Coronavirus / COVID-19 train travel information
 

Check entry & COVID-19 arrangements for each country at reopen.europa.eu/en

Click the train icon to see if you can enter that country by train!

Also check the very useful apply.joinsherpa.com/travel-restrictions and see the map at apply.joinsherpa.com/map

 
 

Some countries require FFP2 masks rather than just any old face covering.  I have used & can recommend these FFP2 face masks from Amazon.co.uk.  Comfortable, durable and a decent fit.

Understanding all the Covid requirements...

small bullet point  Covid-related requirements for travelling abroad & how to check them

small bullet point  A practical example for British travellers to mainland Europe

small bullet point  Train service update, to/from the UK

small bullet point  Train service update, by country

small bullet point  Train service update, outside Europe

Last updated 20 October 2021.  This information is intended to point you in the right direction, but please double-check things at the official sites as things keep changing and note my disclaimer.

1.  Is it OK to travel abroad?

If you live in the UK, there are no UK-imposed requirements for leaving the UK, the only UK-imposed requirements are for when you return.  Here are the new simpler arrangements from 4 October 2021:

Destination countries are categorised as 'red list' or not red list.  As I write this, the only European countries on the red list are Montenegro and Georgia, which become non-red-list from 11 October.  Which countries are on the red list?

When you return to the UK from countries on the red list you need to do Covid testing and quarantine.

When you return to the UK from countries not on the red list you need to:

(a) submit an online UK Passenger Locator Form any time within the 48h before your arrival into the UK and

(b) have booked & paid for a PCR Covid test for Day 2 after your arrival back in the UK (The PCR test requirement may be reduced to a cheaper Lateral Flow test later later in October or November).

Tip 1:  You can buy a Day 2 Covid test for your return to the UK for around £40 at nwp-online.co.uk.  The test is posted to your home and when you buy it you get a validation code to enter on your UK Passenger Locator Form.

Tip 2:  For returning to the UK, you must fill in & submit an online UK Passenger Locator Form any time within the 48 hours before your arrival into the UK.  You can do this on a smartphone, but it's easier & saves time if you open a UK Passenger Locator Form account and enter all your personal & passport details beforehand, you can do this before you go.  Then you simply sign in and start a new form each time you travel.

Travel insurance:  Incredibly, the UK Foreign Office (FCDO) still advises against non-essential travel to some countries on the amber & red list, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.  FCDO advice is not legally binding, but it invalidates normal travel insurance policies.  No problem, simply buy your travel insurance from an insurer that will still cover you, such as www.staysure.co.uk for amber list countries or www.battleface.com for red list countries.

If you're not from the UK, check your own government's travel advice website, for example in the USA check travel.state.gov, in Canada check travel.gc.ca, in Australia check www.smartraveller.gov.au.

2.  Can you enter your destination countries freely? 

How to check:  Even if your destination is not on the UK's red list, you still need to check if it'll let you in.  Lockdowns come & go, some countries won't let in certain nationalities, or will let them in only for essential purposes with quarantine.  Check the rules for your destination country & countries you'll pass through at:

small bullet point  apply.joinsherpa.com/map - this world map shows which countries are open, partly open, restricted, at a glance.

small bullet point  apply.joinsherpa.com/travel-restrictions  - this is perhaps the best site for specific info on entry & transit requirements for each country for your nationality.

small bullet point  www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice - official UK Foreign Office website.  Select the country then entry requirements.

small bullet point  reopen.europa.eu/en - select your destination country, also check countries you pass through.  Official EU site.

Vaccinated UK travellers with the NHS app/barcode can go to apply.joinsherpa.com/map, enter United Kingdom as your passport and switch the Vaccinated toggle to Yes.  You can freely enter all the countries shown in dark green on the map, meaning most of western & central Europe, with little more than the NHS app and maybe a form to fill in.

As I write this, vaccinated UK travellers can freely enter or pass through France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ukraine, Greece.  You just need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form, or in the case of France, a declaration form.

Note that Austria & Croatia have placed a time limit on vaccinations, so we'll need boosters to keep up with that! 

Even though Belgium isn't green on the map, it's OK to transit Belgium en route between the UK & Germany if you stay less than 48h.  No tests or quarantine are required, just complete a Belgian Passenger Locator Form, entering your address in Germany (or in the UK, westbound) where it asks for your address in Belgium.

Some countries require a negative test before entry.  Entering Italy requires a negative Covid test in the 48 hours before arrival.  Belgium requires isolation and a Covid test on day 1 or 2 after arrival, unless transiting in less than 48h.  The Netherlands & Hungary have issues, check online. 

I'm just pointing you in the right direction, always check the official websites - apply.joinsherpa.com/map has the necessary links to those.

Tip:  If you need to arrange a Covid test in the UK before travelling to a country such as Italy, try www.c19testing.co.uk.

Tip:  Some countries require FFP2 masks rather than just any old face covering.  I have used & can recommend these FFP2 face masks from Amazon.co.uk.

If you live outside Europe you may face greater restrictions than European citizens, so check apply.joinsherpa.com/travel-restrictions & reopen.europa.eu/en.

3.  Are European trains running normally?

Yes, pretty much, across most of Europe.  In a nutshell, trains are running normally or almost normally almost everywhere with the following notable exceptions:

London to Paris/Brussels:  Eurostar running a reduced service, 16 trains a day to Paris reduced to 5 or 6 or 7...

Norway:  International trains to/from Oslo are suspended, but should resume from the timetable change in mid-December.

Balkans:  Zagreb-Belgrade, Belgrade-Sofia, Sofia-Istanbul, Bucharest-Istanbul all remain suspended.  Munich-Ljubljana/Zagreb sleeper suspended off-season.

Russia & Ukraine:  All international trains to/from Belarus & Russia are still suspended.  The Warsaw-Kiev Kiev Express has been suspended but will resume from 4 November 2021.

For more detail on a few more specific service reductions, see the train service updates below

You can check the situation on a specific route by running an enquiry on the operator's journey planner.  For France, Benelux, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland use www.thetrainline.com.

Remember that even if a train is running, you still have to check COVID-19 entry restrictions for the relevant countries as explained in point 3 above.

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport in many countries (for example on Eurostar and in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland) and recommended in others.  Some countries such as Germany require FFP2 masks, I recommend these FFP2 face masks from Amazon.co.uk.


A practical example for British travellers to mainland Europe...

OK, so I'm a fully-vaccinated Brit who wanted to go through France to Germany & back in September/October 2021.  How did I do it?

So how did it go?


  Eurostar travel in time of coronavirus / COVID-19
   

Train service update, to/from UK...

London to Paris by EurostarEurostar is currently running a reduced service between London & Paris, 5 to 7 trains per day.  Check times at www.eurostar.com.  Masks must be worn.  See www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-info/service-information/coronavirus-and-eurostar-service.  Check times at www.eurostar.com, www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.  There are no Eurostars from Ebbsfleet or Ashford at the moment, they won't call at those stations until 2023.

Paris & Lille to other French destinations:  French domestic trains are now running pretty much as normal, Check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

Paris to Switzerland:  TGV-Lyria is running a significantly reduced service, check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

Paris to Italy (day trains):  Paris-Turin-Milan TGVs are running almost normally, 2 or 3 per day each way.  Check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

Paris to Italy (sleeper):  The Paris-Venice Thello sleeper train & Nice-Milan Thello day trains are all now permanently discontinued.

Paris to Spain:  Both morning and afternoon Paris-Barcelona TGVs were running normally through the summer, but from 30 August 2021 onwards only the morning Paris-Barcelona TGV will operate in both directions, the afternoon one is cancelled.  The Marseille-Avignon-Barcelona AVE is suspended indefinitely.  The Lyon-Barcelona AVE is running normally.  Check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

Paris to Portugal:  Hendaye-Lisbon & Madrid-Lisbon sleeper trains are suspended, it's not known when or even if they will resume.

Paris to Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Germany:  Paris-Germany trains resumed in May, a few service reductions.  Much reduced Thalys service Paris-Cologne.  Check times at www.bahn.de.

London to Lyon, Avignon, Marseille by direct EurostarThe direct train from London to the South of France didn't run in 2020 and won't run in 2021.

London to the French Alps by direct EurostarThe direct Eurostar from London to the French Alps did not run in winter 2020-2021 but a version of it will run in winter 2021-2022, see the information here.

London to Brussels by EurostarEurostar are running a much-reduced service between London to Brussels, just 2-4 trains per day.  Check times at www.eurostar.com, www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.  Masks must be worn.  See www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-info/service-information/coronavirus-and-eurostar-service.  There are no Eurostars from Ebbsfleet or Ashford at the moment, they won't call there until 2022.

Brussels to Amsterdam, Cologne, Germany & beyond:

- Belgian domestic trains are running almost normally.

- Brussels-Rotterdam-Amsterdam InterCity trains running normally.  However, much reduced Thalys service, check online.

- Brussels-Luxembourg trains running normally, check times at www.thetrainline.com.

- Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt ICE trains running almost normally with 1 or 2 reductions (see www.bahn.de), but only a limited Brussels-Cologne Thalys is running.

- German domestic trains including Cologne-Berlin & Cologne-Munich running almost normally, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Germany-Switzerland daytime trains now running more or less normally, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Germany-Austria daytime trains now running more or less normally, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Munich-Zurich EuroCity trains seriously reduced, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Hamburg-Copenhagen Intercity trains running normally, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Berlin-Prague EuroCity trains running normally, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Munich-Verona-Venice EuroCity trains running almost normally with some reductions, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Munich-Prague trains running almost normally, check times at www.cd.cz.

- Munich-Budapest Kalman Imre sleeper running normally, but with no sleepers, just couchettes & seats, check at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- Berlin-Warsaw EuroCity trains & Berlin-Gdansk/Gydnia EuroCity train running almost normally with some reductions, check times at www.bahn.de.

London to Amsterdam by Eurostar:  One direct Eurostar from London to Amsterdam every day, check times at www.eurostar.com, www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.  In the meantime, either change in Brussels or use the Stena Line ferry service instead.

London to Amsterdam by Stena Line: Stena Line is still sailing day & night between Harwich & Hoek van Holland, although they have temporarily stopped selling SailRail combined train & ferry tickets you can still make the London-Amsterdam train & ferry journey if essential using a SailRaiul ticket to Hoek van Holland they buying a separate Dutch metro & train ticket.

Amsterdam to Germany:  Amsterdam-Berlin IC trains & Amsterdam-Cologne-Frankfurt ICE trains running almost a normal service, see www.bahn.de.

P&O Dover-Calais: P&O stopped carrying foot passengers in the height of the pandemic, but a limited foot passenger service resumed from 5 October 2021.

P&O Hull-Rotterdam: Running normally - but check the bus transfer is running between Rotterdam Europoort ferry terminal & Rotterdam Centraal, it may not be.

Brittany Ferries: Foot passengers are now being carried again between Plymouth/Portsmouth & northern France.  See www.brittany-ferries.co.uk.

DFDS sailing Newcastle-Amsterdam as normal, foot passengers fine, see www.dfds.co.uk.


  Train travel in time of coronavirus / COVID-19
   

Train service update, by country...

I'll try to keep on top of this, but you can check the very latest 'live' situation by running an enquiry on the relevant operator's journey planner!, or for France, Benelux, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland use www.thetrainline.comIf you have any updates I've missed, please email me!

Austria...

- Domestic trains running normally, including Nightjet Bregenz-Vienna, check times at www.oebb.at.

- To Germany:  Austria-Germany EC & ICE trains now running normally, check times at www.bahn.deNightjet sleepers to Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Dusseldorf now running again, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Switzerland:  Zurich-Innsbruck-Salzburg Vienna railjets running normally, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.  The Nightjet sleeper from Vienna to Zurich now running again.

- To Italy:  Both the Vienna-Venice railjets are now running normally, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com (Munich-) Innsbruck-Verona-Bologna/Venice EC trains running with some reductions, check at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.comNightjet sleepers from Vienna & Salzburg to Venice, Milan, Florence & Rome running, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Hungary:  Almost normal service now running between Vienna & Budapest, some reductions.  Check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- To Czech Republic:  Vienna-Prague railjets & Linz-Prague Intercity trains running almost normally, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Slovakia:  Vienna-Bratislava regional trains running normally, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Romania:  Dacia Express Vienna-Brasov-Bucharest running.

- To Slovenia & Croatia: Vienna-Zagreb & Vienna-Ljubljana day trains running, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Krakow, Warsaw & Poland:  Vienna - Krakow/Warsaw trains running, but without catering, check times at www.oebb.at.

Belgium...

- 80% of normal domestic train service running, check times at www.belgiantrain.be.

- To London:  Much-reduced service running, see www.eurostar.com.

- To Paris & France:  Only a handful of Brussels-Paris Thalys trains are running each day, check at www.thalys.com.  Direct TGVs from Brussels to Lyon & other French cities have resumed running, check times at www.thetrainline.com.

- To Amsterdam & the Netherlands:  Brussels-Antwerp-Rotterdam-Amsterdam intercity trains running normally more or less every hour, see www.nsinternational.nl.  However, currently reduced Thalys service Brussels-Amsterdam.

- To Cologne & Germany:  Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt ICE trains also running almost normally, just a small reduction, check times at www.bahn.de.  However, currently reduced Thalys service Brussels-Cologne.

- To Luxembourg:  Virtually normal service, check times at www.thetrainline.com.

- To Austria:  The Nightjet sleeper from Brussels to Vienna running.  Check at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

Bulgaria... 

- Check domestic times at www.bdz.bg.

- Sofia-Istanbul Express sleeper train remains suspended until further notice.

- Sofia-Bucharest train running.

Croatia...

- Domestic trains including Zagreb-Split are running with some reductions, check times at www.hzpp.hr

- Zagreb-Zurich sleeper running, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- Zagreb-Munich sleeper suspended from Oct 2021 until 2022, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- Zagreb-Ljubljana-Munich day train running, check times at www.bahn.de

- Zagreb-Vienna day train running, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- Zagreb-Belgrade train remains suspended.  Check if it's resumed at www.srbvoz.rs/en/timetable.

Czech Republic...

- Domestic trains are running, check times at www.cd.cz.

- Normal service on Prague-Berlin, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Normal service on Prague-Vienna & Prague-Linz, check times at www.oebb.at or www.thetrainline.com.

- Normal service between Prague & Bratislava, check times at www.cd.cz.

- Normal service on Prague-Budapest trains running, check at www.cd.cz.

- Prague-Krakow/Warsaw trains running, although sleeper may be suspended.  Check times at www.cd.cz.

- Leo Express Krakow-Prague trains may be running, check at www.leoexpress.com.

Denmark...

- Domestic trains are running with some reductions, check at www.dsb.dk.

- Hamburg-Copenhagen Intercity trains are running normally, check times at www.bahn.de

- Direct Copenhagen-Stockholm trains have resumed as from September 2021.  Check times at www.sj.se.

- DFDS Copenhagen-Oslo ferry running, but with reduced days of operation, check at www.dfds.co.uk.

Finland...

- Domestic trains running, check times at www.vr.fi.

- International trains to Russia suspended, check at www.vr.fi or www.rzd.ru.

- Stockholm-Helsinki direct ferries suspended, you can still use the Stockholm-Turku ferries and train connection to Helsinki.

France...

- Domestic train service running almost normally, check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com

- French domestic night trains also running.

- To London:  Reduced Eurostar service, see www.eurostar.com.

- To Brussels: Reduced Thalys service between Paris & Brussels.  See www.thalys.com.

- To Amsterdam:  Reduced Thalys service between Paris & Amsterdam.  See www.thalys.com.

- To Germany:  A few service reductions on the TGV/ICE service from Paris to Karlsruhe, Frankfurt, Stuttgart & Munich, check times at www.bahn.de.  Only a few Thalys trains running between Paris & Cologne.

- To Switzerland by TGV-Lyria:  TGV-Lyria running a reduced service, check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Italy:  TGVs from Paris to Turin & Milan are running almost normally, up to 3 trains per day each way, check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.  The Thello sleeper train from Paris to Milan & Venice and Thello day trains from Nice to Genoa & Milan are all now permanently discontinued.

- To Spain:  Morning Paris-Barcelona TGV running normally, but afternoon one suspended until 11 December, possibly longer.  The Lyon-Barcelona AVE is also running.  The morning Marseille-Avignon-Barcelona AVE is suspended until further notice.  Check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Portugal:  Sud Express from Hendaye to Lisbon remains suspended with no sign of it returning.

- To Russia:  Paris-Moscow & Nice-Moscow trains suspended, no sign of Russia opening its borders.

Germany...

- Virtually normal domestic service now restored, check times at www.bahn.de.

- To Paris:  Germany to Paris by TGV/ICE:  Few service reductions, most now running, check times at www.bahn.de. Reduced Thalys service Cologne-Paris.

- To Brussels:  Frankfurt-Cologne-Brussels ICE trains are running almost normally with just a small service reduction, check times at www.bahn.de.  Only a limited Thalys service running Cologne-Brussels.

- To Amsterdam:  Frankfurt/Cologne/Dusseldorf-Amsterdam ICE trains & Berlin-Amsterdam Intercity trains running almost normally, check times at www.bahn.de.

- To Switzerland:  EC & ICE trains between Germany & Basel, Zurich & Switzerland running almost normally, check times at www.bahn.de,  The Nightjet sleeper from Hamburg & Berlin to Zurich now running again, check at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- To Italy:  Munich to Verona, Bologna, Venice by Brenner EuroCity trains running almost normally, check at www.bahn.de. The Nightjet sleepers from Munich to Milan, Venice, Florence & Rome now running again.

- To Austria:  Germany to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna by EC & ICE trains:  Normal service has resumed, check times at www.bahn.de,  The Nightjet sleepers from Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne to Innsbruck & Vienna running, see www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- To Denmark & Sweden:  Hamburg to Copenhagen by Intercity train: Normal service now running, check times at www.bahn.de.

- To the Czech Republic:  Berlin to Prague by EuroCity train & Munich to Prague:  Normal service running, check times at www.bahn.de,

- To Hungary:  Munich to Budapest by Kalman Imre sleeper train has no sleepers, just couchettes & seats until further notice.  Munich-Budapest railjets running but with reductions and sometimes a need to change at Vienna, check at www.thetrainline.com.  The Berlin-Budapest Hungaria is running.  The Berlin-Budapest night train has a sleeping-car, but no couchettes.

- To Slovenia & Croatia:  Normal service. No, wait, Munich-Ljubljana-Zagreb sleeper train suspended from October 2021 until further notice, should run in 2022.

- To Poland:  Berlin to Warsaw by EuroCity trains running, check at www.bahn.de.

Greece...

- Domestic trains are running, check at www.trainose.gr.

- Ferries are running from Italy to Greece, check at www.superfast.com.

- The international trains from Sofia to Thessaloniki & Belgrade to Thessaloniki remain suspended.

Hungary...

- Domestic trains are running, check at www.mavcsoport.hu.

- The Munich-Budapest sleeper train running normally, but with no sleeper accommodation just couchettes & seats.  The Zurich-Budapest sleeper train is running normally, with sleeper, couchettes & seats.  The Budapest-Berlin sleeper train has a sleeping-car, but no couchette car at the moment.

- Railjet trains running normally between Budapest & Vienna, Munich & Zurich, some reductions and may need to change in Vienna, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- Budapest-Bratislava/Prague EuroCity trains running, check at www.cd.cz.  Budapest-Berlin-Hamburg Hungaria running.

- Some other international trains remain suspended, check at www.mavcsoport.hu.

Italy...

- There's a significantly reduced domestic high-speed service, check times at www.trenitalia.com or www.thetrainline.com.  On domestic sleepers you'll have to book an entire sleeper or couchette compartment, no sharing with other passengers until further notice.

- Milan-Turin-Paris TGVs are running almost normally, check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

- Thello sleeper train between Venice, Milan & Paris has now been permanently discontinued

- Munich-Verona-Bologna/Venice EuroCity trains running, check times at www.bahn.de

- Switzerland-Milan EuroCity trains running, but major reductions & possible need to change trains.  Check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

- Both daily Vienna-Venice railjets running, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- Nightjet sleepers between Rome/Florence/Milan/Venice & Munich/Salzburg/Vienna now running again, check using www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- Thello day trains between Milan, Genoa & Nice are all now permanently discontinued.

Luxembourg...

- Check domestic trains at www.cfl.lu

- Normal service is running between Luxembourg & Brussels, check times at www.thetrainline.com.

- Normal service is running between Luxembourg & Netherlands, check times at www.nsinternational.nl or www.thetrainline.com.

- Normal service is running between Luxembourg & Germany, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Trains are running between Paris & Luxembourg, and on the Luxembourg-Metz-Strasbourg corridor, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.raileurope.com.

Moldova

- The Bucharest-Chisinau sleeper train is suspended, but should resume in early November 2021, initially twice a week.

Montenegro

- Both the day train Tara and sleeper train Locven are now running to/from Belgrade.

Netherlands...

- Normal Dutch domestic trains are now running, check times at www.ns.nl.

- To Belgium:  Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Brussels Intercity trains are running normally, almost every hour, see www.nsinternational.nl.  Reduced Thalys service on the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Brussels route, check times at www.thalys.com or www.nsinternational.nl.

- To Germany:  Amsterdam-Cologne-Frankfurt ICE trains & Amsterdam-Berlin IC trains are now running normally, check times at www.bahn.de

- To Paris:  Reduced Thalys service running on the Amsterdam-Paris route, check times at www.thalys.com or www.nsinternational.nl.

Norway...

- Domestic trains are running with some reductions, check times at www.vy.no or entur.no.

- Oslo-Stockholm & Oslo-Gothenburg international trains are suspended, check at www.sj.se.  They should resume from the timetable change on 12 December.

- DFDS Oslo-Copenhagen ferry running, days of operation may be reduced so check at www.dfds.co.uk.

Poland...

- Domestic trains are running, check times at www.intercity.pl.

- Warsaw-Berlin EuroCity trains running, check times at www.bahn.de.

- Warsaw/Krakow - Prague trains running, but without catering.  Sleeper may be suspended.  Check times at www.cd.cz.

- Warsaw/Krakow - Vienna trains running, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- Leo Express Krakow-Prague trains possibly running, check times at www.leoexpress.com.

- Warsaw-Moscow trains remain suspended, check at www.rzd.ru.

- Warsaw-Kiev Kiev Express has been suspended, but will resume from 5 November 2021.

Portugal...

- Check domestic train times at www.cp.pt.

- Madrid-Lisbon sleeper & Lisbon-Hendaye Sud Express sleeper remain suspended.

- Madrid-Lisbon daytime trains and Porto-Vigo trains running normally.

Romania...

- Domestic trains are running, check times at www.cfrcalatori.ro.

- Bucharest-Vienna & Bucharest-Budapest running.

- Bucharest-Sofia train running.

- Bucharest-Moldova sleeper is suspended but should resume from early November 2021, initially twice a week.

- Check trains from Budapest to Romania at www.mavcsoport.hu, from Vienna to Romania at www.oebb.at, from Romania to Hungary, Austria & Bulgaria at www.cfrcalatori.ro.

Russia...

- Domestic trains within Russia are running, check times at www.rzd.ru.

- International trains between Paris/Nice/Berlin/Warsaw & Moscow remain suspended.  Russia's borders are closed.

- Trans-Siberian international trains between Moscow, Mongolia & Beijing have been suspended.

Serbia... 

- Belgrade-Zagreb train still suspended.  Check if it's resumed at www.srbvoz.rs/en/timetable.

- Belgrade to Podgorica & Bar:  Both daytime train Tara and sleeper train Lovcen are now running.

Slovakia...

- Domestic trains are running, check times at www.zssk.sk.

- Bratislava - Prague trains are running, check times at www.cd.cz.

- Bratislava - Vienna trains are running, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

- Bratislava - Budapest EuroCity trains are running.

Slovenia...

- Ljubljana-Zurich sleeper running, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at

- Ljubljana-Munich sleeper suspended from Oct 2021 until 2022, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at

- Ljubljana-Munich day trains running, check at www.bahn.de.

- Ljubljana-Vienna day train running, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

Spain...

- Reduced domestic service running, check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

- Morning Barcelona-Paris TGV running normally, afternoon TGV suspended until at least 12 December, possibly longer.  The 08:15 Barcelona-Lyon is also running.  The afternoon Barcelona-Avignon-Marseille AVE is suspended until further notice. check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

- Madrid-Lisbon sleeper remains suspended and is now permanently discontinued.

- Madrid-Lisbon daytime trains and Vigo-Porto trains are running normally.

Sweden...

- Domestic trains are running, with some reductions, check times at www.sj.se.

- Direct Stockholm-Copenhagen trains resumed in September 2021, check times at www.sj.se.

- Stockholm-Oslo & Gothenburg-Oslo international trains are suspended, check at www.sj.se.  They should resume from the timetable change on 12 December.

- The Snälltåget Stockholm-Malmo-Hamburg-Berlin night train will run in 2021.

- Stockholm-Helsinki direct ferries suspended, you can still use the Stockholm-Turku ferries and train connection to Helsinki.

Switzerland...

- Domestic Swiss trains running an almost normal service, check times at www.sbb.ch or www.thetrainline.com

- Glacier Express running, but only the main daily departure, not the usual extra summer trains, unless demand increases.

- Bernina Express running normally.

- To Paris:  TGV-Lyria is running a reduced service, check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Italy:  EuroCity trains between Switzerland & Italy are running, but reduced service and sometimes a need to change trains.  Check times at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

- To Germany:  Normal service has now resumed Switzerland-Germany & Switzerland-Austria, Nightjet sleepers now running again. 

- To Prague:  The Zurich-Prague sleeper may or may not be running, check at www.cd.cz.

- to Budapest:  The Zurich-Budapest overnight train running normally, but currently has no sleeper accommodation, just couchettes & seats.  The Zurich-Budapest train should regain its sleeping-car in late September.

- To Croatia:  The Zurich-Zagreb sleeper is running, check times at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

Turkey...

- Domestic trains are running, but with a special arrangement to trace & track, see www.tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr.

- Sofia-Istanbul Express sleeper train is suspended until further notice.

- The international trains to/from Iran are suspended until further notice.

Train service outside Europe...

Russian domestic trains are running, including on the Trans-Siberian Railway to Vladivostok, but international trains between Moscow, Mongolia & Beijing are suspended until further notice due to coronavirus lockdown.

In the USA, Amtrak trains are running with some service reductions, see amtrak.com.  Amtrak has reduced long-distance trains from daily to 3 times a week from October 2020 until summer 2021, as travel demand has reduced due to coronavirus.

In Canada, VIA Rail have suspended Toronto-Vancouver Canadian and Montreal-Halifax Ocean.  A Winnipeg-Vancouver version of the Canadian may be running.

In Australia, the Adelaide-Alice Springs Ghan and Sydney-Adelaide-Perth Indian Pacific have resumed.  The Melbourne-Adelaide Overland has now resumed.

In New Zealand, all KiwiRail Scenic trains are suspended until further notice, but the TranzAlpine has resumed on a reduced frequency.

In India, service was drastically reduced and even stopped, but is now slowly resuming.

In Thailand, train service has been drastically reduced but is slowly being increased back towards normal.

In Vietnam, DSVN running a reduced service.


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