Baltic ferry operator Tallink retires its route from Riga to Stockholm, which is an essential part of Route 51 in the Europe by Rail guidebook. The connection can still be made by travelling by ferry via Helsinki, but the journey takes a lot longer.
The COVID pandemic has made some ferry companies rethink the whole issue of conveying foot passengers (ie. those travelling without cars). Since 1 January 2021 it is simply no longer possible to travel without a vehicle by ferry on the busy short-sea route from Calais to Dover.
Three routes in our Europe by Rail book are affected by major track renewal programmes in the first half of 2021. Get updates on how train service changes in France, England and Serbia are affecting travellers following those three routes.
European Rail News & Notes (ERN) is run by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries. They are the authors of Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide.
Here on the ERN pages, the book’s authors give updates on rail and ferry services in Europe. Details of every article are carefully checked before being published on this website. But do remember that the patterns and timings of train services do change. So before setting off, it’s always wise to check schedules online or in the latest issue of the European Rail Timetable.
Every month, the new edition of the European Rail Timetable (ERT) includes an invaluable section called Newslines, which highlights significant new developments in European rail travel. The latest Newslines can be downloaded below. Earlier issues can be found here.