Trains

Trains remain the finest way to travel, and we particularly love the fast, scenic train travel of Western Europe. We’ve got tips for booking the cheapest tickets, and for how to make travelling the rails more comfortable and fun.

Knowing which sites to book on can save more than money; national European train operators’ websites in particular can cause a lot of other hassles, especially if you don’t speak the language or are using a non-European credit card.

We continuously test the best booking systems for each country.

The Cheaper Tricks for Booking Europe Train Tickets from Australia

Your Guide Mose Hayward Travel Nerd If you’re Australian and looking to book train tickets for a jaunt through Europe, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up redirected to a few weird and expensive booking sites for trains that are not necessarily the cheapest options. Or you’ll attempt to buy tickets directly from SNCF Connect

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Cheap Eurostar Alternatives: Low Cost Tricks for London-Paris & More

Your Guide Mose Hayward Cheap Travel Connoisseur Eurostar is the fastest, loveliest way to move between Paris and London, but you may want a cheaper alternative—or need to avoid strikes and other issues on the service. Here then is a quick guide to the alternatives for getting between London and Paris, as well as the

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The Total Guide to Train Strikes in France: Ride Out the Aggravations

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Hexagonal Rail Nut The French railway company SNCF is particularly and infamously susceptible to strikes. Here’s a look at the probability of strikes affecting your travel, how to plan your trip, and what to do if there’s a strike on your travel dates. In general, we love travelling by train

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Senior Savings on European Train Travel: The Ultimate Guide to the Discounts

Your Guide Beth Hoke Expert Wanderer Savvy seniors over the age of 60 can get a range of discounts on the European railroads. For frequent travel in a specific country, you can purchase a country-specific senior discount pass. There are also Interrail and Eurail discounts that work out OK for heavy travel in a short

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How to Book Swiss Train Tickets — and Avoid Problems with the SBB Website

Blocked by credit card rejections or website errors on the SBB official Swiss rail website? Or just looking for the best way to book train tickets in Switzerland? We’ve got some tricks for getting around all that, so that you can go enjoy the gorgeous train rides through Swiss mountains and villages. The Swiss’ official

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The Best & Cheapest Ways to Travel Between Paris and Barcelona: Train, Bus, and — If You Must — Plane

Your Guide Mose Hayward Travel Nerd I’ve long lived in the lovely, romantic French capital Paris and the lively, sexy Catalan capital Barcelona — these are absolutely my favorite two cities in the world. But how to travel between them? There are lots of websites that promise to sell you tickets between the two cities.

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How to Get the Best Child and Youth Discounts on European Trains

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Childlike Rail Nut The value proposition for travelling by train in Europe grows by multiples when it comes to travelling with children. Compared to flying, train operators are quite generous in the age brackets for free travel with babies and toddlers and they offer significant discounts for youth. Also, trains

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Solutions for Buying Train Tickets for France in Spite of Credit Card Rejections from Ouigo and SNCF Connect

Your Train Guide Mose Hayward Hexagonal Rail Nut The French train operator’s websites SNCF Connect and Ouigo are notorious for rejecting bank and credit cards from outside of France. Those from Brazil, Eastern Europe, the United States, Australia, and Canada in particular report problems with payments not going through or getting rejected. We’ve been carefully researching

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What You Never Knew about European Trains — Secrets from a Ticket Inspector

I wear a fancy Swiss uniform and go up and down the aisles to check your tickets. My sexy German job name is Personnenzugbegleiter. Basically, a ticket inspector, controller, or checker, depending on your flavor of English. A ticket inspector is a strange little animal. We hop on and off of trains, ensure passengers’ security,

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