Europe On Track
WELCOME TO THE 2019 EDITION OF EUROPE ON TRACK At Rail Europe, we take pride in being in service to travellers for over 80 years, and this brochure is just one of the many tools we make available to our travel partners.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
3 About travelling by train
What was a modest beginning selling train tickets to the South of France led to our becoming a leading Global distributor of train tickets and rail passes throughout Europe and we look forward to many more years ahead. What makes us unique is our commitment to customer service. We have localized representation on 6 of the 7 continents and are in place to provide support from planning, to booking, to providing help securing a refund, and any other rail related need in between. Our team of representatives are available to conduct business in your local language and currency! Rail Europe is committed to being there for you, helping turn dreams into reality, and making sure our customers have a stress-free experience from start to finish.
6 Types of trains
7 Popular trains and ticketing
8 Itinerary: Olympic cities of Europe
9 Eurail passes
WHY TRAVEL BY TRAIN?
14 Great Britain
10 Map: Journeys & destinations 12 Favourite one country passes
Whether for the efficiency of high speed, the abundant comfort, the scenery, or the attractive prices, travelling by train is a unique experience. If you havenâ€™t decided how to travel for your next trip, weâ€™ve put together five compelling reasons to choose the train.
15 Germany, Eastern Europe & beyond
City-centre to city-centre. Train stations are located in city centres, so you can begin exploring easily. Avoid endless lines at airports or the stress of driving in a different country.
19 Swiss packages
Comfort. Trains provide comfort with spacious seating, ample legroom, and designated areas for luggage. Be green. Trains are an eco-friendly, low impact form of travel. And high-speed trains are 3 times more energy efficient than regional trains. Unique experience. Enjoy diverse experiences; watch rolling landscapes pass by, stretch your legs as you walk through the train, and chat with locals and other travellers. Save money. Our broad product range of rail passes and train tickets fit the needs and budgets of all travellers: adult, senior, youth, child, groups, and families.
16 Gems of Europe 17 Switzerland
ABOUT TRAVELLING BY TRAIN Now that you know the benefits of train travel, these are answers to the questions we are asked most often. Should you have a question that is not answered here, contact your trusted Travel Advisor for more information. TRAIN TICKETS
A train ticket is a travel document issued for travel between two known destinations. Choose from two types: Open ticket
Valid for travel on a specific route within a set period of time No seat is guaranteed Valid from one city to another
Valid for travel on a specific route for a specific date and time Mandatory reservations are included Valid from one city to another
TYPES OF TICKETS
Depending on the train operator, your train tickets will either be delivered to you in paper form or electronically via email. Paper ticket
Conventional paper travel document A paper ticket is mailed to your home.
Print at Home travel document A PDF of the ticket is emailed to you and must be printed before arriving at the station. Once printed, your ticket is valid for travel.
A reservation guarantees a seat, or berth, on board the train. Reservations are mandatory on most high speed, scenic, and night trains. Global tickets include a reservation and your seat number is printed on your ticket. On some trains, when travelling with a rail pass, the reservation is called a â€œpassholder fare.â€? When travelling with an open ticket or a rail pass, you must book reservations separately. Space is subject to availability, so book early.
Print at Station travel document An e-ticket confirmation code is emailed to you. To retrieve your tickets, enter this code at a self-service ticket kiosk in the station. You must retrieve your ticket prior to boarding.
CLASSES OF SERVICE
Train travel offers several options, though most often they are classified as First or Second class. In all classes, seats are large and comfortable with ample leg room. Second class experience Comfortable seats Space for luggage Access to onboard restaurant/bar-buffet car for food and refreshment purchases First class experience Spacious cars Comfortable reclining seats with ample legroom Generous space for luggage Some trains offer extra services including meals, lounge access, and taxi reservations High speed trains such as Eurostar, TGV Lyria, Thalys, Frecciarossa, and Italo offer Premier or Executive Business class, in addition to First and Second class Premier, Business, or Executive experience Business lounge access Newspapers and magazines Onboard catering served at seat Quiet cars Taxi reservations
WHAT IS A RAIL PASS?
A rail pass allows unlimited travel on the national rail network(s) of the country(ies) it covers. Passes are usually the best value if your itinerary includes three or more journeys and they allow you to choose when you travel within a set period of time and they often come with bonuses. Look for reduced or free fares on ferries, cruises, private trains, hotels, museums, and other attractions—plus local discounts. There is a wide range of passes from the Eurail Global Pass, covering 31 countries, to passes, like the Swiss Travel Pass or the BritRail pass covering only one country. Travelling with a rail pass is like travelling with a great companion who helps you keep your budget on track. Which rail pass is best for me?
Continuous Pass Travel consecutive days during the validity of your pass. Flexi Pass Travel on the days of your choice within the validity of your pass, either consecutive or non-consecutive days. e-Pass Offered on a continuous day Swiss Travel Pass and the BritRail M-Pass for travel in England. The Renfe Spain Pass, valid for travel segments in Spain, is also issued as an e-pass.
Good to know about rail passes: Pass holder fares, also known as reservations, are mandatory for seats on most high speed, scenic, and night trains—remember to book these as early as allowed Discounted reservations are available for rail pass holders Most rail passes may be purchased up to 11 months before travel dates
DISCOUNTS ON RAIL PASSES
Important: Age limits vary according to the product or the country travelled, so check before booking. Different rules apply for train tickets. Children
Under 4 travel free (unless a reservation for a separate seat/berth is required) Ages 4–11 usually pay half the adult fare Swiss Travel Pass: children under 16 travel free with a parent BritRail Pass: a child under 16 can travel free with an adult or senior Eurail and German Rail Passes allow two children under 12 to travel free with a paying adult Reservations for separate seat/berths are at an additional cost
Eurail and German Rail Pass: discounts offered to youth between 12 and 27 years of age BritRail and Swiss Travel Pass: discounts offered to youth between 16 and 25 years of age
Travellers 60 years and older are considered seniors and may benefit from special discounts on Eurail, Balkan, and BritRail passes
RAIL PASS or TRAIN TICKET RAIL TRAIN PASS TICKET
Best for discovering more than 3 cities Children usually travel free Often includes travel bonuses
BOOK A RAIL PASS IN 3 EASY STEPS 1: Pick the number of days you want to travel Continuous travel days for travellers that want to experience as much as possible in the time they have (Eurail Global Pass, BritRail, and Swiss Travel Pass only) Flexible travel days for the person wanting to spend extra time at a destination 2: Reserve your seats Reservations are required on most high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. We recommend always checking your desired journey for any specific seat reservation requirements. Travelling on local and regional trains allows you to explore at will. Simply board with your rail pass and choose any open seat. 3: Activate and travel Your rail pass requires that you activate it by getting it stamped at the ticket window at the departure station on the day of your first train journey. Once activated, you are all set and ready to explore.
WHAT’S AT THE STATION?
Each station is unique, picturesque, and has its own distinct architecture; take time to look around before you get on the train. Most stations offer services such as currency exchanges, shops, information desks, restrooms, restaurants, and more. Unwind at Europe’s longest champagne bar at London’s St Pancras station. Enjoy high-end fashionista shopping at Milan Centrale. How about a little art infusion at Madrid’s Puerta de Atocha train station, home to a permanent sculpture display? You’ll also find that many of Europe’s train stations are hubs for other transportation like local buses and subways, or airport transfers.
HOW DO I FIND MY TRAIN? At the station
Locate the large DEPARTURE and ARRIVAL board in the centre of most stations. Match what is on your ticket with the Departure Board. Look for Train Number, Departure Time, and Platform Number, then head to the platform.
At the platform
Look for the Carriage (or coach) Number that is printed on your ticket or reservation and position yourself on the platform nearest to where your coach will be. Your ticket or reservation will also indicate your class of service. Many train stations have diagrams located above the platforms that illustrate the location of each coach on the train. These diagrams enable you to wait on the platform very close to where your coach will be arriving.
If you have a seat reservation, your ticket will also have your seat number. Once you have boarded the correct car, proceed to your seat.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LUGGAGE?
Take only what you can easily manage yourself. Storage compartments are available on all trains and are most often located at the end of each carriage and/or above the seats. Please label your luggage to avoid mix-ups and note that some major train stations do have luggage storage lockers or storage room services. For groups of 10 or more, luggage handling is available for advance purchase on select trains.
GROUP TRAVEL We take pride in delivering quality service to all travellers, no matter the number of travellers. If you know 10 or more people who want to travel together that’s the best time to contact one of our Group Specialists. Groups of 10 or more travelling together receive discounted pricing and personalised service. Our multi-lingual Group Travel Consultants are dedicated to your booking needs throughout the process and will work with you to secure space months in advance and provide helpful information to ensure your journey is a success. They can help you organise: Seat, sleeper, and couchette reservations Train charters or exclusive carriages Meal service, and luggage handling City transportation cards and museum passes Secure space months in advance of journey From student groups to corporate incentives, we’ve got you covered. We also offer unique booking solutions for MICE, so be sure to inquire about this opportunity.
TYPES OF TRAINS There are a wide variety of trains are available for travel throughout Europe. Whether you are travelling a short distance on a local train, flying through the beautiful countryside at 200 mph/322 km/h on a high-speed train, enjoying breath-taking vistas on a scenic train, or taking an overnight ‘hotel-on-wheels’, you will experience the very best in efficiency and comfort, and the freedom to enjoy a truly unique journey.
Offer a wide range of schedules and destinations, and several class of service options. Many Intercity and Express trains, as well as most high-speed trains require reservations be made in advance. Regional or Local trains
Travel shorter distances and make frequent stops connecting smaller cities, towns, and villages within a country.
Eurostar, Frecciargento, Frecciarossa, ICE, Italo, Railjet, RENFE, SJ High Speed, TGV, Thalys, Virgin Up to 200 mph / 322 km/h
Bergen Railway, Flam Railway, and Rauma Railway in Norway; Switzerland’s Bernina Express, Glacier Express, and GoldenPass Line For spectacular views, take in the Alps and UNESCO World Heritage vistas
Allow you to cover long distances while saving time and money on hotels. Arrive the next day in the city centre rested and ready for sightseeing. Night trains can be found in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and more. Popular night trains
Nightjet, EuroNight, Lusitania, Thello, Nice-Moscow, and Paris-Berlin-Moscow Save time and money Arrive refreshed and ready to tour
Accommodation Vary by route but most include Deluxe Sleepers with 1 and 2 berth cabins, shower and toilet in cabin Sleepers with 1, 2, and 3 berth cabins Couchettes with 4 or 6 berth cabins Reclining seats Bar buffet car for light meals & drinks
POPULAR TRAINS AND TICKETING
Enjoy extraordinary comfort, amenities, and efficiency as you’re whisked from city-centre to city-centre on board the most popular high-speed trains like AVE, Eurostar, Frecciarossa, ICE, Italo, Thalys, and more. High speed train tickets include reserved seats and offer discounted rates to rail pass holders. E-tickets are available on all of the high-speed trains featured here either as Print at Home or Print at Station*. See chart. COUNTRIES
Britain Belgium France Netherlands
London–Paris: 2h 15m London–Brussels: 2h 01m London–Lille: 1h 22m London–Amsterdam: 3h 55m
Print at Home
London–Glasgow: 4h 29m London–Holyhead: 3h 37m London–Liverpool: 2h 12m London–Manchester: 2h 04m
Print at Station
Belgium France Netherlands Germany
Amsterdam–Brussels: 1h 51m Amsterdam–Paris: 3h 17m Brussels–Paris: 1h 22m Cologne–Paris: 3h 20m
Print at Home
Dijon–Lausanne: 2h 03m Geneva–Marseille: 3h 33m Paris–Geneva: 3h 08m Paris–Zurich: 4h 03m
Print at Home
France Germany Italy Spain
Paris–Avignon: 2h 37m Paris–Frankfurt: 3h 38m Paris–Milan: 7h 09m Barcelona–Toulouse: 3h 14m
Print at Home
Munich–Salzburg: 1h 30m Berlin–Frankfurt: 4h 10m Frankfurt–Munich: 3h 15m Munich–Berlin: 3h 55m
Print at Station^^
Florence–Milan: 1h 40m Florence–Venice: 1h 53m Milan–Bologna: 1h 02m Rome–Venice: 3h 45m Rome–Florence: 1h 20m
Print at Home
Madrid–Barcelona: 2h 30m Madrid–Malaga: 2h 30m Madrid–Seville: 2h 20m Madrid–Valencia: 1h 35m
Print at Home
Print at Station^
Print at Station^
Print at Station^
*See page 3 for explanation. ^ Thalys and French International TGVs Print at Station tickets can only be retrieved from a SNCF ticketing kiosk in France. This includes roundtrip tickets. ^^ DB International Print at Station tickets can only be retrieved at a Deutsche Bahn ticketing kiosk.
OLYMPIC CITIES OF EUROPE Whether this is your first trip to Europe, or you’re a seasoned traveller looking for something different, you share the same purpose—you want to make the trip your own, and you want it to be memorable. On the train, and off, we can help you turn dreams into reality. If you need an idea for where to start, check out our Olympic Cities itinerary that takes you to 15 cities in 9 European countries. A Eurail Global Pass covers all the countries in this itinerary and offers you the most flexibility. But you can also break it down into smaller trips that fit your travel schedule. 1. London, England The 2012 Olympic Stadium is now home to the West Ham United Football Club and is open to the public. In Olympic Park, be sure to view the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture, featuring the longest tunnel slide in the world. 2. Paris, France (2h 15m from London) The 1900 Olympics in Paris was an international multi-sport event that took place during the World’s Fair. Twenty-four years later, Paris hosted the Summer games while the winter games were held later that year in Chamonix. 3. Antwerp, Belgium (2h 1m from Paris) This Olympic venue is a triumph of hope as the games were launched just two years after the end of WWI. The former Olympics Stadium is now occupied by a Belgium football club, Beershot Wilrijk. 4. Amsterdam, Netherlands (1h 7m from Antwerp) The Olympic stadium in Amsterdam earned the honor of being designated a national monument in 1987 and is currently used for football matches and as a music venue. 5. Berlin, Germany (6h 22m from Amsterdam) The exterior of Berlin’s Olympic stadium and the surrounding area in this historical city still looks very much the same as it did when it hosted the games. Guided tours of the stadium and Olympiapark are open to the public.
6. Munich, Germany (3h 58m from Berlin) Many of the venues created for the Munich Olympic events are located in an area known as Olympiapark. The park features a restaurant and a lake where boat rentals are available. 7. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (1h 24m from Munich) An easy day trip from Munich, take a stroll around town to admire the colourful exteriors of the Bavarian homes, then ride the new cable car or classic cogwheel train to Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. 8. Innsbruck, Austria (1h 44m from Munich) Visit Bergisel Hill, home of the Olympic ski jump and now a not-to-be-missed attraction towering high above Innsbruck. The modern tower and all Bergisel Stadium facilities, are open to visitors. 9. St Moritz, Switzerland (5h 13m from Innsbruck with a change in Sargans and Chur) Many of the sites used for the 1928 games were also used in 1948. Today there are 17 plaques around the city at six historical St Moritz Olympic venues to commemorate the sports and athletes. 10. Rome, Italy (8h 10m from St. Moritz with a change in Tirano and Milano) The Olympic Village, built to house the athletes, is now a residential apartment complex, while the Palazzo de Congressi, the location for Fencing, continues as an exhibition centre in Rome.
11. Turin, Italy (4h 13m from Rome) Torino Olympic Park encompasses Cesana Pariol, the bobsled luge and skeleton venue. The former Olympic stadium still offers live entertainment, events, and sports competitions. 12. Chambéry, France (2h 39m from Turin) Not a host city, Chambéry provides a base to visit Albertville (49m), and Grenoble (56m). 13. Albertville Wander through the Halle Olympique, where both figure skating and short speed skating events took place, and visit the House of the Olympic Games located in the old Palais de Justice. 14. Grenoble Home to the Chamrousse ski resort and where today’s Tour de France makes good use of the region’s high mountain passes. 15. Barcelona, Spain (6h 47m from Chambéry) Visitors can still tour many of its sites including the Estadi Olympic de Montjuic. Don’t miss Camp Nou, which hosted the soccer events and is now the iconic home of FC Barcelona.
Of course, there is Athens, Greece, where the first modern games originated in 1896. It’s a memorable experience to travel from Italy to Athens, almost in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans, if not the athletes. It’s worth it if you have the time. Or, plan another trip and use the Eurail Greece pass (p 9) or the Eurail Greek Island Pass (p 15)!
CHILDREN TRAVEL FREE
EURAIL PASSES Eurail has now made it easier for travellers to see more of Europe for less. Visit a total of 31 countries with a Eurail Global Pass, or choose from one of the 25 Eurail One Country Passes.
EURAIL GLOBAL PASS
Included countries in the Global Pass: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain NEW, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania NEW, Luxembourg, Macedonia NEW, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
EURAIL ONE COUNTRY PASSES
When you’re exploring just one European country, choose where you want to explore and seek out the hidden gems in any one of these 25 countries. Austria Benelux Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland France* Greece
Hungary Scandinavia Ireland Serbia Italy Slovenia Lithuania NEW Slovakia Macedonia NEW Spain Norway Sweden Poland Turkey Portugal Romania
Eurail Pass Benefits Senior: discount for travellers age 60 and over NEW Youth: discount for young travellers under 28 years of age Child: 2 children ages 4–11 can travel for free per adult Passholder fares on most high-speed trains Free or discounted offers on ferries, hotels, museums, and more Free European rail map with each Pass
TO BOOK Choose your validity Continuous pass: 15 days, 22 days, 1 month, 2 months, and 3 months of train travel Flexi pass: 3, 5, or 7 days of train travel within a 1-month period 10 or 15 days of train travel within a 2-month period Choose your fare 1st or 2nd class accommodations for Adult, Senior, and Youth
TO BOOK Choose your validity 3, 4, 5, 6, or 8 days of train travel within a 1-month period *France offers a choice of 1–8 days of train travel within a 1-month period
NEW FOR 2019 The addition of Lithuania, Macedonia, and Great Britain 3-days in 1-month validity Senior version for travellers 60 and over 1st and 2nd class travel for Adult, Senior, and Youth Discontinued: Eurail Saver and Eurail Select Passes
NEW FOR 2019 6-days in 1-month validity Senior option for travellers 60 and over Discontinued: Saver passes
Choose your fare 1st or 2nd class accommodations for Adult, Senior, and Youth
JOURNEYS & DESTINATIONS
TRIP TIP Destinations in the 2-hour range make a perfect day trip! Want to go further? Consider booking a reservation on a night train and get there ready to explore.
MAIN EUROPEAN RAIL LINES High speed rail lines Conventional rail lines Conventional ferry lines
POPULAR ROUTES & AVERAGE TRAVEL TIMES TRAVEL TIME BY1 Amsterdam–Brussels Amsterdam–Paris Barcelona–Madrid Basel–Paris Bordeaux–Paris Brussels–Frankfurt Brussels–London3 Edinburgh–London Florence–Rome Frankfurt–Munich Frankfurt–Paris Geneva–Paris London–Paris3 Lyon–Paris Madrid–Seville Marseille–Paris Milan–Zurich Paris–Strasbourg Rome–Venice
TRAIN AIR2 CAR 1h 51m 4h 15m 2h 21m 3h 17m 4h 45m 5h 16m 2h 30m 4h 50m 6h 26m 3h 03m 4h 15m 5h 13m 2h 04m 4h 40m 5h 40m 2h 59m 4h 35m 4h 08m 2h 01m 4h 40m 4h 31m 4h 19m 4h 45m 7h 40m 1h 20m 4h 20m 3h 04m 3h 15m 4h 30m 4h 23m 3h 38m 4h 50m 6h 02m 3h 08m 4h 35m 5h 56m 2h 15m 4h 45m 5h 38m 1h 57m 4h 30m 5h 07m 2h 20m 4h 35m 5h 01m 3h 22m 4h 50m 7h 33m 3h 26m 4h 25m 3h 19m 1h 46m 4h 30m 4h 55m 3h 29m 4h 30m 5h 17m
City-centre to city-centre
Includes estimated transfer and check-in times
Add 10–45 minutes to train time for check-in
GREAT CONNECTIONS: Airport to downtown
Helpful Hint: Book your international flight to one of these cities for great train connections directly from the airport. Plus, the trip from the airport may be covered by your rail pass. COUNTRY/CITY AIRPORT Austria Vienna Hbf/Mitte............................... Vienna Schwechat Belgium Brussels (North, Midi, Central)........ Brussels National Airport Denmark Copenhagen Central........................ Copenhagen Kastrup England* London, Paddington Station........... Heathrow London, Victoria Station................... Gatwick London, Liverpool Street Station.... Stansted Germany Frankfurt Main Hbf............................ Frankfurt Rhein/Main Italy Rome Tiburtina/Ostiense................. Rome Fiumicino Netherlands Amsterdam Centraal........................ Amsterdam Schiphol Spain Barcelona Sants................................. Barcelona El Prat Switzerland Zurich HB............................................ Zurich Flughafen *See page 14 for details
FAVOURITE ONE COUNTRY PASSES FRANCE
France conjures up images of rolling vineyards, gourmet food, and incomparable art. Watch the landscape change from your window and relax as the train transports you through the magic of France. The French rail network is yours with the Eurail France Pass. With extensive train travel and 3,000 railway stations, you can go almost everywhere—from chic cities to the countryside and around to the vineyards. See page 9 for Eurail One Country booking and validity guidance.
DAY TRIPS FROM PARIS Base yourself in Paris and consider simple day trips to experience life beyond the City of Lights.
Avignon (2h 40m) Bayeux (2h 12m) Bordeaux (2h 04m) Strasbourg (1h 46m)
Eurail France Pass will get you there with a choice of 1 to 8 days of train travel within a one-month period.
Recommended City Pass Paris Pass® A city card that provides entry to over 60 top attractions, public transportation in central Paris, a Seine River Cruise, wine tasting, and hopon/hop-off bus tour.
All trains reach out to Spain’s great cities from magnificent Madrid, the country’s geographical and cultural centre. For train travel in Spain you have the option of a Eurail Spain Pass (details on page 9) or the RENFE Spain Pass, a unique e-pass.
RENFE SPAIN PASS
Reservations are free. A perfect e-pass for all the trains in Spain! TO BOOK Choose your validity 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 segments for travel within a 1-month period Choose your fare Business or Tourist class Reservations are free
DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID Spain is a magnificent country with a rich history. Expand your horizon with visits to these cultural and architectural beauties. Toledo (0h 33m) Seville (2h 20m) Barcelona (2h 30m) Malaga (2h 30m)
Madrid Toledo Seville Malaga
Italy is filled with classical delights and is home to some of the most magnificent works of art in the world. There is no greater experience, or more beautiful sight, than arriving in Venice by train, exiting the station and seeing the Grand Canal before your eyes. With nearly 10,000 miles of rail, and over 7,000 trains running daily, a Eurail Italy Pass valid on the Trenitalia trains puts you on the right track to enjoy it all. See page 9 for Eurail One Country booking and validity guidance. Recommended City Pass Omnia Vatican and Rome Card Includes Fast Track entry to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, including St. John’s in the Lateran & Cloister and St. Peter’s Basilica.
When you base yourself in Florence or Rome, it’s easy to travel to a variety of cities less than 2 hours away on the train. DAY TRIPS FROM: Florence Siena (1h 28m) Bologna (0h 35m) Rome (1h 28m)
Bergamo Bologna Florence
Rome Naples (1h 10m)
Enjoy extensive train travel on the national rail networks of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden; four countries with a One Country pass. Now that is beautiful! Discover countries where storybooks are written, and fairy-tale endings are recorded for posterity. With a Eurail Scandinavia Pass, hit the tracks and create your own amazing journey by train wherever you want to go, including ferries. See page 9 for Eurail One Country booking and validity guidance. EXPLORE THE FJORDS Norway Fjord Tours combine travelling by rail, bus, and boat offering spectacular scenic journeys. Norway in a nutshell One-way and round-trip itineraries combining travel by train, by ship through the fjords, and by bus between Voss and Gudvangen. Sognefjord in a nutshell One-way and round-trip itineraries combining travel by train and by ship through the Sognefjord. Hardangerfjord in a nutshell (select markets) One-way and round-trip itineraries combining travel by train, ship, and by bus between Norheimsund-Bergen.
BritRail Scotland Passes are all valid in Standard class, and offer a discount for children 5–15
GREAT BRITAIN Ride the British rails to the land of royals and roof-raising pubs. From the cliffs of Dover to the Scottish Highlands, enjoy the dramatic transition in countryside and culture between north and south on Britain’s numerous rail lines. We can help you explore the big cities like London and Edinburgh, as well as quaint countryside villages. The wide variety of passes featured for Britain allows you to pick the best one for your travel plans. Travel every day with the Consecutive Pass or, with the Flexi version, travel at a leisurely pace, stopping for extended periods between journeys. Let’s get started!
For train travel throughout England, Scotland, and Wales.
BRITRAIL ENGLAND PASS
For train travel throughout England.
Recommended City Passes The London Pass® Free entry to over 55 London museums/attractions plus special bonus offers. Also available with a public transportation option.
BRITRAIL SOUTH WEST PASS
London Travel Card Provides unlimited travel on London’s buses and subways. Choose between Central Zone and All Zone cards.
BRITRAIL SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND PASS
Train travel within a specific area of southwest England, and the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. Choose your validity Continuous pass: 3, 4, 8, 15, 22 days, or 1-month continuous travel Flexi pass: 3, 4, or 8 days train travel within 1-month, or 15 days within 2 months Choose your fare 1st or 2nd class accommodations for Adult, Senior, Youth, or Saver for three or more travelling together
BRITRAIL LONDON PLUS PASS
For travel within the southeast area of England surrounding London. TO BOOK Choose your validity 3, 4, or 8 days train travel within a 1-month period Choose your fare 1st or 2nd class accommodations for Adult, Senior, and Youth
FULL-DAY MOTORCOACH TOURS FROM LONDON Windsor, Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Bath Windsor, Bath, and Stonehenge Stratford, Oxford, Cotswold, and Warwick Castle Total London Experience, within London only FULL-DAY TOURS WITH TRAIN TRAVEL FROM LONDON Beatles & Liverpool* Day Trip to Edinburgh* Easy Day Trip to Paris Simply Paris Tour Splendour of Paris Tour OVERNIGHT TOURS FROM LONDON Edinburgh Overnight* Paris Overnight Tour AIRPORT TRANSFERS Heathrow Express: Connecting Heathrow and Paddington Station in the centre of London.
Experience train travel within Scotland, including the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from mainland Scotland to the islands and from the cities of Carlisle and Berwick.
Gatwick Express: Connecting Gatwick Airport and Victoria Station in the centre of London.
Valid for 4 days train travel within 8 days, or 8 days train travel within 15 days.
Stansted Express: Connecting Stansted Airport and Tottenham Hale/ London Liverpool Street stations.
BRITRAIL CENTRAL SCOTLAND PASS
FARE TYPES Senior Pass: Travellers 60 and over
Perfect for day trips from Glasgow or Edinburgh. Valid for 3 consecutive days.
BRITRAIL SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS PASS
Explore Northern Scotland by rail, ferry and bus to enjoy some of the most scenic routes in Scotland. Valid for 4 days within 8 days on designated rail, ferry, and bus lines in Northern Scotland.
Saver: 3 or more adults travelling together Youth Pass: Travellers under 26 Family Pass: One child 5–15 years of age travels free with each full fare (Adult or Senior) or a BritRail Pass, BritRail England Pass, or BritRail South West Pass
* Discount with BritRail Pass
GERMANY Germany boasts a vast rail network, freeing you to explore the entire country. Plus, you can use a German Rail Pass to go to Salzburg, Austria, and Basel Bad, Switzerland. GERMAN RAIL PASS
A versatile choice for train travel across all of Germany, plus ICE International trains to Liège and Brussels, DB-ÖBB EuroCity trains to Kufstein, Innsbruck, Bolzano, Trento, Verona, Bologna, and Venice; DB IC Buses to Strasbourg, Prague, Antwerp, Krakow, London, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Milan, and Paris. Recommended City Pass Berlin Pass A smart-chip card that provides public transportation in Berlin zones ABC, free access to over 50 attractions, a hop-on/hop-off bus tour, and a river cruise.
Choose your validity Consecutive pass: 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, or 15 continuous days of train travel Flexi pass: 3, 4, 5 7, 10, or 15 days of train travel within a 1-month period Choose your fare 1st or 2nd class accommodations for Adult, Twin*, and Youth *Two passengers travelling together
EASTERN EUROPE & BEYOND EUROPEAN EAST PASS
Train travel in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. VALIDITY OPTIONS 5–10 days train travel within a 1-month period FARES 1st or 2nd class accommodations
CENTRAL EUROPE TRIANGLE PASS
Two unique itineraries covering the most popular cities in Central Europe offering one-way train travel in 2nd class. Travel in either direction. CHOOSE EITHER ITINERARY Vienna–Prague– Budapest–Vienna Vienna–Prague– Salzburg–Vienna
THE BALKAN FLEXIPASS
Travel on the rail networks of Bulgaria, Greece, the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Serbian Entity of Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, and Turkey. VALIDITY OPTIONS 3, 5, 7, 10, or 15 days train travel within a 2-month period FARES 1st or 2nd class accommodations for Adult, Senior, or Youth
See the Greek Islands with the Greek Island Pass. Choose among 53 Greek Islands. A perfect complement to the Eurail Greece Pass. DESTINATIONS 6 trips: Round-trip ferry crossing between Italy and Greece plus 4 domestic Greek Island ferry trips in 1 month 5 domestic trips: Five oneway ferry trips in 1 month FARES 1st or 2nd class accommodations on international route, 2nd class on domestic routes
GEMS OF EUROPE Smaller cities and villages invite you to take a rest from the breakneck speed of daily life. These gems are underrated destinations recommended by our staff and are not to be overlooked. You can reach all of these destinations with a Eurail Global Pass or with a one country or regional pass as noted.
Ipswich, UK Sitting on the banks of River Orwell, this waterfront country town is located northeast of London, just over an hour by train. Museums, parks, and an eclectic mix of markets and shops will delight all who visit. Get here with a BritRail Pass, BritRail England Pass, or BritRail M-Pass.
Odense, Denmark Just 1h 40m from Copenhagen, and the hometown of fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Anderson, Odense bursts with charming streets, interesting museums, imaginative art galleries, lush green parks, and a fabulous night and dining scene. Get here with a Eurail Scandinavia Pass.
Brno, Czech Republic Only a short 2h 30m southeast of Prague, this university town boasts a lively club and café scene sans large tourist crowds with their selfie sticks. Be sure to visit `Spilberk Castle and former prison atop a hill overlooking the city. Get here with a Eurail Czech Pass or European East Pass.
Maastricht, Netherlands About 2h 20m south of Amsterdam is the vibrant city of Maastricht, where its Roman history has left it with a maze of tunnel caves and beautiful historical buildings. While there, be sure to visit the open-air markets and take one the many underground tunnel tours. Get here with a Eurail Benelux Pass.
Sopot, Poland Located on the Baltic Sea just north of Gdansk, Sopot is a spa town that’s also home to Europe’s longest wooden pier and the famous Crooked House on Bohaterów Monte Cassino. You can get here from Warsaw by train in only three hours. Get here with a Eurail Poland Pass.
Ljubljana, Slovenia Slovenia’s capital and largest city, has one of the biggest car-free zones in Europe. The beauty of this picturesque city is enhanced by stately bridges, cobbled streets, cultural monuments, and richly painted churches. Ljubljana is a 2h 15m train ride from Zagreb in Croatia. Get here with a Eurail Slovenia Pass.
Perugia, Italy Wander through the cobbled alleys of Perugia and you will instantly be transported back in time. Numerous piazzas and arched stairways add to the city’s charms. Perfect for a weekend escape, you can reach Perugia from Rome or Florence in just over 2hrs. Get here with a Eurail Italy Pass.
Granada, Spain The Spanish city of Granada, 2h 33m northeast of Malaga, is known as the land of a thousand castles. Evidence of its rich past is everywhere in the Islamic architecture and lively Arabflavoured streets. Get here with a Eurail Spain Pass or RENFE Spain Pass.
SWITZERLAND Nestled in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a country renowned for its unparalleled beauty and a cultural diversity that includes four national languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansche. We embrace that diversity, offering rail passes to explore, scenic trains to delight, hotel packages to relax, and mighty peaks to put you on top of the world. The Swiss Travel System includes trains, lake steamers, postal buses, and city transportation lines—all synchronised for easy connections. Reservations are not required in Switzerland, except on scenic trains.
SWISS TRAVEL PASS
JUNGFRAU TRAVEL PASS Explore the Jungfrau region with 3, 4, 5, or 6 consecutive days of travel on Jungfrau Railways, including Jungfraujoch
Includes Swiss Museum Pass with access to over 500 museums, and public transportation in 90 towns and cities.
Choose your validity Consecutive pass: 3, 4, 8, or 15 consecutive days of travel Flex pass: 3, 4, 8, or 15 days travel within a 1-month period Choose your fare 1st or 2nd class accommodations, Adult, Youth
For in-depth exploration of a specific Swiss region.
REGIONAL PASS BERNER OBERLAND Choose 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10 consecutive days of travel in the Bernese Oberland region including PostBus lines and more than 15 mountain excursions
Travel light. These services offer various delivery options to meet your needs. Express Flight Luggage Check your luggage for your flight and have it delivered to selected Swiss Rail stations Express Door-to-Door Flight Luggage Check your luggage for your flight and have it delivered directly to your Swiss hotel Also available from Switzerland to any location except North America
SWISS HALF FARE CARD
50% off tickets for most trains, buses, and boats 50% off public transportation in 90 towns and cities Valid for 1 month
SWISS FAMILY CARD FREE
Valid with all Swiss Travel System products Children under 16 travel free with parent or legal guardian Request at time of purchase
Express Door-to-Door Luggage in Switzerland Have your luggage transferred between your destinations, so you can travel ‘hands-free’
MOUNTAIN TOP EXCURSIONS
Discounted with your Swiss Travel Pass Glacier 3000 A short 15-minute cable-car ride rewards you with a panoramic view of four snowcapped peaks.
POPULAR SCENIC ROUTES
Gornergrat Europe’s highest open-air cog railway and one of the best panoramic views of the Swiss Alps.
Bernina Express This UNESCO World Heritage listed journey features a north-south Alpine crossing from Chur to Lugano, with breath-taking views as you travel from ice-age glaciers to palm trees.
Jungfraujoch Travel from Interlaken, Grindelwald, or Wengen to the Jungfraujoch at 11,333 ft./4,454 m., the highest railway station in Europe.
Cheese Train A roundtrip excursion from Montreux or Zweisimmen to Château-d’Œx, includes an artisan cheese making demonstration, cheese fondue, and entry to Musée du Vieux Pays-d’Enhaut.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Experience a Glacier Palace, ice slide, and view of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps.
Chocolate Train This train is not just for chocolate addicts. This one-day trip includes a visit to the famous Broc chocolate factory, a stunning trip through Montreux vineyards, and the medieval city of Gruyères.
Mt. Pilatus Reach the Pilatus summit by cable car, panoramic gondola, and the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Mt. Stanserhorn Travel by nostalgic tram and on the world’s first double-decker, open-air cable car to reach the summit of Mount Stanserhorn. Mt. Titlis Travel from Engelberg to Mt. Titlis in the world’s first revolving cable car. Schilthorn / Piz Gloria The four segment cablecar used to reach the summit is the longest cable car system in the world. Schynige Platte A relaxing 40-minute scenic journey by cogwheel train brings you to Swiss nature at its best. More Swiss Peaks Grindelwald-First, Rigi, Blauherd, and Monte Generoso.
Glacier Express Between Zermatt and St. Moritz, you’ll cross 291 bridges, pass through 91 tunnels and reach the 2,045-meterhigh Oberalp Pass, slow enough to enjoy every single detail of the view. GoldenPass Line The GoldenPass Line is one of the most picturesque in Switzerland. It links the Swiss Riviera to Lake Lucerne, the historic heart of Switzerland. Gotthard Panorama Express Cross Lake Lucerne on a historic paddlewheel steamer. Continue the journey on a scenic train, heading to Italian-speaking Lugano. Impressive ravines and majestic snow-covered cliffs guaranteed. Voralpen Express With the Voralpen Express, you travel through the Toggenburg region past Rapperswil (City of Roses) and via the Rothenthurm Upland Moor to lakeside Lucerne.
Note: Reservations on scenic trains are mandatory, and are an additional cost.
SWISS PACKAGES Combining transportation and hotel accommodations, these exciting packages allow you to see the best of each Swiss region. Itineraries can be extended, booked in the reverse direction, and rail and hotel upgrades are possible. Seat reservations are additional. Glacier Express Tour 3-day/2-night package includes journey on the Glacier Express and overnights St. Moritz and Zermatt. GoldenPass Tour 6-day/5-night package highlights the GoldenPass Line’s scenery between Lucerne and Lake Geneva, an excursion to Jungfraujoch—Top of Europe, and overnights in Lucerne, Interlaken, and Montreux. NEW Bernina Express Tour 3-day/2-night package highlights the Bernina Express route by train and bus as you travel from the Swiss Alps into the tropical Italian region of Switzerland. Choose one night in Chur or St. Moritz and one night in Lugano.
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland 8-day/7-night package features the GoldenPass Line, Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Gotthard Panorama Express, excursion to Jungfraujoch, and overnights in Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Lugano, and Lucerne.
Rail Adventure 8-day/7-night package combines travel on the Gotthard Panorama Express, Bernina Express, and Glacier Express with overnights in Lucerne, Lugano, St. Moritz, and Zermatt. Top of Europe and Titlis 5-day/4-night package contains excursions to Jungfraujoch—Top of Europe and Mount Titlis with overnights in Interlaken and Lucerne. Tops of Switzerland 5-day/4-night package includes excursions to Jungfraujoch and Mt. Pilatus and overnights in Interlaken and Lucerne.
TOP OF EUROPE
The best place to discover ice and snow · open 365 days
with Swiss Travel Pass
More Top highlights in the Jungfrau Region: • Grindelwald-First – Top of Adventure: 50% with Swiss Travel Pass • Harder Kulm – Top of Interlaken: 50% with Swiss Travel Pass • Schynige Platte – Top of Swiss Tradition: 50% with Swiss Travel Pass
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