Travel Articles - Europe
Car or Train?
Should you tour Europe on four wheels or ride the rails? Use this quiz and
related resources to make a wise decision.
European Rail Passes
Depending on where you live, you can save money on European rail travel with
Eurailpass or InterRail--plus options such as Flexipasses, rail/drive passes,
and national or regional rail passes.
Germany's ICE Trains
High-speed trains connect large and small cities through Germany at speeds of up
to 300 km/h or 186 mph. On most routes, you don't even need a reservation--just
board with your ticket or rail pass.
The "Chunnel" train covers the London-Paris route in
2 hours 35 minutes and London-Brussels in only 2 hours 15 minutes. Other
destinations include Lille, Disneyland Paris, Avignon, and the French Alps.
The French, Belgian, Dutch, and German railways have teamed up to provide
superfast express service between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, and a
number of smaller cities (including Bruges, Antwerp, Liège, and Rotterdam).
Lisbon-Madrid Night Train
Lusitánia Comboio Trenhotel is jointly operated by CP Portuguese Railways and
Renfe Spanish Railways. Accommodations range from reclining seats to "Gran
Clase" staterooms with private sink, WC, and shower.
Madrid-Seville AVE Trains
Why drive or fly when you can travel between city centers by high-speed train in
only 2½ hours?
Paris for Visitors
Gare du Nord, Paris
Eurostar, Thalys, trains to Northern Europe, and other rail lines operate
from this historic station. Our Paris for Visitors
article has advice, photos, and links for travelers.
Venice railroad station
Make sure you get off at the right station, or you'll be stuck in an industrial suburb.
Swiss Official Timetable
Get a year's worth of railroad, funicular, cablecar, boat, and bus schedules in a handy
Our sample routings show just how compact Switzerland is, and how quickly you can
travel from city to city or city to resort.
Swiss Rail Passes
Save money on trains, postal buses, lake steamers, funiculars, cable cars, and
Besides the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), many private regional railroads serve
locals and tourists.
Ride this narrow-gauge train to scenery and skiing in the Engadine, or from
Chur and St. Moritz to Italy.
Take an 8-hour journey from Zermatt to St. Moritz, or vice versa--and pay only a nominal
reservation fee if you have a Swiss rail pass.
Zermatt's GGB takes you to Matterhorn views and mountain hotels.
It's high in elevation, popularity, and price. We tell you what makes it unique and how to
trim your ticket costs by up to 50%.
Swiss Chocolate Train
From June through October, a weekly excursion train will take you from Montreux,
Switzerland to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory at Broc, with a stop at the
medieval cheesemaking town of Gruyère along the
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Need a car in Europe?
If you live outside the EU,
a tax-free Renault or Peugeot tourist car lease can be cheaper than renting
for visits of 21+ days. Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age
limit, and rates include insurance.
For car rentals under 21 days:
Traveling by train?
Get free schedules, maps,
and guides for 50+ European railroads. (Residents of North and Central
America can buy tickets and rail passes online.)
From Durant and Cheryl Imboden:
About Europe for Visitors