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Rail operators and specialist rail ticketing agents have been slower than airlines to develop online booking facilities but are now getting their act together. One of the first sites where you can research and book rail tickets for travel in Europe is Rail Europe, but it only covers a limited number of European cities. There are some specialist agents that offer a comprehensive European Rail Booking service. Many individual European countries have their own rail booking sites - see below.

Click here for UK Rail Booking and information pages.
Click here for Rail Pass pages

Europewide Rail Web Sites

Rail Europe has been rebranded as Voyages SNCF UK but can still be used to book trains from the UK to European destinations AND train journeys between cities within continental Europe.

European Countries' Rail Websites


The Swiss Rail System is legendary for its efficiency and rightly so. For all the information (in English) that you need about travel by rail (and other public transport) in Switzerland and especially all about the fantastic Swiss Travel Pass tickets that save you loads of Francs, click on the big banner Swiss Travel System link above.
To go straight to the Swiss Rail online timetable in English click here.


German Rail Web Site (in English) - This is perhaps the most comprehensive and reliable of all the European national rail web sites and is generally best for train times and indeed journeys by public transport generally not just for Germany but for many other countries in Europe (other than Switzerland - see above). The option to buy tickets doesnt usually apply outside Germany but for checking routes and schedules its great.


Italian Rail Web Site (in English) - OK for checking timings and prices in Italy - and you can buy your tickets in advance if you wish.


If you want a French Rail site in English the French insist on sending you to a site specially designed for the UK market. This has been improved but may still not always show you all the possible trains on a route - especially if some of the travel is in countries other than France. It's called Voyages SNCF UK Its called Voyages-SNCF.com If you want to find out about trains in France from a French site you have to go to the French language French Rail site here.
Take Care - both these sites are OK if you want to check out straightforward main line journeys - but for real accuraccy and comprehensive searches of all possibilities - especially for more complex itineraries in France - most rail experts recommend you use the German site!!

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