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Booking European train tickets
Schedules and information for trains in Spain, Italy and France
Travelling by train in Europe is an increasingly popular way to get around. It's greener than flying around, quite often quicker than getting to the airport and then catching a flight, less stressful than hiring and driving a car and a great way to see landscapes that you would never usually notice. Plus with the popular interrail holidays it makes perfect sense to put all the most popular destinations to travel by train in one place.
European train fares, companies and ticket types
How do I buy train tickets in Spain? Almost all types of trains in Spain require passengers to prebook their tickets as most have compulsory seat reservations. Reservation booking usually opens between 60 and 90 days ahead of the departure date, although this can sometimes vary.
Are there different train fares? Yes - Flexible fares are refundable and changeable and you can book this ticket type on the day of travel, seat availability permitting.
Promo fares do not allow for refunds or changes and you cannot chose your own seat.
Promo+ fares allow you to pick your own seat and have a more flexible refund and changes policy than the basic Promo fare, but is still limited.
Is it easy to book tickets if you don't speak the language? Yes, it's simple to book Spanish train tickets online. If you use GoEuro there is also an English speaking customer service.
For more in-depth information about trains in Spain, click here.
Trenitalia and Italo
How do I buy train tickets in Italy? Buying train tickets in Italy is easy. For regional trains you don't have to prebook, just show up at the station and use one of the ticket machines and off you go. Long distance train tickets need to be booked in advance although seats rarely sell out, so buying a day or two before is usually fine, but much more expensive than booking in advance.
Is it easy to book tickets if you don't speak the language? Yes, just go to the station and use the fast ticket machines in English.
For more in-depth information about trains in Italy, click here.
How do I buy train tickets in Germany? To book train tickets in Germany you should buy in advance for the best deals, but this isn't compulsory for most trains. If passengers are travelling long distance then you'll need to book a seat in advance, booking for these trains opens about 90 days in advance. If you're booking a regional train you can add a seat to your reservation as an optional extra for about 5 Euros.
Are there different fare types? Yes - Flexpreis fares can be bought in advance or on the day of travel and are refundable and changeable.
Saver fares save customers money but can only be used on specific trains at a certain time and date. These tickets are refundable and changeable before departure for a fee. Saver tickets usually sell out fairly quickly.
Children under the age of 6 travel for free on German trains.
For more in-depth information about trains in Germany, click here.
How do I buy train tickets in France? Travellers will only need to book their train tickets in advance for long distance journeys as these all have compulsory seat reservations. The price of these tickets is not fixed and fluctuate similar to air fares, so to get the cheapest tickets it's wise to book as far in advance as possible. Customers can usually book a ticket from around 92 days ahead of the departure date.
Are there different train fares? Yes - Pro fares are flexible, refundable and changeable but only valid at a specific time and date.
Loisir fares are a little less flexible with more limited refunds and changes available, these are also only valid on the specific train booked.
Prems fares are the cheaper tickets but are not valid for any changes or refunds. They are also only available for the specific train booked. These are best booked as far as 3 months in advance if possible.
There are also group tickets for up to seven people, so if travelling with friends it can work out significantly cheaper to buy a group ticket.
Is it easy to book tickets if you don't speak the language? Yes, if you're booking a long distance train then everything can be done online, if you're booking a regional train and are booking at the station you can use the ticket machines and change the language to English.
For more in-depth information about trains in France, click here.
Cheap European train tickets; saving money and the planet
Reduce your carbon footprint and save some time and pennies with these popular train jouneys in Europe.
We've worked out the most popular routes across Europe are the most eco-friendly by calculating the amount of carbon emissions that can be saved if you travel by train instead of flying to your destination. These 15 routes are some of the most popular in Europe, so if you're looking for a short break this spring time, these destinations are both better for the environment and will get you to your destination faster.
Interestingly, one of the most popular journeys in the UK - London to Manchester - is more than an hour shorter on the train in comparison to travelling by plane, as well as saving 110kg in carbon emissions.
GoEuro’s research was conducted by considering travel time from the city center to the airport and back using public transport, check-in times recommended from each airport, and the duration of the flight itself.
Ecopassenger then compared the average load factor of the rail journey with typical planes for EU flights, the average passenger capacity of each route, and the CO² emissions as well as energy consumption for each route.
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¹ Liter fuel energy equivalent and energy consumed in the production and distribution of electricity/fuel
Source: Fuel and Carbon dioxide consumption are taken from Ecopassenger
Travel times for trains and flights were taken and compared from GoEuro data on 26/04/2017
Scenic European train routes
Europe is blessed with an extremely comprehensive rail network, meaning exploring the continent by train is as simple as it gets. Whats more is given the history of these train tracks, they often pass through extremely beautiful landscapes in the Alps or directly through forests. Why not kill two birds with one stone and witness the beautiful European scenery without having to step off the train? Below are just some of the highlights.
Other train routes across Europe
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