Trains in Europe - Get the best fares Tips to help you find the best prices for
European train travel
Some tips to help you take advantage of the best available
train fares for rail journeys in Europe, and between the UK and
Just as in the UK, tickets cost less the ealier you book.
A source of frustration for rail passengers
is that it is not possible to book train journeys further ahead
than 4 months (120 days). This restriction applies to Eurostar travel,
the high speed passenger trains that run through the Channel Tunnel
to Paris, Lille and Brussels. Most of other European train companies
are evn more restrictive, only letting you book up to 90 days (3
months) before travel.
Some help is available so you can be first
in with your bookings and get the best fares. Sign up to the Rail
Europe email reminder. This means you can plan your journey and
search for tickets as usual, then opt to receive the reminder as
soon as the bookings are opened.
A useful trick is to try buying tickets
for each stage of a connecting journey separately. This works because
if you book your trip as one complete journey the same conditions
will be applied throughout, whereas it is possible that better terms
and prices could be applied to different stages of the trip. This
is especially true if you are crossing countries and more than one
train company is involved.
This does involve some more work on your
part, but can sometimes result in considerable savings on a long
to book connecting journeys online:
Firstly plan the journey as one single trip.
Make a note of any connections you need
to make and the timings. Then enter each
stage as a separate search, which will bring up all of the class
and flexibility options available for each train journey.
Choose your preferred travel class and ticket flexibility for each
stage and add them separately to the shopping basket.
Keep a note of the original timings so you can make sure you allow
enough time to make any connections, perhaps allowing a little longer.
Once you�ve added all your journey stages to the basket, check the
prices against the total journey price and decide which is the best
way to book your journey.
Don't forget the discounts that may be available.
Many train companies offer child, youth and senior fares. The qualifying
conditions for such fares � and the amount of the discount � often
varies between train operators.
So good luck and here's to a fast, comfortable
and economical train journey in Europe!
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