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 

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

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Lyria services between Paris and Switzerland

From September 28th until further notice, services are being further reduced slightly on the Paris <> Geneve route, which will have four trains per day in each direction.
Although the Paris <> Zurich via Basel service is being held at five trains per day.

Thalys services:

The operator of the high speed services on the Paris <> Amsterdam and Paris <> Dortmund routes, both via Bruxelles, is now a operating a reduced timetable, with different services departing according to the travel date.
in summary it seems as though the services to and from The Netherlands are departing approximately every two hours, with the German services more substantially reduced, with as few as three departures in each direction.

Thalys will not be serving Marne La Vallée (for Disneyland Paris) until further notice.
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Eurostar services 

Eurostar is continuing to operate a much reduced timetable, though according to its home page, the plan is for an Amsterdam to London direct service to commence from October 26th.
Specific departures on the London - Lille - Brussels and London <> Paris routes evidently vary according to the travel date.
Though it seems that just two departures per day in each direction is the typical service on the London <> Paris route, with just one departure per day on the London <> Bruxelles route, with the outward departure continuing on beyond Brussels to Amsterdam.

Tickets will not be available for journeys to and from Ashford International or Ebbsfleet International or Calais Frethun stations until the end of 2021!

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 are available but the the direct Paris <> Munchen/Munich service remains currently suspended.

(2) RENFE - SNCF (high speed trains between France and Spain) 
Only 1 x train per day is available in each direction for the time being, but it seems as though there is also a daily service operating between Nimes and Barcelona - from what SMTJ can glean the usual Lyon <> Barcelona service has been cut back to operate to and from Nimes.
It looks as though the Marseille <> Madrid service has been temporarily suspended.

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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 November 8th.
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 November 8th.

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OVERNIGHT ROUTES AND SERVICE SUSPENSIONS


Night trains to and from Germany:

Berlin <> Moskva/Moscow (suspended until further notice)

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According to the latest information posted by the Hungarian national rail operator MAV, overnight trains are still operating on the routes between Budapest and Berlin, Brazov, Munich, Prague,Warsaw and Zurich, but no sleeping cabins are available.
Long-distance daytime express IC and EC servcies are operating between Budapest and destinations in Romania. plus to and from  Praha, Berlin, Warsaw, Ljubljana and Zagreb and both Munich and Zurich, but a reduced service is available between Budapest and Wien/Vienna.

The only rail border to remain completely closed is that between Hungary and Ukraine.

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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.
Though cross-border services between Spain and Portugal as one 'Celta' train per day is now available in each direction on the Vigo <> Porto route.

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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
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:
Bucuresti <> Sofia has resumed with amendments.
Bucuresti <> Istanbul and Thessaloniki is suspended until further notice.
The Romanian national rail operator, CFR, hasn't updated its information in relation to the trains between Hungary and Romanian, but according to the MAV (Hungarian railways) website, the express trains daytime IC trains and overnight trains are still crossing the border, but sleeping cars have been withdrawn from the overnight trains.

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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.