On board

Facilities available on trains can vary widely and so can how they be used and accessed; and what is and isn't covered by your ticket.

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

All Articles

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 they only depart once per day
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 luggage and making the most of the journeys
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 matters when taking a British train journey.
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 available on your journey
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 Eurostar
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 other cities in Belgium
By Train to Swiss Ski Resorts How to travel to 20 ski resorts in Switzerland by train from Basel, Geneva and Zurich, including how to buy the optimum tickets or train travel passes.
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 by Metro.
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-Midi/Brussel-Zuid station
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 arriving on other trains and transferring to Eurostar departures
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 Underground, plus boarding tips
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 help you find your way to your departure
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 routes from and to these six countries
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 features the key European international railway routes from 9 countries
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 take bikes and what’s available in 1st class
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 insights into how to buy and use tickets and rail passe
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 Lille.
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 Nord (Paris Nord station) by taking the Metro
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 Montparnasse
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 station) to the Gare De Lyon (Paris Lyon station)
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 Paris
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 with other railways, plus info on how tickets and rail passes can be used.
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 and the the stunning rail journey on the older Gotthard Railway.
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 taken from the trains on the beautiful journey
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 cogwheel railway!
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 the summit of Mount Rigi
How to travel on the RhB (Rhätische Bahn/ Rhaetian Railway)
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 highlights, connections, ticketing and rail pass usage.
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 Express trains.
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 the connections and insights into how to make the most of the stunning journey
How to travel on the ZB (Zentralbahn) Railway The ZB (Zentralbahn) independent railway is the route of the Luzern To Engelberg and Interlaken express trains.
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 journeys within Belgium
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, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and Switzerland
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.
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 train from Paris
Taking A Bike on European Trains How to travel with standard non-folding bicycles on trains in 13 European countries and on the international rail journeys between them
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 images taken from the trains of the spectacular scenery
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 Gornergerat
All that's good to know about European night trains
Taking the Orient Express routes to and from Athens and Istanbul
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 and as fabulous as possible!
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 see at stations, on timetables and on websites
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 train journeys around Europe
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 InterRail pass itinerary
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; and how to travel from Bex to Villars by train
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 travel on the high speed lines and often take the scenic route
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 used
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 on the popular routes
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, tickets and using rail passes
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, including how rail pass users can now take this train!
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 connections required when making the trip from Interlaken.
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 Brig.
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 to its uniquely wonderful trains on the Golden Pass route
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 journeys, to practical ticket and rail pass information
Useful and Inspirational European Train Travel Websites and Articles A directory of the most useful articles dedicated to taking European trains, including practical insights and ideas which inspire making train journeys
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 journeys in France.