General guides

New to booking European rail tickets and want to be confident that you can book the optimum ticket at the right price? These should help.

Using rail passes

Rail passes can be money savers and using them can also simplify a multi-destination adventure by train.

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Buying rail tickets is often as simple as buying bread or apples, but it's when the rail companies give travellers options, which can cause complications.

So whether price, flexibility, speed or the travel experience matter most, or if you want to factor in all of these criteria, SMTJ has striven to point you in the right direction.

The information in these 'guides' is presented in good faith and they are intended to give an overview.
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Eurail and InterRail: A guide to reservations A one page guide to the trains on which Eurail and InterRail Pass users do and don't have to pay additional fees, plus the prices of making the reservations
Seat Reservations When Booking Online
A general guide to Seat Reservations on European Trains An introduction to making seat reservations when travelling on European trains which should help avoid confusion when booking train tickets
An Introduction To Buying Tickets for European Train Journeys The key things worth being aware of when buying tickets for European train journeys, including step-by-step guides to booking tickets online
Booking and Using Tickets for European journeys involving more than one train What to look out for when purchasing tickets for more complicated European train journeys which involve connecting between trains
Booking Train Tickets with an Independent Ticketing Service What to look out for when using Omio, SaveATrain, HappyRail, Trainline and RailEurope (UK) when booking train tickets for European rail journeys
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Austria This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Belgium This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Czechia This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Denmark This guidewill help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Hungary This guide will help you save money, time and confusion
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Norway This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Poland This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Spain This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Sweden This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
How to buy rail tickets in Holland
Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in The Netherlands This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets for French rail travel This guide will help you save money, time and confusion. (There have been major changes to how tickets can be used on French rail journeys and on train journeys to and from France, so this info is currently being updated).
Buying and using tickets for German rail travel This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using Tickets for Italian rail travel This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.
Buying and using tickets for Swiss rail travel The Swiss national operator SBB has made some recent changes to how it sells tickets, so find out more about the new Point-to-Point tickets; and how you save by choosing an alternative!
Good to know about buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Great Britain This will help you save money, time and confusion.
How to Book Tickets on B-Europe - Step-by-Step This step by step guide shows how to use the B-Europe website, to buy tickets and reservations for international train journeys to and from Belgium
How to Book Tickets on Oui.SNCF - Step-by-Step
How to Book Tickets on OuiSNCF - Step-by-Step This step by step guide shows how to use the Oui.SNCF, French national railways, website to buy tickets for train journeys within and both from and to France
How to Book Tickets on the CD website The ticket booking website of the Czech national rail operator is packed with useful features and additional info, once you know where to look.
How to Book Tickets on the DB Website This step by step guide shows how to use DB, the German railways website, to buy German train tickets, so that you can book and save with confidence!
How To Book Tickets on the DSB Website
How To Book Tickets on the DSB Website This step by step guide shows how to use the DSB, Danish Railways website, to buy Danish train tickets, so that you can book and save with confidence!
How to Book Tickets on the NS International Website This step by step guide shows how to use the NS International website, to buy tickets for international train journeys to/from The Netherlands
How To Book Tickets on the OBB Website - Step By Step
How To Book Tickets on the OBB Website - Step By Step OBB, the operator of Austrian national railways, has recently relaunched its website for booking train tickets, so discover how you can buy and save!
How to Book Tickets on the PKP InterCity Website This guide focuses on the less obvious aspects of using the PKP website to buy Polish train tickets, so that you can book and save with confidence!
How to Book Tickets on the SBB website This step by step guide shows how to use the SBB, Swiss Railways website, to buy Swiss train tickets, so that you can book and save with confidence!
How to Buy Tickets on the Trenitalia website
How to Use A Rail Pass on DAY trains in  15 Popular Countries
How to use a Rail Pass on day trains in 15 popular countries How to use Eurail or InterRail pass to travel by daytime trains in or from/to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden & Switzerland
Using Eurail and InterRail Passes - A starting point
How to use Eurail and InterRail to see Europe by train A guide to using Eurail & InterRail passes that's packed with info and insights gained from using them to travel more than 30,000 km around Europe by train. Save 10% on passes if you book by Jan 3rd.
InterRail and Eurail: 12 Itinerary Planning Tips and Ideas Suggestions for how to plan your train journeys around Europe with Eurail or InterRail passes, so you can make most of your fabulous trip
Lesser Known Rail Passes Which Can Offer Great Value For Money
Lesser Known Rail Passes Which Can Offer Great Value For Money How to save money by using these rail passes to travel on trains in Austria, Britain, Czechia, Germany, Ireland, south-east Europe, Spain, and The Netherlands
Money Saving Tips when Booking European Train Tickets Online What to look out for when booking tickets for European train journeys online in order to save money
Saving Money while on an InterRail or Eurail Trip - tips and info
Saving Money while on an InterRail or Eurail Trip: tips and info How to get the most value for money when using Eurail or InterRail passes, plus tips for saving on accommodation and being strategic with the additional fees
The Ultmate Guide to British train tickets
The detailed guide to buying tickets for British rail journeys How to make make sure you are buying the optimum ticket for train journeys in England, Scotland and Wales, while still saving money
Making the Most of InterRail and Eurail - Seven Recommendations
Tips & Ideas to make the most of InterRail and Eurail passes Tips and suggestions for making the most of using Eurail and InterRail passes to explore Europe, by avoiding complications and enhancing the journeys
Using Rail Passes in and to/from France How to use Eurail and InterRail passes on French train journeys and on international trains to and from France
How to use Eurail and InterRail passes in German
Using Rail Passes in and to/from Germany All that's good to know about using Eurail and InterRail passes on German train journeys and on international trains to and from Germany
Using Rail Passes in and to/from Italy
Using Rail Passes in and to/from Italy All that's good to know about using Eurail and InterRail passes on Italian train journeys and on international trains to and from Italy
How to use rail passes in Switzerland
Using Rail Passes in and to/from Switzerland All you need to know about using rail pass passes to explore Switzerland on any Swiss train; and on trains to and from Switzerland
How to use Eurail and InterRail passes in Belgium
Using Rail Passes in Belgium How to use Eurail and InterRail passes on Belgian train journeys and on international trains to and from Belgium