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.
We've linked to the most important interactive journey planners for
railroads in Western Europe.
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.
"Chunnel" trains cover 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.
(Also see our Eurostar
London-Paris-London article at Paris for Visitors.)
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, Ličge, and Rotterdam).
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.
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.
Why drive or fly when you can travel between city centers by high-speed
train in only 2˝ hours?
This company operates trains that haul vehicles, drivers, and passengers between Folkestone, England and Calais/Coquelles, France
via the English Channel Tunnel.
This portal for train enthusiasts hosts photo galleries and other sites,
- The ICE/ICT Pages
Railfans will appreciate the detailed information (with route maps) on
high-speed trains in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
Learn all about Europe's high-speed trains at this superb site from Clem
Tillier and Yann Nottara.
Frequent high-speed trains connect Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Geneva,
Cologne, Marseilles, and other cities of Northwest Europe.