There are only a few locations within the UK the place you should buy European prepare tickets
over-the-counter.  The Eurostar ticket workplace at London St Pancras solely sells tickets as far
as Paris or Brussels plus a number of main cities in France, Germany & the
Netherlands.  Most British railway stations don’t promote
worldwide tickets in any respect apart from prepare & ferry tickets to the Republic of
Eire.  However there are one or two exceptions price mentioning:

It is simple to purchase European prepare
tickets by telephone within the UK or Eire, however select your company rigorously, as some businesses are higher for some journeys than others due to the
particular ticketing system(s) which they use.

  • For journeys from the UK to
    France or involving simply the direct trains (be aware the phrase direct)
    from Paris to Turin, Milan, Barcelona & Switzerland, I might name somebody like
    Ffestiniog Journey or Worldwide Rail.

  • I might name Worldwide
    Rail to type a journey deeper into Spain or Italy, regardless that they’re solely
    open workplace hours and cost a barely larger reserving charge, as a result of they’re
    geared up with French, Spanish, Italian, Belgian and German programs, so can
    promote all a budget fares throughout a lot of Europe.

  • Then again, I might
    name Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) for a journey to Germany, Austria, Central
    Europe or Scandinavia for instance, as they (clearly) use the German
    ticketing system so can entry all a budget fares inside and throughout
    Germany, they cost minimal reserving charges and are open weekends and
    evenings.

  • Then once more, for a extra unique
    journey comparable to London to Moscow or Istanbul, I desire to name a smaller
    non-public company comparable to Worldwide Rail regardless that they
    cost a reserving charge, as their employees might be extra accustomed to making complicated
    long-distance bookings.

  • Do not forget that European
    prepare reservations open 60, 90, 120 or in a number of circumstances 180 days earlier than departure,
    you possibly can’t purchase tickets earlier than reservations open! 
    Extra information about when European prepare bookings open.


Deutsche Bahn

UK flag

To name from the UK:

00 49 30 311 68 29 04

Strains open 09:00-20:00 Monday to Friday, 09:00-13:00
Saturday & Sunday.

US flag

To name from the USA:

0646 88 33 264

EU flag

To name from different European international locations, see the contact numbers right here.

 

Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) have an English-speaking telephone quantity, as
nicely as numbers for info & tickets in a number of different European languages. 
Calls are dealt with by English-speaking employees
at DB’s name centre in Berlin. 
They’ll promote tickets and reservations for a lot of Europe, and cost both no
reserving charge, or a token one.  DB’s long-standing 0871 UK telephone quantity was
discontinued in October 2020.

Really helpful for:  journeys from London to Germany, Austria,
Scandinavia, central & japanese Europe, or inside and between these
international locations.  Naturally, they use DB’s personal
(German) reservation system.

Telephone strains open:  08:30-20:00 Monday to Friday, 09:00-13:00
Saturday & Sunday, UK time.

Private callers:  No

Web site
www.bahn.co.uk.

Plus factors:  That is
German Railways’ personal telesales workplace in Berlin, good for tickets from London to
Germany as they use German Railways’ reservation pc and may entry all
German Railways’ particular provides.  They’re additionally good for Scandinavia,
Austria, central & japanese Europe, together with trains to Russia & the Ukraine. 
They do not cost a reserving charge.

Limitations:  Workers
at a smaller company comparable to European Rail (see beneath) can typically be extra
accustomed to arranging complicated bookings comparable to London-Istanbul or
London-Romania/Bulgaria, and so forth. regardless that they cost a reserving charge.

Ticket supply & assortment
In lots of circumstances tickets might be emailed.  Alternatively, hard-copy tickets might be despatched to any handle
worldwide for a small charge, about €5.90.

Reserving charge:  Since
the brand new EU laws got here in they’ve dropped their 2% bank card charge however
now cost 1.5% charge for all telephone bookings.


Worldwide Rail

0844 248 248 3

UK flag

Strains open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday.

From exterior the UK name +44 844 248
248 3

 

 

Really helpful for:  Most
prepare journeys throughout Europe.

Telephone strains open
09:00-17:00 Mondays to Fridays, closed weekends.

Private callers
No.

Web site
www.internationalrail.com. 
Member of AERA.

Electronic mail
gross [email protected]

Plus factors:  Worldwide Rail are geared up with a number of
ticketing programs, together with the French (SNCF), Spanish (Renfe), Italian
(Trenitalia), German (DB) & Belgian (SNCB) rail ticketing & reservations
programs.  Meaning they’ll entry a budget tickets for many of Western
Europe and far of japanese Europe, in contrast to another businesses geared up with solely
one nation’s system.  Can ship tickets wherever on the planet.

Limitations:  Solely open workplace hours.

Reserving charge:  They cost a £10 reserving charge for bookings below £100,
£20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300. 

Ticket supply & assortment:  Tickets might be despatched to any handle
worldwide.  £10 courier charge for in a single day supply to UK addresses. 
Nevertheless, Eurostar and lots of European tickets might be emailed as e-tickets, saving
time and courier charges.


Ffestiniog Journey…

01766 512400

UK flag

 

Really helpful for:  Most
prepare journeys throughout Europe.

Telephone strains open
09:00-17:00 Mondays to Fridays, 09:00-13:00 Saturdays.

Web site
www.ffestiniogtravel.com. 
Member of AERA

Private callers:  Sure, on the former St Mary’s Church, Church St,
Tremadog, Wales, LL49 9RA.

Electronic mail [email protected]


Trainseurope

0871 700 7722

UK flag

Strains open 09:00-17:30 Monday to Friday

Really helpful for:  journeys from London to most locations, as they
use the French, Belgian, Italian & German reservation programs.

Telephone strains open:  09:00-17:30 Monday to Friday, closed Saturdays &
Sundays.

Private callers:  Sure, at March & Leicester.

London St Pancras Worldwide: 
Trains Europe used to have a desk right here, nevertheless it closed in 2017.

March railway station, Cambridgeshire (essential workplace), open 09:30-17:30
Monday to Friday, closed Saturdays & Sundays. 

Leicester station workplace, open Monday-Saturday
10:00-16:00.

Their workplace at Cambridge railway station has closed. 

Web site
www.trainseurope.co.uk.   
Electronic mail
[email protected]  
Member of AERA.

Plus factors:  An
skilled European rail company providing Eurostar, European rail tickets, ferry
tickets & railpasses.  Trains Europe could make seat, couchette & sleeper
reservation for nearly any prepare in Europe besides these beginning in
Portugal, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova or the Baltic states. 
Fax 01354 660444.  Will ship tickets abroad if required – from exterior
the UK, name +44 1354 660222.

Ticket supply & assortment
Tickets might be despatched to any UK handle, may ship abroad by particular
association, at additional value.

Reserving charge:  About
£10-£30 per reserving.


UK Voyages-sncf

(previously Rail Europe UK)

UK flag

 

SNCF’s (French Railways) UK
subsidiary has closed down.  Initially Rail Europe UK (raileurope.com),
later rebranded as UK voyages-sncf, it first closed its West Malling name centre
and shifted name dealing with to Spain, then in March 2018 closed each its UK
web site and its UK telephone quantity.  In case you now name 0844 848 5 848 it tells
you to name SNCF in France on 00 33 970 60 99 70, which can value you
80p/minute.  Chances are you’ll wish to use a UK company as this might be cheaper to
name, though nearly all of the remaining UK businesses have larger reserving charges and
shorter opening hours (normally closed evenings & weekends) than the previous Rail
Europe UK.


Different UK
businesses…

UK flag

 

Different good businesses embrace:

Rail Canterbury
Sadly, they’ve now closed down completely.

The Journey Bureau
www.thetravelbureau.co.uk
(workplace in Wombourne, West Midlands, 08448 156 212).


RailShop.ie

(01) 866 5841

Irish flag

Strains open 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday

 

 

Really helpful for:  Most European journeys, as they
have the French, German, ACP & UK ticketing programs.

Telephone strains open:  09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday, closed Saturdays &
Sundays.

Private callers:  No:

Web site
www.railshop.ie.   
Electronic mail[email protected]

Plus factors:  A small
knowledgeable company based mostly in Dublin.

Ticket supply & assortment
Tickets might be despatched to any Irish handle, may ship abroad by particular
association, at additional value.

Reserving charge:  About
€10 per reserving.


Irish Rail

(01) 703 1885

Irish flag

Strains open 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday

 

 

Really helpful for:  Most European journeys.

Telephone strains open:  09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday, closed Saturdays &
Sundays.

Private callers:  Sure, however solely on the largest Irish rail stations.

Web site
www.irishrail.ie.   
Electronic mail[email protected]

Plus factors:  You are
reserving direct with a prepare operator.

Ticket supply & assortment
Tickets might be despatched to any Irish handle.

Reserving charge:  Not
identified.


Deutsche Bahn 

00 44 8718 80 80 66

Irish flag

Strains open 09:00-20:00 Monday to Friday, 09:00-13:00
Saturday & Sunday.

Really helpful for:  journeys from London to Germany, Austria,
Scandinavia, central & japanese Europe.  Naturally, they use DB’s personal
(German) reservation system.

Telephone strains open:  09:00-20:00 Monday to Friday, 09:00-13:00
Saturday & Sunday.

Private callers:  No.  Though aimed toward Britain customers they may
ship tickets to Irish addresses.

Web site
www.bahn.co.uk.

Plus factors:  That is
German Railways’ wonderful UK telesales line, however they will ship tickets to
Irish addresses.  They’re good for tickets from London to Germany as they
use German Railways’ reservation pc and may entry all German Railways’
particular provides.  They’re additionally good for Scandinavia, Austria, central &
japanese Europe, together with trains to Russia & the Ukraine.  They do not
cost a reserving charge.

Limitations:  Workers
at a smaller company comparable to European Rail (see beneath) can typically be extra
accustomed to arranging complicated bookings comparable to London-Istanbul or
London-Romania/Bulgaria, and so forth. regardless that they cost a reserving charge.

Ticket supply & assortment
Tickets might be despatched freed from cost to any Irish handle.

Reserving charge:  Since
the brand new EU laws got here in they’ve dropped their 2% bank card charge however
now cost 1.5% charge for all telephone reserving.


Treinreiswinkel 

NL:  071 51 37 008

Netherlands flag

Strains open 09:30-17:30 Monday to Friday,
10:00-17:00 Saturday.

Really helpful for:  All European journeys, in case you’re within the
Netherlands

Telephone strains open:  09:30-17:30 Monday to Friday, 10:00-17:00
Saturday.

Private callers:  Sure, in Leiden at Breestraat 57 ANVR 4173

Web site
www.treinreiswinkel.nl.   
Electronic mail
[email protected]

That is the most effective identified and really succesful unbiased ticket retailer within the
Netherlands.

Ticket supply & assortment
Tickets might be despatched to any handle.

Reserving charge:  Sure.


Really helpful
guidebooks

Paying for a guidebook could seem an pointless expense, nevertheless it’s most likely only a
tiny fraction of what you are spending in your entire journey.  You will notice so
rather more, and know a lot extra about what you are , when you’ve got a
respectable guidebook.  For the unbiased traveller, I feel the most effective ones out
there are both the Lonely Planet or the Tough Information.  Each guidebooks are
wonderful, and you will not remorse shopping for one..!  Alternatively, the ‘Europe
by Rail’ information combines nation info with primary prepare info.

Click on the photographs to purchase at
Amazon.co.uk…


Motels
& lodging
in Europe

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favorite resort search web site: www.reserving.com

www.reserving.com
is my favorite resort reserving web site and I usually desire reserving my lodges multi function place right here.  You may normally guide with free
cancellation – this lets you affirm your lodging at no threat earlier than prepare
reserving opens.  It additionally means you possibly can maintain lodging whilst you finalise
your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve – a function I exploit all
the time when placing a visit collectively.  I by no means guide lodges non-refundably. 
I’ve additionally come to belief their overview scores – you will not be disenchanted with
something over 8.0.

Tip:  It could pay to match costs throughout a number of resort websites: 
HotelsCombined.com is a value comparability web site which compares resort costs on
Reserving.com, Motels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and lots of others.  Although if
there’s not a lot in it, I desire retaining all my bookings collectively in a single place
at
www.reserving.com.

Different resort websites price a glance…

  • www.tripadvisor.com
    is a big useful resource, an excellent place to browse unbiased travellers’ evaluations of
    all the primary lodges.

  • www.reserving.com is my very own most well-liked resort reserving system (Motels Mixed
    being a reserving web site comparability system).  It has a easy interface, an excellent
    choice in most international locations worldwide, helpful on-line buyer evaluations of every
    resort, and respectable costs, normally proven inclusive of unavoidable extras comparable to
    taxes (a pet hate of mine is programs that present one value, then cost you
    one other!).

Finances backpacker hostels…

  • www.hostelworld.com:  In case you’re on a good funds, do not forget about
    the backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld provides on-line reserving of dorm beds
    or ultra-cheap non-public rooms in backpacker hostels in most European cities at
    rock-bottom costs.


Journey insurance coverage & VPN

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

 

Confused.com logo

At all times take out journey insurance coverage…

By no means journey with out journey insurance coverage with not less than £1m or ideally £5m medical cowl
from a dependable insurer.  It also needs to cowl journey cancellation and
lack of money & belongings as much as an affordable restrict.  An annual
multi-trip coverage is normally least expensive even for simply 2 or Three journeys
a yr, I’ve an annual coverage myself. 
Nevertheless, do not count on journey insurance coverage to bail you out of each missed
connection, see
the recommendation on missed connections right here.  Listed here are some steered
insurers, Seat61 will get slightly fee in case you purchase by these hyperlinks,
suggestions is at all times welcome.

UK flagIn
the UK, dependable insurers embrace

Columbus Direct.

UK flag

In case you have a pre-existing medical situation or are over 65, see
www.JustTravelCover.com
– 10% low cost with code seat61.

UK flagYou
can use

www.confused.com to match costs & coverage options throughout
main insurance coverage firms.

UK flag

 Australian flagNew Zealand flag 
Irish flag   
In case you dwell in Australia, New Zealand, Eire or the
EU, strive

Columbus Direct’s different web sites.

 US flag
In case you dwell within the USA strive

Journey Guard USA.

 

Curve card

Get a Curve card
to save lots of on international transaction charges…

Banks usually give a poor
trade fee, then cost a foreign money conversion charge as nicely.  A Curve
MasterCard means no international transaction charges and provides you the mid-market
trade fee, not less than as much as a sure restrict, £500 per 30 days as I write this.  The stability goes straight onto one in all your present debit or
bank cards.  And you may get a Curve card without cost.

The way it works:  1.
Obtain the app for
iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your particulars & they will ship you a Curve
MasterCard – they ship to most European addresses together with the UK.  3.
Hyperlink your present credit score & debit playing cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve
MasterCard to purchase issues on-line or in particular person or take money from ATMs, similar to a
regular MasterCard. Curve does the foreign money conversion and places the stability onto
whichever of your debit or bank cards you select.  You may even change
your thoughts about which card it goes onto, inside 14 days of the transaction.

I exploit a Curve Blue card myself
– I get slightly fee in case you signal as much as Curve, however I am recommending it
right here as a result of I feel it is nice. 
See particulars, obtain
the app and get a Curve card – they will provide you with £5 cashback by that
hyperlink, too.

 

Express VPN

Once you’re travelling you usually use free WiFi in public locations which will not be
safe.  A VPN means your connection to the web is encrypted & at all times
safe, even utilizing unsecured WiFi.  In international locations comparable to China the place entry
to Twitter & Fb is restricted, a VPN will get round these restrictions. 
And lastly, you possibly can choose the geographic location of the IP handle you browse
with, to get round geographic restrictions which some web sites apply – for
instance one reserving web site prices a reserving charge to non-European guests however none
to European guests, so in case you’re not positioned in Europe you possibly can keep away from this charge
by searching with a UK IP handle utilizing a VPN. 
VPNs & why you want one defined. 

ExpressVPN is a finest purchase and I exploit it myself – I’ve signed up as an
ExpressVPN affiliate, and in case you go along with

expressvpn.com utilizing the hyperlinks on this web page, you must see a particular deal,
Three months free with an annual subscription, and I get a small fee to assist
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