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       Train information updated for 2017.

This page explains how to travel by train from Berlin to other European cities & how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada or Asia, you can buy train tickets as shown on this page and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.

If you have a first class ticket you can use the 1st class lounge at Berlin Hbf

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?", "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?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

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...



Berlin to Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt & other German destinations...

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Berlin to London from €59...

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Berlin to Paris from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single chill-out day riding the rails across Europe...

Option 2, by high-speed trains with overnight stop - a time-effective option... 

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

A Mannheim to Paris ICE3 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 3, by direct overnight sleeper train, every Thursday night (every Wednesday night from 10 Dec 2017 onwards)...

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

Option 4, Berlin to Paris with an overnight stop in Amsterdam...

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Berlin to Brussels or Bruges from €39.90..
High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt ICE3 second class ICE3 first class

An ICE3 at Brussels Midi.  More ICE information.

ICE3 2nd class.  ICEs is one of the most comfortable trains in Europe...

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

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Berlin to Amsterdam from €39.90:  See the Berlin to Amsterdam page...
Amsterdam-Berlin InterCity   Bbistro car

An Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train...

 

The bistro car...

1st class comparment   2nd class seats

1st class seats...

 

2nd class seats...

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Berlin to Luxembourg from €39...

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Berlin to Basel, Zurich, Geneva & Switzerland from €39...

Option 1, Berlin to Basel & Zurich by Nightjet sleeper train - the most time-effective option...

Option 2, Berlin to Switzerland by direct daytime trains...

Option 3, Berlin to Switzerland by day trains with overnight stop in Frankfurt - a time-effective option...

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Berlin to Venice from €49...

Option 1, by evening train to Munich, overnight stop, then scenic daytime train to Venice, from €49.  This is the option I'd recommend for the best scenery.

  InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Munich to Venice by EuroCity train...

 

EuroCity 2nd class, mainly 6-seat compartments but some open-plan seating.  There's also a restaurant car...

 

EuroCity 1st class, open-plan.  Sometimes available in 6-seat compartments.

Mountains between Munich and Innsbruck   Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route

Vineyards & mountains...  Scenery on the Brenner route.

Option 2, by ICE train to Munich, then Nightjet sleeper train from Munich to Venice...

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Berlin to Florence, Rome, Milan, Verona or anywhere else Italy from €39...

Option 1, by ICE train from Berlin to Munich then Nightjet sleeper train to Milan, Bologna, Florence & Rome...

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet trains from Munich to Italy.  More information about Nightjets...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...

Option 2, by Nightjet sleeper train from Berlin to Zurich overnight, then a scenic daytime ride through the Swiss Alps to Italy...

   

A double-deck sleeping-car...

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Option 3, by daytime trains via the Brenner Pass, with an overnight stop in Munich...

The restaurant car on a EuroCity from Munich, arrived at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this...

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Mountains on the Brenner route...

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads for Trento & Verona...

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Option 4, by daytime trains, via the Swiss Alps...  Also a scenic ride!

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Berlin to Barcelona & Spain...

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

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...

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.

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:  Berlin to Spain with overnight stop in Marseille 

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Berlin to Lisbon, Porto, Faro & Portugal...
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 beds made up...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...

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Berlin to Vienna from €39...

Option 1, Berlin to Vienna by daytime trains from €39 - the leisurely daytime option...

Option 2, Berlin to Vienna by day trains with overnight stop in Prague from €39 in 2nd class or €69 in 1st class...

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

Option 3, Berlin to Vienna by direct EuroNight sleeper train - the time-effective option...

The sleeper train from Zurich to Prague

A Czech sleeping-car of the type used on this train.  Photo courtesy of Shaiq Ali Khan

City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper   City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   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.

 

Deluxe sleepers are similar to standard ones, but with a bit more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

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Berlin to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hallstatt & Austria from €39...

Berlin to Salzburg or Innsbruck by daytime trains,,,

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Berlin to Copenhagen from €39...

Option 1, by comfortable daytime trains, daily all year round...

Option 2, by Berlin Night Express sleeper train, runs on certain days and dates only...

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.

A Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rψdby ferry.  More info on ICE.

Danish InterCity train at Copenhagen...   Inside the InterCity train from Esbjerg to Copenhagen...   InterCity train at Copenhagen about to leave for Esbjerg...

A Danish IC3 train.

 

2nd class seats...

 

Arrived at Copenhagen...

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Berlin to Stockholm, Gothenburg & Malmφ from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single day, or with overnight stop in Copenhagen...

Option 2:  Berlin to Stockholm by day train to Copenhagen then time-effective overnight sleeper to Stockholm... 

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-Rψdby 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 X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on an X2000.  More info on X2000

Option 3, by Berlin Night Express sleeper train from Berlin to Malmφ, runs in summer on certain days of the week...

Berlin Night Express at Berlin

The Berlin Night Express about to leave Berlin Hbf, see www.berlin-night-express.comCourtesy of Stephen Barker...

Berlin Night Express aboard the ferry   4-berth couchette on the Berlin Night Express

The Berlin Night Express after being shunted aboard the Sassnitz-Trelleborg ferry above left and a 4 or 6 berth couchette compartment, above right.  Photos courtesy of Stephen Barker.

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Berlin to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way...

Option 2, Berlin to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo Color Line cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo...

Germany to Oslo Color Line ferry at Kiel

This photo is taken from the exit of Kiel station, so you can see how close the ferry is.  It's a 5-6 minute walk across the harbour, with a street lift up to a connecting walkway which takes you to the ferry terminal. If you have reserved one of what Color Line call their "5 star suites", check in at the desk rather than the machines and you'll be directed to a special lounge to wait with free tea, coffee, juice, snacks & WiFi.  You'll also have priority boarding of the ship.  Photos courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Boarding the ferry in Kiel

Boarding the Color Line ferry to Oslo in Kiel...

Kiel to Oslo ferry, Color Class suite   Kiel to Oslo ferry, restaurant

A 5 Star Suite on the ferry...

 

More cruise liner than ferry!  The restaurant.

View from Color Line ferry to Oslo

Wake up to this....

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Berlin to Helsinki & Finland...

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Berlin to Prague from €19.90...
Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Most Berlin-Prague trains use Czech carriages like this, a few use Hungarian air-conditioned carriages.  See the Berlin to Prague page for times, fares, tips & how to buy ticketsPhoto courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

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Berlin to Českύ Krumlov for €36 or Karlovy Vary for €35...

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Berlin to Bratislava from €29...

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Berlin to Budapest from €29...

Option 1, by daytime train...

  Lunch in the restaurant car of the Jan Jesenius from Berlin to Prague

Berlin-Budapest EuroCity train at Dresden...

 

The Hungarian dining-car..

Lunch in the restaurant car of the Jan Jesenius from Berlin to Prague   2nd class 6-seat compartment on the Jan Jesenius   1st class 6-seat compartment on the Jan Jesenius

Lunch in the restaurant car...

 

2nd class compartment

 

1st class compartment

Option 2 until 9 December, by EuroNight sleeper train Metropol - the time-effective option which saves a hotel bill too...

Option 2 from 10 December, by EuroNight sleeper train Metropol - the time-effective option which saves a hotel bill too...

The sleeper train from Zurich to Prague

A Czech sleeping-car of the type used on this train.  Photo courtesy of Shaiq Ali Khan

City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper   City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   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.

 

Deluxe sleepers are similar to standard ones, but with a bit more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

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Berlin to Bucharest, Sighisoara, Brasov & Romania...

Option 1, travelling by sleeper with a day in Budapest...

Option 2, by daytime trains with hotel in Budapest...

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Berlin to Warsaw from €29.90:  See the Berlin-Warszawa Express page...
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

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Berlin to Krakow from €39...
 

Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!

Train tickets from €39...

Use this special link...

Option 1, by daytime trains via Warsaw from just €39...

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

Step 1, by Berlin-Warszawa Express from Berlin to Warsaw with 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
EIP train   2nd class seats on a PKP InterCity EIP train

Step 2, by EIP train Warsaw to Krakow. Courtesy www.vagonweb.cz

 

2nd class seats on a bullet-nosed EIP...

EIP train, side   EIP bar car   Table for two in EIP 1st class

Clean & electric EIP train...

 

The on board cafe-bar...

 

1st class table for two...

Option 2, by sleeper train via Poznan.  A convenient & time-effective option, with dinner in Poznan!

Option 3, by sleeper train via Stettin - a variation on option 2 above...

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Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!
Berlin to Wroclaw from €29...

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Berlin to Gdansk & Gydnia from €29...

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Berlin to Szczecin (Stettin)

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Berlin to Lviv, Kiev & Ukraine from €85...

Option 1, via Prague - the cheapest option but not the fastest, all bookable online...

The Prague to Kiev train

The direct sleeping-car to Lviv & Kiev awaits departure from Prague Hlavni...

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin   Close-up of sleeping-car from Prague to Lviv & Kiev

A sleeper compartment with washbasin.  Courtesy of Alessandro

Option 2, via Warsaw - the fastest option...

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

Boarding in Warsaw...

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.

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Berlin to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Option 1, by twice-weekly Moscow to Berlin Swift sleeper train.  New from December 2016...

The Strizh sleeper train from Berlin to Moscow

The Strizh sleeper train from Berlin to Moscow, seen here boarding in Berlin.  It's a Spanish-built articulated Talgo train - note the relatively small size of each car, just one axle between each car.  The axles adjust automatically from standard European gauge (4' 8½") to Russian 5' gauge at Brest, as the train passes slowly through a special gauge-changing shed.   Courtesy of Stuart Wilks & Jaap van Ginkel.

2-bed sleeper with washbasin, night   2-bed sleeper with washbasin, day mode   Complimentary toiletry pack in a Strizh sleeper

2-berth sleeper with washbasin, in night & daytime modes...

 

Complimentary toiletry pack...

Option 2, by direct Paris-Berlin-Moscow Express, once a week...

  • You can travel from Berlin to Moscow using Russian Railways excellent high-quality Paris-Moscow Express.

  • In 2017 it will run once a week leaving Berlin Hbf every Saturday at 07:13, arriving Moscow Belorussky around 10:10 the following day, see the Paris-Moscow Express page.

  • The train features modern air-conditioned Russian sleepers with 2nd class 4-berth & 1st class 2-berth compartments, VIP deluxe Russian sleepers with 1 or 2 berths, shower & toilet, and a Polish restaurant car is available throughout.  See panorama photo of a standard sleeper.

  • How much does it cost?  Around 7,841 rubles (€125) in 2nd class 4-berth, 11,006 rubles (€175) in 1st class 2-berth, 25,982 rubles (€410) with sole occupancy of a deluxe sleeper with shower.

  • How to buy tickets?  You can book online at the Russian Railways website www.rzd.ru, see my advice for using it.  You print your own ticket.

  • Don't forget to arrange both your Russian visa and Belarus transit visa as the train runs via Belarus.

Option 3, using the 3-times-a-week Warsaw-Moscow sleeper train Polonez...

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

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Berlin to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo...

Option 1, by Berlin-Munich daytime train then Munich-Zagreb sleeper train - the most comfortable & time-effective option...

  • Step 1, travel from Berlin to Munich by ICE high-speed train from €29 in 2nd class or €59 in 1st class booked at www.bahn.de.

    For example, the 16:28 from Berlin Hbf arrives Munich Hbf 22:39, but I'd take an earlier train and have dinner in Munich, for local Bavarian food and a beer or two try www.augustinerkeller.de at Arnulfstrasse 52, to the north side of Munich Hbf.

  • Step 2, take the comfortable Croatian sleeper train Lisinski which leaves Munich Hbf at 23:35 and arrives in Zagreb at 08:36 next morning, see the Croatian sleeper video here.  The Munich-Zagreb sleeper can now be booked online at either the German Railways website www.bahn.de (with tickets sent to any address worldwide) or the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (with print-at-home tickets).

  • For Sarajevo, take the morning train to Sarajevo,  Buy the ticket at the station in Zagreb or on the train, around €30 one-way or €44 return, see here for more details.

Option 2, by Berlin-Budapest sleeper then daytime train...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight hotel in either Munich or Budapest - if you prefer day trains & hotel to sleepers...

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Berlin to Belgrade, Sofia, Montenegro, Thessaloniki, Athens & Istanbul...

Option 1, using the Berlin-Budapest sleeper train...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Budapest...

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Hotels in Berlin & 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 has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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