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This page explains how to travel by train from Paris to other cities all over Europe and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Paris as shown here and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups - usually booking online direct from the operator with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & no booking fees.  On the other hand, if you'd rather someone sorted out your whole trip for you, see here.

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       Train information has been updated for 2017.

Tip:  If leaving from the Gare de Lyon, have a meal before your train at the fabulous Train Bleu restaurant or use the Big Ben bar as your VIP waiting lounge.  If leaving from the Gare du Nord, I recommend the Brasserie Terminus Nord across the road, or the l'Ardoise Gourmande 5 minutes walk away.

Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Paris to Nice, Lyon, Bordeaux & other destinations in France from €20 or €25...
Paris to Nice in 5h37 from €25:  See the Paris to Nice page...

The impressive TGV Duplex trains from Paris to Nice take just 5h36 centre to centre with fares from €25.  A flight takes 4 disjointed and stressful hours of train, airport, flight, airport & bus, as well as pumping up to 10 times the CO2 emissions into the upper atmosphere.  As an experience, there's no comparison:  After speeding down the scenic Rhone Valley at up tom 186 mph, they slow right down and pass Marseille with the Chateau d'If visible out in the bay.  After St Raphael, the train skirts the Cote d'Azur past rocky headlands, yacht-filled bays and millionaires' villas. THIS is the way to arrive!  For more information, see the Paris to Nice by train page.  Photo courtesy of Mike Sloan.

Coastal views from the train between Toulon and Nice

Paris to London from €52, www.eurostar.com...
Paris to York, Bath, Oxford, Manchester & 130 regional UK towns & cities, www.eurostar.com...
Other French cities to London...

A Eurostar at St Pancras International...

A Eurostar at St Pancras...

 

Eurostar first class

Eurostar 1st class...

 

Eurostar second class

Eurostar 2nd class...


Paris to Dublin from £85...

Paris to Brussels, Antwerp or Liege from €29 at www.thalys.com...

Option 1, by Thalys high-speed trains - fast, comfortable, recommended...

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) on Thalys...

1st class (Comfort 1) on Thalys...

A Thalys about to leave Brussels...

Option 2, by new low-cost train operator Izy with fares from €10 - cheap, but budget airline on rails rather than normal train service...


Paris to Bruges or Ghent from €35 at www.b-europe.com...
A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi... 1st class seats on Thalys Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne

1.  Thalys from Paris to Brussels...

1st class (Comfort 1) on Thalys...

2nd class (Comfort 2) on Thalys...

A Belgian intercity train at Brussels Midi 2nd class 1st class

2.  Belgian InterCity train from Brussels to Bruges or Ghent.

2nd class seats...

1st class seats...


Paris to Amsterdam in 3 hours 17 minutes from €35 at www.b-europe.com...
Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) on Thalys...

1st class (Comfort 1) on Thalys...

A Thalys at Brussels...


Paris to Luxembourg from €39...
A TGV about to leave Luxembourg for Paris

A TGV at Luxembourg, 2 hours 14 minutes from Paris.

  Luxembourg station

Luxembourg station, 15 minutes walk to the old town...


Paris to Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Zurich by TGV-Lyria from €25...
TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in, you just walk up to it & get on.

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.


Paris to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, Cinque Terre & anywhere in Italy

Option 1, Paris to Turin, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome or Naples in a single day from €29...

TGV bar car   TGV from Milan to Paris

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

 

The 14:41 TGV to Milan at the Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in, just be on board at departure time...

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

Mountains from the TGV train to Italy

The TGV from Paris to Italy calls at Lyon St Exupery then slows right down through the Alpine foothills.  These are autumnal mountains in France...

Scenery from the train between Oulx and Turin

...And these are mountains in Italy in summer.  Scenery between Oulx and Turin, courtesy of www.discoverbyrail.com.

Option 2, Paris to Italy by TGV with overnight stop in Turin or Milan - the same as option 1 but with an overnight stop...

Option 3, Paris to Italy overnight by Thello sleeper train from €35...

Refurbished sleeping-car on the Paris to Venice 'Thello' sleeper train   1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper, in evening mode, on the Paris-Venice Thello overnight train...   2-bed sleeper, night mode, on the Paris-Florence/Rome overnight train...

A sleeping-car on the Thello sleeper train to Venice boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon...

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper, beds folded away, sofa folded out.

 

1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper, in night mode.  .

4 or 6-berth couchette compartment, with seats folded out, on the Thello sleeper trains from Paris to Italy...   Boarding the Thello sleeper train at Paris.

A 4 or 6 berth couchette compartment.  It's a lot more comfortable with just 4 people.

 

A couchette car on the overnight Thello train from Paris to Venice, boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.  More Thello info here

Option 3:  The ultimate scenic route, by Bernina Express through the Swiss Alps from €65. 

First class seats   Bernina Express panormaic cars

Bernina Express 1st class seats...

 

the Bernina Express uses panoramic carriages...

The train descends from the Bernina Pass

The Bernina Express descends from the Bernina Pass...


Paris to Barcelona & Spain...

Option 1, Paris to Barcelona, Girona, Figueres by high-speed train from €59... 

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes....

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Lunch from the cafe-bar on the train to Barcelona   The hilltop cathedral at Beziers

Dinner from the cafe-bar...

 

View from the train, passing Béziers...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

Option 2, Paris to Barcelona by overnight sleeper train...

 

The intercité de nuit overnight train has 1st class 4-berth & 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag & mineral water...

 

Into the Pyrenees.  For the last hour & a half of the journey, the train climbs into the Pyrenees...

Latour de Carol, where two nations, two trains and three track gauges meet.  On the right, the French standard-gauge overnight couchette train arrived from Paris.  On the left, the Spanish broad-gauge suburban train about to leave for Barcelona.  The third gauge at Latour is the narrow-gauge Petit Train Jaune to Perpignan, its platform is behind the couchette cars shown here.

The snow gives way to autumnal browns & golds as the train to Barcelona wends its way south...

Paris to Madrid...

Option  1, by high-speed train from €94...

Madrid Atocha station - the tropical garden in the old trainshed   At Madrid Atocha, high-speed trains depart from a modern extension.

Madrid Atocha station...  One of my favourite stations, the grand old trainshed has been preserved and turned into a tropical garden complete with turtle pool.  High-speed trains leave from a modern extension (pictured above right), when leaving Madrid you must go up the escalators to the first-floor departures area (The photo above left is taken from the top of the escalators with the entrance to the departures area right behind me).

Paris to Malaga, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz, Algeciras (for Gibraltar) from €99... 

Option 1, Paris to Andalucía by high-speed trains, with overnight stop in Barcelona...

Complimentary at-seat meal in Club class & Preferente Class   AVE Club class on an S102 AVE train from Madrid to Malaga

AVE S112 as used from Barcelona to Malaga & Seville...  Known as a pato (duck), no prizes for guessing why!

 

AVE Preferente class...  Leather reclining seats, all with power sockets...

AVE Tourist class seats on an S102 AVE train from Madrid to Malaga   AVE Preferente seating on an S102 AVE train from Madrid to Malaga

AVE Turista class...  Comfortable seats, 2 abreast each side of the aisle, mainly unidirectional but some bays of 4 around a table like this...

 

AVE Turista Plus...  Reclining seats, power sockets for laptops & mobiles, mainly unidirectional but some tables for 2 and tables for 4...

Option 1, Paris to Andalucía by high-speed train, in a single day - runs 2 June to 28 August 2017...

Paris to Valencia or Alicante from €82... 

Option 1, Paris to Valencia or Alicante by high-speed train, in one day...

Option 2, Paris to Valencia or Alicante by high-speed trains with overnight stop in Barcelona...

Paris to San Sebastian from €29...
Paris to Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, A Coruna...

Option 1, with overnight stop at the Spanish border...

Option 2, by TGV and trainhotel...

The cheapest way to buy train tickets within Spain... 

Paris to Lisbon, Porto & Portugal from €119 with sleeper...

By TGV from Paris to the Spanish border...

The TGV's interior is designed by Christian Lacroix, with power sockets at all seats.  On the TGV Atlantique route from Paris to Bordeaux & the Spanish border, one 1st class car has a conventional open plan layout, the other two have a unique layout with bays of two seats facing across a table one side of the aisle, and semi-compartments of 4 seats around a table on the other, as pictured below.  Very civilised!

TGVs to the Spanish border at Paris Montparnasse   1st class on a TGV Atlantique showing semi-compartments

TGVs to the Spanish border, waiting to leave Paris Montparnasse...

 

1st class with semi-compartments.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV bar car

2nd class on the TGV.  Most seats are unidirectional, with some tables for 4.  See panorama photo.

 

The café-bar car, serving drinks, snacks and microwaved hot dishes.  See a typical menu here...

...then by Sud Express from Irun to Lisbon...

To Morocco by train...   En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet

The Sud Express, about to leave Irun on the Franco-Spanish frontier, bound for Lisbon...  Courtesy of Ron Baker See panorama photo...

 

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

....return from the bar to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!

 

4-berth tourist class sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive...  They convert from beds to seats as shown.  See panorama photo of 4-berth tourist class sleeper.


Paris to Andorra...
 

The intercité de nuit overnight train from Paris to Latour de Carol has 1st class 4-berth & 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag & mineral water...

The bus to Andorra...   The bus to Andorra climbs into the mountains...

The bus ride across the mountain passes into Andorra is spectacular.  Nab the front seats for the best views...  www.andorrabus.com for bus times.


Paris to Berlin from €39...

Option 1, by high-speed train from €39...

Class 407 ICE3 at Paris Est   2nd class seats on a class 407 ICE3

A Paris to Mannheim ICE, at Paris Gare de l'Est...

 

2nd class seats...

Bistro-restaurant on a class 407 ICE3   Class 407 ICE3 1st class seats

Bistro-restaurant car...

 

1st class seats...

Option 2, by high-speed train from €39 with overnight stop in Mannheim...

Option 3, by overnight Russian sleeper train, once a week...

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Standard sleepers with washbasin on the Paris-Moscow Express:  1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth.  More photos & information.

  One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars

VIP sleeper with en suite toilet & shower on the Paris-Moscow Express...  More photos & information


Paris to Hamburg from €39...

Paris to Munich from €39...
TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Est. These impressive 200 mph double-deck trains link Paris with Stuttgart & Munich...

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.


Paris to Cologne (Köln) from €35...
Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...


Paris to Mannheim, Frankfurt, Stuttgart from €39...
ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt

ICE3 2nd class.  ICEs are perhaps the most comfortable daytime trains in Europe...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  All seats in both classes have power sockets.

An ICE to Cologne & Frankfurt waiting to leave Brussels Midi.  More ICE info.


Paris to Salzburg from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains through Germany, in a single day from €39 - the fastest & cheapest option...

Option 2, by daytime trains via the Arlberg Pass, with an overnight stop in Zurich - the leisurely scenic option... 

The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

RailJet is Austrian Railways' premier train.  More photos & information about Railjet trains

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats arranged around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Restaurant car...

The lakes between Zurich and the Austrian border

Soon after leaving Zurich, the Railjet is cruising alongside the Zürichsee, then along the Walensee.  The train cuts across Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through Schaan-Liechtenstein station - you clock up another country!

The mountains keep on coming...

Train into Austria, more scenery   Snowy peaks!

Mountain scenery and snowy peaks all the way, as the air-conditioned Railjet crosses into Austria...

Taking the train through the Arlberg pass...   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

In the Arlberg pass itself, the railway hugs the valley side, past fir forests and meadows...

 

In Railjet first & business class, the stewardess takes your order & serves lunch at your seat...

View of Salzburg as the train crosses the River Salzach

Hello Salzburg!  This is the view of the Fortress Hohensalzburg as the Railjet crosses the River Salzach approaching Salzburg station....


Paris to Innsbruck, Linz or Vienna from €68... 

Option 1, using high-speed trains in one leisurely chill-out day - the fastest option...

Option 2, by TGV & EuroNight sleeper train - the most time-effective option...

TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in, you just walk up to it & get on.

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

   

Double-deck sleeping-car...

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Option 3, by afternoon or evening TGV to Zurich, overnight in a hotel, then in dayight through the wonderful Arlberg Pass - the scenic option...

The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

RailJet is Austrian Railways' premier train.  More photos & information about Railjet trains

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats arranged around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Restaurant car...

The lakes between Zurich and the Austrian border

Soon after leaving Zurich, the Railjet is cruising alongside the Zürichsee, then along the Walensee.  The train cuts across Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through Schaan-Liechtenstein station - you clock up another country!

The mountains keep on coming...

Train into Austria, more scenery   Snowy peaks!

Mountain scenery and snowy peaks all the way, as the air-conditioned Railjet crosses into Austria...

Taking the train through the Arlberg pass...   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

In the Arlberg pass itself, the railway hugs the valley side, past fir forests and meadows...

 

In Railjet first & business class, the stewardess takes your order & serves lunch at your seat...

View of Salzburg as the train crosses the River Salzach

At Salzburg, watch for this view of the Fortress Hohensalzburg as the Railjet crosses the River Salzach approaching Salzburg station....


Paris to Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm & Scandinavia from €78...

Option 1, Paris to Copenhagen in a single day!  Onwards to Stockholm or Oslo next day...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry.  More info on ICE.

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm....

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More about SJ 2000 trains

Option 2, by comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg...


Paris to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, Paris to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo Color Line cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo...

Option 2, via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way...


Paris to Helsinki & Finland...

Paris to Prague from €54...

Option 1:  By high-speed TGV-Lyria to Zurich & sleeper to Prague...

City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper   City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   Standard sleeper compartment, washstand   Comfortline sleeper corridor
Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.   The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.   Economy sleeper compartments have a washstand with hot water, fresh towels, drinking water & soap.   Just like a hotel corridor...  The corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car...

Option 2, Paris to Prague from €54 in a single day - the cheapest option...

Option 3, Paris to Prague from €54 with overnight stop in Munich...

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Est. These impressive 200 mph double-deck trains link Paris with Munich...

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.


Paris to Bratislava & Slovakia
The train from Vienna to Bratislava, at Vienna Huaptbahnhof...   Inside the hourly train from Vienna to Bratislava...

The hourly regional express train from Vienna to Bratislava Hlavna, about to leave from Vienna Hauptbahnhof.  Behind the locomotive is a smart Slovakian air-conditioned intercity coach, whilst the rest of the train consists of more basic non-air-con Austrian City Shuttle carriages, with interiors as shown in the photo above right.  Find a seat in the more comfortable Slovakian car if you can!


Paris to Budapest from €78...

Option 1, by high-speed TGV to Munich then EuroNight sleeper to Budapest...

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

Step 1, take a 200mph double-deck TGV Duplex from Paris to Munich...  A relaxing journey with a reading book and glass or two of red.  Book an upstairs seat for the best views...

 

2nd class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  There's a mix of unidirectional seating and tables for 4 like this...

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex to Munich at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a 'club duo' on the left, a 'club quatre' on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

The sleeper train to Budapest   Sleeper compartment in the Hungarian sleeping-car from Munich to Budapest

Step 2, catch the overnight sleeper from Munich to Budapest...

 

2-berth sleeper...

6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   Couchette car on the Kalman Imre to Budapest

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes

 

Hungarian couchette car at Munich

Option 2, by TGV to Munich, overnight hotel, then Railjet to Budapest...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop, via the scenic Arlberg Pass...

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Restaurant car...

The lakes between Zurich and the Austrian border

Soon after leaving Zurich, the Railjet runs alongside the Zürichsee, then along the Walensee...

Taking the train through the Arlberg pass...   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

In the Arlberg pass itself, the railway hugs the valley side, past fir forests and meadows...

 

In Railjet first & business class, the stewardess takes your order & serves lunch at your seat...

The mountains keep on coming...

Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.

Economy class on RailJet, in open saloons, all with power sockets.

 

"The RailJet has landed..."  A Railjet arrived at Budapest's beautiful Keleti station.


Paris to Bucharest, Brasov & Romania

Paris to Ljubljana or Zagreb from €72...

Option 1, by TGV to Munich, overnight stop, then scenic EuroCity train to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Austrian restaurant car between Munich and Villach   Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

An early lunch in the Austrian restaurant car as the Alpine scenery flies by.  The first stage is on a smart Austrian EuroCity train from Munich to Villach...

 

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...and along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava, arrived at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb.

Option 2, by high-speed TGV Duplex to Munich, then EuroNight sleeper train to Zagreb...

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

Step 1, take a 200mph double-deck TGV Duplex from Paris to Munch...  A relaxing journey with a reading book and glass or two of red.  Book an upstairs seat for the best views...

 

2nd class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  There's a mix of unidirectional seating and tables for 4 like this...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

Step 2, take the Lisinski from Munich to Zagreb.  This is sleeping-car on the Lisinski arrived at Zagreb.  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Munich to Zagreb has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

Wake up to scenery like this between Ljubljana & Zagreb, along the river Sava...


Paris to Dubrovnik & Split...
Ancona to Split ferries in Split Harbour   Deluxe cabin onm Ancona to Split ferry

Blue Line & Jadrolinija ferries in Split Harbour...  Above right, a deluxe cabin on the Blue Line ferry, which comes complete with an en suite jacuzzi...  Courtesy of Andrew Leo.


Paris to Belgrade & Sofia...

Option 1, the fastest option

Option 2, a more leisurely & comfortable option...


Paris to Bar, Podgorica, Budva & Kotor & Montenegro...

Option 1, by train all the way - the adventurous overland option...

Option 2, by train to Italy then overnight ferry across the Adriatic - a really lovely way to reach Montenegro....

Montenegro Lines ferry from Bar to Bari

The Montenegro Lines ferry to Bari at Bar ferry terminal...


Paris to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland from €64...

Option 1, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin.

The Berlin-Warsaw Express train   2nd class seating compartment on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

The Berlin-Warszawa Express has modern air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class coaches, most with compartments and side corridor like this, others with open-plan seating.

Bistro car on the Berlin-Warszawa Express train   Sausage soup on the Berlin-Warszawa Express   A main course schnitzel in the bistro-restaurant on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

Option 2, by direct Russian sleeper train every Friday night...

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Standard sleepers with washbasin on the Paris-Moscow Express:  1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth.  More photos & information.


Paris to Kiev & Ukraine

The Kiev Express has modernised Ukrainian sleeping-cars with 2-berth & 3-berth compartments.  All bedding is supplied, and washrooms and toilets are at the end of the corridor.  Berths convert to seats for daytime use.  A smartly-uniformed Ukrainian railways sleeper attendant travels with each car.  Photos courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com,

The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

Boarding in Warsaw...

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.


Paris to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia

Option 1:  Ride the Paris to Moscow Express from €245!  See the Paris-Moscow Express page.

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Standard sleepers with washbasin on the Paris-Moscow Express:  1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth.  More photos & information.

  One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars

VIP sleeper with en suite toilet & shower on the Paris-Moscow Express...  More photos & information

Option 2:  Paris to Moscow using the daily Warsaw-Moscow Polonez...

This option may not be as glamorous as the direct Paris-Moscow Express, but it's very comfortable and runs every day all year round.  It can be cheaper as there are advance-purchase fares for the Paris-Berlin-Warsaw part of the trip, and you can stop off in Warsaw on the way...

Option 3:  Paris to Moscow via Kiev - avoids need for Belarus visa...


Paris to Athens & Greece

Paris to Athens by train & ferry via Italy, the leisurely way...

A 2 or 4 berth cabin on the Italy-Greece ferry  

2 or 4-berth cabin with private toilet & shower.

 

Relaxing on deck...

The ferry from Bari to Greece at sea

At sea, passing Cephalonia & Ithaca.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

Paris to Athens overland by train via Munich & Belgrade...


Paris to Istanbul & Turkey

 


Railbookers custom-made train travel & hotels

Have your train tour professionally arranged...

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, the people to talk to are Railbookers.  Railbookers can custom-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.co.uk.

  US call free 1-888-829-4775, see website.

  Canada call free 1-855-882-2910, see website.

  Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, see website.

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or see website.


Find hotels in Paris & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

A special hotel for a romantic break in Paris...

Room 14 at l'Hotel in Paris   The stairway at l'Hotel, Paris

Room 14 at l'Hotel, next door to room 16 in which Oscar Wilde spent his last days...

 

The beautiful light well at l'Hotel with a circular landing on each floor.

Hotels close to the Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon & other Paris stations...

If you need to stay over between trains, here are some suggestions that are both very close and get good reviews:

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels: www.hostelbookers.com...


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