The Bottom Line
- Train fares are generally cheaper when purchased in advance
- Rail Europe prices are in U.S. dollars rather than foreign currency
- Some passes are only available for sale in the United States
- Rail Europe is an American company based in the United States
- When you're ready to buy, check the Rail Europe site for discounts.
- Ticket and pass holders aren't able to take advantage of last-minute promotions.
- Rail Europe sells train tickets, passes, and packages for dozens of railroads that criss-cross Europe.
- Agents at the tollfree call center (800-622-8600) offer travel advice, but it costs more to use them than to book online.
- With the deregulation of railroads in Europe, more are launching, competition is greater, and passengers have more choices.
- Rail Europe sells both dreams -- and deals.
Guide Review - Europe by Train
See a Single Country in Europe by Train
In some countries, such as Switzerland, there's no better way to travel from one point to another than by train. That country is compact and diverse enough that you can go from its snowy mountaintops to the balmy Ticino in less than a day. The best way to see those two regions - and as many as you like in between - is with Rail Europe's Swiss Saver Pass (check prices and discounts). Similar single- and multi-country passes are available from the site.
The Most Popular Countries in Europe by Train
According to Rail Europe, the top destinations favored by train travelers in Europe are France, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Next in line - and coming up fast - is Spain, thanks to its state-of-the-art network.
European Capital to Capital by Eurostar
The high-speed Eurostar train that travels through the Chunnel Tunnel connecting England and France makes it easier than before for couples to combine a trip to London with one that enables them to spend time in Brussels and/or Paris. In fact, the Eurostar even stops in Disneyland Paris. In addition, Rail Europe offers packages that combine meals and touring. See how fast a trip can take:
- London > Brussels in 1 hour 51 minutes
- London > Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes
- London > Disneyland Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes
Discounts on Train Travel in Europe
If one or both of you is under 26 years of age, that person is eligible to buy a Youth Pass, which offers discounted rates. And Seniors over the age of 60 are also eligible for train discounts. One more way to save on train travel through Europe, regardless of your age, is by taking a night train. Sleeping on one won't be as comfortable as a big bed, but it will save you the expense of a hotel room for that night.
Rail Europe sells train tickets and passes for railroads in dozens of countries in Europe. These include:
- Czech Republic
- Northern Ireland
- The Netherlands
The Great Train Ride from Paris to Moscow
By the time you read this, Rail Europe may already be selling a new route that departs Paris in the evening. Passengers wake in Berlin, have the day to tour, reboard the train at night again, and awake the second morning in Russia. For some, it's a matter of convenience. For others, it's pure romance.