Temporary Changes to Train Services Due to the Coronavirus

The majority of the European daytime train services which had been suspended in response to the Covid-19 pandemic have resumed.

For the time being a more limited service than usual of daytime trains is available on the routes listed below.

ShowMeTheJourney has striven to make this guide as comprehensive as possible, but the focus is on long-distance services.

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Information for Eurail pass holders

Information for InterRail pass holders

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LIMITED DAYTIME SERVICES 

On some international routes, such as the TGV Lyria services between Paris and Switzerland, it seems that for the time being new timetables are in operation, which in effect are replacements for what would have been the planned 2020 schedules.
ShowMeTheJourney has opted to not include these services in this summary

What HAVE been included are the services which are currently operating at less than 50% of what would have been the usual service level.

Check advice re: travel restrictions pre booking and boarding.
Currently some journeys are only available for 'essential' travel purposes.

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Thalys services:

Until Aug 29th the high speed train operator Thalys is offering seven trains per day on the Paris <> Bruxelles route, with four of these trains in each direction continuing on to and from Amsterdam, via Antwerp and Rotterdam - plus 2 x trains per day on the Paris <> Dortmund route.

Thalys has confirmed that additional services will be available between Paris and Bruxelles, Amsterdam and Dortmund from August 30th.

Thalys will not be serving Marne La Vallée (for Disneyland Paris) until further notice and also won't be operating its seasonal summer services to Bordeaux and Marseille.

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Eurostar services 

According to the ticketing availability, the service level on the London <> Paris route is being gradually increased to  6 - 8 departures per day, which will be available for much of August and into September.

On the London <>Bruxelles via Lille route, the number of departures is increasing to four per day from July 17th and with further increases occurring in coming weeks
One of these London TO Bruxelles departures - the train at 11:04, is now travelling beyond Bruxelles to restore the direct link from London to Amsterdam via Rotterdam.

However, the seasonal direct London <> Marseille via Lyon and Avignon services will not be available in 2020.

Tickets are currently not available for journeys to and from Ashford or Ebbsfleet.

Face masks must now be worn when travelling with Eurostar.

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According to the ticket availability on the French national rail operator's booking service - Oui.SNCF under 50% of the usual departures are currently available on these other routes to and from France.

(1) Paris <> Stuttgart 
According to the ticket availability, only two of the usual five departures per day will be available on this route until Sept 27th, but the usual service, including the still suspended direct Paris <> Munchen/Munich service, will be resuming from September 28th.

(2) Paris <> Barcelona
Only 1 x train per day is available for booking until at least early September (the usual summer service is four trains per day).
Though the Lyon <> Barcelona and Marseille <> Madrid services have resumed.
It seems as though the summer only direct Toulouse <> Barcelona services will not be operating this year.

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For the time being limited services than usual are currently available on these two routes from and to Italy:

(1) Two trains per day are currently available on the Geneve <> Milano route, but it seems as though the resumption of the regular service on this route will be impacted by works on the railway line.

SMTJ can't find any direct trains when looking up a journey for travel between Aug 15th and Sept 7th, but the usual timetable for travel between Geneve and Milano will seemingly be available from that date.

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The usual daily direct trains which link both Geneve and Zurich to Venezia/Venice via Verona will also seemingly be resuming on September 7th.

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(2) On the daytime Thello services between northern Italy and the south of France, two trains per day are now available on the Nice <> Milano route. but the Marseille <> Milano service is suspended until further notice.


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Stockholm <> København/Copenhagen 

According to the info on the SJ website the service of direct trains between the Swedish and Danish capitals will be suspended until at least Sept 6th.
Until that date connections will be available at stations in southern Sweden into the Oresundtag trains on to København/Copenhagen, as those trains are now operating to their usual schedules.

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Stockholm <> Oslo

According to the info on the SJ website the train service between the Swedish and Norwegian capitals is also suspended until at least Sept 6th.

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OVERNIGHT ROUTES AND SERVICE SUSPENSIONS


Night trains to and from Germany:

Berlin <> Moskva/Moscow (suspended until further notice)
Berlin <> Budapest - according to MAV, the Hungarian national rail operator, no date has been set for the resumption of this service.

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On the night train routes to and from Hungary, according to the latest information posted by MAV, the Hungarian national rail operator, these services are still suspended
Budapest <> Lviv.
Budapest <> Berlin

The only night train available between Hungary and Romania is the Budapest <> Cluj-Napoca service, but no sleeping cabins or couchettes are available.
The trains on the Budapest <> Munchen and Zurich routes are operating, but without sleeping cars.

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Paris <> Venezia/Venice via Milano, Verona and Padova 

Thello operates this service and it has cancelled all trains on this route until further notice.

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Madrid and Hendaye <> Lisboa/Lisbon

Also cancelled until furher notice are the Spanish overnight Trenhotel services, both for journeys within Spain and on the international routes to and from Portugal.

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The details of amendments to the international train services to and from Bulgaria are available here.
In summary:
Sofia <> Bucuresti has resumed, but with connections.
Sofia <> Istanbul and Thessaloniki is suspended until further notice.
Sofia <> Beogard - the planned resumption of this service has been cancelled.

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Romanian railways has announced updated information for international train services. 
In summary:
All services between Romania and Hungary have resumed.
Bucuresti <> Sofia has resumed with amendments.
Bucuresti <> Istanbul and Thessaloniki is suspended until further notice.

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The Croatian national rail operator Hz has resumed its international services to Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland, but NOT apparently the services between Croatia and Serbia.

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GENERAL NOTES ON THIS INFORMATION

Each journey has been looked up on the national booking services which sell tickets on these routes.

If the rate of the Covid-19 spread amongst populations does not decline in line with predictions, then constraints on international travel will inevitably continue to be enforced, or may yet be re-introduced in the wake any easing of freedom of movement restrictions.

Most rail operators currently have special measures in place to process the refunding or exchanging of the types of ticket which can’t usually be cancelled.

Also before booking tickets, check the travel advice pages re: Covid 19 on the websites on which you are making a booking, as travel restrictions may be in place.