True Using the Train Travel Guides

Using the Train Travel Guides

How the rail network functions varies between each country in Europe and this matters when you are considering taking a train journey - particularly in a location where you have never previously travelled by train before.

More often than not it’s no more complicated than buy ticket →  get on train → get off train.
However, it’s worth becoming familiar with the basics of how the trains are operated in your location, particularly if you will be travelling long distance.

If you have never previously travelled by train in;

Austria     Belgium            
Czech Republic    Denmark          
France    Germany
Great Britain (UK)    Hungary            
Italy        Netherlands           
Norway    Poland                
Sweden    Switzerland

check our Train Travel Guides before you look up anything else on ShowMeTheJourney.

They're linked to our ticket guides for each country and also give easy access to our guides to the trains, major stations and most popular journeys in each country.

They also give an insight into the key things worth knowing about taking a train in each country, such as:

(i) whether you need to booking online in advance to make savings,

(ii) which train services are cheaper than others,

(iii) how seat reservations work - and whether they’re available at all,

(iv) insights into the facilities you can typically expect to find at a major station,

(v) what you will need to do in order to find your train at a major station,

(vi) the trains that operate in that country,

(vii) a summary of international train services from/to each country (on most guides),

(viii) the differences between taking a train within a country and an international train,

(ix) an overview of how train tickets are sold and the key terms and conditions of using them.

Topics we have deliberately left out include how tickets are checked and inspected, we don’t want to be a fare evasions guide, and we haven’t given specific information on customs and passport checks.

What we will say is don’t be surprised if you don’t have to show a passport before boarding a European international train service.

Once you’ve become familiar with the basics, taking the train in a new country for the first time is nothing to be afraid of - in fact much of the time, it can be fabulous, so don’t miss out!