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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, started publication in March 2014. A brand-new fourteenth edition of Europe by Rail will be published in spring 2016 — a joint venture between the company which publishes the European Rail Timetable and the Berlin-based specialist travel publisher hidden europe.

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

Deutsche Bahn takes over Berlin Linien Bus

published on 25 Aug 2015

The dominant rail operator, Deutsche Bahn (DB), has found itself facing significant competition from new entrants to the long-distance coach market in Germany. Now comes the news that DB has taken over long-standing coach operator Berlin Linien ...

German Ländertickets

published on 20 Jul 2015

The roam-at-will rail tickets available in each of Germany’s 16 states are called Ländertickets. Find out where they are valid and how they can be ...

Eurostar ski trains: new rules on alcohol

published on 18 Jul 2015

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Badly behaved Brits on the winter-season direct overnight ski trains between London and the French Alps have prompted Eurostar to rethink its policy on the consumption of ...

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