Here we list some recommendations for useful websites when you are planning and booking rail travel across Europe or beyond.
Rail Tour OperatorsIf you prefer traveling within a group or prefer someone to book and plan your travel itinerary for you, then there are several companies which offer escorted and independent rail tours from the UK to many different European & International destinations.
Of course we always recommend taking along a copy of our timetable for those times when things don't go to plan!
|Great Rail Journeys & Rail Discoveries (UK)||These sister companies are the original train-travel holiday specialists with their own dedicated departure office at St Pancras International station|
|Ffestiniog Travel (UK)||We have been recommending Ffestiniog travel to our customers for several years because of their knowledge and friendly customer service. If you prefer to deal with a smaller independent company rather than a call center then this is the operator for you|
Tickets and Rail Passes
If you are making point to point journeys or organising your travel yourself then you can purchase advance tickets and rail passes from these agents:
|(For customers resident outside of the UK)
Major distributor in Europe of train tickets and rail passes
|Voyages SNCF||The official European distribution channel of the French railways (SNCF)|
|Loco2||Their ethos is to connect to as many of the individual national rail booking systems as possible to sell the same tickets as the operators themselves, at the same prices with no booking fees. They currently integrate with the national ticketing systems of France (SNCF), Germany (DB), Spain (Renfe), and Italy (Trenitalia), along with UK National Rail.|
|Italia Rail||Offices in the UK, Australia and Canada.
Partnered with Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway they offer high-speed and regional train routes including: Eurostar, Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciablanca InterCity & Eurocity, French TGV, German InterCity Express, Elipsos, Lyria and Eurail & Interrail Passes
|TrainsEurope||Based not far away from us in March, Cambridgeshire, TrainsEurope can handle most aspects of train travel including UK-rail, Eurostar, onward European connections, International tickets (including India & USA) as well as rail passes.|
|The Flam Railway||Norway: Myrdal to Flåm||The Flåm Railway has been named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway.||Open year round, timings are shown in table 781 of our timetable. Tickets can be booked through their website|
|Austria||A world heritage site, the lines run through the spectacular mountain scenery of the Eastern Alps. An engineering spectacle the line takes you through 16 viaducts and 15 tunnels||Table 980 of our timetable.
Interrail passes for Austria are valid on the Semmering line. No supplement or reservation is required.
|Rhaetian Railway (RhB)||Switzerland & Italy||The famous Berina & Glacia express services offer a spectacular way to cross the Alps along world heritage listed lines.||Timings are shown in table 575 of our timetable. Tickets and special packages can be purchased through their website. Interrail passes are valid on the entire Bernina Express journey. Seat reservations are compulsory only for the special panorama train|
Useful info for planning a rail trip in Europe
|The Man in Seat 61||A great website which is absolutely packed with information about rail travel across the globe|
|Trains and Travel with Jim Loomis||Informative site by the author of “All Aboard! The Complete North American Train Travel Guide"|
|RailServe||A huge directory of links to everything rail related, a wealth of information in 180 categories|
|Europe by Rail||The website which accompanies our guidebook|