True Using the Ticket and Pass info

Using the Ticket and Pass info

ShowMeTheJourney doesn’t sell train tickets.

However, we have bought a lot of them and spent countless hours on the sites which do when researching the journey information.

A key thing we have learned is that how train tickets are sold varies from one country to another.

This is because the majority of European train tickets are sold by the national rail operator in each country, (the UK is the only notable exception to this) and how they sell their tickets is their choice to make.

So avoid assuming that rules around ticketing and their terms and conditions are universal.

Before looking up a journey, it’s worth taking some time to read our bespoke Ticketing and Rail Pass Guides.

They’re overviews of the key things you need to know if you want to save money and time.

Depending on the country in which you will be travelling, you will gain insights such as;

(i) You won’t always save if you book online

(ii) For many journeys you will pay the same price at the station - which can save a lot of hassle.

(iii) How soon tickets are placed on sale can vary hugely from one ticket agent to another

(iv) You don’t always have to book weeks/months in advance to save money.

(v) Sometimes booking months ahead can enable huge savings - but not always.

(vi) The bigger the saving when you book in advance, the less likely it is that you will be able to amend or cancel a booking.

(vii) Whether you can amend or cancel a booking varies between agents.

(viii) How to book tickets for journeys that involve a change of train - and what you need to do in the event of missing a connection due to a delayed train.

(ix) There are significant differences between countries regarding how child tickets are sold.

(x) How rail passes can be used in each country.

(xi) How seat reservations are applied can vary - and if they are available at all.

Though trust us is not as complicated as it seems. 

If you ever booked a travel ticket online you will already be aware of the basics, you will always select start/end points, a travel date and the number of travellers.
You will then have a choice of departures and ticket prices.

All of the major ticket operators offer multi-lingual services and their websites can be simpler than what you're used to.

It's the ability to buy the cheapest possible ticket with confidence that can be trickier to work out - hence our guides.