Do you need help using the timetable? Here's some useful info:
To find the right train, fill in your departure and arrival station. Choose your travel date and time and hit 'Find your train route' to search for trains.
You'll see several connections, informing you about the duration of the trip, how much time you have to change trains and if a reservation is required.
The plus symbol allows you to see details of a connection, including transfer stations and transfer time, as well as on-board facilities and the train number. Select 'Show all stops' to see where the train stops and where it crosses a border.
When there is no 'R' symbol, it means this train doesn't require a reservation. There are just a few exceptions that you should be aware of:
The timetable states that reservations for trains in Portugal and Norway are not mandatory. However, reservations are required for IC trains in Portugal and long distance trains in Norway.
Night trains always require a reservation. If the timetable doesn't show the 'R' symbol for a night train, a reservation is still mandatory. Not sure if a train is a night train? Check the abbreviation in the timetable, which is usually 'EN' (EuroNight).
Some city names can only be found when you use the local spelling. This is the case for Prague (Praha), Lisbon (Lisboa), Belgrade (Beograd) and Copenhagen (Koebenhavn). When looking for Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, search for Roissy CDG instead.
Many European cities have more than 1 railway station. When you're not sure where to go, you should always select the first search result. This is usually the biggest station in the city and will be located in or near the city center. If you're looking for the station nearest to your hotel, you can use Google Maps to find it.
Keep in mind that there are some exceptions to the rule above. For instance, the most central station in Venice is Venice Santa Lucia. However, the timetable lists Venice Mestre first, as this is the station most night trains go to.
There are some trains that don't appear in the Eurail timetable. They are listed below with instructions on how to find train times:
-All trains in Greece. Visit Trainose
-Train connections between Serbia and Greece. Visit ZS
-Trains operated by TreNord in Italy. Visit TreNord
-All trains in Northern Ireland. Visit NI Railways
-Suburban trains in Spain. Visit Cercanias
-All trains going to Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina). Visit ZFBH
If you want to search for trains that don't require a reservation, simply check the box next to 'Avoid trains that require reservations'.
Select ''Show more options' to narrow down your search results. Select 'Local trains' if you only want to see the slower regional trains that don't require a reservation. Select 'All trains except high speed' to see see a combination of these trains and faster trains that often do require a reservation.
If the options above haven't helped you find a train or route you like, you can select the option 'Via this station'. Fill in a third station and instead of searching for direct routes from A to B, the timetable will now search for a route via C. For example, say you're traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, but would like to visit Brussels along the way. You just fill in Brussels as your 'Via station' and let the timetable come up with a route.
French trains can become fully booked. If this happens to you check our list of alternative routes for French trains.
Trains between France, Italy and Spain can sometimes become full. View alternative travel options between France, Italy and Spain.