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Peloponnese peninsula: Tourist trains available on demand: • Korinthos-Tripolis-Kalamata • Korinthos-Argos-Nafplion • Kalamata-Pyrgos-Patra
Contents City Transport London & Paris
Venice Simplon - Orient-Express
Asia by Rail
Travel times & distances
New Zealand & Australia
High Speed trains
Swiss Scenic Trains
Australia Rail & Packages
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
KiwiRail & Queensland by Rail
So Many Ways To Go Which ticket should I buy?
Great Train Journeys 28
Europe & Britain Eurostar
How to use your Eurail Pass
Eurail Global Pass
Eurail Select Pass
Single & Multi Country Passes
United States of America
Terms & Conditions
Canada VIA Rail
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10 Great Reasons to Travel by Train Stress Free What would you rather do? Trek to the outskirts of town, drag your luggage through a crowded airport, contend with cranky security staff, wedge yourself into an airline seat and arrive exhausted. Or stroll through an elegant train station in the middle of town, take a comfortable seat in your carriage, travel at speeds of up to 300km/h while enjoying the scenery, and arrive relaxed with more time to enjoy your destination. Your call!
More Choice Rail networks cover an incredibly diverse range of destinations, allowing you to create your own unique itinerary. Buy an individual point-to-point ticket or enjoy the freedom of a rail pass (in the UK/Europe alone there are more than 50 passes to choose from).
Perfect Timing Trains not only leave on time, they also offer multiple departures every day of the year between most destinations (services on the more popular routes often depart hourly).
Room to Move Train seats are large and comfortable, which means you can sit back, relax and take in the passing scenery. There are also no restrictions on moving around, so any time you feel like it you can stretch your legs or wander down to the bar to enjoy a drink or a bistro meal.
No Excess You can take as much luggage as you like on a rail journey because no one is going to check how much your bags weigh or what you’re carrying. And when you arrive, there’s no waiting at carousels.
Explore Further There’s almost a quarter of a million kilometres of rail tracks and they will carry you through every kind of environment – from rugged coasts and fertile fields to dense forests and mountainous peaks – many of which simply can’t be accessed any other way.
Sleep Over There is something undeniably romantic about an overnight train journey. Whether you indulge in a private sleeper or opt for an affordable and comfortable couchette, you’ll arrive in your destination fresh and ready to make the most of the day.
Save Money Passes offer the convenience of travelling at your own pace, with additional discounts available for groups of two or more, youths and seniors. A rail pass can also provide discounted (and sometimes free) local transport and entry to attractions. Prices for high-speed train tickets are also competitive, particularly when booked in advance. Children up to the age of 11 years travel free on Eurail Passes* conditions apply.
Seamless Connections Many airports – especially those in Europe – offer convenient and efficient rail connections directly into city centres, allowing you to avoid expensive taxi rides and time-wasting traffic jams.
Green Machines High-speed trains are not just a more convenient and comfortable way to travel; they are also more environmentally friendly than air or road travel. * Kids travel FREE on Eurail Passes and must be accompanied by an adult. Limit two free children per adult. Seat reservation fees apply as normal. Not applicable on European East Pass, Balkan Flexipass, RENFE Spain Pass and Central European Triangle Pass.
Which ticket should I buy? With an extensive range of tickets and passes, there is something to suit every itinerary. Not sure what’s best for you? We’ve put together the following guide to assist you in choosing the product that is right for you.
Should I purchase a Pass or Point to Point Tickets? Point to point tickets are valid per rail journey. These are ideally used by travellers who wish to get from Point A to Point B. Point to point tickets are perfect if you are concentrating on only a few routes. If you don’t mind forgoing spontaneity, you can pre-book 2-3 months ahead and your travel dates are set in stone, point to point tickets are often the cheaper option. Costs for over 3,000 individual point to point tickets are available on our website and you can then compare this with the cost of a rail pass. Passes are flexible and a great option if you are travelling for a longer duration and through multiple countries. Travel plans change, spontaneous opportunities arise and last minute decisions are made on a whim. With a Rail pass you have a flexible schedule to stay an extra day, leave earlier or explore another city with new found friends. You could consider more than one pass or combine your pass with point to point tickets before and after to extend your travel time. Each itinerary is unique and different. Why not work out your itinerary by contacting House of Travel for an extensive list of pass and point to point options available. It doesn’t matter if you don’t use all the pass days but it can be handy to have a couple of days up your sleeve for changes in plans or to add an extra couple of day trips.
Benefits of Point to Point Tickets: • Perfect for fewer journeys or when you simply need to book a single journey. • Cost effective way of travelling for shorter journeys. • Point to Point tickets can be combined with a rail pass to ensure you receive value for money. For full terms & conditions relating to rail passes and rail tickets please contact your local House of Travel.
Benefits of a Rail Pass: • Open dated, simply validate your pass prior to your first journey. Eurail Passes must be validated within 11 months from the date they are issued. • Most passes are available in 1st and 2nd class. • Provides unlimited rail trips for the number of days indicated. • Flexible and convenient – you decide where and when you travel. • Remember to purchase your rail pass before you leave as many passes cannot be purchased locally. • Many passes offer bonuses to help stretch your travel dollar further. • Children travel free on all Eurail Passes, German Pass, Swiss Passes and BritRail Passes *conditions apply Note: The Eurail Saver Pass options allow two or more passengers to travel together at all times under one single pass. Saver passes are about 15% cheaper than the normal Adult Pass. * Kids travel FREE on Eurail Passes and must be accompanied by an adult. Limit two free children per adult. Seat reservation fees apply as normal. Not applicable on European East Pass, Balkan Flexipass, RENFE Spain Pass and Central European Triangle Pass.
What is a seat reservation? • Seat reservations guarantee you a seat or sleeping space onboard a train. • Seat reservations are an additional charge and not included in the cost of a rail pass. Point to point tickets are available in 2 forms depending on the type of train you’re travelling on. Most High-speed train tickets include the cost of your seat reservation, for those that do not, there is a small additional cost to pay. This can be organised before you depart. • Reservations are recommended during busy periods and when you need to ensure you are on a particular service. • Discounts are available for pass holders and are subject to availability. • Reservations can be made between 60-120 days prior to the train’s departure date, either before you leave or on arrival in Europe.
Rail Protection Plan If your pass or ticket is lost or stolen, the railway companies will not refund you. House of Travel offers the Rail Protection Plan which covers you in case your rail pass or ticket is lost or stolen in Europe or Japan. The Rail Protection Plan must be purchased at the time you buy your pass or ticket. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. 2
Frequently Asked Questions ?
What is a rail travel day? A rail travel day is from midnight to midnight. This entitles you to unlimited travel on any number of trains within this period.
What is a rail travel month? It is a calendar month. For example, a pass that begins on 16 September will expire at midnight on 15 October.
What is a Saver Pass? Eurail Saver passes are available on many of the passes as an option allowing two or more persons to travel together under one single pass. Saver Pass fares are approximately 15% per person off the regular adult fare and are priced per person. Not all people listed on the Pass have to be on the train together, but only one part of the group can travel separately as there is only one Pass with all names listed. Twin Pass fares are available on the German Rail Pass and only apply to two adults travelling together.
Which classes of service are offered? Rail travel offers comfortable accommodations, usually classified as 1st or 2nd class. In all classes, seats are large and comfortable, with ample legroom. Treat yourself and upgrade to upper classes to benefit from extra comfort, delicious meals and more services! You will be surprised to see how affordable it is, especially compared to air travel. Check out the advantages of each class prior to booking. For more information on trains in Europe please see pages 6 - 8.
Is it always compulsory to reserve seats? It is highly recommended to always reserve seats when travelling in peak seasons. Seat reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains and should be purchased in advance. Reservations are also required for overnight services. Seat reservations are an additional charge. Some local and regional services do not offer reservations. If you intend to book your rail travel once in Europe, 1st class usually is easier to book as more locals tend to travel in 2nd class.
Can I purchase a Eurail/BritRail Pass locally? Not all Eurail passes are available for sale in Europe. Many larger train stations throughout Europe sell Eurail Passes, like the stations with a Eurail Aid Office. However prices for Eurail passes are generally 20% higher than what you would pay for if you bought them before you left. We recommend that you purchase your passes before you depart for your trip. The BritRail Pass is only available to non-UK residents and therefore is only sold outside of the UK and can only be purchased prior to arrival.
Where can I view train timetables?
Current timetables are available. Contact your local House of Travel.
Are meals offered onboard?
Most long distance trains have a buffet car, or you can get a snack in the bar or from a mobile trolley. Many intercity trains carry a dining car and sometimes a bar. For more information on inclusions for trains in Europe please see pages 6 - 8.
What is the difference between a continuous and a flexi pass? A continuous pass must be used over a consecutive period and is valid for the specific number of days purchased. Whilst a flexi pass allows you to purchase a specified number of days to be used within a longer validity period.
Am I eligible to buy a Eurail product? Anyone is eligible to purchase a Eurail product, except residents from the countries of Europe, the Russian Federation and Turkey.
How much luggage can I take onboard?
There are no weight restrictions on luggage on most trains. All trains have either overhead storage racks, space behind the back of seats or luggage areas at the end of each carriage. Most stations provide storage rooms or lockers.
What is the 7pm rule?
If a direct overnight train departs after 7.00pm and arrives after 4.00am the following day on a validated Eurail Global Pass Flexi, Eurail Select Pass or selected single country rail passes, then you only need to write the date you arrive in the calendar box on your pass, provided it falls within the validity of the pass. This means you will not lose two days of your pass when travelling on an overnight service.
Is help available if I have a problem in Europe?
Yes. Many train stations have Eurail aid offices which can assist you in Europe. Addresses and telephone numbers of Eurail Aid Offices are available on the Eurail app.
Can I travel through a country not covered on my rail pass if I do not get off the train?
No. If you are travelling through a country not covered on your rail pass you will need to purchase an additional point to point fare. Always remember to check the routing of the train before you board.
What amenities are available at stations?
Most stations are located conveniently in the heart of the city, offering easy access to hotels and sightseeing as well as a wide range of services, including luggage storage facilities, restaurants, gift shops, foreign exchange, telephones, post offices, book stores, reservations and information.
What happens if I lose or misplace my pass?
Passes cannot be reissued or refunded if lost or stolen. House of Travel recommends purchasing rail protection to cover you if your pass is lost or stolen in Europe or Japan (see page 2). You may also want to consider adequate travel insurance prior to your departure.
House of Travel strongly advise you purchase your seat reservations before you depart, as passholder fares are subject to availability and sell out quickly in peak season. Pre-purchasing tickets will also avoid waiting in long queues just to find out that the train you want is fully booked. Detailed conditions for each specific product offered by House of Travel are outlined in the accompanying transportation company documentation at time of ticket issue. Copy of such conditions may be requested prior to purchase. It is the responsibility of the customer to read all documentation prior to commencement of travel.
Travel times & distances When you travel at 300 km/h from one city-centre to another – avoiding crowded airports and clogged traffic – you arrive with plenty of time and energy to discover your destination.
Why travel by rail? Consider your options: Road
•C onfusing sign-posts, missed exits, unfamiliar road laws and impatient drivers – you didn’t travel half way around the world to be stressed out of your mind
• No check-in queues & no security clearances.
•E ven if you are a skillful map reader, there’s a good chance you’ll still get lost.
• No baggage limits – carry it on and stow it in the luggage areas provided.
•P etrol prices, parking fees and road tolls can make rental vehicles unexpectedly expensive.
Air • Taxi fares to and from the airport to the city centre can be expensive. •O nce you’re at the airport you’ll need to check-in, clear security and run for your gate – that means before your flight even leaves the ground you will have been travelling for at least two hours. •B aggage restrictions are confusing, and costly if you’re unlucky enough to tip the scales. •B udget airlines can be cheap, but that’s because they often operate from obscure airports located miles from the city centre.
• No liquid restrictions – forget having to throw away bottles or decanting hand cream into zip-lock bags. • Move around and explore - most trains have food buffet / café style areas where you can eat and drink. •T ravel when it suits you - trains depart frequently so you can choose a time that’s convenient. • Meet the locals – there’s no better way to pick up tips on the best places to visit (and the best to avoid).
Compare these popular journeys: From/To
Average trains per day
Average Journey Time by Train (hrs)
Average Journey Time by Road (hrs)
Time Saved (hrs)
London - Paris
London - Edinburgh
•D efinitely not the fastest way to travel, even though you’ll enjoy few stops along the way.
London - York
Amsterdam - Paris
•U nlike train travellers, coach passengers are restricted to their seats for the entire journey (and there’s no dining car to which you might retire).
Avignon - Paris
Berlin - Frankfurt
• I t’s hard to meet the locals when you're travelling with a large group of tourists.
Copenhagen - Stockholm
Florence - Rome
•G roup coach tours need to keep to a tight schedule, which means there’s little or no flexibility (and that means no surprises).
Florence - Venice
Frankfurt - Munich
Madrid - Barcelona
New York - Boston
New York - Washington
Paris - Brussels
Paris - Lyon
Paris - Marseille
Paris - Milan
Paris - Nice
Rome - Venice
With all these reasons and many more, why would you want to travel any other way?
• No expensive taxi fares - you depart and arrive in the city (not on the edge of it).
Facilities Onboard Rail networks provide a fast and convenient way to explore virtually every corner of Europe and passengers can travel in a variety of different styles - from sleek high-speed services to time-saving night trains. Following is a guide to some of the rail products and on-board services on offer.
Day trains Most European trains offer passengers a choice of 1st or 2nd class seating. In the more spacious 1st Class cabins you will enjoy larger seats offering more leg room and extra space for your luggage. Second Class seats are also comfortable and you can often purchase a snack or a drink from a trolley service or a bar car (where you can chat with locals and fellow travellers).
High Speed Trains Stylish high-speed trains travel at up to 320km per hour in Europe, making them an exciting and super-efficient way to move between major cities. Rail pass holders may be eligible to receive discounts on some high-speed services, but it’s best to request these special fares at the same time that you purchase your rail pass because high-speed trains are very popular (especially during summer and holiday periods).
Overnight Trains An overnight rail journey in Europe brings to mind romance and adventure, but it’s also an efficient and cost-effective way to travel that allows you to make the most of every day. Most trains offer passengers a choice of comfortable sleeping options, including: Sleepers If you want maximum comfort and complete privacy then opt for a single or twin-share sleeper compartment, where you will find an upper and lower bed, a private washstand, fresh linen and towels. Restrooms are provided at the end of each car (some trains carry deluxe sleepers that include private facilities such as a shower and toilet). Couchettes Typically offered in 2nd Class, a couchette car accommodates between four and six passengers in open, non-private bunks (each containing a sheet, pillow and blanket). Couchette compartments can be either mixed or single sex, with passengers simply sleeping in day clothes. Restrooms and washing facilities are provided at the end of each coach. Reclining seats Even if you’re on a tight budget you can still travel overnight in a reclining seat. These are available in 2nd class on selected trains.
Dining Cars Long distance trains in Europe often operate dining cars (refered to as restaurant carriages in the UK) where you can sit down, relax and enjoy an excellent meal just as you would in a good restaurant (no reservation required). Alternatively many trains offer buffet cars, where you can buy drinks and snacks.
High Speed Trains A journey on a high speed train is a must for any European itinerary. Travelling at up to 300 km per hour, these trains are the fastest way to travel between Europe’s major cities. Discounts are available for rail pass holders. Passholder fares are best requested when you purchase your rail pass and are subject to availability. TGV FRANCE - ITALY
A high-speed premier train offering daily return journeys between France and Italy.
Also known as the “Red Train”, the Thalys is the fastest way to travel between Paris, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.
Routes: • Paris – Milan/Turin • Chambery – Milan/Turin • Lyon - Milan/Turin
Routes: •P aris - Amsterdam /Brugge/ Cologne •B russels - Amsterdam/Cologne/ Paris/Schiphol Airport
Facilities onboard: • Comfortable reclining seats available in 1st & 2nd class • Metro tickets for Paris, Lyon, Milan and Turin can be purchased from the Buffet car onboard
TGV France – Italy is open for reservations 90 days in advance and requires a compulsory seat reservation.
There are more destinations available, please ask your local House of Travel. Facilities onboard: •1 st class: Reclining and spacious seats with plenty of leg room, complimentary WiFi connection, a meal and drinks served at your seat •2 nd class: Comfortable seats with a variety of food and refreshments available for purchase
The Thalys is open for reservations 90 days in advance and requires a compulsory seat reservation. “Easy access” Passholder fares available.
Covering Sweden and Denmark, the X2000 is one of the world’s most modern trains and known for its high-quality service in addition to speed.
Operating across France, TGV’s offer connections to bordering countries Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Spain.
Routes: • Stockholm – Gothenburg/ Copenhagen/Malmo
Routes: •P aris – Bordeaux /Lille/Lyon/ Marseille/ Nice •B russels – Geneve/Avignon/Lille/ Lyon / Marseille/Nice •P aris – Bern/Geneva/Lausanne/ Zurich •P aris – Frankfurt /Munich/ Stuttgart •P aris – Barcelona There are many more destinations available, please ask your local House of Travel.
• Stockholm – Falun/Karlstad/ Sundsvall Facilities onboard: • 1st class: Spacious carriages with large seats, complimentary WiFi connection, in-seat breakfast served until 9am and complimentary tea & coffee throughout the journey • 2nd class: Comfortable seats with food and beverages available for purchase at the Bar Car
The X2000 & X3000 are open for reservations 90 days in advance and requires a compulsory seat reservation.
The TGV is open for reservations 90 days in advance and requires a compulsory seat reservation. Paris - Barcelona/Germany trains will be open for reservations 120 days in advance.
Facilities onboard: •C omfortable reclining seats in 1st & 2nd class •R efreshments can be enjoyed in the bar car - variety of snacks and meals available for purchase
E-TICKETS House of Travel offer E-tickets on the following services: Eurostar, Thalys, French Domestic & International TGV, Spanish Trains and Italian Trains* Ticket delivery has never been easier. House of Travel offers you the option of a convenient ‘Print @home’ e-ticket that can be printed in colour or black and white from any office, cafe or home that has a printer. You don’t have to worry about its loss, you can reprint it as often as you like. * E-Tickets are only offered when a route or train carrier allows it. Some routes and fares may not offer a e-ticket option. Ask your local House of Travel for more information.
Known for its punctuality, the AVE offers a high level of service and makes travelling through Spain a pleasant and overall comfortable experience.
Austria’s high speed train travelling at speeds of up to 230km/h.
Routes: • Madrid – Zaragoza/Barcelona • Madrid – Sevilla/Cordoba/Malaga • Barcelona – Malaga/Sevilla
Routes: • Munich – Salzburg/Vienna/ Budapest
Facilities onboard: • 1st & Business class: Access to multiple AVE lounges throughout Spain, drinks and meals served at your seat and access to the conference room onboard the train* • 2nd class: Comfortable seats with food and beverages available for purchase onboard
• Zurich – Innsbruck/Salzburg/ Vienna/ Budapest 1st Class
The AVE is open for reservations 60-90 days in advance and requires a compulsory seat reservation. *Access to AVE lounges (Sala Club in Tarragona, Madrid Chamartín, Madrid Puerta de Atocha, Málaga María Zambrano, Córdoba, Sevilla Santa Justa , Zaragoza Delicias and Barcelona-Sants) for 1st and Business Class passengers. Meal service is not available on all services.
Facilities onboard: • 1st class: Spacious leather reclining seats, with meals and drinks available for purchase and served at your seat
Railjet is open for reservations 60-90 days in advance and seat reservations are recommended.
• 2nd class: Comfortable seats with a trolley service available to purchase snacks and drinks
ITALY “FRECCIAROSSA” & “FRECCIARGENTO”
The ICE (Intercity – Express) links nearly all major German cities to cities within Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Denmark.
These high speed trains offer multiple connections to Italian main cities and towns, ensuring a safe and comfortable journey. WiFi available onboard.
Routes: • Zurich – Stuttgart • Frankfurt – Brussels/ Hamburg / Munich/Paris • Berlin – Basel/ Copenhagen/ Frankfurt There are over 32 destinations available, please ask your local House of Travel.
Routes: • Rome – Florence/ Milan/Naples/ Venice • Milan – Venice/Turin • Florence – Venice There are many more destinations available, please ask your local House of Travel.
• 2nd class: Comfortable seats with snacks and beverages Facilities onboard: available for purchase from the • 1st class: Leather seats, electric trolley service onboard sockets for laptops and DVDs are The ICE is open for reservations found on most 1st class carriages, 90 days in advance and seat complimentary newspapers. reservations are recommended. Complimentary WiFi available on selected ICE train routes.
Facilities onboard: • 1st class: reclining seats, with power sockets available at your seat, welcome drink served at your seat, newspapers and magazines on morning trains
These trains are open for reservation 120 days in advance and require a compulsory seat reservation. E-tickets are now available for high-speed domestic trains in Italy!
• 2nd class: comfortable seats, power sockets available at your seat
Italo is the name of the high speed trains operated by NTV. NTV is the first private rail operator on the Italian high speed network and offers a brand new way to travel around Italy. Complimentary WiFi available.
A fast and comfortable train journey between St Petersburg and Helsinki.
Routes: • Rome – Florence/ Milan/Naples/ Bologna • Milan – Florence/Naples Facilities onboard: • Prima 1st class: reclining seats, with power sockets available at your seat, welcome drink and snacks served at your seat • Smart 2nd class: comfortable seats, power sockets available at your seat
The NTV Italo is open for reservations 90-120 days in advance and requires a compulsory seat reservation. There are no passholder fares for the Italo train.
Routes: • St Petersburg - Helsinki Facilities onboard: •1 st class: Leather seats with a folding table, access to a selfservice zone with tea and coffee and to a buffet bar to purchase food and drinks •2 nd class: Comfortable seats with a folding table, access to a buffet bar to purchase food and drinks
The Allegro train is open for reservations 30-60 days in advance and requires a compulsory seat reservation. There are no passholder fares for the Allegro train.
SAPSAN Connecting two of Russia’s major hubs, Moscow and St Petersburg. Routes: • Moscow - St Petersburg Facilities onboard: • Business: Reclining leather seats with folding table and foot rest, audio-visual unit, hot meal from a menu, tea, coffee, soft or alcoholic beverages • Economy: Reclining seats with folding table and foot rest
The Sapsan train is open for reservations 30-45 days in advance and requires a compulsory seat reservation
Thalys 1st Class 7
Night Trains PARIS - MOSCOW NIGHT TRAIN
A night service offering an unforgettable experience over two days.
Overnight train service operating from Helsinki to Moscow. This overnight service is full of Russian atmosphere.
Routes • Paris - Moscow
Routes: • Helsinki - Moscow
Accommodation onboard • First Class Single and Double Sleepers: Comfortable sleeping accommodation complete with a welcome kit, sheets, pillows and bath towels provided • Second Class (3 berth) Couchettes: Comfortable sleeping accommodation for the price conscious traveller
Accommodation onboard: •B usiness Class Sleepers: Single or double cabins with a private shower and toilet , air conditioned carriage, DVD players and a dedicated bar where travellers can sit and have a drink •D ouble Sleepers: Comfortable twin cabins, air conditioning, restaurant car and WC facilities at the end of each carriage •4 Berth Couchettes: Comfortable 4 berth cabins, air conditioning, restaurant car and WC facilities at the end of each carriage
The Paris – Moscow night train is open for reservations 45 days in advance. Passengers must have a valid visa for Russia & Belarus.
1st Class Double Sleeper
Business Class Sleepers
The Tolstoy is open for reservations 60 days in advance. All passengers must have a valid visa to Russia. THELLO NIGHT TRAIN
Overnight train service between France and Italy.
Overnight train service between the capital cities of Spain and Portugal.
Routes: • Paris - Milan/Venice
Routes: • Madrid - Lisbon
Accommodation onboard: • Single, Double and Triple Sleepers: Private washing facilities (excl. shower), complimentary toiletry bag and breakfast served in your cabin • Couchettes (4 & 6 berths): Air-conditioned compartments, ideal for the price conscious traveller
Accommodation onboard: •G ran Class Single or Double Sleepers: Private ensuite with WC and access to the VIP lounge in Madrid •F irst class Single or Double Sleepers: Private washbasin •C ouchettes (4 berths only): Air conditioned compartments with in-cabin washbasin •R eclining seats: Ideal for the price conscious traveller
The Thello Night Train is open for bookings 120 days in advance. No Passholder fares available.
6 Berth Couchette
The Lusitania is open for reservations 60 days in advance.
CITY NIGHT LINE
OEBB EuroNight Trains
Overnight train service between Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy and Switzerland.
Overnight trains linking Austria with Switzerland, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic and France.
Routes: • Cologne – Prague/Warsaw • Berlin – Munich/Zurich • Hamburg – Munich/Zurich • Munich –Rome/Venice • Prague – Zurich
Routes: • Vienna - Berlin/Cologne/Florence/ Hamburg/Rome/Strasbourg/Venice/ Warsaw/Zurich • Zurich - Budapest/Prague/Zagreb
Accommodation onboard: • Deluxe Single, Double and Triple Sleepers: Welcome drink, private ensuite with WC and breakfast served in your cabin • Economy Single, Double and Triple Sleepers: Private washbasin, breakfast served in your cabin • Couchettes (6 berth): Bunk style beds on each cabin side, pillows, blankets and sheets are provided • Reclining Seats: Ideal for the budget conscious traveller with blankets available upon request
Accommodation onboard: • Deluxe Single or Double Sleepers: Private ensuite facilities, WC and breakfast included •S ingle and Double Sleepers: Comfortable sleepers with breakfast included. No ensuite facilities •C ouchettes, 6 berth: Comfortable bunks •R eclining seats: Adjustable comfortable seats
Deluxe Double Sleeper The City Night Line is open for reservations 90 days in advance.
OEBB Night trains are open for reservations 90 days in advance.
Trains operate daily and are also available in the opposite direction.
1st Class Double Sleeper
Eurostar© Eurostar is the number one choice for travel between the heart of London and the heart of Paris or Brussels via the Channel Tunnel. Avoid the stress of airports, costly transfers and taxes as Eurostar whisks you to your destination in style and comfort.
Classes of service
Offers a first class service designed specifically for the business traveller
Offers you freedom and space to work or unwind
Offers comfort, convenience and value for money
• Boarding guarantee • Dedicated private carriage • Access to the exclusive business premier lounges & free access to WiFi throughout the lounges • Priority check-in: 10 minutes prior to departure • Meals & selection of drinks served at your seat
• Spacious and comfortable reclining seats with generous legroom • Complimentary light meal and beverages served at your seat • Complimentary newspapers and magazines
• A variety of food and drinks are available for purchase from the buffet-car • Seamless city to city centre travel • Check-in until 30 minutes prior to departure
• Semi-flexible ticket options available • Check-in until 30 minutes prior to departure
• Choice of complimentary newspapers and magazines on-board • At seat power sockets for laptops
Eurostar direct to Disneyland Paris Visit the happiest place in Europe, Disneyland Paris. Eurostar offers 5 direct services per week (except during UK school holidays) from London or Ashford to Marnela-Vallée Chessy station, located next to the gates of the Theme Park.
London to Paris: 2 hrs 15 mins (18 services per day) London to Brussels: 2 hrs 01 mins (9 services per day)
Discounted fares ©EUROSTAR
Eurostar ski train direct to Avignon & the French Alps Seasonal routes are now available offering travellers an unforgettable high-speed train journey to the heart of the French Alps in winter and to Avignon in summer. Take the green run all the way to the slopes as all Eurostar journeys are carbon neutral and at no extra cost to you.
Eurostar offers a range of discounted fares including special child, youth, and senior discounts. Eurostar passholder fares offer outstanding value for money and are available for holders of selected passes covering France or Belgium.
E-tickets available! E-tickets are an electronic version of the paper ticket. This is emailed to you once your Eurostar booking has been processed. You must print the physical ticket on A4 paper as proof of purchase. Wheelchair passengers can travel in dedicated wheelchair spaces onboard the Eurostar. One travelling companion can accompany the passenger at a reduced rate.
How to use your Eurail Pass The following is a guide and simple instructions on how to use your rail pass. It is important that you have all your documents needed to travel in the countries you plan to visit, including a valid passport and any required visas. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance or a rail protection plan to cover you if your pass or ticket is lost or stolen in Europe.
Checking your Eurail Pass carefully
How do I fill in the travel calendar?
When you receive your Eurail Pass, check it very carefully to ensure all details and names are correct as per your passport. If there is a mistake, you will need to return your pass to the point of purchase to have it corrected. You will not be able to use it once in Europe if there is a mistake.
On each day you travel, before you board your first train, it is extremely important that you record the date in the travel calendar printed on the ticket (see the example below). Not doing so is the same as travelling without a ticket, which means you risk a hefty fine or having your pass confiscated by the ticket inspector.
Validating your Eurail Pass A Eurail Pass cannot be used for travelling until the first and last day of validity, validating stamp and passport number are filled in on the Pass. This can be done by an agent, when issuing a Pass, but will generally be done after arrival in Europe. This is referred to as “validating a Pass”.
Enter the day and the month in the correct boxes: write the day in the box marked ‘‘Day”, and the month in the box below, marked ‘‘Month”. • Enter every travel day in a separate box and write in blue or black ink. ie. 3rd May
It is also important to know that you must validate your Eurail Pass within 11 months of the date of issue. Validation in Europe can be done by a railway official at a ticket window or at a Eurail Aid Office. You can begin your first journey after 00:00 hours on the first day of validity of your pass and you must finish your last trip by 24.00 hours on the last day of validity. Note: You can travel on as many trains as you can fit into one day’s travel. Seat reservations are not included in the cost of your pass. These can be purchased before you go, or when you get to the train station.
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Rail Protection Plan If your pass or ticket is lost or stolen, the railway companies will not refund you. House of Travel offers the Rail Protection Plan which covers you in case your rail pass or ticket is lost or stolen in Europe or Japan. The Rail Protection Plan must be purchased at the time you buy your pass or ticket. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
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Eurail Global Pass Want ultimate freedom to travel in 28 European countries? Don’t want to be told where to visit and how long to stay? Why compromise on your dream itinerary? With a Eurail Global Pass you can see Europe your way and visit any of the 28 countries in any order you choose.
Eurail Global Pass Continuous Ideal option for those frequently on the move. Validity: 15, 22 days or 1, 2, 3 months Fares*: 1st class: Adult, Youth, 60+ Saver and Saverpass 2nd class: Youth
Eurail Global Pass Flexi
Countries Included Austria
Great option if you want to spend more time in each destination and not travel every day.
5 & 7 days within 1 month; 10 & 15 days within 2 months 1st class: Adult, Youth, 60+ Saver and Saverpass 2nd class: Youth
on’t forget, on each specified day you can travel on as D many trains as you like until midnight!
* F are Types: • Youth: under 26 years of age • 60+ Saver: Must be over 60 years of age with 2 or more people travelling together. • Saverpass: Option allowing two or more people to travel together under one single pass. Saver Passes are approximately 15% per person cheaper than the regular adult pass.
Child: 4-11 years inclusive, travel FREE on all Eurail Passes FREE
and must be accompanied by an adult. Limit 2 children per adult. Seat reservation fees apply as normal.
Eurail Passes are now valid for 11 months from date of issue.
More than 50 Bonus Offers are available. Stretch your budget further with these exclusive discounts: • FREE ferry service Greece - Italy. • FREE travel on the S-Bahn in major German cities. • Discounted passholder fares available on the Eurostar.
Eurail Select Pass When you plan to visit only a few countries, Eurail Select Pass is the way to go with unlimited travel on the national rail networks of most 2, 3 or 4 adjoining countries within a 2 month period. With 26 participating countries, the hardest part is choosing where to go!
Eurail Two Country Select Pass Validity: 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10 days within 2 months Fares**: 1st & 2nd class: Adult, Youth and Saverpass
Eurail Three & Four Country Select Pass
Eurail Select Two(1) , Three and Four country pass options: Country
Connected by train or ferry to
Croatia/Slovenia*, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland
France, Germany, Ireland
Validity: 5, 6, 8 or 10 days within 2 months
Greece, Montenegro/Serbia*, Romania, Turkey
Fares**: 1st class: Adult, Youth and Saverpass 2nd class: Youth
Austria, Montenegro/Serbia*, Hungary, Italy
Austria, Germany, Slovakia
Germany, Norway, Sweden
Benelux, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland
Austria, Benelux, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland
Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey
Austria, Croatia/Slovenia*, Montenegro/ Serbia*, Romania, Slovakia
Child: 4-11 years inclusive, travel FREE on all Eurail Passes and
must be accompanied by an adult. Limit 2 children per adult. Seat reservation fees apply as normal.
Austria, Croatia/Slovenia*, France, Greece, Spain, Switzerland
Bulgaria, Croatia/Slovenia*, Hungary, Romania
Eurail Passes are now valid for 11 months from date of issue
Bulgaria, Hungary, Montenegro/Serbia*
France, Italy, Portugal
Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary
Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway
Austria, France, Germany, Italy
Not sure which countries adjoin? Please ask your local House of Travel .
** F are Types: • Youth: under 26 years of age • Saverpass: Option allowing two or more people to travel together under one single pass. Saver Passes are approximately 15% per person cheaper than the regular adult pass. • Fare levels vary depending on selected countries – Visit our website for pricing.
* B enelux (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg) is considered as one country, Croatia/Slovenia is considered as one country and Montenegro/Serbia is considered as one country. (1) Eurail Select Two country pass: Following country combinations not available: Italy - Switzerland, Benelux-Ireland, Denmark-Norway, Denmark-Sweden, Finland-Germany, Finland-Sweden, France-Ireland, Greece-Turkey and Sweden-Norway.
Bonus Offers Stretch your budget further with these exclusive discounts: • Discounts on Romantic Road coach services in Germany. • Discounted ferry crossing from Helsinki to Stockholm. • Access to discounted passholder fares on high speed trains in selected countries. For a full list of bonus offers please ask your local House of Travel.
Single & Multi-Country Passes Single & Multi Country passes are simple to use and offer great value. Single country passes allow unlimited train travel in one European country. Multi-country passes allow you to travel within two or more countries.
Single country passes available: Countries Included:
Multi-country passes available: Countries Included:
Italy: more info on pg 16
Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg)
Scandinavia Pass (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland)
France: more info on pg 18
Switzerland: more info on pg 19
The Balkan Flexipass allows travel on the national rail networks of Bulgaria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania and Turkey. Passes are valid for 5, 10 or 15 days of travel within a 1 month period and available in 1st and 2nd class.
Central Europe Triangle Pass
Travel on the National Railways of Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary on the following routes: • Vienna - Budapest - Prague • Vienna - Prague - Salzburg
European East Pass
The European East Pass combines travel in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. This pass provides unlimited travel and is perfect for you to enjoy the unique character and history of each region at your own pace, in your choice of 1st class or 2nd class. Passes are valid for 5 to 10 days of travel within a 1 month period and can be used consecutively or nonconsecutively.
Single & Multi-country passes offer great value for money and entitle you to several bonuses. Bonuses and discounts vary from ferry crossings, reductions on car rental, hotels, access to museums and much more. Pass holders are entitled to a variety of bonuses offering fantastic value to the international traveller.
Can’t find the pass that suits your travel needs? Please refer to pages 11 - 12 for information on the Eurail Global and Eurail Select Pass.
BritRail The most rewarding and relaxing way to see Britain is by train and made more convenient with our range of BritRail passes and sector fares. Travelling by rail in the UK means you can sit back, relax and watch the scenery roll by.
UK Point To Point Tickets $
Book in advance for cheaper fares
If you are planning one or two train trips then check with your local House of Travel for a wide range of special UK point to point fares, available in either First or Standard class. House of Travel has access to , and fares. These are heavily discounted fares between 15%-60% off. Tickets are available for instant purchase and subject to availability.
BritRail Pass The freedom to travel on the national rail networks of England, Scotland and Wales. The BritRail Pass is available in both Consecutive and Flexi days.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND ENGLAND
BritRail England Pass The ideal pass if you are planning to travel in England only. Choose between Consecutive or Flexi days and explore places like London, Manchester, Brighton, Bath, Liverpool and so much more.
BritRail South West Pass Travel throughout Great Britain’s charming Southwest region to popular destinations including: London, Bath, Oxford, Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, King Arthur’s round table in Winchester and any stop in between. Available in both Consecutive and Flexi days.
BritRail London Plus Pass Ideal for travellers planning to be based in London or the South East of England. Available as a Flexi pass, it’s perfect for day trips in the South East region of England.
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Bonus Offers Take advantage of these extras when you purchase a BritRail Pass:
BritRail Freedom of Scotland Pass
• Saver passes valid for 3 to 9 passengers travelling together
This Flexi pass is ideal to roam around Scotland and is valid for travel on trains, coach and boat. This pass is not valid for travel before 9:15am (weekdays) on all services except the West Highland line and Far North routes.
• One child (5-15 years) travels free for each full paying adult or senior on selected passes • Travel on the Heathrow & Gatwick Express
BritRail Central Scotland Pass The BritRail Central Scotland Pass allows you to visit some of the famous spots in Scotland’s central belt. This flexi pass is ideal for ‘day-trips’ from Glasgow or Edinburgh.
BritRail Scottish Highlands Pass Valid for 4 days of travel within 8 days and on the following routes: • Glasgow - Oban/Fort William/Mallaig • Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh • Inverness - Wick/Thurso • Inverness - Aberdeen • Inverness – Aviemore
Did you know? • Enjoy discounts of up to 15-20% off on Youth and 60+ fares. • Trains in Britain run regularly and it is not compulsory to reserve a seat. It is advisable to book a seat during peak times or during public holidays. This can only be arranged locally.
City Transport - London & Paris Getting around big cities in Europe is easier by pre-purchasing local transport cards before you leave New Zealand. This will help you avoid any hassles when you arrive and will allow you to get straight onto the metro or underground Tubeand map make your sightseeing stress-free. 1
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London Transport Oyster Card for Visitors
Smarter, faster and cheaper the Oyster card gets you the best fares on London’s public transport system. Your card comes with your choice of £10, £15, £20 or £50 credit so all you need to do is start travelling. There is no expiry date and it is valid on the Tube, bus, Docklands Light Railway, tram, and some National Rail services.
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Walthamstow Queen’s Road
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury
King’s Cross St. Pancras
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Harringay Green Lanes
Manor House Upper Holloway
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Paris Transport Paris Metro Card (Paris Visite)
Public transport is the best way to get around this bustling city. Paris’ famous Metro is easy to use and includes access to Charles de Gaulle airport, Disneyland Paris and Palace of Versailles with the Zone 1-5 card. A vast network of buses also criss-cross the city and many travel past the major monuments and attractions. A Paris Visite card includes all metro, tramway, bus, SNCF & RER express trains and bus transport. Valid for 1, 2, 3 or up to 5 consecutive days travel and available for zones 1-3 or 1-5.
Italy Visit Italy’s famous landmarks, travel from the hills of Tuscany to coastal resorts and towns of the Cinque Terre. Visit the capital city of Italy - Rome, Florence which is home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David or one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, Venice- famous for its canals and St. Mark’s Square.
Places To Go The Amalfi Coast is a stunning area of Italy’s coastline located south of Naples. The Amalfi Coast containing the famous coastal resort towns of Amalfi & Positano, is known for its picturesque towns, cliffside villages, rugged terrain and unmistakable scenic beauty. Although the Amalfi Coast does not have a train line, it is still accessible by bus services or ferry. From Rome you can take a train down to Naples, and swap to the Private line between Naples and Sorrento. From Sorrento you will then need to take a bus. The private “Circumvesuviana” line from Naples to Sorrento is NOT covered on any Train ticket or Rail Pass. For this travel you will need to purchase a separate ticket in Naples or Sorrento at the station. Tickets from Naples to Sorrento and vice versa are approx. €3 one way per person, and depart every 30 minutes. The train usually goes via Pompeii and will take about 1hr and 10 mins to get from Naples to Sorrento. The Cinque Terre is a coastal area comprising of 5 incredibly beautiful small coastal villages. The Cinque Terre consists of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, all located on the North East coast of Italy. The most common way to get to the Cinque Terre by train from the North of Italy is to go via Genoa or Levanto. If you are coming from the South to the Cinque Terre, the best starting point is La Spezia. Once you get to Levanto or La Spezia you will need to take a regional train to get to one of the 5 villages. There are up to 25 services a day that run this routing in each direction, so you will never have to worry if you miss one.
Sicily is the south-most region of Italy, and the largest Island in the Mediterranean Sea. Located just a couple of kilometres off the tip of the Italian “boot”, Sicily is famed for its beautiful beaches, cuisine and fascinating history.
Bonus Offers Show your pass for these extra bonuses: • Holders of a First class Italy Rail Pass can travel aboard the "Leonardo Express" operating between Roma Termini and Fiumicino Airport. House of Travel can also organise a point to point ticket for travel onboard the Leonardo Express, prices starting from $30. • Free ferry crossings from Villa S. Giovanni (Calabria) to Messina (Sicily).
Things to do include exploring the ancient ruins at Siracusa; trekking around the active Volcano Mt Etna, step back in time and visit the Greek temple and amphitheatre in Segesta or go for a walk around the large capital of Palermo and dive head first into the Sicilian way of life. There is so much to see and do in Sicily that you will be spoilt for choice, but don’t miss out on any opportunity to experience as much of their unique culinary delights as possible. The main cities of interest are Palermo, Messina, Agrigento, Catania and Siracusa.
Tuscany is a highly popular region in North Central Italy, rich in history, culture and known for its amazing food, wine and hospitality. Florence is the largest city in the Tuscan region, yet other highlights of the region include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Chanti wine region, the medieval village of San Gimignano, Duomo of Siena, Duomo of Florence, Lucca and its Roman amphitheatres. Go for a bike ride around the Tuscan hills. Taste some local cheeses and olive oil. Soak up the atmosphere in a busy local restaurant. Trains connect most of the region with many regional trains servicing the main routes. Florence to Pisa is just over an hour by regional train (it is not possible to reserve seats on this service), which passes through some gorgeous small villages giving you a real feel for the Italian countryside.
Eurail Italy Rail Pass Cover all your travels in Italy by purchasing the Italy rail pass (Note: the private line from Naples to Sorrento is not covered and tickets for this service can only be purchased locally). This pass provides unlimited travel on Trenitalia’s Network, either in 1st class or 2nd class. Passes are valid for 3, 4, 5 & 8 days of travel within a 1 month period and can be used consecutively or non-consecutively. For multi-destinational passes including Italy see pages 11 - 13. Child: 4-11 years inclusive, travel FREE on all Eurail Passes FREE
and must be accompanied by an adult. Limit 2 children per adult. Seat reservation fees apply as normal.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express The golden age of travel may have been in the Roaring Twenties, but the art of voyaging in style is still alive and well today. That sense of wonder can still be felt on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, where travel is about relishing the experience.
CABIN BY NIGHT
Embark on a voyage aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and become part of its glorious, ever-changing history. You need only glimpse its gleaming carriages and be greeted by the steward in his distinctive uniform to know that the most memorable journey of your life has begun.
Once a year you can relive the historic maiden journey first made by the Orient Express in 1883. Departing from Paris, experience the dramatic landscapes of Eastern Europe, the mountainous Austrian Alps and the cities of Budapest and Bucharest before reaching cosmopolitan Istanbul. This is a true taste of the golden age of travel.
Savour the beautiful surroundings - the opulent interiors, sparkling crystal, plush fabrics and polished woods. Relax in your own cabin, anticipating a delicious breakfast served as you look out over exciting new panoramas. Savour exceptional European cuisine in one of the three beautifully restored 1920s restaurant cars. At the heart of the train, the stylish Bar Car offers a welcoming environment in which to relax over a cocktail while you enjoy music by the resident pianist. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers a variety of journeys including the classic two day journey from London across Northern France to Paris and then on through majestic Swiss and Austrian Alpine lakes and mountains, before arriving in Venice. Throughout the season, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels to many of Europeâ€™s greatest cities including Vienna, Budapest, the medieval splendour of Prague and new for 2016 - Berlin.
INCLUSIONS Your journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express includes onboard accommodation, meals and entertainment as described in each itinerary.
BELMOND BRITISH PULLMAN, LONDON Step on board Belmond British Pullman, sister train to Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and you are back in the heyday of great train travel. Experience a magnificent five-course lunch, accompanied by Champagne, as you travel on a circular tour of the British countryside. This is the perfect day-trip extension from London Victoria station. ENGLAND London GERMANY
DEPARTURES The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers a variety of journeys ranging from 1-5 nights. The train departs London or Paris to Venice on selected Thursdays and Sundays and returns from Venice on selected Wednesdays and Saturdays between 19 March and 10 November, 2016. Paris to Istanbul departs 26 August and returns from Istanbul to Venice 2 September, 2016. For specific itineraries and departure dates please ask your local House of Travel.
Zurich Basel SWITZERLAND
Prague CZECH REPUBLIC
France Passionate people, gastronomic feasts and superb shopping make France a country not to be missed. Scour the Paris flea markets for antiques, explore charming villages and learn the art of wine tasting. With so much to see and do, the rest of Europe may have to wait until your next holiday!
Places To Go The French Riviera or ‘Côte d’Azur’ as known in France, is one of the most talked-about and well known coastal regions on the Mediterranean Sea. Situated in the South east corner of France, it is known for its high end beachside resorts, luxury hotels, restaurants and celebrity tourists. Among the most popular areas are Nice, Cannes (home of the renowned film festival), Monaco, Saint Raphaël and Saint Tropez. Most of these areas are easily accessible by train, and services are quite frequent. Direct TGV fast trains from Paris to Nice run up to 9 times a day and only take 5 ½ hours. Once in Nice, hop on a regional train heading south and it will take you to Cannes, Saint Raphaël and as far as Frejus. In order to get from Frejus to Saint Tropez, you will need to get off the train at Frejus and either take a bus or hire a car to drive to Saint Tropez as it does not have a train line. If you’re in the area, why not stop by Monaco and check on Monte Carlo? It is a short 22 minute regional train ride from Nice, and it is included for all Passes including France. The Champagne-Ardenne region of France is most famous for one particular thing; Champagne. Explore the Moet & Chandon cellars in Epernay or visit the Mumm Champagne House and Reims Cathedral. This region is a large draw card for lovers of fine wine with plenty of day tours throughout the area on offer. Frequent trains run to Champagne-Ardenne, with direct fast (TGV) trains leaving every hour and only taking 45 minutes. There is also a direct regional service from Paris to Epernay, which takes just over an hour. For those wanting to visit the Moet & Chandon cellars in Epernay, it is short 5 minute walk from the station.
Normandy is a popular region of France located north west of Paris along the coastline of the English Channel. Normandy is teeming with history, including WW II landing sights, battle grounds and fields of poppies. But this is certainly not the only thing this great area has going for it. Normandy is also the home of the delicious Camembert cheese which originated from the small village of Camembert in 1680. Who could forget the famous Le Mont-Saint-Michel located in Normandy, attracting many tourists from near and far to see the world famous fairytale-like abbey perched on a small island in the English Channel. Trains run throughout the region quite regularly and into the main destinations of Caen, Bayeux and Rouen. The area is mainly serviced by French Journey trains; however there are some routings that involve TGV trains. You’ll be able to use any of these trains with any pass that covers France; however any fast (TGV) trains you take will require a compulsory seat reservation before you hop on. Regional trains do not require a seat reservation. E-tickets are also available for TGV trains. More information on TGV trains please refer to page 6.
France Rail Pass This pass provides unlimited travel on the French National Railways (SNCF) including Monaco, either in 1st class or 2nd class. Passes are valid for 1 to 9 days of travel within a 1 month period or 15 days of travel within a 2 month period. The pass is also available for 2, 4, 5, 8 or 15 consecutive days of travel. For multi-destinational passes including France see pages 11 - 13 Child: 4-11 years inclusive, travel FREE on France Rail FREE
passes and must be accompanied by an adult. Limit 2 children per adult. Seat reservation fees apply as normal.
If visiting Paris, combine your pass with a Paris Visite (metro card) and a Paris Museum Pass which will ensure you have all of Paris covered. Ask your local House or Travel for details.
Switzerland Pretty as a picture, Switzerland is one breathtaking view after another. The Swiss Travel System, covering a network of 26,000 kms by rail, bus and boat, has a great range of tickets which enable overseas visitors to travel in comfort.
Swiss Travel Passes Available in both Consecutive and Flexi days, the Swiss Travel Pass offers unlimited travel on the national rail network of trains, boats and bus lines and is valid on the public transport systems of 75 Swiss cities and towns. TIP: The Swiss Travel Pass (consecutive and flexi pass) covers the entire journey on the Glacier Express. Compulsory seat reservation required and not included.
Swiss Transfer Ticket A Swiss Transfer Ticket is ideal if you are planning to visit one destination within Switzerland. It is valid for one inbound rail journey from any Swiss airport or border town to any single destination in Switzerland and back again. Each journey must be completed in a day and valid on the most direct route. The Swiss Transfer Ticket is best used for winter holidays or short stays in Switzerland.
Swiss Half Fare Card “Combi” The Swiss Half Fare Card is available for purchase in conjunction with a Swiss Travel Pass Flex or a Swiss Transfer Ticket. The pass allows 50% discount on point-to-point tickets within Switzerland.
Jungfrau VIP Pass Your own personal passport to some of the most spectacular excursions in Europe. This pass allows 3 days of travel in and around the Jungfrau region. The main highlight of course is the trip up to the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe. Passes are valid between May and October. If you’re travelling outside of these months, House of Travel also offer a return day trip ticket to visit the Jungfraujoch.
Engelberg/Lucerne, Switzerland Mt. Titlis Return Day Trip This exciting day trip from Engelberg or Lucerne will get you to the top of Titlis! The new 8 seater Titlis Xpress gondola will take you directly to Stand through a tunnel below Truebsee. In case you wish to hike around the lake or relax in an oar-boat you may get down in this tunnel. From Stand you will have to change to the “Rotair”, the world’s first revolving cable car which will take you to the top of Mt Titlis. Experience the “IceFlyer” and the “Titlis Cliff Walk”, Europe’s highest suspension bridge with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains.
Children under 16 years travel free
Travelling with your children? In Switzerland children under 16 years of age travel free when accompanied by at least one parent. The Swiss Family card is FREE and valid when purchased in conjunction with a Swiss Travel Pass or a Swiss Transfer Ticket. Children not accompanied by their parents receive a 50% discount on Swiss Travel Passes and Swiss Transfer tickets.
Passes for travel in
Switzerland Swiss Travel Pass Consecutive Swiss Travel Pass Flex Swiss Half Fare Card “Combi” Swiss Transfer Ticket Pre-validation is required at time of purchase. For multi-destinational passes including Switzerland see pages 11 - 13.
Bonus Offers Get the most out of Switzerland with these bonus offers: • Free travel on public transport in 75 Swiss cities and towns • Free entry to over 470 museums and exhibitions • Free boat travel from Lucerne to Vitznau and the cogwheel train to Mount Rigi • 50% reduction on most mountain-top trains and cable cars Bonus offers above apply to Swiss Travel Pass holders only.
Swiss Scenic Trains A journey on one of the Swiss Scenic trains is a must to truly experience the beauty of Switzerland. There are a number of different journeys to choose from, and guarantee spectacular scenery and a great way to experience the best of Swiss Alps.
Route: St Moritz/Davos-Chur-Andermatt-Brig-Zermatt or vice versa Season: Operates daily all year round (except 1st Nov-11th Dec) Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes A breathtakingly beautiful scenic ride through mountain forests, rushing streams and alpine beauty that connects St Moritz and Zermatt, two of the world’s most famous mountain resorts. Travel through 91 tunnels and cross 291 bridges and the 2045 metre high Oberalp Pass. 2
Route: Montreaux-Zweisimmen-Interlaken-Lucerne or vice versa Season: Operates daily all year round Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes Golden Pass is the natural link between central Switzerland and Lake Geneva on a spectacular 240 km journey. From Lake Lucerne through Interlaken and down to Montreux along the shores of Lake Geneva, this picturesque journey is a window to many of Switzerland’s scenic highlights. 3
Route: Chur- St Moritz-Tirano-Lugano or vice versa Season: Train from Chur/St Moritz - Tirano: operates daily all year round Bus from Tirano - Lugano: operates daily April - mid October Duration: 7 hours
Route: Montreux-Broc-Gruyeres-Montreux Season: Operates Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from JuneOctober and daily during July & August Duration: 8 hours Chocolate and cheese lovers will be delighted by this unique 8 hour return journey commencing in Montreux, on the Swiss Riviera. You’ll visit Gruyeres, home of Gruyeres cheese and Broc, where the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory is marvellously situated between the Alps and Lake Gruyeres. The journey includes visits to Gruyeres Castle and the cheese factory, plus chocolate sampling at the Nestlé factory. 6
Route: Brig-Goppenstein-Kandersteg-Spiez/Bern or vice versa Season: Operates daily all year round Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes Following real demand from rail connoisseurs, the Lötschberger connects Bern with the Valais region, and follows the scenic mountain route via Kandersteg and the old Lötschberger tunnel, offering stunning views and extra comfort due to the train’s large panorama windows. Note: Compulsory seat reservations apply to all Scenic trains and a surcharge will apply. Reservations can be made between 60 – 90 days prior to the train departure date.
The Bernina Express is a magnificent journey taking you through white glaciers, wild gorges, amazing bridges and loop tunnels. Starting in Chur or St Moritz, the journey will take you to Tirano in Italy, from where a bus to Lugano is available to complete the journey. GENEVA 4
Wilhelm Tell Express
Route : Lucerne-Fluelen-Locarno/Lugano or vice versa Season: Operates twice daily between May - October Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes Your journey departs from Lake Lucerne onboard a nostalgic paddle steamer. Upon arrival in Fluelen, a train will take you through steep ravines and cliffs of the Reuss Valley, and through the historic 15km Gotthard railway tunnel to reach your destination of Locarno or Lugano.
Travel on the Swiss Scenic trains are covered by passes that include Switzerland. Seat reservations are an additional cost.
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland links the country’s highlights along one spectacular route: from glaciers to palm trees, to traditional mountain villages and buzzing cities. This 8-day/7-night rail and hotel package combines the GoldenPass Line, Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Wilhelm Tell, and the Jungfraujoch. Choose between 3 and 4 star accommodation to complete your Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.
Arrive into Zurich Use your Swiss card to travel from any Swiss Airport or border town to Zurich.
• 7 nights in 3 or 4 star accommodation
Day 2 Zurich - Lucerne - Interlaken Take a short train trip from Zurich to Lucerne. Once in Lucerne, enjoy town squares, churches and steamships on Lake Lucerne. Take the beautiful GoldenPass Line over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken.
• Swiss Card in 1st or 2nd class with the 8 transfers mentioned in the itinerary • T he basic package does not include seat reservations. Seat reservations are compulsory on the Wilhelm Tell Express, Bernina Express and Glacier Express. Seat reservations are additional to the price of the package and can be booked approximately 90 days in advance from the travel date
Interlaken - Jungraujoch - Montreux A visit to the world famous Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe: a sparkling snow and ice wonderland accessed through the highest altitude railway station in Europe, and once back in Interlaken, continue on through the scenic Simme Valley to Montreux on Lake Geneva.
• Please note that this is an independent package and therefore tour guides are not included
• Itinerary can be done in the reverse direction and additional nights can be added
Montreux - Martigny - Zermatt From Lake Geneva, you’ll travel to Martigny - the gateway to Great St Bernard and Forclaz Pass. Continue on via Visp to Zermatt.
• Breakfast is included • Departures daily between 9th April to 23rd October 2016
Day 5 Zermatt - St Moritz This legendary stretch includes a ride on the Glacier Express from the Matterhorn village to the resort town of St Moritz.
Pilatus Brienzer Rothorn
St Moritz - Lugano Two routes lead to Lugano in Switzerland’s sunny south. In summer, choose the Bernina Express train to Tirano (Italy), then the bus to Lugano.
Day 7 Lugano - Lucerne Few things will take your breath away like the Wilhelm Tell Express. Combining rail and waterway travel, this 5-hour trip starts with scenic rail before connecting to a spectacular 2.5-hour Lake Lucerne steamer boat ride.
Interlaken Jungfraujoch Montreux
Gstaad Rochers-de-Naye Brig Tirano Martigny Zermatt
Day 8 Depart from Lucerne Your tour ends today. You can use your Swiss card to travel from Lucerne to any Swiss Airport or border town.
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United States Of America USA Rail Pass© Gets you around the USA with ease and complete access to the Amtrak network. USA Rail Passes are available in three pass types with varying travel durations for travel throughout the entire United States. One city-to-city pair equals one segment. • 8 segments over 15 days • 12 segments over 30 days • 18 segments over 45 days Points to Point fares are great value if a pass is more than your itinerary requires. Amtrak’s network connects more than 500 destinations in 46 US states and three Canadian provinces. The company’s fleet of more than 300 trains includes 20 Acela Express high-speed trainsets, which operate the fastest passenger service in the Western Hemisphere. Ask your local House Travel for full details. TOP SELLER
Acela Express Enjoy superior comfort, upscale amenities, and polished professional service at speeds up to 240 km/h - aboard the Acela Express. Acela Express offers hourly services between New York and Washington DC, from Baltimore, Philadelphia and other intermediate cities, as well as many convenient round-trips between New York and Boston. Free WiFi is included in the cost of your ticket. TOP SELLER
Overnight services provide excellent sleeper accommodation if you are planning to stay more than a day onboard the train. Fresh towels, soap and bed linen are provided. Sleeper bedrooms are private, comfortable and affordable with meals in the dining car included. To/From and v.v
New York - Boston
New York - Washington DC
New York - Miami
Los Angeles - San Diego
Los Angeles - San Francisco San Francisco - Seattle
Chicago - New York
12 hrs 23.5 hrs
Did you know? • Almost 75% of travellers take the train from New York to Washington DC. The highest selling point-to-point fare sold for the United States. Travelling by train is easier and there’s no need to take off your shoes to clear security! • Amtrak takes you onboard the Maple Leaf train from New York City to Canada’s equally urbane metropolis, Toronto. Along the way, you'll travel through the beautiful Hudson River Valley, New York's wine country, the incredible gorges of the Finger Lakes region, nearby the dramatic spectacle of Niagara Falls. • Child ages on Amtrak is 2-12 years inclusive.
Canada - VIA Rail From coast to coast, through mountains, prairies, forests and skylines, there is nothing quite like seeing Canada by rail. Step into one of the well-appointed cars and get carried away to another world of travel, one that’s free of the stress of reading maps and navigating highway traffic and the endless line-ups and confinement of air travel. VIA’s flagship train, The Canadian takes four days to travel between Toronto and Vancouver and lets you see the breadth of the country like never before. Sleeper Touring Class exemplifies classic train travel where passengers are pampered with superb dining prepared fresh by on-board chefs, cosy accommodation and attentive service, along with the exclusive use of the panoramic Park Car with 360° views, art deco-style Bullet Lounge and more. Sleeper Touring Class accommodation has been recently refurbished. Choose from a Cabin for 2, Cabin for 1 or Sleeping Berth and fall gently asleep to the rocking motion of the train during the night and enjoy your own sitting area during the day. The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort. Highlights of Prestige Class include: personalised dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin (50% larger than the current cabin for two in Sleeper Plus class); large windows, private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more. Savour your meals in the completely refurbished dining cars, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared for you by an onboard chef. Dine-in elegance with china and linen, while attentive staff attend to your every need. Québec City - Windsor Corridor trains connect business and leisure travellers alike with the modern attractions, proud history and diverse cultures of Québec and Ontario.
All guests on board will enjoy convenient and frequent departures, free on board WiFi, spacious seats with individual power outlets and onboard light meals, and snack and bar service featuring an all-Canadian wine menu. Passenger’s onboard the two-day daylight Jasper - Prince Rupert train will be treated to spectacular views of the rugged Canadian Rockies, the beautiful Pacific Coast, the farms and sawmills dotting the lake-studded landscape. The train stops overnight in Prince George* and then winds through the Yellowhead Pass, across British Columbia’s interior plateau and along the mighty Skeena River. *Accommodation and transfers not included.
The Corridor service takes you from the French-Canadian cultural hub of Montreal all the way to the famous Niagara Falls. Along the way, you can visit the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and the metropolis that is Toronto.
Popular VIA Rail journeys To/From and v.v
3 days 10 hrs
2 days 14 hrs
* Amtrak connections available to the United States.™ Trademark owned by VIA Rail Canada Inc ® Registered trademark owned by VIA Rail Canada Inc.
Japan Explore the ancient temples, countryside and cities of Japan with a Japan Rail Pass. Speed, efficiency and state of the art technology are synonymous with rail travel in Japan. Shinkansen bullet trains travel at 300 km/h and connect Tokyo with Japan’s major cities at intervals of approximately 15 minutes. A Japan Rail Pass is designed for visitors to Japan and can only be purchased before you arrive. The pass can be used on all JR Group Railways including Shinkansen (except Nozomi), limited express trains, express trains, and rapid or local trains, as well as JR Bus Companies. Purchase an Exchange Order and on arrival, you simply exchange the voucher for a Japan Rail pass at an authorised Japan Rail Pass exchange office, at a station or at the following airports - Narita, Kansai or Chitose. Travellers must meet certain criteria to use these passes. To be eligible to purchase a Japan Rail Pass, you must meet one of the following 2 criteria. 1. Y ou are a foreign tourist visiting Japan for sightseeing, under the entry status of ‘‘temporary visitor”. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a Japan Rail Pass. 2. You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country who: a) is qualified to live permanently in that country, or b) is married to a non-Japanese resident in a country other than Japan. Note: persons meeting conditions a or b will be required to show proof of the same at the time of purchase.
There are two classes available: • A green pass gives you access to superior rail accommodation in the green cars (excludes private compartments and sleepers) • An ordinary pass provides standard class facilities
Did you know? • There is no charge to reserve seats in Japan. Reservations must be made in Japan and can be performed at any JR Rail office. • A void rush hours. In major cities, avoid travelling during the morning and evening rush hours (7:30-9:30am and 5:00pm-8:00pm) • N arita Airport is about 50 minutes from central Tokyo by train. The Narita Express is covered on your rail pass; seat reservations are compulsory and free of charge. Trains depart every 30 minutes between 7am and 10pm. •T he JR Yamanote line runs a loop around major subway stations in Tokyo. Major stops are Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo, Ueno and Ikebukoro. This line is covered by your Japan Rail Pass.
Pre-paid Metro Suica Card - Discover Tokyo by Metro.
Don’t waste time queuing for tickets, the Suica can be used immediately. Just touch your Suica to the ticket gate and the fare is automatically deducted from your credit. When the credit runs out simply top it up locally and keep travelling.
Airport Coach Transfer between Narita Airport and Central Tokyo Hotels vice versa
Airport Limousine Bus is the leading operator of the airport transportation in Tokyo. Enjoy convenient door-to-door transfers between Narita Airport and your hotel in central Tokyo. Purchasing tickets before arriving into Tokyo enables you to travel to your final destination with ease.
Passes for travel in
Japan Japan Rail Pass JR Hokkaido Pass JR Kyushu Pass JR East Pass
JR Northern Kyushu Pass JR Kansai wide area Pass JR All Shikoku Rail Pass
Asia By Rail Discover Korea’s fascinating land of natural wonders, Vietnam’s beautiful coastlines, China’s highlights such as the Great Wall or a train trip to Xian, renowned for its buried army of Terracotta Warriors or immerse yourself in the bustle and culture of Thailand. Whether you need rail tickets, transfers, accommodation or tours House of Travel can assist.
Eastern & Oriental Express, Southeast Asia
Korean Rail Pass
Discover the mystery and magic of Asia onboard a unique journey that will leave you with memories to last a life time. As the scenery unfolds, experience a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia onboard Eastern & Oriental Express. The majesty and splendour of Eastern & Oriental Express, with its comfortable and elegant compartments, gourmet cuisine and superb service, combined with the adventure of a journey through the heart of Asia, is a truly unique way to experience the full wonder of this remarkable region. Eastern & Oriental Express offers a choice of itineraries including the classic three day journey linking Singapore and Bangkok, including a tour of Kuala Kangsar and a cruise along the River Kwai. The reverse itinerary from Bangkok is a four day journey.
The Korean Rail Pass can be used for all Korean Rail Lines, and offers travellers the chance to experience a surprising destination with astonishing contrasts and one that will delight and charm even the most well travelled individual.
Inclusions Your journey aboard Eastern & Oriental includes accommodation in your choice of 4 cabin types;Pullman Single, Pullman Twin, State and Presidential, each offering ensuite facilities, all meals, visits and entertainment as described in each itinerary.
Departures Eastern & Oriental journeys range from 2-6 nights. There are several departures between Singapore and Bangkok or vice versa throughout the year, including a 6 night Fables of the Peninsula journey.
Validity: 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 consecutive days Fares: Standard class only - Adult, Child, Youth and Saver.
Did you know? • Seat reservations are not compulsory for most trains; however KTX rail requires compulsory seat reservation. Reservations are free of charge and can only be made locally at the ticket counters. • Trains in Korea are completely non-smoking.
China Discover the essence of Chinese history & culture and one of the world's most ancient civilizations. Trains in China are safe, comfortable and offer an inexpensive way to travel around this remarkable country. To/From
Beijing – Shanghai
Shanghai – Hong Kong
Hong Kong – Guangzhou
Beijing – Ulaan Bataar
Did you know? • Trains can sell out quickly particularly on holidays and weekends. • Hong Kong – Shanghai/Beijing service operates every 2nd day of the week. • From Beijing you can travel to Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and beyond. • Train travel in China during holidays is busier than usual and tickets can sell out in minutes
Australia Rail & Packages There’s no other travel experience that compares to seeing this country aboard Australia’s great train journeys; the Ghan and Indian Pacific. Welcome aboard and discover Australia from coast to outback.
Choose from two transcontinental journeys; the mighty Indian Pacific between Perth and Sydney or The legendary Ghan between Darwin and Adelaide via Alice Springs. Boarding The Ghan in Darwin or Adelaide, you will experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. Marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes; the tropical splendour of Darwin, then South to Katherine, Tennant Creek and on to the rusty reds of the MacDonnell Ranges surrounding a town called Alice, gateway to Ayers Rock and the Red Centre. Travel on the Indian Pacific is a four day journey between the Pacific Ocean in the East to the Indian Ocean in the West. This epic 4,352km trip provides a spectacular array of backdrops including the spectacular Blue Mountains, the Great Dividing Range, the salt lakes and sand dunes of South Australia, the barren Nullarbor Plain and the Darling Ranges.
Rail Packages Each combining a rail voyage with hotel accommodation, meals and sightseeing excursions • T he Territory Complete (14 days/13 nights) Adelaide to Darwin Join The Ghan in Adelaide and travel North to Alice Springs. Visit Uluru with a sunset and sunrise viewing, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Kakadu and Darwin. • P erth and Margaret River (7 days/6 nights) Adelaide to Perth or vice versa Two nights aboard the Indian Pacific, travel across the Nullarbor, visit Fremantle and the Margaret River Wine Region.
Platinum Service Onboard The Ghan or Indian Pacific This exclusive service offers a truly world class travel experience • Platinum Cabins are approximately twice the size of Gold Service Twin Cabins and offer deluxe accommodation including double or twin beds and spacious ensuite facilities • Welcome drink and appetizer on arrival in your cabin • Onboard meals served in the Platinum Club • All refreshments including soft drinks, beers, Australian wines, cocktails and spirits throughout your journey • Complimentary Platinum transfers to/from rail terminal (up to 50kms) • All Off-Train Excursions and Outback Experiences included in your journey
Gold Service Onboard The Ghan And Indian Pacific Ideal for guests seeking a great train adventure with style and comfort • Gold Service Twin Cabins - upper and lower berth converts to 3-seater lounge by day with compact ensuite facilities • Gold Service Single Cabins - single berth converts to sofa seat with in cabin wash basin. Toilet and shower at the end of carriage • Onboard meals served in the elegant Queen Adelaide Restaurant are included in the fare • Access to the Outback Explorer Lounge • All refreshments including soft drinks, beers, Australian wines and spirits throughout your journey • All Off-Train Excursions included in your journey
For more tours, departure information and timetables - please ask your local House of Travel .
Gold Service Superior Cabins Onboard The Ghan or Indian Pacific • Ideal for guests seeking a little extra style, space and comfort •T wice the size of a Gold Service Twin Cabin, it offers a three-quarter double bed plus an additional fold down single bed as well as a private lounge area with table, arm chairs and all the little luxuries that will make your journey truly memorable • Onboard meals served in the elegant Queen Adelaide Restaurant are included in the fare • Access to the Outback Explorer Lounge • All refreshments including soft drinks, beers, Australian wines and base spirits throughout your journey • All Off-Train Excursions included in your journey
Kiwi Rail & Queensland by Rail
KiwiRail Scenic Journeys
Queensland by Rail
Discover New Zealand and the true beauty when you travel on KiwiRail’s Scenic train journeys. Travelling around New Zealand by train combines world famous scenic train journeys with quality facilities and comfort.
There’s nothing in the world to compare with the absolute beauty and contrasts of Queensland. Travelling by rail is the most relaxing way to experience all its fascinating places.
The award winning TranzAlpine travels 4 hours from coast to coast, departing from Christchurch and is one of the world’s greatest scenic railways, with ever-changing vistas of rich farmlands, spectacular gorges and river valleys, the grandeur of the Southern Alps and the lush rainforest of Greymouth where your journey ends.
The new Spirit of Queensland combines modern seating and entertainment options for travel between Brisbane and Cairns. An Australian first, with revolutionary RailBeds, a spacious and comfortable seat by day which converts to a lie-flat bed for overnight travel. In additional to the innovative RailBed, the Spirit of Queensland also introduces full leather Premium Economy seats.
The Coastal Pacific travels between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch in a 5 hour trip. This journey is a scenic feast, with the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on one side of the train, and mountains on the other. Along the way you pass through the village of Kaikoura, where you can break your journey to take in whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the dolphins. The Northern Explorer is a 10½ hour journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Auckland - New Zealand’s largest city and home of the Sky Tower, to Wellington - New Zealand’s arts and culture capital. You also see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges - all from panoramic windows or open air viewing decks allowing you the best possible views.
Travelling daily between Brisbane and Rockhampton, the Tilt Train offers Economy class seating. Wherever you’re heading, you’ll arrive in better shape on the Tilt Train. Spirit of the Outback heads West into the heartland of Queensland’s outback. With blue summer skies and rich golden soil to be seen into the horizon, this expedition is the perfect beginning to an outback adventure. The Spirit of the Outback travel experience will take you from Brisbane to the pioneer town of Longreach with historic authentic outback towns along the way.
Trains are also available in the opposite direction. For specific itineraries and departure dates, please ask your local House of Travel
Great Train Journeys Ever dreamt about an adventure on one of the Worldâ€™s many Great Train Journeys? House of Travel can help turn your dream into a reality.
Over the past few years train journeys across the world have become increasingly popular. A lot of this is due to the appealing nature of what was traditionally a cruising scenario of unpacking your bags once and having everything from accommodation to food & sightseeing all taken care of on your holiday. In line with that appeal it has become easier than ever to get all the information you need to be able to make a Great Train Journey booking. House of Travel has an unrivalled range of rail journeys around the world offering not only those world famous itineraries of the Venice Simplon, Orient Express or the Trans-Siberian Express onboard The Golden Eagle but also specialising in Tailor-Made packages to suit all travellers and budgets. The range of rail journeys on offer span six continents and start from return day trips to epic three week itineraries. Further information including full inclusions, itineraries, pricing, departure dates, maps & photos contact your House of Travel. House of Travel's expert staff can answer all your questions and give you the best advice as well as advise you of any current promotions that can save you money. Stop dreaming and start planning today. Explore the world in the comfort and style only rail travel can offer.
Terms & Conditions European rail conditions
1. P asses and tickets are strictly personal, nontransferable and only valid with a passport, official identity card or special military travel permit. Presentation of this document to the European control staff on trains and shipping lines is compulsory (in UK upon request). 2. P asses and Eurail tickets may not be purchased, issued to or used by residents of Europe, UK, the Russian Federation, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. 3. Transportation covered by the pass or ticket is subject to the Uniform Rules concerning the contract for International Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by rail (CIV). In the event of carriage by sea, the legal provision of the individual sea carrier applies. 4. P asses are not valid until the first and last day of validity and passport number are entered by a railway official before travel begins. Usage must begin as stated on the ticket. Holders are not allowed to validate their own passes. 5. E urail Passes may be purchased up to 11 months in advance. 6. The passholder may travel on any dates within limits of the period of validity. Travel must be completed latest by midnight on the last day of validity. The pass also entitles the holder within the period of validity to many transportation bonuses such as those on ferries, boats and buses (either entirely free or at a discount) as described in accompanying ticket documentation – subject to change without notice. Free bonuses may necessitate use of a travel day on the pass. 7. F or all Flexi passes, every day before boarding the first train or ship the date of use must be entered in blue/black ink by the traveller in the corresponding box on the calendar. Dates must be inserted in chronological order in the following way, for example: May 27 = 27/05. 8. 7 .00pm rule: If your train departs before 19.00 hrs (7 pm), you need to use two travel days. If you are travelling on a direct night train (with no connections or layovers) that departs after 19.00 hrs (7 pm) and arrives after 04.00 hrs (4 am), you only need to use one day: the day of arrival. Please note: your Pass must be valid on the day of departure and arrival. 9. W hen using an overnight ferry covered by the pass, the holder may enter the date of departure or the date of arrival. 10. A dditional fees for seat reservations, sleeperettes, couchettes, sleeping car accommodation, meals, extra services on board, supplement charges on certain ships, port taxes, luggage forwarding, etc. are payable. 11. P remier Trains –Premier Trains are sold as an inclusive fare including the reservation fee (Eurostar, Thalys, AVE, France-Italy TGV, Allegro, Euro City, Italy High-Speed, TGV, Sapsan, Swiss Scenic Trains, X2000 and X3000) Inclusive fares often include extra on board services which can vary according to the class of travel. Additional supplements are payable on other train services. Some train services such as EC, IC and ICE do not require a compulsory seat reservation, however are recommended in peak travelling periods. 12. P asses and Eurail Tickets do not guarantee a seat on a train, bus or passage on a boat unless reservations are made in advance. For certain day/night trains, buses and boats a reservation is compulsory. For some regional and shorter journeys reservations are not allowed. A booking file fee applies to all confirmed train reservations, in addition to the reservations charges imposed by the railways. 13. F or 1st Class travel with a pass or ticket marked 2nd Class, the difference between the full 1st and 2nd Class fares on the respective route must be paid. 14. I f the traveller cannot present, upon request, a valid passport, official identity card or special military travel permit with his/her pass, the local control staff is authorised to demand payment, in addition to the full fare of a fine charged in conformity with the regulations of the railway concerned, both in local currency. Control staff are authorised to confiscate the pass and demand payment of the full fare plus a fine, both in local currency, when the pass has been used in the following circumstances: • The entries have been altered or tampered with; • The pass is forged; • It is used by anyone else other than the person to whom it was issued; and • It is being used beyond its period of validity. Travelling on a non-validated pass or with any Eurail Flexi Pass on which the travel date in the corresponding box in the calendar on the pass has not been entered or entered with a pencil instead of ink, authorises control staff to demand the payment of the full fare plus a fine, both in local currency. 15. A Youth Pass may be used by a person under 26 years of age. A Child Pass may only be used by persons under 12 years of age, unless the specific
pass allows otherwise. 16. A Saver Pass can only be issued if payment is made for 2-5 people travelling together at all times and is valid for all persons listed on the control voucher. The additional conditions are also mentioned on this control voucher. A Twin Pass requires 2 people to travel together at all times. 17. L ost or stolen passes and tickets are neither refundable nor replaceable. Passes may only be refunded if none of the components of the pass or package have been used and the pass or the package is not validated. Refunds when applicable will only be paid if a pass or ticket is returned to the issuing office, totally unused, prior to validation and in its original jacket. All Eurail, Eurail Select Pass, and National European passes* may be presented for application for a refund up to one year from the date of issuance. (*Conditions may vary for regional and promotional passes). Refund applications must be submitted to the office where the pass or ticket was purchased with appropriate, original documentation, such as all components of the original pass. Any refundable amount is subject to a minimum 25% cancellation charge. A 100% cancellation fee will be applied for couchettes and sleepers if space is not cancelled and the vouchers were not endorsed with a railway official stamp. Handling fees and seat reservations are nonrefundable. Refunds for unused Eurail sector tickets or sleeper reservations may only be considered if the ticket is returned prior to the commencement validity date on the tickets or otherwise endorsed by a European or British railway office as ‘unused’, prior to first day of ticket validity. This may be arranged at any respective European or UK railway station, except the arrival city on the ticket. Tickets not so endorsed cannot be refunded after the validity commencement date. Tickets must be returned within 60 days of the travel date on the ticket, to the place of issue for a refund. Thereafter, no refund is possible.
18. C onsecutive Passes are valid for the period indicated on the pass and the passholder may travel on any date within the limits of the period of validity. 19. F lexipass holders are entitled to a specified number of days within the period of validity and the date of use must be entered in (blue/black) ink or ballpoint pen before boarding the first train each day in the corresponding box on the calendar. Party Pass holders are required to travel together at all times and be of the same Pass Type. 20. P asses expire at midnight on the last day of validity. However, this validity (and that for any day of travel chosen under the Flexipass formula) may be extended through to the destination or calling points of a train that has commenced its journey before midnight, provided that the pass holder has boarded that train also before midnight. 21. 1 st Class passholders should note that some trains provide Standard Class accommodation only, and that this is allowed for in the pricing of the 1st Class Pass. 22. N o supplements are required for some trains, but additional payments will be required for reserved seats and sleeper reservations, meals etc. Seat reservations are rarely obligatory but, for busy trains/public holidays, are advisable. Sleeper reservations should be made in advance. A booking file fee applies to all confirmed train reservations, in addition to the reservations charges imposed by the railways. 23. S enior Passes are available for persons 60 years of age and over. Youth Passes may only be used by persons under 26 years of age. Child Passes may only be used by persons under 16 years of age and children under five travels free on Participating Operator Services. 24. U se of a pass that has been altered or tampered with, which is forged, which is being used by someone other than the person to which it was issued or which is beyond its validity period, will be withdrawn by Control Staff and payment for the journey being undertaken will be demanded. Other steps may be also taken. 25. A refund will be granted if an unvalidated pass is returned to the office from which it was purchased within six months from the date of issue and bears no evidence of having been tampered with. No refund can be made in Britain or if the pass cannot be produced or if lost or stolen. No refund will be made on a partially validated or unused pass.
26. F or Japan and USA rail tickets, the passenger name on the ticket must correspond directly with the name in the passenger’s passport. 27. D etailed conditions for each specific product offered by Rail Plus are detailed in the accompanying transportation company documentation at time of ticket issue. Copy of such conditions may be requested prior to purchase. It is the responsibility of the customer to read all documentation prior to
commencement of travel. 28. Payments must be made strictly in accordance with the requirements stipulated for each product at the time of booking. Unless otherwise stated, payment is required by 2pm EST & 2pm New Zealand time on specified day as per your invoice. 29. In general, a minimum cancellation fee of 25% is imposed on unused passes. Higher cancellation fees apply to Luxury Rail Journeys and Premier Train products and are available on request from Rail Plus. Travel documents must remain in their official ticket cover, un-used and not validated/not exchanged to be eligible for a refund application. Refunds must be submitted to the issuing office within the specified refund validity period. 30. When seeking a refund for a cancelled or partially cancelled booking for which payment has already been made to a supplier, Rail Plus will not issue a refund unless and until Rail Plus receives the refunded sum in full from the relevant supplier. 31. All prices and product information indicated in our brochure are effective from 1 January 2016 and subject to change without notice. All prices and product on railplus.com.au/railplus.co.nz is correct and subject to change without notice. Rail Plus may make changes to the Rail Plus website without notice to you. Rail Plus Australasia Pty Ltd and Rail Plus New Zealand reserves the right to change prices and product without notice whether such changes are related or not to alterations in rate of exchange. All prices are exclusive of any goods and services tax (if applicable). All rail passes are issued open dated. A Pass Issuance Fee of $10-$25 will apply. Fees vary according to method of booking. Rail Plus offers all tickets for sale in Australia or New Zealand dollars at recommended market prices, however, makes no undertaking that the prices paid for this ticket is the best applicable for the services provided. International sales conditions and distribution costs, fluctuating exchange rates, availability restrictions or other factors may reflect variance to domestic prices available in the country of travel commencement or elsewhere quoted by or on behalf of the operating railway company. Rail Plus will not accept any claim in respect of such price variance. 32. For all bookings requiring reservations, or all bookings valued under $300 gross made by phone/email, a non-refundable booking fee of $65-$75 will apply per file. Please refer to the Rail Plus website for up-to-date information. Bookings made online: $10 per person per journey fee applies, capped at $60 per file. 33. Bookings made 5 days or less before departure from Australia or New Zealand incur a late booking charge of $25.00 in addition to the booking file fee. 34. Once a booking is confirmed a fee applies of $20.00 for any amendments made. Amendments to Premier Trains and Luxury rail products may be subject to higher fees. Once ticketed please contact Rail Plus for re-issue charges. 35. For any deposits or final balances paid by credit card an additional charge of 1.95% for Visa, Mastercard, and American Express will be added to the invoice value of the booking. Rail Plus Australasia Pty Ltd and Rail Plus New Zealand reserves the right to vary this charge. 36. There is no refund on lost or stolen passes. No refund is available on City Pass products or on a Japan Rail Pass once the exchange order has been presented for the official travel pass to be issued. 37. For avoidance of doubt, Rail Plus Australasia Pty Ltd and Rail Plus New Zealand make no representation or warranty as regards the accuracy or correctness of any of the information contained in Rail Plus’ brochure, or as given by its employees, staff, servants or agents from time to time, whether orally or in writing. 38. Rail Plus Australasia Pty Ltd and Rail Plus New Zealand shall not be liable for any loss, damage or claim whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, any reliance on such information. 39. All bookings are accepted subject to the conditions, tariffs and regulations as detailed in the passenger documentation and/or subsequently imposed by the rail companies, firms or persons concerned. 40. Travellers are responsible for ensuring that they have all necessary visas and appropriate travel documents prior to their departure from Australia and New Zealand. 41. Fares quoted in AUD or NZD are subject to change without prior notice. Additional local processing and amendment fees may apply to any change, cancellation or refund. Cancellation fees in Australia are subject to 10% GST. 42. Rail passes do not include the cost of admission fees to sightseeing venues/tourist attractions unless they are listed as a Bonus Travel Offer included with the pass. 43. Information in our brochure was valid at time of publication and is subject to change without notice.
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