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€10 tickets now on sale for high-speed rail trips in France this summer on Ouigo!

€10 tickets now on sale for high-speed rail trips in France this summer on Ouigo!

It’s the moment cheapo French rail travelers have been waiting for. Tickets have just gone on sale for summer 2014 travel on Ouigo, the low-cost high-speed train service that operates between suburban Paris and eight destinations in southeastern France. Tickets are on sale now for travel between July 6 and December 9, 2014. And these » Read more

Europe’s rail network: 10 new services across the continent

Europe’s rail network: 10 new services across the continent

Having a copy of the new European Rail Timetable this week is like seeing an old friend again. We reported last week on the happy renaissance of this most valuable resource for European rail travelers and we’ve just been combing the tables to identify the headline changes in international rail services for summer 2014. The » Read more

European Rail Timetable: Relaunching an essential train publication

European Rail Timetable: Relaunching an essential train publication

The decision last summer of the global travel business Thomas Cook to discontinue publication of its celebrated European Rail Timetable after 140 years was a mighty blow to rail travelers across Europe. However web-wise and connected a traveler may be, there is simply no substitute for a good printed timetable in revealing the overall pattern » Read more

Lost Links: European night train changes for 2014

Lost Links: European night train changes for 2014

New rail timetables came into effect across much of Europe this month. The new schedules will apply through late 2014. This recasting of the pattern of train services is an annual event, one that invariably leads to winners and losers. In this article, we note the passing of a number of direct overnight rail services. » Read more

Cheapo tips for first-class upgrades on British Rail

Cheapo tips for first-class upgrades on British Rail

Finding your way around Britain’s famously complicated maze of rail tariffs isn’t easy—and the challenge is all the greater for visitors with only a hazy knowledge of the various rail operators and the multiplicity of permitted routes between any two cities. But for those in the know, there are some superb deals to be found. » Read more

New Paris to Barcelona high-speed train launches with €59 fares

New Paris to Barcelona high-speed train launches with €59 fares

Strolling through St Pancras station in London,  jumping on a Eurostar train and ending up in Paris just a few hours later has quickly become a common luxury for travelers between the UK and France. Well get ready rail fans, because an enticing new high-speed route is about to launch in two of our favorite » Read more

How to find cheap tickets on France’s high-speed trains

How to find cheap tickets on France’s high-speed trains

Planning to take the high-speed train in France anytime soon? Take a moment to understand which trains are available for your journey, and book those tickets as early as possible in order to snag the best deal. The importance of booking in advance was underscored to us yesterday when we received an email from the » Read more

Save on Saturday train travel in Germany with Samstags-Tickets

Save on Saturday train travel in Germany with Samstags-Tickets

If you can plan your long-distance travel within Germany for a Saturday, Deutsche Bahn has a new special for you. Marketed for “shopping excursions,” the ticket starts at €49 for one person (for a roundtrip); add just €10 per person for up to four more people (€89 for five passengers means each person pays just » Read more

Back on Track: Europe’s principal east-west rail route restored today

Back on Track: Europe’s principal east-west rail route restored today

Remember the floods? Perhaps you do. Perhaps not. It was five months ago that Europe’s principal east-west rail route was cut by flooding. We reported in June on the flooding and the havoc it created for travelers. In an article here on EuroCheapo in July we speculated that full services on the main line from » Read more

Night Train Travel: A guide to snoozing across Europe by train

Night Train Travel: A guide to snoozing across Europe by train

With summer slipping slowly into fall, our thoughts turn to night trains. For many journeys across Europe, night trains make perfect sense — and as the evenings draw in, there is more good cause to hop aboard a train and snooze one’s way across Europe. Do note a common misunderstanding. Just because a train styles » Read more

Paris to Brussels and Beyond: Essential Thalys

Paris to Brussels and Beyond: Essential Thalys

In Belgium, Thalys is one of the strongest rail brands. With their bold red styling and chic contours, Thalys trains make a very visible addition to the national railscape. But Thalys also serves three other countries: the Netherlands, France and Germany. Thalys is one of those quintessential European brands — very grounded and yet very » Read more

Changes to Summer Train Service After the Floods

Changes to Summer Train Service After the Floods

We reported early last month on how flooding across Europe was playing havoc with rail services. The flood waters may have receded, but the legacy of the deluge continues to affect travel across the continent. High summer on Europe’s railways The coming six weeks represent the peak summer vacation period across most of Europe. Here’s » Read more

Flood Alert: Train cancellations in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and beyond

Flood Alert: Train cancellations in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and beyond

Heavy rains over the hills of central Europe are playing havoc with train schedules this week. Many lines are closed, in some cases with little by way of substitute road services. The area of heavy early-summer rainfall extends from central Switzerland (in the west) to western Slovakia (in the east). The north-south extent is from » Read more

Prague to Berlin: A train ride worth taking

Prague to Berlin: A train ride worth taking

There are some journeys worth making for their own sake. And others which merely bridge an essential gap from A to B. Many rail journeys to Berlin from nearby European capitals are often seen by seasoned travelers as more in the latter category. There is little by way of dramatic scenery in the region. Travelers » Read more

London to Paris on Eurostar: Pure cinema

London to Paris on Eurostar: Pure cinema

It is no surprise that, when Eurostar started operations, it immediately became the preferred option for business and leisure travelers heading from London to Paris. Almost 20 years later, the airlines cling to a small residual share of the market between the two capitals — flights are nowadays favored mainly by travelers who are making » Read more

Terminal Retreats: Railway station lounges

Terminal Retreats: Railway station lounges

Eurostar may be utterly modern but in its lounge for premium clients at Brussels Midi station, Eurostar strikes a nicely retro note. This is a marvelous stylish space, the perfect spot to relax prior to boarding the train to London. Yes, railway stations have departure lounges too. The chance to relax in seclusion is not » Read more

By Rail through the Balkans in 2013

By Rail through the Balkans in 2013

If you are planning travels through the Balkan region this summer, it is worth bearing in mind that the pattern of rail services has changed radically over recent months. And the changes are not generally for the good. Croatia is gearing up to join the European Union this summer and rather perversely celebrates its accession » Read more

Train Connections: Europe’s Best and Europe’s Worst

Train Connections: Europe’s Best and Europe’s Worst

Train stations are just like airports. Some are great spots for making connections, others make that change of train (or plane) rather less memorable. Change trains in Cologne and, even with just a dozen minutes between trains, you have a strong sense of having experienced something of Cologne. The German city’s landmark cathedral towers over » Read more

Eurostar Expands its Network: London to Aix-en-Provence from £109 return

Eurostar Expands its Network: London to Aix-en-Provence from £109 return

Eurostar is the slick train service that has for almost 20 years provided a reliable high-speed link between London and two capital cities on the continent: Paris and Brussels. Fair fares and high speed With adult return fares from London to Brussels and Paris currently available from £59 return, budget-conscious British travelers are well aware » Read more

3 Rail Tips for 2013: Consider regional passes, return tickets and stopovers

3 Rail Tips for 2013: Consider regional passes, return tickets and stopovers

Like us, you are probably already planning rail trips for 2013. Our New Year resolutions are to remember the slow train (always much more fun than the high-speed services) and give time to those smaller communities through which we have so often passed but which we have never taken time to explore. Europe at speed » Read more

How to find and book slower trains in Europe

How to find and book slower trains in Europe

We’ve already published many articles on the subject of booking train tickets in Europe, most of them by our go-to rail experts, the team at hidden europe magazine. I was reminded of their advice earlier this week when trying to find (and book) train tickets from Avignon, in the south of France, to Florence, Italy » Read more

High-speed in Russia: Trains from St. Petersburg to Moscow, Helsinki and more

High-speed in Russia: Trains from St. Petersburg to Moscow, Helsinki and more

A huge snowstorm left traffic stranded on Russian freeways late last week, with blizzard conditions and heavy drifting snow continuing to inflict misery over the weekend. Worst hit was the main M-10 highway linking Moscow with St. Petersburg. Yet the trains, by and large, continued to run on time. Tackling the Russian winter The Russian » Read more

European Rail Connections: Headline changes in December 2012

European Rail Connections: Headline changes in December 2012

The latest issue of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable is published today. Just for the record it is the 1,519th edition of the book. Can you imagine that? Surely no other volume in the history of publishing has gone to 1,519 editions. Not all editions are equal. We happen to particularly rate the December » Read more

French Connections: New train services from December 2012

French Connections: New train services from December 2012

Strasbourg to Moscow! How does that sound? Or Nice to Milan? Last week here on EuroCheapo, we gave the low-down on when tickets will be available for booking trains in the new schedules that kick in on December 9. Let’s just take a moment to review some new services that will feature in the 2013 » Read more

Christmas and New Year Train Trips: When to book your tickets

Christmas and New Year Train Trips: When to book your tickets

For travelers well used to booking their European rail tickets months in advance, this time of the year can be frustrating. Following the general precept that many train tickets can be booked three months in advance, you’d have every reason to expect that tickets for Christmas and early January are just now becoming available. New » Read more