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    Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide
    The best routes, planning tips and ticket deals
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    Keeping you on the right track
    Revised and enlarged 16th edition published in October 2019
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    Be inspired
    Over 50 journeys, endless possibilities
Travel in comfort to discover the very best of Europe

Welcome to Europe by Rail

Exploring Europe by train is easy, economical and enjoyable. Europe by Rail is a guidebook featuring over fifty great routes, country information and off-beat diversions. It'll inspire you to explore Europe in a way you've probably never done before.

New edition

The 16th edition of Europe by Rail was published in October 2019. It has twice been reprinted, in each case with timetable updates and other amendments. The latest reprint was in February 2021.


What people have said about recent editions of the book

Inside the book

A detailed guide for planning your rail journeys

The guidebook is packed with information you’ll need for planning your train journeys around Europe – be it a meandering trip using Eurail or InterRail or a quick break to just one destination. Detailed route descriptions and tips on fares and ticketing help you navigate your way around Europe’s rail network.

Our passion for rail travel

The authors of Europe by Rail are travel writers and slow travel aficionados. And they are passionate about rail travel. The book captures the essence of each journey. You’ll find facts, ideas and inspiration aplenty in well-penned prose which invites you to hop aboard and discover another side of Europe.

A good read

Whether you are planning a long journey by rail or are an armchair traveller, Europe by Rail has something for everybody. The book records the sheer variety of European life and landscapes – join us as we watch lakes, mountains and townscapes slip by beyond the carriage window.

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Latest European Rail News & Notes

Get updates on train services, the announcement of new routes and other rail travel related snippets in our European Rail News & Notes section.

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.
published on 2 September 2021
Download a summary of the latest changes to rail services across Europe – courtesy of our friends at the European Rail Timetable:

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