Rail Planner App

With the Rail Planner App, you'll never get lost again. On this page we explain to you everything you need to know about this handy tool.

Rail Planner App 2016 entry screen

What is it?


The Rail Planner App is a tool that allows you to look up train information, no matter where you are. It works offline and gives you quick access to departure and arrival times for European trains. The app can help you plan your trip in advance, but it can also be of great value when you're standing in a busy train station, trying to find your connecting train.

How do I get it?


The Rail Planner App is a free download, available for iPhone and Android. On your mobile phone, go to the App Store (for iPhone) or Google Play (for Android) and search for Rail Planner App.

What does it do?


The Rail Planner App has a number of very useful features. In addition to the offline timetable that shows you the arrival and departure times for European trains, the app can also help you:

  • Make e-ticket reservations for Italian trains. You'll need a working internet connection for this.

  • Find train stations near your current position.

  • Look up departure and arrival information for every station.

  • Save your most frequent searches as favorites.

  • See all benefits for Eurail Pass Holders

  • View city maps of major European cities.

  • Read country facts of all participating countries.

How to find trains without reservations


If you want to travel on trains that don't require a reservation, the Rail Planner App can help you find them. In the Trip Planner, use the extended search option and select 'Trains without compulsory reservation'. You can see how to do this in the pictures below. When you search for trains now, the Rail Planner App will only show you trains that don't require a reservation.

Rail Planner App screenshots of how search for trains without reservations

Tips on using the app


In the search results overview, it is not stated if a train needs a reservation or not. You’ll have to open and expand the search results to find out if you need a reservation. In the Rail Planner App, Thello trains (Paris to Rome/Venice) are displayed as EN (EuroNight). The Thello is not included in the Eurail Pass, but you get a 25% discount on a full fare ticket. These trains are listed as follows:

  • Paris – Rome: EN 207

  • Rome – Paris: EN 227

  • Paris – Venice: EN 221

  • Venice – Paris: EN 220

Keep in mind


The Rail Planner App has a few limitations. Most importantly, it won't be able to tell you if there are any delays. For this reason, make sure you keep an eye on the information signs at the train station. Making train reservations or booking a hotel is also not possible with the Rail Planner App.

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