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Our Pick Of Other Websites

Our mission at ShowTheJourney is inspire people to take new journeys by train (for now), by letting you see how fabulous and or easy it will be.


But we’re obviously far from being the only online resource to provide assistance and insights to journey takers.

However, as part of our mission to be helpful, we thought a list of other relevant websites, apps and resources for journey planning would be worth producing.

If you think we’re missing any service that you’ve found useful, then drop our founder Simon an email and we’ll be happy to add any we feel meet the criteria.


1 - JOURNEY PLANNING:

Seat 61 - On our quest to be mobile-friendly we often summarise, but if you want more detail, step-by-step guides and info for train travel in countries we've yet to cover, then this fantastic resource will be worth all the time you can give to it.

DB Navigator - If you know when you want to make a train journey in Europe, then this app from Germany's national rail operator will show you the route options - it's particularly useful for planning journeys which require connections.

Though be aware that it does tend to focus on the fastest end-to-end journey times, so some of the connections it includes between trains can be tightly timed - it will assume that all the trains it suggests will arrive and depart on time.

European Rail Timetable - Despite this age of digital travel, we don't embark on our train journey itineraries without one of these timetable books. When you can't get on to wi-fi, or your batteries have died, they prove their worth time and time again.

And their new digital editions can be a second-to-none journey planning resource, particularly if you want to follow more obscure routes.

Intrepid Travel - We love its 'Tips & Hacks for European train travel, there's some great advice here.

OnTheLuce - Five great routes to follow if you can only dedicate one week to seeing Europe by train.

DivergentTravelers - This recently published guide to travelling around Europe with a Eurail Pass has some useful insights, which also apply if you'll be using an InterRail pass.

Treksplorer - These insights into how to see Europe by train in two weeks or less are regularly updated.


2 - BOOKING TRAIN TICKETS:

Our journey and ticketing guides live up to their name by pointing you in the direction of which ticket agents sell tickets for your journey - and by explaining how to look for and book your optimum ticket.

But what makes these specialist ticket agents and aggregators that we've listed below different, is that they sell or offer journeys in multiple countries and on multiple international train routes.

LOCO 2       TRAINLINE.EU      RAILEUROPE

GOEURO     SAVEATRAIN



3 - DESTINATION INFO:

Atlas Obscura Guiding you to the hidden gems in more than 100 European cities.

Citymapper - How to travel to/from the city centre stations in these European cities - Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Stockholm, The Hague and Utrecht.

EuropeanBestDestinations An alternative to city guides, its ideas are grouped by categories such as Beaches, Ski Resorts and transport themes - the latter get a big thumbs up from us!

Like A Local - The inside track from the residents of dozens of cities across Europe.

Lonely Planet Our pick of the top flight pan-European travel guides with a host of articles on what to do, where to stay and where to eat/drink.

Spotted By Locals -  This site also features tips from the residents of more than 40 cities across Europe.

The Savvy Backpaper - How to experience the best of a host of cities on a budget, including Amterdan, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Florence, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Venice and Vienna.

4 - FABULOUS TRAIN JOURNEYS:

It won't be a surprise to discover that we love lists of amazing train journeys and we've already published one such guide ourselves - with more to come!

But there are still a few of Europe's most spectacular rail routes we've yet to travel on, so we're always open to ideas - inspired by The Guardian's list we recently added on a Naples to Sicily journey on to the end of a family holiday.

There can be no such thing as a definitive list because everyone will have their favourites - and the weather also always plays its part!

The Best European Train Journeys For 2018 (The Daily Telegraph)

11 Beautiful Train Journeys from London (Time Out)

The Best European Train Trips (Condé Nast Traveller)

The Most Drop Dead Gorgeous Train Rides in Europe (Thrillist)

Scenic Train Rides in Europe (European Best Destinations)

18 of The World's Best Rail Journeys (The Guardian) - includes 7 European journeys

5 - OTHER SITES WHICH INSPIRE US TO TRAVEL:

It isn't just the sights that can be seen from the train windows that inspire our train journeys.

It's the design surrounding train travel both present, past and future, which often leads us to the station - and these websites have encouraged us to go by train.

The Beauty Of Transport

Retours Railway History Design & Photography