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Travel disruptions in Europe

It's important to know if there are disruptions or planned works on the tracks and stations that may affect your travel plans. Some railway companies offer dedicated pages with updates and detailed maps. Below you can find the details, per country. A few railway companies only offer this information in their own language. We've also included those links, as you may want to use a browser translation plugin to read the updates.

 

We do our best to keep the information on this page accurate and up-to-date. However, we cannot influence train disruptions or strikes, and there are occasions when a trade union cancels a planned strike action at the last minute without our knowledge. 

 

Please take into account the travel restrictions being applied in some countries in Europe. Follow the updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects on train travel on this page.

 

 

Ongoing strikes & disruptions

Ongoing disruptions on Thalys network between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam

Thalys: train disruptions on the Thalys network 

 

In the coming weeks, Thalys trains between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam will be affected by equipment availability issues. As a result, a number of trains on this line will be cancelled, and the trains that are running will probably be much busier than usual. 

 

You can check if your train is cancelled on the Thalys website.

 

If you are planning on travelling on the Thalys in the coming days, we recommend that you check your planned journey on the link above to see if your plans are affected. If your Thalys is cancelled, you can contact the company where you purchased your reservation for a refund of your reservation booking or an exchange for another day. On the Thalys website, you can also see which other trains are running earlier or later to help you plan accordingly and minimise the impact on your trip.

Stockholm - Hamburg night train cancellations (from 1 September until further notice)

On the 1st of September the new SJ EuroNight train between Stockholm and Hamburg will have its first departure. However, due to unforeseen circumstances there will be only couchette cars available. The seat and sleeper cars have not yet been approved for use in Denmark.

 

At this moment it's not clear when these cars will be approved, so the SJ night train will only consist of couchettes until further notice

 

If you have purchased a seat or sleeper reservation for this night train in September, and your journey is affected, you will be contacted by SJ via SMS at least one week in advance of your scheduled departure. If your reservation is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. 

 

SJ is currently in the process of contacting affected customers 

 

You can find more information about these cancellations here: https://www.sj.se/en/travel-info/sj-euronight/cancelled-journeys.html

1 to 9 December: International trains cancelled between France and Spain

Due to possible strike action in France between 1 and 9 December, we can confirm that the following trains (operated by SCNF and Renfe) have been cancelled: 

 

Cancelled trains
DAY TRAIN IMPACT
1 December

9724 Madrid 13h25 – Marseille 21h26

CANCELLED 
2 to 4 December

9713 Paris 10h14 – Barcelona 16h54

9708 Barcelona 09h10 – Paris 15h46

9743 Lyon 14h35 – Barcelona 19h32

9736 Barcelona 08h15 – Lyon 13h22

9731 Marseille 08h02 – Madrid 15h45

9724 Madrid 13h25 – Marseille 21h26

CANCELLED 
5 December

9731 Marseille 08h02 – Madrid 15h45

CANCELLED
6 to 8 December

9743 Lyon 14h35 - Barcelona 19h32

9736 Barcelona 08h15 - Lyon 13h22

CANCELLED

 

Travelers with a valid Pass holder seat reservation for any of the trains and dates on any of the strike days may opt for: 

  • The cancellation of their trip and a full refund for the seat reservation. 

  • The free exchange of their ticket for any other travel date until 10 December 2022 (if seats are available). 

Please note that you must exchange your ticket at a train station in Spain or France BEFORE the initial departure of your intended train. 

 

Return seat reservation

Travelers with seat reservations for a return trip can cancel their entire trip between France and Spain and apply for a refund on both legs of the trip (providing neither seat reservation was used). Note: this does not apply to your Interrail Pass.

 

How to apply for a refund

Refunds must be requested at a station in Spain or France or from Renfe-SNCF before the departure date of your intended train. 

 

Follow the SNCF updates here. 

 

Train strikes in run-up to Christmas, United Kingdom

Industrial action will be held across the United Kingdom, resulting in two 48-hour national train strikes on 13-14 and 16-17 December.

 

Most train companies and services will be severely disrupted in the long-running dispute over pay, working conditions and job security. 

 

If you’re planning to travel on any of these dates, we recommend you check your planned journey on the National Rail website or journey planner for more details. 

 

It’s best to check what trains are running on 15 and 18 December too, as normal services may take a while to resume on these non-strike days.

 

Delay compensation: Eurail travelers with an activated travel day on any of the affected strike dates might request compensation here.

Rail workers threaten to strike over the holidays in France

Planning to travel in France over the Christmas or New Year weekends? Your rail journey could be affected by strike action.

 

We have been informed that train conductors, ticket collectors and unions threaten to stage a walkout on 23-26 December and December 30 to 2 January.

 

Note: There are separate calls for strike action on 7 December (once we know more, you’ll be the first to know).

 

These strikes are not yet confirmed, but the unions have filed a notice to walk out on these dates if their petition for job security, better pay and improved working conditions is ignored. 

 

We strongly recommend that you check your planned journey on the SNCF’s website or rail disruptions for more details.

 

Delay compensation: If French rail workers go on strike, Eurail travelers with an activated travel day on any of the proposed strike dates might request compensation here.

 

Travel information

High-speed trains and reservations

International travel between the UK and Europe: Pass holder seats have mostly sold out for the Eurostar for the summer of 2022. Check out the alternative route from London to Europe without the Eurostar.

 

International travel between the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland: the high-speed trains (ICE and IC Berlin) and the Nightjet Zurich are extremely busy this summer - consider using regional trains instead.

 

Spain and Portugal: seat reservations are mandatory and can be pre-reserved by phone 3 days in advance or booked locally at a train station.

 

Tips for high season

Due to the exceptional high season in Europe, trains are more crowded than usual, and seat reservations for high-speed trains are limited. 

 

Here are a few tips to help you travel smoothly this summer: 

  • Choose trains that don't require a reservation - tap on "Options" and "No seat reservations required" in the Rail Planner app or select the 'No seat reservations required' filter when using the timetable.

  • Book seat reservations well in advance (subject to availability)

  • If you cannot book seat reservations for high-speed and night trains, check out our reservation-free itineraries and learn more about how to avoid reservations.

  • Visit overlooked destinations to escape the crowds.

  • Consider postponing your trip until after the peak season. 

  • Check out current and upcoming travel disruptions per country below, to ensure you're informed about any scheduled works or changes in the countries you want to visit. Even though we do our best to keep our timetable updated, some information might not reach us on time.

 

Disruptions per country

Austria

You can check the ongoing and planned works on the Austrian railway network via this page. Additionally, you can consult this map to see the current situation on the tracks. 

Belgium

This page contains information on all the ongoing track disruptions and engineering works in Belgium. 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

You can follow updates of the Bosnian railway network ZFBH via this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Croatia

It is possible to travel between Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia with a seasonal train connecting Sarajevo and Ploče. This train runs only during weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between July 1st and September 11th.

Serbia/Montenegro

International trains between Bosnia Herzegovina and these neighbouring countries are supended until further notice. It is possible to travel to/from Bosnia Herzegovina by international bus. The tickets for such bus journeys are not covered by the Pass. 

Bulgaria

You can check live updates on the Bulgarian rail network BDZ on this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Greece/Serbia

International connections from Bulgaria to Greece and Serbia are suspended until further notice.

Turkey

The Sofia - Istanbul connection has resumed circulation on the 25th of April, 2022. 

Available alternatives

There are different international buses connecting Bulgaria to neighbouring countries. Please notice these buses are not included in the Pass. 

Croatia

Traffic is also disrupted due to construction works on several lines during the first half of 2022, including Zagreb - Rijeka. You can read the details about their railway works on this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Bosnia Herzegovina

It is possible to travel between Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina with a seasonal train connecting Ploče and Sarajevo. This train runs only during weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between July 1st and September 11th.

Serbia

Unfortunately, international trains connecting Croatia to Bosnia and Serbia are suspended until further notice. The available international buses serving these routes are not covered by the Pass. 

Czech Republic

You can find details about both domestic and international disruptions affecting the Czech rail network on this page. Unfortunately, this information is only available in Czech; we recommend contacting the Czech railways for more details if you're planning to travel on any of the affected routes.  

Denmark

The Danish railway company (DSB) has planned track work which will affect both regular trains and their S-tog system, including a few main routes, such as Copenhagen - Aarhus. You can see the complete list on this page of their website. 

Estonia

You can check live updates on train times and replacement buses of the Estonian railway network (Elron) via this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Latvia

When travelling between Estonia and Latvia by rail, it is necessary to change trains at the Valga border station. 

Finland

You can check the latest updates on the Finnish rail network via this page of their website.

France

For information about upgrades, maintenance and construction works on the French railways, you can visit this page on their website, where they share all the recent updates and maps of their rail network. 

Germany

The extensive German rail network is under constant maintenance and expansion. The German national railway company, Deutsche Bahn (DB), dedicates an entire section of their website to delays, track works and passenger rights. Unfortunately, this information is only available in German - for the maintenance/engineering works, you can check this page, while their online timetables have real-time updates on train delays/cancelations.

Great Britain

The National Rail website contains up to date information shared by the British railway companies. On this page you can see updates about current disruptions and traffic status in general. To check if your trip may be affected by future engineering work, please check this page

 

For the latest updates on the Eurostar trains and services, you can go to this page.

Greece

You can follow updates on international train times of the Greek railway network TrainOSE via this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Turkey

International train connections from Greece to Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Turkey are suspended until further notice.

Available alternatives

You can still use a Global pass or a Greek Islands Pass to travel between Greece and Italy. More information can be found here

 

Another option is to travel by international buses. The tickets for such bus journeys are not covered by the Pass. 

 

Finally, Pass holders are entitled to a discount when travelling with some of our benefits partners on alternative ferry routes.
 

 

 

Hungary

Some of the Hungarian rail network, both international and domestic, is or will be affected by minor works on the tracks, which may cause some trains to run on modified schedules.The Hungarian railways share the details on this page (only in Hungarian).

 

Notice: some connections to/from Romania are affected from June to November 2022

Ireland

The Irish railway company (Irish Rail) shares updates about their planned engineering works and affected schedules on this page of their website

Italy

While detailed information is only available in Italian, you can still check if your travel plans may be affected by planned works: on this page, you can search for disruptions using either start and end dates and/or the region in which you will be travelling. 

Latvia

You can follow updates by the Latvian railways via this page

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Lithuania

International train connections from Latvia to Lithuania are suspended until further notice. 

Estonia

When travelling between Latvia and Estonia by rail, it is necessary to change trains at the Valga border station. 

Available alternatives
Discounted international ferries:
 
 
Discounted international buses:
 

Pass holders are entitled to a discount on Lux Express buses, one of our benefit partners

Lithuania

You can check the timetables and updates of the Lithuanian railway company LTG on this page

 

Warning - disrupted international connections

 

Poland/Latvia

Unfortunately, the international connection from Lithuania to Latvia is suspended until further notice.

 

The train connecting Lithuania and Poland has resumed service, travelling 3 days per week between Kaunas and Bialystok until December 10th, 2022

 

Pass holders are entitled to a discount on Lux Express buses, one of our benefit partners

Montenegro

You can check international timetables and updates of the Montenegrin railways ŽPCG on this page.

Netherlands

The Dutch railway company (NS) shares up-to-date information about current disruptions and planned engineering and maintenance work on their lines via their website. 

North Macedonia

All international traffic to and from North Macedonia is suspended until further notice. Unfortunately, no alternative options offer discounts to pass holders at the moment. 

Norway

To see up-to-date information regarding current and planned work on the Norwegian railways, check this page of the official website of the Norwegian railway company (Vy). 

Poland

The Polish railway company (PKP) shares up-to-date information about current and planned disruptions on this page of their website. 

 

The train connecting Lithuania and Poland has resumed service, travelling 3 days per week between Kaunas and Bialystok until December 10th, 2022

Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP), the Portuguese national railway company, shares information on traffic changes and other news regarding train travel in Portugal through this page of their website.

 

Warning - limited international connections:

 

Spain

Train traffic between Portugal and Spain is currently limited to the following options: 

 

- Porto - Vigo (two departures daily)

- Lisboa - Badajoz (which requires a change of trains in Entroncamento)

Serbia

You can check timetables and updates by the Serbian railway company ŽS on this page

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Romania/Bulgaria/North Macedonia/Bosnia/Croatia

International connections between Serbia and the above countries are currently suspended until further notice. There are international buses connecting Serbia to these neighbouring countries (unfortunately, not covered or discounted for Pass holders). 

Hungary

It is possible to travel by train between Serbia and Hungary, with a change at the border - the international train departs from Subotica at 14:02, and with a change in Kelebia a few minutes later, you can travel on to Budapest. 

Slovenia

You can see updates about current train delays or cancelations in Slovenia via the official website of the SZ.

Spain

RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, dedicates this page (unfortunately not available in English) of their website to notices about disruptions and planned works. 

 

Warning - limited international connections:

 

1 August - 5 September: longer travel time for trains from Barcelona/Madrid to Andalusia

Train traffic from Barcelona/Madrid to Andalusia (destinations like Seville, Granada, Málaga and Cádiz) will be affected by railway works from 1 August to 5 September. Trains will be rescheduled and travel time of trains will increase on average by 10 minutes.

 

The following routes will be affected:

 

AVE trains:

  • Madrid-Córdoba-Seville
  • Madrid-Córdoba-Málaga
  • Madrid-Córdoba-Granada
  • Barcelona-Córdoba/Seville
  • Barcelona-Málaga
  • Barcelona-Granada
 
Alvia trains:
  • Madrid-Cádiz
  • Madrid-Huelva

 

InterCity trains:

  • Madrid-Huelva
  • Madrid-Algeciras
  • Cádiz-Barcelona

 

Check here if your train is affected.

Portugal

Train traffic between Spain and Portugal is currently limited to the following options: 

 

- Vigo - Porto (two departures daily)

- Badajoz - Lisboa (which requires a change of trains in Entroncamento)

Sweden

There are several instances of track maintenance and engineering works planned by the Swedish national railways (SJ). On this page of their website you can find detailed information about current and upcoming track works.

Switzerland

SBB, the Swiss national railway company, shares all the latest updates on operations, disruptions and delays affecting their rail network on this page of their website.

Turkey

You can check the disruption updates by the Turkish railways (TCDD) via this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Bulgaria

The Istanbul - Sofia connection has resumed circulation on the 25th of April, 2022. 

Greece

International connections between Turkey and Greece are currently suspended until further notice.

Available alternatives

There are international buses connecting Turkey to both Bulgaria and Greece. Unfortunately, these buses are not covered or discounted for Pass holders.