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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

One ticket - six countries

published on 7 Jun 2015

Travel for just €29 from London to Salzburg! Yes, it really is possible to buy a ticket from Deutsche Bahn which will take you from London to Austria for €29. The itinerary takes in six countries: England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany ...

A better view of Europe: the European Rail Timetable

published on 1 Jun 2015

Want to find out about what’s new in Europe’s summer rail schedules? Then just head for the June issue of the European Rail Timetable which is published this week. And for those who want some additional material, the summer 2015 seasonal edition is ...

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