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Congratulations! You are about to begin your European travels by train and see some amazing sights.
Planning is one of the most enjoyable parts of any journey, but Rail Europe can make it an even better experience by helping you choose the best destinations, give you information about rail passes and timetables and even help you to book your train tickets, so you don’t have to worry when you are there.
We know that one of the most difficult decisions, when planning a trip, is deciding where to go, so take a bit of time exploring our site, where you will find information on hundreds of European destinations and over 15,000 routes.
Take a look at the maps and our quick city guides and our best train itineraries, to give you a flavor of your journey ahead.
We can help you with Eurostar tickets, and the super-fast French TGV trains, which race up and down the country, from city to city and out to the beautiful vineyards.
Or if you want to travel from France to Switzerland , then we can make sure you are relaxing on the TGV Lyria , as it whisks you from one country to the other.
You will find the best routes around Germany, from Berlin to Munich and beyond, with the German ICE trains and the German Rail pass. We’ve got information on the Thalys trains, which can take you from Paris to the Netherlands within hours. If you are travelling around Spain with the AVE trains and Italy we can help you with the Spanish Renfe timetables and Italian Trenitalia tickets on the Frecciarossa trains.
Once you have chosen your destinations it’s time to decide whether a point to point ticket or a rail pass is best for you. Generally point to point tickets are best if you are only making a couple of journeys with specific cities in mind but if you want to explore the whole of Switzerland or Italy, for example, getting one of our single country rail passes, such as the Swiss Pass or the Eurail Italy Pass is best.
If you are planning on seeing a few more countries, with more flexibility, then a popular choice is the Eurail Select Pass, and for maximum flexibility and choice there’s the Eurail Global Pass, which gives you unlimited travel to 24 countries in any order you like.
You can create the trip you want with us, right here.
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