WELCOME TO THE 2020 EDITION OF EUROPE ON TRACK
At Rail Europe, we take pride in being of service to travellers for over 80 years, and this brochure is just one of the many tools we make available to our travel partners.
Europe’s historic train network is world famous and, with people opting for low carbon transport nowadays, it is also becoming the first choice for many travellers. As the leading European distributor of train tickets and rail passes, we are proud to enable travel adventures across more than 30 countries, 25,000 destinations, and 11,000 different routes. Trains that take you across the Alps, under the English Channel, to islands and highlands, national parks or historic urban ones. Journey to exquisite coasts such as Amalfi or the French Riviera, but also through time to great UNESCO sites such as Stonehenge or the Sagrada Família, Venice or Vienna. Rail Europe has experienced teams around the world to support travellers with planning, booking and aftersales. Book with Rail Europe to ensure that both the journey and the planning experience exceed expectations.
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
HOW TICKETS ARE ISSUED
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, destinations, and service options. Many Intercity and Express trains, as well as most high-speed trains require advance reservations.
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*.
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 and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain
Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
EURAIL ONE COUNTRY PASSES
If you want to explore just one European country, choose from one of the following One Country Passes: Austria, Benelux*, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France*, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scandinavia*, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey
FAVOURITE ONE COUNTRY PASSES
France’s heritage is hailed as one of the most eclectic in the world, be it natural or cultural. From the Alps to the Ardèche, Paris to Provence, France is one of Europe’s most visited countries for good reason. Taking it all in by train is by far the best way, with a superb network of high-speed trains transporting you from Paris to the north, south, east and west. Each compass point offering cities with superb architecture, world-famous galleries and landscapes which are undeniably French. The French rail network is yours with the Eurail France Pass or see page 12 for Eurail One Country booking and validity guidance.
Eurail France Pass is available with a choice of 1 to 8 days of train travel within a one-month period.
Enjoy extensive train travel on the national rail networks of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden; four countries with a Eurail Scandinavia Pass, which also includes many ferry
crossings. From Norway’s fjords to Sweden’s lakes and archipelagos, you can explore some of northern Europe’s wildest landscapes. See page 12 for Eurail One Country booking and validity guidance.
Itinerary : Europe_On_Track_2020.pdf