track_2019.pdf