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  • Discover how interesting and rewarding it is to explore Europe by train, whether you are using regular tickets or a Eurail or InterRail pass.

Welcome to Europe by Rail

Exploring Europe by train is easy, economical and enjoyable. Based around 50 routes that reveal Europe’s rich diversity from the Atlantic coast to the Bosphorus, from northern fjords to Spanish sierras, Europe by Rail is the definitive guide to exploring the continent by train. Get advice on travel planning and find the best ticket deals with the help of our insider tips. Whether you want the buzz of big cities, a dose of southern sun, or just prefer to sit back and watch the landscape slide by, Europe by Rail is packed with detailed information on what to see, where to stay and how to get around. The book contains detailed route descriptions and travel information. Get further details by accessing the book spec.

The thirteenth edition of this long-standing guidebook was published in March 2012. The publisher, Thomas Cook Publishing, has since taken the decision to withdraw from the published travel guidebook and timetable market. A new European Rail Timetable, produced by the former compilers of the Thomas Cook timetable, has started publication in March 2014 and we are currently discussing ways to continue the  guidebook Europe by Rail, too.

This site showcases both the twelfth and thirteenth editions of Europe by Rail and is maintained by the editors of the guidebook. Stay in touch to receive news about rail travel in Europe and a new edition of Europe by Rail.

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  • Get updates on train services, the announcement of new routes and other rail travel related snippets in our European Rail News section.

Latest European Rail News

Overcrowding on British trains

published on 13 Sep 2014

Britain has a reputation for overcrowded trains, which is in some measure due to the enduring popularity of rail travel in England, Wales and Scotland. Over the last nine years passenger journeys by rail in Great Britain have more than doubled. In ...

End of the line for RENFE’s Arco brand

published on 12 Sep 2014

Spanish rail operator RENFE plans to reclassify the sole remaining Arco service as an Intercity train from Monday 29 September 2014. This last Arco train is the Camino de Santiago which each morning leaves Irun for the long journey to A Coruna — ...

City Night Line trains axed

published on 12 Aug 2014

Yesterday’s ‘Letter from Europe’ reports on the decision to axe the night train from Switzerland to Denmark. It is, sadly, part of a wider trend. A raft of European night trains looks set to be cut. Deutsche Bahn’s City Night Line (CNL) network is ...

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