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Travelling in Europe

Rail Europe has an extensive rail network across Europe taking train travellers to more than 15,000 destinations. We can help you find some of the most beautiful train routes in Europe, from the tops of snow-capped mountains, passing crystal clear lakes, vineyards and crossing deep valleys into the heart of some of the most exciting cities in the world. Our destination guides and traveller tips will help you to choose the perfect route for your adventure across this diverse and fascinating continent.

Travelling by train is the best way to experience different countries and cultures and Rail Europe can take you straight to the centre of the action, to thousands of European destinations. Our network offers high speed modern and comfortable trains, night trains, double-decker trains and scenic route trains helping to make your trip a journey of a lifetime.

With our excellent relationships with each country’s rail network we have access to more than 15,000 routes across Europe. We can help you plan and book a ride on the Eurostar from Paris to London, or perhaps you want to travel around France on the TGV. Whatever your route, we have the best solution for you: connectivity. Jump on the Thalys and explore Belgium, climb aboard the ICE trains and see Germany. Wherever you want to go, we can help you get there.

To help you plan and organise your route, we offer train travellers to Europe a range of rail passes. The idea is that whatever your itinerary, we can find a pass to make your travel hassle-free. For example, some people want to get to know one country really well. For this we have the country rail passes such as the Eurail Italy Pass. This means you can jump on and off the Frecciarossa Italian trains visiting Milan, Rome, Naples, Florence, and Seville – the whole of Italy at your feet! Or perhaps you want to taste the delights of French cuisine in Paris and Lyon and explore the vineyards of the Loire valley before heading to the French Riviera? For this the France Rail Pass will help you take the TGV all over the country.

You maybe be visiting more than one country on your incredible train journey. We have a pass for this too. The Eurail Select Pass means you have unlimited travel in three, four or five bordering countries. So you might want to see the castles of Germany on the ICE trains and then head to Italy and then enjoy the scenic train rides through Switzerland and France and end up eating tapas and going surfing in Spain.

The opportunity to travel and explore is amazing, but for the ultimate flexibility and freedom, and to travel around 24 European countries, our Eurail Global Pass is the best bet. Imagine visiting Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, Geneva, Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome and more all on one trip. The Eurail Global pass gives you Europe at your feet.

So whatever your itinerary, favourite city or country is, Rail Europe can help you to plan the ultimate trip. You can think big, explore more and experience hundreds of incredible places.

Check out the list below for the major countries you can visit with Rail Europe and remember we’re here to make it happen.

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  • You say about Spain | Barcelona

    Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral is a must

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    The centre of Paris is such a reasonable size, you can see a lot of sights in 4 days

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Italy | Rome

    In the area around the Vatican, it’s possible to stay in converted monasteries - very atmospheric.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    If you’re on a budget, take Bus Line 42 for a cheap tour of Paris.

    Richard, Sydney Office
  • You say about England | London

    Book afternoon tea somewhere traditional, like the Ritz: very expensive, but great fun.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    The champagne trolley at Harvey Nichols department store - need I say more?

    Richard, Sydney Office
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    Try to see the many beautiful areas on Rome’s outskits - the Villa Adriana, for example.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    The Electric Cinema in Notting Hill has seats with footstolls or sofas. Nothing like a multiplex.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    ’Have afternoon tea and cakes at Fauchon or Laduree.

    Julie, Paris Office
  • You say about Spain | Barcelona

    Park Guell is free

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about England | London

    Stroll around the Serpentine on a sunny spring morning and watch the mad Poms swimming and the yellow irises blooming

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    Try an Indonesian restaurant - a local speciality

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Take afternoon tea at Sketch (9 Conduit Street) for excellent pastries and the ambience.

    Florence, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    Watch the petanque players on summer days along the Canal de l’Ourcq. You can hire a set from the Bar d’Ourcq and join in.

    Alexis, Paris Office
  • We say about Italy | Florence

    I loved the view from the Boboli Gardens.

    Fred, Paris office
  • We say about France | Paris

    Get a Berthillon ice-cream on Ile de la Cite - a Parisian tradition.

    Charles, Paris Office
  • You say about Belgium | Brussels

    The Brussels Card is excellent value for money - free public transport, free entry to heaps of galleries, museums and attractions

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Belgium | Brussels

    Take some time to sit down and relax with a cup of hot chocolate and some Belgian chocolates!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Spain | Madrid | Spain : RENFE

    We took a trip to Toledo. What a wonderful place!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Spain | Barcelona

    Explore the historic centre ’El Born’ by foot and taste some excellent tapas.

    Martine, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    Get up early to avoid the crowds and walk around in peace

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    The best city in the world! Try to communicate in French

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Passes

    Plane travel can be inexpensive, but taxis to airports are costly. A Rail Pass which enables rail travel from airports to the centre of cities is convenient

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Belgium | Brussels

    Great city, fabulous restaurants and cafes. The beer is excellent and the cholates divine. Very friendly people

    Rail Europe traveller
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    You need at least three days in this beautiful city

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Buy London Eye tickets in advance to avoid queuing.

    Julie, Paris Office
  • You say about Switzerland | Zurich

    Too often underestimated, this gem of a city should not be missed. A great city to visit any time of year’.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    On a clear day, head out to Richmond Park to see the deer grazing and views of the city.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • We say about Switzerland | Zurich

    Walk along the banks of the Limmat and the lake - have a picnic at Zuerichhorn, and take a dip in the Uto-Quai swimming pool.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about Belgium | Benelux | Brussels

    Brussels is famous for its beer: visit La Mort Subite or Le Falstaff and try a selection.

    Julie, Paris Office
  • You say about TGV | France | Paris | France : SNCF

    From Paris, it’s easy to get to Normandy and well worth the trip

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    Michelangelo’s David is spectactular - you can see the veins under the skin

    Rail Europe traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    The Le Bourget Air & Space Museum doesn’t feature much in the guidebooks, but is a MUST if you’re interested in the subject

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Spain | Barcelona

    You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Maritime Museum - it’s great.

    Emilie, Paris Office
  • You say about France | Paris

    The Eiffel Tower after dark, with the lights flashing, is a must-see

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Belgium | Brussels

    Pommes frites with mayonnaise!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about England | London

    The best tip is to have a clear idea of what you want to see, and don’t try to do too much

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Spain | Madrid

    Photograph the decorative street signs, the Museo del Jamon, the cathedral doors

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Spain | Barcelona

    Las Rambla and the fruit and veg market next to it - try the freshly squeezed juices

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about France

    Cheap meals are possible: have a picnic on the Pont des Arts, visit the rue des Rosiers for felafel, or enjoy the best crepes in Paris at the Breizh Café opposite the Musee Picasso.

    Florence, Paris Office
  • You say about France | Paris

    The view from the top of the Pantheon is the best in Paris

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    Comes alive after dark - a great place to spend New Year’s Eve!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about France | Paris

    Café Flore and Les Deux Magots are two classics - expensive, but worth experiencing.

    Rachida, Paris Office
  • We say about Switzerland | City Night Line

    On Switzerland’s CNL trains, book a sleeper on the new second level carriages where there are panoramic style windows.

    Richard, Sydney Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    The Chateau de Versailles is a must: take the train line Versailles-Chateau-Rive Gauche which follows the Seine and arrives close to the Chateau for a more scenic route.

    Martine, Paris Office
  • You say about Belgium | Brussels | Belgium : NMBS/SNCB

    It’s easy to take a train to Ghent or Bruges

    Eurostar Traveller
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    The best city for air and rail connections to the rest of the continent

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about France | Paris

    I love boating in the Bois de Vincennes.

    Rachida, Paris office
  • You say about Belgium | Brussels

    Great seafood, and lots of English-speakers

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about England | BritRail Central Scotland | BritRail | London

    Good day trips out of London: Stonehenge, Bath, Hampton Court Palace

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Bath and Brighton are both worth a day trip.

    Rachida, Paris office
  • We say about Belgium | Benelux | Brussels

    I loved Magritte’s house - the links between his life and art are interesting.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • You say about Passes

    Passes don’t guarantee seats. Booking a seat gives you peace of mind that you’ll have a guaranteed spot.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Belgium | Benelux | Brussels

    Visit the Galerie de la Reine arcade - you can be excellent chocolates here.

    Alexis, Paris Office
  • We say about Spain | Barcelona

    Carrer de la boqueria is a good street for late night tapas.

    Fred, Paris office
  • We say about Spain | Barcelona

    The Festes de la Mercè at the end of September each year are great fun - look out for the Castellers (human pyramids).

    Rachida, Paris office
  • We say about France | Paris

    In summer, you can dance the tango in the open air at Quai d’Austerlitz.

    Charles, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    The food markets at Campo dei Fiori every morning are a real Roman experience.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    Try to stay near a vaporetto stop and get a vaporetto ticket for the duration of your stay

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Switzerland | Zurich

    We ate our way through a chocolate factory…loved the markets

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about England | London

    I recommend travelling with an umbrella and using the underground!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Belgium | Benelux | Brussels

    I recommend a trip to Bruges in Spring or Autumn - definitely lives up to its name as ’the Venice of the North’.

    Philippe, Paris Office
  • You say about Spain | Madrid

    The architecture is so different to the rest of Europe

    Rail europe Traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    Take your walking shoes!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    My highlight: walking down narrow streets in the evening, under the Christmas lights

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    Time your visit for the first Sunday of the month. All the museums are free, including the Louvre

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    Hire a bike and go for a ride around town, just like the locals!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about France | Paris

    The bateaux mouches are a tourist classic: a great way to see the city.

    Christel, Paris Office
  • You say about England | London

    Have a drink in a pub whenever England is playing Australia - and cheer for Australia

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    Coffee at Les Deux Magots, wandering down the rue des Rosiers in the Marais, sitting in the sun in the Place des Vosges….so many things to do!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about France | Paris

    Take a 1 day Batobus pass and stop at all the points of interest along the way, throughout the day.

    Martine, Paris Office
  • We say about Eurostar | France | England | London | Paris

    The doors between carriages on Eurostar close automatically. Lift the handle to open, and don’t worry about closing them.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about Spanish Trains | Elipsos Trenhotel | Spain | Barcelona | Spain : RENFE

    The Elipsos trains to/from Barcelona have showers in the first class cabins, and a good restaurant car.

    Julie, Paris Office
  • We say about Italy | Florence

    Hire a scooter and go off to visit the local vineyards, which are really close by.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about Belgium | Benelux | Brussels | Belgium : NMBS/SNCB

    Explore the surrounding area: Spa is a lovely town.

    Julie, Paris Office
  • You say about

    Book as soon as the booking window opens to get the best value

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Spain | Madrid

    Don’t miss the Prado Museum and the Sofia Reine Museum

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    Buy museum entries before you leave and avoid the lines

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about ICE | Germany

    Look out for the Hotspot logo on your train: this means that Wi-Fi is available onboard.

    Laurent
  • We say about Spanish Trains | Spain | Barcelona | Spain : RENFE

    Barcelona is only 1hr from Sitges - gay capital of the region.

    Rachida, Paris office
  • You say about France | Paris

    Try a lot of the fabulous French pastries

    Rail Europe traveller
  • We say about Italy | Rome

    If you’re there in Autumn, eat mushrooms (funghi porcini) and artichokes (carcioffi). Rome has an excellent selection of the different regional cuisines.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Friends/Families | Child | Paris

    Disneyland Paris is a short ride away - your children will thank you!

    Christel, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    The street food sausages are fabulous and spicy to boot

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about England | London

    3 days wasn’t enough to see everything

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Italy | Florence

    Visit Piazza Santa Croce for wine and cheese tastings. Have a hot chocolate so thick the spoon stands up in it (una cioccolata).

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • You say about Spain | Barcelona

    if you fancy heading out of town, Monserrat is amazing too

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    A great city for walking

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about

    Be sure to validate your ticket before travelling.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Camden Market shows you the melting pot of London. Great photos and diverse, cheap food.

    Michel, Paris Office
  • You say about

    Take luggage you can lift and store overhead - there are luggage racks at the end of the carriage, but it’s nice to have it in sight.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about France | Paris

    I like taking a picnic to the Canal St Martin in Spring or Summer.

    Charles, Paris Office
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    B&Bs are excellent value, but have steep staircases - if you have difficulty with stairs, ask for a ground floor room.

    Rail Europe traveller
  • You say about Eurostar

    On the Eurostar from London to Paris, you can buy tickets for the Paris Metro and avoid queuing on arrival.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    A walk along the Thames from Tower Bridge to the London Eye shows you well known monuments from a different perspective.

    Michel, Paris Office
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    Go to the Rijksmuseum, wait a day - and go back again

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Spain | Madrid

    If you’re there in September, take part in ’the night madrid doesn’t sleep’ - look out for proud parents following school bands

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Italy | Rome

    At the Campo dei Fiori market, there’s a good wine merchant. The locals keep them cool by resting them in the fountains whilst they chat.

    Xavier, Paris office
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Walk: through the many parks, along the Thames.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    A 3 day pass for most of the tourist spots will halve the cost of admission

    Rail europe Traveller
  • You say about England | London

    You can travel by boat from Westminster u to Hampton Court

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about France | Paris

    The Guides outside Pere Lachaise will adapt their tour according to what interests you.

    Rachida, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    A 72hr Vaporetto pass lets you hop on and off whenever and wherever you like

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Lyria | TGV

    On TGV Lyria, pre-book a meal at your seat.

    Richard, Sydney Office
  • We say about Spain | Barcelona

    Visit Montjuic - you need to be fit to get up there by foot, but there’s transport up too.

    Rachida, Paris office
  • We say about France | Paris

    Fete de la Musique on 21st June is an all night music concert throughout the city

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    St Christopher’s Place is a haven from the bustle of Oxford Street. A good place for a mint tea, or a crepe.

    Florence, Paris Office
  • We say about Eurostar | France | England | London | Paris

    Make time for a glass of champagne in the St Pancras Champagne Bar before checking in for your Eurostar departure.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • We say about Spain | Barcelona

    I liked the Puerto Olimpico for bars and restaurants in the evening.

    Alexis, Paris Office.
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Meals don’t have to be expensive: try Mother Mash on Carnaby Street or Brick Lane for a curry.

    Julie, Paris Office
  • We say about Italy | Rome

    If you go in August, be aware that there won’t be any Romans there - more peaceful, but not the same atmosphere.

    Florence, Paris office
  • We say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    Buy some thinly-sliced cheese from a cheese shop and try the local specialities.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    Day trips to Venice, Pisa and Sienna are all very do-able

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Belgium | Benelux | Brussels

    The St Gery area is good for going out in the evening.

    Julie, Paris Office
  • We say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    Visit the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

    Julie, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    If you’re in Paris in October, La fete des vendanges in Montmartre is good fun.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about Switzerland | Zurich

    If you’re on a budget, buy Bratwurst (veal sausage) from a street vendor.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    I love walking in the Jordaan, along the canals.

    Emilie, Paris Office
  • You say about France | Paris

    Although the Paris Metro is brilliant, many stations do not have full sets of lifts and escalators

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Italy | Rome

    Trastevere is my favourite area, with its cobbled streets and the magnificent mosaics in Santa Maria del Trastevere.

    Emilie, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    I love having mint tea at the Institut du Monde Arabe, or strolling down the Canal St Martin.’

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • You say about Trains

    Make sure you are on time, because the trains are!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about England | London

    Hampton Court Palace is a must if you love Tudor history

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about

    It was great booking here in Australia as I didn’t have to worry about queuing…it was easy to jump on a train that I already had a ticket for.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    Gondola rides starting from St Marks are more expensive than starting from other locations

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Italy | Rome

    There isn’t much information inside the Coliseum, so you may want to take up the offer of one of the American students who will give you a guided tour - for cash.

    Michel, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    My highlight was walking across the Ponte Vecchio and seeing the clusters of locks attached by couples to declare their love, a Florentine tradition

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Belgium | Benelux | Brussels | Belgium : NMBS/SNCB

    Anvers is only a short distance away and great for diamond shopping (as is the Jewish Quarter in Brussels).

    Rachida, Paris office
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    If you visit in summer, spend time enjoying cake and coffee in the street cafes

    Rail europe Traveller
  • We say about Switzerland | Zurich

    Go to Zurich for the atmosphere and to hang out, rather than for sightseeing.

    Alexis, Paris Office
  • We say about Italy | Rome

    The Baths of Caracalla were really impressive, and aren’t so well known.

    Emilie, Paris Office
  • You say about Swiss Pass | Switzerland | Zurich

    Zurich is a beautiful and clean city with few cars and great trams. If you have a Swiss Pass, local transport is included

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    The Rodin Museum isn’t too big or crowded and has a lovely garden with a café

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Belgium | Benelux | Brussels

    Be aware that, unlike in many European cities, you can still smoke in bars in Brussels.

    Alexis, Paris Office
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Go Harry Potter hunting at King’s Cross Station!

    Charles, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    There’s a weekly roller-blading procession: Sunday for beginners, Friday for the more experienced. It’s in costume at Christmas!

    Rachida, Paris office
  • We say about Italy | Florence

    The view of Florence from the Forte di Belvedere, a pretty uphill walk about 20mins from the centre of town, is stunning. Take a picnic lunch (stock up on cured meats and cheeses at the Mercato Centrale) and grab one of the shady benches. Bliss!

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    Ask your hotel for a room that backs onto a canal

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    A dream come true

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Spain | Barcelona

    Visit the tapas bars, then go out dancing!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    You should climb the Grand Arc of La Defense for a stunning view of the city

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about France | Paris

    I recommend La Musee de la vie Romantique in the summer: pretty location and a nice tea salon.

    Rachida, Paris Office
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    If you’re on a budget, head to the Tate Modern (it’s free) for an incredible view of the city and St Paul’s Cathedral.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • We say about Spain | Barcelona

    For the best view of the city, get on the cable car from the harbour.

    Dominic, Paris Office
  • We say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    As an ex-Dutch colony, there are lots of excellent Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    I like the Café Stevens (Koningsstraat 3hs) which has a great view of the Waag and the Nieuwmarkt.

    Emilie, Paris Office
  • You say about Switzerland | Zurich | Switzerland : SBB/CFF/FFS

    Frequent trains around the Lake. Super shopping, beautiful and well positioned

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    Be very patient: even with prebooked tickets it can take time to get into places

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Italy | Florence

    Soak up the architecture.

    Arnaud, Paris Office
  • You say about England | London

    I loved attending an Evensong service at St Paul’s Cathedral - beautiful’.

    Rail Europe Traveler
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    You pay 5 times as much to sit down and drink your coffee - stand at the bar instead’.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    Cruise up the canals by boat for the best views of the beautiful houses

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about France | Paris

    My most interesting day was in the Pere Lachaise cemetery

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    Don’t miss Queen’s Day on 30th April each year - what a party!

    Arnaud, Paris Office
  • We say about France

    The Marais is a good place to visit on Sundays, when much of Paris is closed. Brunch there is a tradition.

    Florence, Paris Office
  • We say about Switzerland | Zurich

    Niederdorfstrasse has a youthful atmosphere, with lots of terrasses, shops and restaurants.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    There’s an open air cinema at La Vilette during the summer

    Raphaele, Paris Office
  • We say about France | Paris

    The Luxembourg Gardens are great for keeping small children entertained.

    Catherine, Paris office
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    London doesn’t have to be expensive: there are lots of cheap tickets to be had for the National Theatre or Royal Opera House, if you book early.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • You say about ICE | TGV

    TGV and ICE deliver passengers very close to the city centre, unlike airports.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about

    Spend the money and go First Class - it’s worth it!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Eurostar | England | BritRail Central Scotland | BritRail | London

    Russell Square is a fantastic location to stay in: easy to walk to lots of places including St Pancras/Kings Cross, from where we caught trains to Paris and Edinburgh

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    Wonders unfold when you walk the backstreets

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    They call it the Eternal City because once you’ve been, you’ll spend the rest of your life wanting to go back!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about England | London

    I recommend Borough Market under Southwark Station for fantastic organic food. Good coffee, too’.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    As you walk around - look up! The facades are wonderful’.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    The Anne Frank house is a must

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    The Spanish Steps at sunset are spectacular

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about

    Plan your route from the train station to your hotel before you get there.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    Try the ice-cream: it’s the best in the world!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about

    Arrive early at the train stations as the details of arrivals and departures are difficult to understand in a foreign language. Go for it!

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    Climb every campanile!

    Rail europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    The food is excellent, prepared with pride. And great people

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    Blown glass demonstrations are very cool. The craftsmen are amazing to watch and they make this hard task look effortless

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • We say about Switzerland | Zurich

    Take a picnic down to the lakeside.

    Florence, Paris Office
  • You say about TGV | France | France : SNCF

    If you have time to visit the Loire Valley, Chambord and Chenonceau are magnificent castles

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Italy | Florence

    A ’Friends of the Uffizi’ ticket gives unlimited access to the Uffizi and other museums and galleries.

    Rail Europe Traveller
  • You say about Night and Hotel Trains

    Use night trains to get between major cities to maximise daytime sightseeing.

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  • We say about France | Paris

    People think of Paris as very classical, but areas like the 13th arrondissement, where there’s a big Chinese community, give a different flavour. I recommend ’Fleur de Mai’ (61 avenue de Choisy) for excellent soups.

    Michel, Paris Office
  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Be aware that certain monuments and museums don’t allow photography, despite the entry fee.

    Michel, Paris Office
  • You say about France | Paris

    There’s no better underground system than the Paris Metro and the buses and RER are also easy to use

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  • You say about Italy | Venice

    Don’t forget a map: it’s easy to get lost in the narrow streets

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  • We say about France | Paris

    Printemps offers a concierge service for overseas visitors which can get you tickets for a show, entrance into clubs.

    Richard, Sydney Office
  • You say about Italy | Rome

    The entire city is a museum

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  • You say about England | London

    The highlight for me was the art galleries and cathedrals

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  • You say about France | Paris

    Good day trips are Versailles, or Monet’s garden at Giverny

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  • You say about England | London

    The all-time greatest city

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  • You say about Switzerland | Zurich

    So beautiful - a great base for visiting the surrounding lakes and mountains

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  • We say about England | United Kingdom | London

    Don’t miss Covent Garden (particularly around 7 Dials), Selfridges and Oxford Street for a range of shopping. The new Westfield shopping mall is huge. Don’t forget a pilgrimage to Top Shop in Oxford Circus.

    Florence, Paris Office
  • You say about England | London

    I recommend M&S sandwiches - relatively inexpensive for London!

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  • We say about Italy | Florence

    Visit the vinerie - buy a bottle of wine to take away, or have a glass there as an aperitif.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • We say about Switzerland | Zurich | Switzerland : SBB/CFF/FFS

    If you’re taking a train out of Switzerland, allow enough time for a passport check at the station.

    Richard, Sydney Office
  • We say about Italy | Rome

    Go up Il Gianicolo hill to see the sun rise over Rome and the most magnificent views.

    Xavier, Paris Office
  • You say about Italy | Venice

    Explore the backstreets for better prices and more interesting shops

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  • We say about Switzerland | Zurich

    If you’re in Zurich in December, there are Christmas markets: try some gluhwein or spiced cake.

    Xavier, Paris office
  • You say about TGV

    Book TGV trips in advance. Try to get a seat on the upper deck, and bear in mind that luggage space is limited.

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  • You say about France | Paris

    The Zingarra Circus - gypsy music, dance, costumes, horses, smoke from the open fires and vin chaud

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  • You say about Belgium | Brussels

    A charming mix of old and new…Bruges is only a day trip away…we overdosed on waffles

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  • We say about Netherlands | Amsterdam

    The College Hotel (Roelof hartstraat 1) is staffed by hospitality students, so you get 4* amenities for 3* prices. Within walking distance of the major museums and very atmospheric.

    Catherine, Paris Office
  • We say about Spain | Barcelona

    Don’t miss the fresh food produce market of the Ramblas: the best coffee in Barcelona plus amazing produce and lots of sweets.

    Richard, Sydney Office
  • You say about Switzerland | Zurich

    A boat trip on the lake is an enjoyable experience

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  • You say about Spain | Barcelona

    If you’re into art, visit the Tourist Office and pick up the Barcelona Articket to beat the queues

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