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Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

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Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide
New, enlarged and fully updated 16th edition
ISBN: 978-3-945225-02-8
Publication date: 15 October 2019, reprinted with timetable updates and other amendments in January 2020 and again in February 2021.

by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries

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Research, writing, design and layout by hidden europe editorial bureau (Gardner & Kries GbR) in Berlin, Germany

Published by hidden europe publications

Printed and bound by GraphyCems of Villatuerta (Navarra) Spain

Worldwide distribution by SaltWay Global Ltd of Cirencester, England

Colour maps on inside front and back covers by David McCutcheon FBCart.S. of DVD Maps

Extent: 544 pages (paperback)
Size: 135 x 216 mm
Weight: 600 g
UK List Price: £16.99

32 colour images
12 black and white images
56 sketch maps of the routes
3 overview maps in full colour (inside front and back covers)

© 2019, 2020, 2021 Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries

About the book

Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes over 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and – brand new for this 16th edition – now also the British Isles. Each route can be followed in its entirety or used as a building block in a longer itinerary. Beyond the main routes you will find worthwhile excursions well off the beaten track.

Written by two highly experienced travellers, Europe by Rail contains useful tips about how to plan your journey, what tickets to buy and where to stop off along the way. There are special sections for holders of rail passes, including Interrail and Eurail, as well as information on night trains. The country guide summarizes key information about travelling by train through each of the four dozen countries listed. Apart from being full of good advice and up-to-date information, Europe by Rail is also a great read. With its nicely opinionated style and lots of cameo accounts of travel history, there’s plenty here for armchair travellers too.

About the authors

Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries are Berlin-based travel writers and the editors of hidden europe magazine. Their work for media across Europe highlights the variety of European life and landscapes.

What's new in this 16th edition of Europe by Rail

The 16th edition now contains over 50 rail routes. Among the edition's highlights are:

  • First-time coverage of Britain & Ireland
  • New Balkan region routes
  • Updated for 2020 rail timetables
  • UNESCO World Heritage rail routes
  • High-speed routes for those in a hurry
  • Slow diversions for those who like to dawdle
  • Classic Alpine journeys
  • Night trains and shipping links
  • Updated Interrail and Eurail pass information
  • Further updated in a reprint in February 2021 to include 2021 timetable information, advice on travel during the pandemic and notes on routes which may be difficult due to border restrictions during the pandemic

The authors, Susanne Kries and Nicky Gardner, can be contacted by email at editors [at] europebyrail [dot] eu or via the website's online contact form. The authors are available for media interviews, and can be approached directly.