Good to know

If you're new to European rail travel, these guides are good starting points to discovering a wealth of usefuln info.

Swiss Railways

Useful practical info for travelling on Switzerland's private mountain railways including journey details and how to use tickets and rail passes.

Eurostar

Insights into using the stations that the Eurostar trains arrive at and depart from

International routes

SMTJ has dived into the schedules to spotlight the particularly useful departures and connections

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Getting from A to B by train is often as simple as, get to a station, buy a ticket, board a train, leave it at your destination.

Though each country has its own 'rules' around train travel which can impact on booking tickets and the on-board experience.
So there can be many aspects of taking the trains and using the stations, which differ from what you're used to.

Hence the attempts to remove the confusion and enhance the train travel experience.

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20 Fabulous One Departure Per Day Trains
20 Useful One Departure Per Day Trains Spotlighting the highly useful European train services which can be hidden on timetables, because th...
24 Tips For Stress Free European Train Trave
24 Tips For Stress Free European Train Travel How to travel around Europe by train, including tips for using the trains and stations, managing lug...
A guide to train services in Great Britain
A Guide to the main Rail Routes in Britain This guide shows which company provides the trains on the most popular routes and explains why that ...
A Highly Useful Guide to Britain's TOCs (Train Operating Companies)
A Highly Useful Guide to Britain's TOCs (Train Operating Companies) Check which on board facilities are provided by each company, so that you'll know what will be avail...
Alternative Cheaper Routes for Rail Pass Users How to avoid paying the most expensive reservation fees when using Eurail or InterRail passes
Arriving by Eurostar at Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid station
Arriving by Eurostar at Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid station How to make onward connections by train, tram or Metro when arriving in Brussels/Bruxelles on the Eu...
Arriving By Eurostar in London
Arriving By Eurostar in London What to look out for when arriving at St Pancras International rail station by Eurostar.
Arriving by non Eurostar trains at Bruxelles-Midi
Arriving by non Eurostar trains at Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid Which exit you should take when arriving at Bruxelles Midi / Brussels South station on a train from ...
By Train to Swiss Ski Resorts How to travel to 20 ski resorts in Switzerland by train from Basel, Geneva and Zurich, including how...
Connecting Between Lille Europe and Lille Flandres stations
Connecting Between Lille Europe and Lille Flandres stations A guide to making the transfer between Lille Europe station and Lille Flandres station on foot and b...
Connecting to the Tram and Metro at Bruxelles-Midi station
Connecting to the Tram and Metro at Bruxelles-Midi station How to make the transfer to the tram stops and Metro station when arriving by train at Bruxelles-Mid...
Departing by Eurostar from Bruxelles-Midi station
Departing by Eurostar from Bruxelles-Midi station Key things worth knowing about taking the Eurostar from Brussels / Bruxelles; particularly when arri...
When taking a Eurostar arrive early at St Pancras International and indulge yourself
Departing by Eurostar from London This guide includes finding your way at St Pancras station, how to make the transfer from the Underg...
Departing by non-Eurostar train from Bruxelles-Midi station
Departing by non-Eurostar trains from Bruxelles-Midi station If you will be taking an ICE, Thalys or Belgian train from Bruxelles-Midi station, this guide will h...
Europe's International Train Routes #1
Europe's International Train Routes #1 (Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany) Plan your travel around Europe by train by using this summary of all the major international railway...
Europe's International Train Routes #2
Europe's International Train Routes #2 (Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, UK) For those who want to take a sustainable travel approach and explore Europe by train, this guide fea...
A guide to European Daytime Trains
European Daytime Trains: A Beginner's Guide the on board facilities of more than 70 European train services; check the catering, whether you can...
A guide to European night trains
European Night Trains: the how and the where All that's good to know about taking European night trains including the types of accommodation and ...
Eurostar Connections In Lille
Eurostar Connections in Lille How to make the transfer between the Eurostar and TGV trains when travelling to and from the UK via ...
From Paris Montparnasse station to the Gare Du Nord by Metro
From Paris Montparnasse station to the Gare Du Nord by Metro A stage-by-stage guide of how to make the transfer from Paris Montparnasse station to the Gare Du No...
Gare Du Nord to Montparnasse by Metro
Gare Du Nord to Montparnasse by Metro A step by step guide to taking the Metro across Paris from the Gare Du Nord (Paris Nord) to the Gare...
How to take the RER from the Gare De Lyon to the Gare Du Nord
How to take the RER from the Gare De Lyon to the Gare Du Nord
How to take the RER from the Gare Du Nord to Gare De Lyon
How to take the RER from the Gare Du Nord to Gare De Lyon A stage-by-stage guide for how to make the transfer by RER trains from the Gare Du Nord (Paris Nord ...
How to Transfer from Paris Gare De l' Est to Paris Gare Du Nord
How to Transfer from Paris Gare De l' Est to Paris Gare Du Nord A summary of how to transfer to the Gare Du Nord when arriving by train at the Gare de l'Est in Pari...
How to travel on the Centovalli Express
How to travel on the Centovalli Express (Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi) This guide to the route of the 'Centovali Express' includes details of the journney, connections wit...
How to travel on The Gotthard Panorama Express
How to travel on The Gotthard Panoramic Express The 'Gotthard Panoramic Express' experience includes a beautiful lake cruise across the Luzernsee an...
How to Travel on The MGB Railway
How to Travel on The MGB Railway (The Matterhorn – Gotthard Bahn) An introduction to traveling on the Matterhorn-Gotthard Bahn railway in Switzerland including images...
How to travel on the Pilatus Bahn
How to travel on the PB (Pilatusbahn) This guide features all that's good to know when travelling on the Pilatusbahn, the world's steepest...
How to Travel on the RB (Rigi Bahnen)
How to Travel on the RB (Rigi Bahnen) An introduction to travelling on the beautiful Rigi Bahnen railway on its two spectacular routes to ...
Travelling on the RhB (Rhätische Bahn/ Rhaetian Railway) trains heading to Tirano
How to travel on the RhB (Rhätische Bahn/ Rhaetian Railway) How to travel on the Rhaetian Railway network including details of the routes, trains, scenic highli...
How to travel on The TMR Railways
How to travel on The TMR Railways (Transports de Martigny et Regions) What's good to know about travelling on the routes taken by the Mont Blanc Express and St Bernard Ex...
How to travel on the WAB (Wengernalpbahn) Railway
How to travel on the WAB (Wengernalpbahn) Railway This guide to the beautiful railway, which links Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen, includes details of ...
How to travel on the ZB (Zentralbahn) Railway The ZB (Zentralbahn) independent railway is the route of the Luzern To Engelberg and Interlaken expr...
A Danish IC train on an EC service to Denmark at Hamburg Hbf
International train and ferry connections from Denmark Summaries of how to take journeys by train or train + ferry from Denmark to Germany, Norway and Swed...
International Train Services From and To Belgium
International Train Services From and To Belgium Travelling by and booking tickets for the international can be very different to making train journe...
Between Bolzano and Brennero
International Trains From Austria Summaries of how to take direct trains to Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy...
International rail routes from Czechia
International trains from Czechia Summaries of how to take direct trains from Czechia to Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slo...
The international rail journeys from France
International trains from France Summaries of how to take direct trains from France to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Ital...
An ICE 3 (406) train on a Bruxelles - Frankfurt service
International trains from Germany Summaries of how to take direct trains to Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, France, Hunga...
How to make international train journeys from Hungary
International trains from Hungary Summaries of how to take direct trains from Hungary to Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Poland, R...
How to take international train journeys from Italy
International Trains from Italy Summaries of how to take direct trains from Italy to Austria, France, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerl...
Taking a train from Norway to Sweden on the Oslo to Stockholm route
International trains from Norway and from Sweden Summaries of how take international rail journeys both between and from Norway and Sweden
How to take international trains from Poland
International trains from Poland Summaries of how to take direct trains from Poland to Austria, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia a...
How to take international trains from Spain
International trains from Spain Summaries of how to take trains from Spain to France and to/from Portugal
How to take international train journeys from Switzerland
International Trains from Switzerland Summaries of how to take direct trains from Switzerland to Austria, Croatia, Czechia, France, German...
How take international trains from The Netherlands
International trains from The Netherlands Summaries of how to take direct trains from The Netherlands to Austria, Belgium, France, Great Brita...
What's good to know when arriving in London by train
London By Train: What's good to know when arriving and departing Tips for avoiding 'taking the Tube' to and from London's main stations, now including the Elizabeth ...
How to travel from London to Europe by train
London to Europe by train An overview of how to travel by train from London to Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Ger...
Main Changes to European Train Schedules for 2020 (pre pandemic)
Main Changes to European Train Schedules for 2020 (pre pandemic) A summary of the new and amended European train travel opportunities which were available in 2020.
Tips for travelling with luggage on journeys by train
Managing Luggage on European Train Journeys If you'll need to travel with heavy luggage when travelling by trains, these tips derived from takin...
New European Train Travel Opportunities in 2021
New European Train Travel Opportunities in 2021
Paris By Train -
Paris By Train: What's good to know when arriving and departing Includes tips for connecting to the Metro and RER and using the buses; plus ideas for day trips by t...
Taking A Bike on European Trains How to travel with standard non-folding bicycles on trains in 13 European countries and on the inter...
How to travel on the BOB (Berner Oberland Bahn/ Bernese Oberland Railway
Taking The BOB (Berner Oberland Bahn/ Bernese Oberland Railway An introduction to travelling on the Bernese Oberland Railway (the Berner Oberland Bahn) including i...
Taking The GGB (Gornergrat-Bahn/The Matterhorn Railway) The key things worth knowing when taking the train to Europe's highest open-air station at Gornerger...
All that's good to know about European night trains
Taking the Orient Express routes to and from Athens and Istanbul How to travel between both Athens and Istanbul and central Europe by train.
10 things worth knowing about Swiss Mountain Railways
Ten things worth knowing about Swiss Mountain Railways These tips will help make the experience of travelling on Switzerland's beautiful railways as easy a...
How to travel on Europe's international trains
The international rail routes of Europe Summaries of how to make cross-border journeys by train in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Franc...
The Language of Train Travel
The Language of Train Travel This guide to the vocabulary of European train travel helps explain the terms and phrases you may se...
The Voralpen Express Riding the Swiss trains which take a useful direct route between Luzern and St Gallen.
Tips for Booking Accommodation When Travelling By Train These ideas should save you time, money and complications when choosing where to stay while planning...
Making the most of a rail pass adventure
Tips If You Follow A Suggested Rail Pass Itinerary These eight suggestions, ideas and insights will help travellers make the most of a Eurail or InterR...
Transferring from the Gare Du Nord to the Gare de l'Est
Transferring from the Gare Du Nord to the Gare de l'Est
Travel on the TPC Railways (Transports Publics du Chablais) How to travel to the ski resorts at Champery, Les Diablerets and Leysin by train from Aigle station;...
Travelling by EuroCity (EC) Trains
Travelling by EuroCity (EC) Trains All you need to know about travelling on the European international express trains, which don't trav...
How to travel on French trains
Travelling on French trains What you can expect on board the different types of French rail services and how the tickets can be ...
How to travel on German trains
Travelling on German Trains Discover insights to what you can expect on board and how tickets can be used
A Guide to travelling on trains in Italy
Travelling on Italian Trains This guide provides insights to what you can expect on board, using tickets and which trains operate...
An introduction to travelling on the Swiss Mountain Railways
Travelling on Swiss Mountain Railways: An introduction How to travel on 22 of the lovely Swiss mountain railways including details of the routes, trains, t...
Travelling on The Bernina Express
Travelling on The Bernina Express The eight things most worth knowing about making the fantastic journey on The Bernina Express trains...
Things worth knowing about travelling on The Glacier Express
Travelling on The Glacier Express Our guide to making the incredible ride focuses on the less obvious aspects of making this journey, ...
Travelling on The JB Railway (Jungfraubahn / The Jungfrau Railway) This guide to the journey to Europe's highest station at Jungfraujoch, includes details of the conne...
Travelling on The LÖTSCHBERGER Trains
Travelling on The LÖTSCHBERGER Trains These trains make one of the most incredible Swiss rail journeys as they travel between Thun and Bri...
How to travel on the MOB Railway
Travelling on the MOB Railway (Chemin de fer Montreux – Oberland Bernois) How to travel on the spectacular Montreux-Oberland-Bernois Railway in Switzerland, including a guide...
On the TGV to Spain
Travelling With Children on European Trains All that's good to know about travelling with children on European trains from tips to enhancing jou...
Useful and Inspirational European Train Travel Websites and Articles A directory of the most useful articles dedicated to taking European trains, including practical ins...
The guide to how to use major stations in France
Using the main railway stations in France Includes insights to buying tickets and how to use the departure information to find your train.
How to use major Stations in Germany (the Hauptbahnhofs)
Using the major Stations in Germany (the Hauptbahnhofs) Includes insights to buying tickets and how to use the departure information to find your train
The Italian rail network is dominated by stations with Art-Moderne designs
Using the major Stations in Italy Features insights to buying tickets and how to use the departure information to find your train.
Which Type Of TGV train will you be travelling by
Which Type Of TGV train will you be travelling by How to work out which specific type of TGV train you will be travelling by when taking train journey...