Train Travel

Clearly, for an increasing number of people, travel choices are being heavily influenced by environmental considerations, and train travel has strong green credentials.

It’s also a great way of seeing the countryside and meeting the locals.  You could even include a couple of stop offs on the way and really make the most of the journey. To plan and book your rail travel to Europe, which starts in the UK, we recommend checking out these websites:

High speed train service from central London to over 100 destinations across Europe.  Book your entire journey from the UK to mainland

Deutsche Bahn UK 
For rail tickets to Germany and Austria, find information on routes, prices and also book your ticket online. Deutsche Bahn UK operates a call centre to provide a telephone booking and information service to customers in the UK and Ireland.

The Man in Seat 61
Massively popular website, which offers useful advice on taking the train to mainland Europe. Includes a country-by-country guide to recommended routes, sample train times, sample fares from the UK, tips and web links for booking tickets.

Rail Europe 
Specialises in selling tickets and passes for travel throughout Europe by train. Available to buy online or via their call centre.

Trains Europe
Handles most aspects of train travel including within the UK, Continental Europe, Eurostar, point-to-point tickets, rail passes and much more. Many rail passes can be booked online.

Trenitalia S.p.A.  
The Italian railway. The lines from Switzerland run through the Sempione Pass tunnel and across Ticino Canton towards Milan. The Brennero and Tarvisio lines link Italy to Austria and then to central and western Europe. For routes, timetables, information, ticket reservations and purchase, visit:

National Rail Enquiries 
National Rail Enquiries are the official information service for UK National Rail. Resources and tips for train travel to Continental Europe.

Swiss Railways
All train travel in Switzerland, such as Swiss rail passes, Swiss transfer tickets, half fare cards etc.  Book Online.

Prepare for your journey across Europe with the practical tools on this website: