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At Rail Europe, we take pride in being of service to travellers for over 80 years, and these brochures is just one of the many tools we make available to our travel partners.

FIVE REASONS TO TRAVEL BY TRAIN

Whether for the efficiency of high speed, the abundant comfort, the scenery or the attractive prices, travelling by train is a unique experience. If you haven’t decided how to travel for your next trip, we’ve put together five compelling reasons to chooses the train.

1. City-center to city center

Most major train stations are located in the heart of the destination city and benefit from excellent connections with other public transportation such as the underground, taxis and buses. When travelling by train, you also avoid time-consuming and inconvenient transfers, endless lines are crowded airports of the stress of driving in a different country. Instead, you reach your destination refreshed and relaxed.

2. Comfort

Whether your journey is long or short, comfort is always appreciated. On board, you’ll find spacious carriages with large seats and room for luggage. You can easily take a walk through the train or socialize at the bar-buffet carriage. And while second class offers good value for the money, first class can be surprisingly affordable, so don’t hesitate to upgrade!

3. Unique experience

From high-speed trains offering an efficient and rapid connection between two cities to luxurious trains, to panoramic trains offering spectacular scenery, a train ride can be a destination in itself. This popular way to travel also offers the opportunity to meet the locals and learn more about their country and culture while getting tips on the best secret destinations.

4. Save Money

Whether you go for a pass or a point-to-point ticket, you can always benefit from great deals. Tickets can be very affordable when booked in advance, while passes not only offer discounts, but also provide local bonuses. Why not stretch your budget with a night train to save on hotel costs?

5. Be green

It’s not just the rolling hills outside your window that are green: it’s the train itself. High speed rail systems are more environmentally friendly than any other means of transport.

RAILS OF EUROPE

As the leading European distributor of train tickets and rail passes, we are proud to enable travel adventures across more than 30 countries, 25,000 destinations, and 11,000 different routes.

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ALL ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS

What is a pass ?

  • A rail pass allows you unlimited travel on the rail network(s)of the countries covered.
  • Passes are usually the best value if your itinerary includes three or more journeys.
  • There is a wide range of passes: from the Eurail Global Pass(covering 28 countries) to passess covering only one country.
  • A pass is also flexible, allowing you to choose when you travel within a set period of time.
  • Discounts offered: Children, Youth, Senior and Saver (for two or more people travelling together, three travelers or more for BritRail Passes).
  • Children travel for free on most passes.
  • Passholder fares provide travelers with a discount on train requiring reservations.

What is a seat reservation?

  • Passholder fares provide travelers with a discount on train requiring reservations.
  • Seat/berth reservations are mandatory on most high-speed, scenic and night trains.
  • Reservations are included in a global fare premier train ticket. A seat number is printed on the ticket.
  • Reservations must be booked separately when traveling with an “open ticket” or a pass.
  • On some trains, the reservation is called Pass-holder fare if you hold a rail pass.

What is a point-to-point ticket?

  • Point – to –point tickets are valid on a specific route, between two stations.
  • If you have only a few trips in mind, then point-to-point tickets are recommended over a pass.
  • Depending on the routes and the trains,, you will be offered “ open tickets” or “global fare premier train tickets.”
  • Open tickets allow you to travel on a given route at a fixed price within a limited period of time. No specific travel date or time is mentioned on a ticket and no seat is guaranteed.
  • Global fares are tickets allowing you to travel on board most high-speed and night trains. Travel must take place on the specific train indicated on the ticket and includes a seat reservation. There is a wide range of fares and discounts of up to 60% when you book in advance.

What are Swiss Packages?

  • Our Swiss packages are tailor-made itineraries featuring famous mountain peaks and spectacular rail journeys.
  • Tours are unescorted and allow you to explore a particular area at your own pace.
  • Rail travel and hotel accommodations are included and are an excellent value.
  • WE ALSO OFFER POPULAR TOURS LIKE NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL AND CITY PASSES FOR LONDON, PARIS AND MORE...

GOOD TO KNOW

Which classes of service are offered?

Rail travel offers several, most often classified as first or second class. In all classes, seats aare large and comfortable, with ample legroom. Treat yourself to an upgrade to enjoy additional comforts, delicious meals and even more services. The affordability will surprise you, especially when compared to air travel. Consider the advantages of each class prior to booking.

Paper tickets or e-tickets?

Paper: Your pass or point – to - point ticket is handed to you by your travel agent or mailed to you before you leave your country of residence. Your paper ticket has a monetary value.

  • E-ticket: Your tickets can either be collected at the station or received by email.
  • Print@station: A reference code is sent to you for use at a ticket vending machine before boarding your train. There is no risk of losing your tickets before travelling.
  • Print@home: Your ticket is sent to you by email and must simply be printed from any printer before going to the station. Once printed, your rail ticket is valid for travel.

What are Saver & Twin Passes?

When two or more people travel together with a pass, they may be entitled to a discount between 10% and 20% off the regular price. Depending on the pass, the rules and names vary:

  • Saver (two to five people, except BritRail: three to nine people)
  • Twin (two people)

What is the difference between continuous and Flexi Passes?

When you select your pass, you can usually choose between Continuous Passes, to travel consecutive days during the validity of your pass, or Flexi Passes, to travel on the (consecutive or non- consecutive) days of your choice within the validity of your pass.

Are there discounts for Children, Youth or Seniors?

  • Children, ages four to 11 years old, usually pay half the adult fare. Under four years of age, they travel for free unless a reservation for a separate seat/berth is required.
  • Children under 16 travel free with a parent with a Swiss Travel Pass and with a BritRail Pass a child under 16 can travel free with an adult or senior. Eurail, German Rail and France Rail Passes allow two children under 12 to travel free with a paying adult. Reservations for separate seat/berths are at an additional cost.
  • To qualify for a youth discount of up to 50%, travelers must be between 12 and 25 years of age. In most cases, Youth Passes are available in first and second class.
  • Travellers 60 years and older are considered seniors and can also benefit from special discounts on certain passes. Good deals on point-on-point tickets are available to most travelers.
  • IMPORTANT: Age limits vary according to the product or the country travelled, so check before booking.