To travel by train in Europe is the most enjoyable way to travel (IMHO). While there are cheaper ways to get around (bus) and low cost airlines offer cheaper fares,
Europe has an extensive, well integrated train system, with world class trains and regular departures.
There are so many different pass types to choose from, so it pays to do your research before you travel as a pass may not be the cheapest option. Factors to consider before buying tickets/passes include:
• How long will you travel for?
• Which countries do you intend to visit?
• What is your travel budget?
Once these variables are considered, then the next step is to find the right pass or tickets.
Eurail – (sometimes called Eurorail) sells passes and tickets for European railroads and is available for non-European residents. The classic pass is the Eurail Global Pass, which lets you travel in up to 24 European countries by train. There are also single country passes and regional passes. It is owned by a group of European rail carriers and shipping companies.
BritRail – Eurail doesn’t cover the UK so BritRail is the place for rail passes. Includes trains in England, Scotland and Wales, and there is also a combined Britain and All Ireland pass available.
Interrail – Similar to Eurail except it’s for European residents only. Passes available include single country passes and the Global Pass, which covers 30 countries.
Buy Rail Tickets Online
Buying single rail tickets in Europe is a pain compared to buying flights online. Each country operates railways separately and there is no
European Railway Timetables
Rail Travel Sites
Railways Of Europe
Every country has their own railway either owned by the state or private.