High-speed trains

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Take high-speed trains to travel through Europe in style and cover large distances quickly while enjoying a bite to eat in a dining car or in your comfortable seat.

Some European high-speed trains are included in the Eurail passes. As these trains offer more comfort and service than regional trains, seat reservations are often mandatory. A reservation guarantees you a seat even during busy periods.

List of high-speed trains in Europe

 

Alfa Pendular

(Portugal)

The Alfa Pendular travels down the coast of Portugal, from Braga to Faro and stopping at Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon. Within less than 6 hours, you can make your way to the other side of the country, while enjoying the excellent facilities on board.


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Altaria

(Spain)

The Altaria high-speed train connects the Spanish capital, Madrid, to southern Spain in a matter of hours. This train travels to Algeciras (where you can connect by ferry to Morocco), Granada, Cartagena and Murcia. Altaria trains offer spacious reclining seats, as well as audio and video outlets.

 


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Alvia

(Spain)

Spanish Alvia high-speed trains cover large distances at speeds of up to 250 km/hr. As well as connecting major cities across Spain this train also offers all the modern comforts, including spacious reclining seats with plenty of legroom, fold-away tables, as well as audio and video outlets. 


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AVE

(Spain)

The AVE is a modern high-speed train in Spain, renowned for its punctuality and short travel times between cities across the vast Spanish countryside. You can expect comfortable reclining seats, video screens in each car, a café/bar, along with great onboard service. This is the relaxed, comfortable and fast way to travel across Spain. 


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Euromed

(Spain)

The Euromed travels along the Mediterranean coast from Barcelona to Alicante stopping at Tarragona, Castellon and Valencia. You can expect excellent onboard services and a travel time of under 5 hours. The Euromed is a convenient and relaxed way to explore the east coast of Spain. 

 


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Eurostar

(Belgium - France - Great Britain)

The high-speed Eurostar is the best option for a trip to London from Brussels or Paris. With short travel times and departures, this train will conveniently transport you via the Channel Tunnel to the heart of the city of London. Whether you choose to travel in standard, standard premier or business premier class, you’ll travel in comfort with all the amenities of a modern high-speed train.


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ICE

(Belgium - the Netherlands - Germany - Switzerland - Denmark - France)

ICE trains connect all major cities in Germany and many cities in neighboring countries. This modern high-speed train, with hourly services, offers among other things air-conditioned cars, plenty of leg room, video screens and audio systems. The ICE will get you pretty much anywhere in Germany and is a great way to travel to other countries, such as Austria, Denmark, France and Switzerland.


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Le Frecce

(Italy)

Le Frecce trains (formerly known as Eurostar Italia) are a network of modern high-speed trains connecting many cities across Italy. Travel with Le Frecce for a speedy connection to the heart of many cities in Italy such as Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Verona and Naples. With three types of Le Frecce trains you are assured a fast connection not only to the popular cities in Italy but also to smaller towns across the Italian countryside.


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Railjet

(Austria - Germany - Switzerland - Hungary)

Railjet (RJ) high-speed trains operate between Austria, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland. Railjet trains are state of the art, taking train travel to the next level by offering high-speed with maximum comfort, outstanding onboard facilities and excellent services. Reaching speeds of 230 km/hr. Railjet transports you in style throughout Austria and to the neighboring countries of Germany, Switzerland and Hungary.


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SJ

(Sweden - Denmark)

The Swedish SJ high-speed trains are designed specifically for the Scandinavian terrain and travel at a top speed of 200km/hr. These trains offer a high level of comfort and can transport you swiftly to the center of many cities in Sweden such as Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. These high-speed trains also travel directly to Copenhagen (Denmark) via the longest road and rail bridge in Europe - the stunning Öresund Bridge.


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SuperCity

(the Czech Republic)

The high-speed SuperCity train is a great option for exploring the major cities in the Czech Republic. The newest addition to the Czech Railways fleet these modern pendolino trains journey through the heart of the Czech Republic from the beautiful historic capital of Prague to the eastern city of Ostrava and also can connect to Austria and Slovakia in the south.


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TGV

(Belgium - Italy - Germany - Spain - Switzerland - Luxembourg - France)

The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 320km/hr. They are one of the fastest trains in the world and the most efficient way to explore the regions of France. The cities of Paris, Lyons, Bordeaux, Marseille, Strasbourg and Nantes are just hours apart when travelling by TGV. In addition to the numerous domestic routes, the international TGV trains connect Paris to Luxembourg city (Luxembourg), Lille to Brussels (Belgium), Paris to Turin and Milan (Italy) and Paris to Figueres (Spain). 


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Thalys

(Belgium - the Netherlands - Germany - France)

Thalys is an international high-speed train connecting France (Paris), Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Cologne) and The Netherlands (Amsterdam). The great advantage of travelling with the Thalys is the reduced travel time between cities allowing you even more time to explore the cities you visit. 

 


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Train reservations for high-speed trains

 

Reservations are mandatory for some of Europe's high-speed trains. Depending on the train, you can make these reservations online, by phone or through our reservation service. A reservation guarantees you a seat on the train, which is particularly useful if you are traveling with a group and want to sit together.
 

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