True Our Pick Of Other Websites

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.


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.

TrainTracksEU - This fantastic website is written in German, but if you can't read German, it's worth using Google Translate to dive into its wealth of articles - particularly as many of them cover the less obvious aspects of train travel.

It's particualrly useful for train travel in the countries in Eastern Europe, that we have yet to feature on ShowMeTheJourney.

Togbloggen - A fabulous website from a lovely Norwegian travel blogger - again it's worth using Google Translate to read these articles. -  Danish travel blogger Britt Sallingboe has published a wonderful book titled OPLEV EUROPA MED TOG (Explore Europe by Train) and its accompanying website includes links to all of the fabulously useful resources featured in the text.

So it’s an essential list of websites for planning journeys, booking tickets and making the most of the Europe’s railway based attractions and other must-visit locations that can be best accessed by train.

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.

Mark's Rail Adventures - A blogger who documents his regular train journeys in Britain and Europe, with inside tips on how to follow in his footsteps. Highly recommended!

TheSavvyBackpacker - A website dedicated to travelling Europe on a budget, with great train ticket advice and destination tips and ideas.

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.


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.

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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.


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 Most Scenic Railway Journeys in Great Britain (Mark's Rail Adventures)

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


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