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Purchasing Tickets for Trains in Europe

Pauline Kenny

Trains are a common mode of transportation in Europe. You can go between all major cities by train, but you can also get out to the smaller towns easily by train.

If you are spending time in a vacation rental in the countryside, you will probably need to rent a car at least for the time you are in the countryside.


RailEurope: Purchase train tickets and passes online.

If you are moving around a lot and traveling between countries, it makes sense to get a train pass. Buy your passes from RailEurope before you leave because many of these passes are not available in Europe.

www.seat61.com: The Man in Seat 61 is an excellent resource for train travel in Europe.

Trains in Italy

www.trenitalia.com: TrenItalia, the national train system

Read our Slow Travel pages on Trains in Italy

Trains in France

www.voyages-sncf.com: SNCF, the national train system

Read our Slow Travel pages on Trains in France.

Trains in Switzerland

www.sbb.ch: SSB Online, the national train system

Trains in the United Kingdom and Ireland

www.nationalrail.co.uk: The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) represents and supports Britain's passenger railway. Britain does not have a national railway, but has several private companies running trains. This site lets you look up schedules for all passenger trains.

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