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Train Tickets: Britain to Continental Europe

Train Tickets: Britain to Continental Europe

One of the questions we are often asked is “where do you recommend buying train tickets for journeys from Britain to the Continent?” The good news is that there are many vendors with which we have had very positive experiences in buying tickets (single or return) for journeys that originate in Great Britain. And our » Read more

Eurostar Sale: 39 euro tickets from Paris – London, for late 2012 travel

Eurostar Sale: 39 euro tickets from Paris – London, for late 2012 travel

Planning to speed through the Channel tunnel this fall or winter? Well, Cheapos, take note: Eurostar, the high-speed train connecting London, Paris and Brussels, has announced a Fall/Winter 2012 sale with second-class seats going for €39.50, one way. The deal * Travel between September 20 and December 19, 2012. * Book your seats before September 21, » Read more

Switzerland by Rail: 2-for-1 deals on the Swiss Pass

Switzerland by Rail: 2-for-1 deals on the Swiss Pass

The summer ends all too abruptly, as folk rediscover their workaday routines. But for those able to stretch their travels on into September and beyond, late summer and fall offer some great bargains. Switzerland tops our list for post-season exploration. The crowds of high summer have gone, the vineyards of Lavaux are laden with grapes, » Read more

Slow Down to Make the Most of a Eurail Pass

Slow Down to Make the Most of a Eurail Pass

“I really had to cover a lot of miles to make sure I got good value from my Eurail pass.” We’ve heard comments like that often, and you surely have, too. It is a refrain uttered by folk as they return home from a manic dash around Europe, sometimes even covering seven capitals in as » Read more

European Rail Connections for Summer 2012: An overview of seasonal rail links

European Rail Connections for Summer 2012: An overview of seasonal rail links

It’s that time of year when, with the onset of summer, Europe’s rail schedules are amended to reflect holiday travel patterns. The exact dates when new services kick in vary by country, but here’s a flavor of what’s on offer for 2012. Summer means vacation and many European rail operators run holiday specials to coasts » Read more

Happy Birthday InterRail: 40 years of travel adventure

Happy Birthday InterRail: 40 years of travel adventure

The European Commission, the Strasbourg Parliament and the Council of Europe have all done their bit to help shape Europeans’ perceptions of their shared continent. But, for many Europeans of a certain age, it was an innovation in rail ticketing 40 years ago this summer that did more than any institution to forge their views » Read more

Germany by Rail: The 2012 Deutschland Pass

Germany by Rail: The 2012 Deutschland Pass

Okay, let’s say you’ve made the decision to go for a rail pass. Of course there are times when a pass makes total sense. It may be that you really are making a lot of journeys, or perhaps you just want to relish the freedom to roam at will. Here’s how to get the most » Read more

Summer 2012 Rail Services in Europe

Summer 2012 Rail Services in Europe

In mid-December each year most of Europe’s rail and bus companies revamp their schedules, but many also do some mid-year tweaking of their timetables. So here’s what is in store for the upcoming summer period. The new summer schedules will feature in the June 2012 edition of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable, which is » Read more

Rural Rail Diversions: Choosing slow alternatives to fast trains

Rural Rail Diversions: Choosing slow alternatives to fast trains

“What’s the best way from X to Y?” It is a query we’ve read a thousand times here on EuroCheapo, and it comes in various guises on hundreds of other travel forums: from Fodor’s to Frommer’s, from BootsnAll to the Thorn Tree. For those who pose such questions “best” probably equates “cheapest” or “fastest.” But » Read more

The Train in Spain: Essential information about trains and fares

The Train in Spain: Essential information about trains and fares

Regina Bryan’s interesting article here on EuroCheapo last month sparked a discussion on rail fares in Spain. So we thought a few thoughts on Spanish rail travel might be in order. The hop-on-at-will culture that prevails in many European countries when it comes to long-distance rail travel simply does not apply in Spain. All long-distance » Read more

The Night Train from Madrid to Paris: The Elipsos experience

The Night Train from Madrid to Paris: The Elipsos experience

Madrid Chamartín station has little of the appeal or the convenience of the Spanish capital’s main rail hub at Atocha. Located near the city center, Atocha is extravagant and exuberant. The classic art nouveau train shed, now a superb indoor tropical garden, stands cheek by jowl with architect Rafael Moneo’s assertive late-20th century new add-on » Read more

Taking the Train: Berlin to Cádiz in five days

Taking the Train: Berlin to Cádiz in five days

We could so easily have opted for the plane, taking a direct flight from Berlin to Málaga and then traveling onward to Cádiz by bus. And it would have taken 12 hours door-to-door. That would have been too simple. Why pass on a chance to catch a glimpse of parts of Europe that we had » Read more

The AVE Train from Barcelona to Madrid: Better than flying?

The AVE Train from Barcelona to Madrid: Better than flying?

AVE is Spain’s fastest, slickest and most modern train. Those who want to travel in style and comfort take Ave and pay, for the most part, a pretty penny to do so. With so many cheapo flights around Europe these days (Vueling, Ryanair, easyJet, etc.) normal train travel is often the second choice for those » Read more

Crossing the Alps by Train: Three rail routes from Switzerland to Italy

Crossing the Alps by Train: Three rail routes from Switzerland to Italy

“I want to see the Alps by train, so I’ve the booked a ride south from Berne into Italy,” said Margot. We didn’t have the heart to tell her that a big chunk of the 90-minute run from the Swiss capital south to Domodossola in Italy is through tunnels. Of course, there is a lot » Read more

When Rail Journeys are Disrupted: Meet the Railteam Alliance

When Rail Journeys are Disrupted: Meet the Railteam Alliance

The great majority of our many rail journeys across Europe work perfectly. Most trains really do arrive punctually. But from time to time Europe’s railways do have bad days, particularly when bad weather rolls in and plays havoc with schedules. When winter strikes In three of the last five winters, we have had at least » Read more

European Rail Services: Big changes in Greece

European Rail Services: Big changes in Greece

Cast back to just 18 months ago, and the departure boards at Thessaloniki railway station were rather interesting. The city boasted direct train services to ten different European countries. In those days, one could hop aboard a train in Thessaloniki and travel, without once having to change trains, to distant Prague and even-further-distant Moscow. No » Read more

No Trains to Greece… and Other Tales of Rail Woe

No Trains to Greece… and Other Tales of Rail Woe

Back in fall 2010, we highlighted some of the key missing links in Europe’s rail network. These are those frustrating gaps, where even the most dedicated rail traveller must switch to a bus: Poprad (Slovakia) to Zakopane (Poland), or the hop south from Narvik in Norway to reach the rail route south to Trondheim at » Read more

Eurostar Links: Beyond Paris and Brussels

Eurostar Links: Beyond Paris and Brussels

Eurostar’s flagship services linking London’s magnificent St Pancras station with Paris and Brussels have been an overwhelming success, transforming London’s relationship with two close continental capitals. So much well-justified praise is heaped on Eurostar’s capital city links that it is easy to overlook that the rail service through the Channel Tunnel is good for more » Read more

European Train Schedules: New trains for 2012

European Train Schedules: New trains for 2012

Europe’s new rail schedules come into effect on Sunday December 11, 2011. And these new schedules will, for the most part, apply through December 2012. The latest monthly edition (dated December 2011) of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable has just landed on our desks, and we’ve been taking a peek at what rail travelers » Read more

Train Travel in Europe: The substitute bus

Train Travel in Europe: The substitute bus

Rail travelers through Germany who have no great aptitude for languages usually manage to pick up the bare essentials after a few days. Among those essentials is the marvelously Germanic compound tongue-twister Schienenersatzverkehr (“SEV” for short). It’s not a word you’ll want to use a lot. And it’s not a word you’ll want to hear too » Read more

Capital Connections: New links in high-speed rail networks

Capital Connections: New links in high-speed rail networks

Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries, editors of the book Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide for Independent Travellers, explain how new high-speed rail services are transforming the relations between capitals and the provinces in France, Sweden and Turkey. Turkish delight In the Turkish city of Konya, the acronym “YHK” has been much talked about this » Read more

Europe Rail Update – Fall 2011: Moscow to Paris rumors

Europe Rail Update – Fall 2011: Moscow to Paris rumors

European rail operators revise their schedules from time to time, most frequently to reflect changing patterns of demand, to serve new routes or to react to new competition. Let’s take a look at what might be in the offing with the next major round of scheduled changes in December 2011. The new timetables come into » Read more

FLASH: France: TGV summer sale, first-class fares €35

FLASH: France: TGV summer sale, first-class fares €35

Traveling in France this summer and still haven’t purchased your train tickets? You could be in luck–France’s high-speed rail service, the TGV, today announced €35 fares all over France for July and August 2011 travel. This is a huge opportunity to save on many very popular routes, including those into and out of Paris, Avignon, » Read more

European Rail Update: Summer 2011

European Rail Update: Summer 2011

The June issue of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable is something of a publishing milestone, being the 1,500th edition since the book was first published in 1873. Ideal reading, we would say, for canny Cheapos looking to plan complex itineraries around Europe by train this summer. The book lists train, bus and ferry schedules » Read more

5 daytime rail journeys to consider in Europe

5 daytime rail journeys to consider in Europe

March is the month when many Europeans crawl out from their winter shells and start exploring. And with spring beckoning, we have come up with a handful of easy daytime rail journeys that just clamor to be taken. There is something seductive about climbing onto a comfortable train just after breakfast, knowing that all you » Read more