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Traveling Europe by train is very convenient not to mention extremely exciting. The broad rail network is very developed offering easy transit between the cities and countries. With a wide range of train types to choose from (overnight, high-speed, luxury, double deckers, etc.) there’s no place in Europe you won’t reach by train. Nevertheless, making connections and being prepared for such rail adventures can often be tricky. But don't worries, Rail Ninja has got you covered here. Read our general tips on how to travel by train in Europe:

How far in advance can I purchase tickets?

If you're planning to book your tickets far in advance, you need to know that different European countries have different policies for when tickets go on sale. With us however, you can book your rail journey as far as 2 years in advance, and live your life with a peace of mind that your tickets will be issued on time once they are availabe. Here are some generic tips on when tickets usually go on sale:

  • For most Western European countries booking usually opens 90 (or 92) days ahead. For certain trains tickets go on sale up to 120 days ahead, for example: Paris - Milan or Paris - Barcelona routes, TGV-Lyria trains between Paris & Switzerland, and Italian domestic high-speed trains (unless it's a high season)

  • When buying tickets for Spain high-speed AVE trains, tickets are usually open for resrvation 90 days prior to departure date. For non-AVE trains tickets become available 60 days ahead. However remember, these numbers are not always exact! For example, Renfe opens blocks of dates at a time following their own logic which does not always correspond with the numbers above.

  • For most Russian trains tickets are available 45 days prior to departure. For international routes bound to Russia (like Helsinki - St. Petersburg) tickets may be open for booking up to 60 days ahead.

When will my tickets be issued?

Standard processing time for your order with us is 1 business day. Urgent last-minute orders are processed the same day within the next few hours since the order has been placed. If your booking is made far in advance and your tickets are still not available for reservation, we will notify you about the date when they will be issued.

How to choose between rail pass and point-to-point tickets?

When traveling Europe by rail one of the major brainwrecks is choosing between point-to-point tickets and Europe rail passes. Here are points you need to consider before making a decision:

  • What is a point-to-point ticket: it is a single use train ticket with specified time, date, and destinations of travel.

  • What is a rail pass: rail passes are issued for a certain period of time and provide travelers with the flexibility of choosing time, date, and destination of travel. There are multiple types of rail passes: single- or multi-country. Remember that rail pass holders are often charged an additional fee before boarding (amounts may exceed $25).

  • Rail ticket vs. Rail pass: we recommend to carefully think through your itinerary before deciding whether you require rail pass or a single use ticket. Rail passes only make sense if you're planning to ride Europe trains multiple times in countries with a well-developed railway network. Point-to-point tickets do not require any additional payments when boarding the train and are easier to use. With us, you can book rail tickets for even the most sophisticated European train route in several clicks.

What is the standard luggage size permitted on European trains?

Everything from the permitted amount of luggage on European trains to where to place it on board.

  • Surprisingly, there are no strict limits on how much luggage a traveler is allowed to bring on a European train, neither in size nor in weight. But in order for passengers not to get carried away it is advised to bring no more than two large luggage items (each no bigger than 85 cm.) per traveler and one handbag.

  • The bright side about luggage on trains is that the bags don’t need to be checked in. Passengers are also allowed to bring food and drinks on the train.

  • When on board it is possible to place your luggage on overhead racks and on the floor under your seat, thus you have access to your things during the trip. Sometimes passengers put their larger luggage in special areas near the doors. To avoid any confusion, label your bag with a name tag.

  • Note that only a couple of European train stations offer porter services, therefore prepare to transport all of your luggage on your own. Some stations have luggage carts which can be used for baggage transportation, carts might require a coin to be unblocked.

  • And lastly, make sure to keep an eye on your belongings as European trains do not bear responsibility for lost or stolen things.

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