European Rail News & Notes

Your source for updates on European train travel
News
published on 11 October 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
Each year in early autumn, rail operators across Europe unveil details of new services, and then release tickets for beyond the date of the timetable change in mid-December. We take a look at ticket release dates for train services from mid-December 2021 on into early 2022.
News
published on 10 October 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
Bookings open on 13 October for early 2022 train travel in Germany. Here's a sneak preview of what to expect in the new Deutsche Bahn rail timetable that will come into effect on Sunday 12 December 2021. The accent in the 2022 rail schedules for Germany is on speed, connectivity and comfort.
History
published on 1 September 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
As high-speed lines go, the Paris to Lyon route (LGV Sud-Est) is actually very attractive. Part of its appeal is that it doesn’t tussle with the landscape in the way that some new-build high-speed routes do. We recall the opening of France first high-speed railway line forty years ago in 1981.
Practical Info
published on 24 August 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
We spell out some of the special ferry and shipping concessions available for Interrail and Eurail pass holders. These benefits can be a real perk on your journey, but holders of a flexi pass need to be aware of a few rules.
News
published on 31 May 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
New train services have been launched to the Italian city of Trieste. In late May, private operator NTV Italo introduced a direct train from Trieste to Naples and there's a new Eurocity service from Trieste to Vienna on offer from mid-June 2021.
News
published on 29 May 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
This past week has seen new direct overnight services on three key routes, one a French domestic service and the other two both international routes. We'll take a closer look at the offer which brings new night trains to Nice, Split and Amsterdam.