| ONLINE RAIL EUROPE TICKET RESERVATIONS
Rail Europe sells tickets for the Eurostar and the continental rail network servicing twenty nine countires including France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Rome and Italy on high speed services such as TGV.
Book online below to enjoy a saving of £6.00 on each Rail Europe reservation that you complete online. (Note: Rail Europe tickets must be booked at least 7 days in advance).
USA / Non EU Residents click here for the Rail Europe International Site
For local UK domestic rail tickets click here.
About Rail Europe
Rail Europe is the UK's leading specialist in the promotion and sale of European rail travel.
Whether you want to take a short break in Paris or a fortnight in Venice, your train journey by Eurostar , and connection to Europe with the SNCF range of products, are available to book online. Including high-speed rail travel with TGV in France, Thalys to Benelux, Artesia to Italy, Elipsos to Spain & Lyria to take you to Switzerland.
You can even take your car with you to the South of France on the French Motorail service!
For all avid ski and snowboard nuts, Europe Rail run a chartered Snow Train service right into the heart of the French Alps. The onboard disco and bar will help you get the party started!
Don’t want to be restricted to one country during your precious time out? Why not buy an Inter-Rail pass, which will give you extensive travel across up to 29 countries. For everyone familiar with Inter-Rail, Rail Europe are the official distibutors in the UK.
Rail Europe Rail Network
To view an interactive map illustrating the routes followed by the high speed rail networks whose tcikets are able to booked from this page click here.
Inter Rail Travel Passes
Rail Europe are the official agents for the popular Inter-Rail travel passes that allow you to travel the railroads across twenty nine countries on one ticket from as little as £145 for sixteen days.
For many years, Inter-railers have enjoyed the freedom that this great pass offers! And contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to be under 26 to benefit. Whatever your age, you can enjoy the freedom of extensive travel across up to 29 countries in Europe and North Africa for one all-in price that offers incredible value for money.
- To purchase an Inter-Rail pass you must have been resident in Europe for at least 6 months and a passport number is required at time of booking.
- It is not permitted to purchase a pass for travel within your own country of residence.
- To qualify for the youth rates, you must be under 26 years on the first date of validity of the pass.
- Seat reservations, couchette and sleeper charges are not included in the cost of the pass and are payable at the normal rate.
- Passholder fares are payable on some services.
- Reservation/Supplement charges are payable on ALL trains within Spain.
- Children aged 4 - 11 years inclusive, pay half the adult fares rounded up to the nearest pound. Children under 4 years travel for free.
- The All Zone pass is valid for one month (e.g 04/07/05 until 03/08/05 or 01/08/05 until 31/08/05
Click Here for more information and to book your Inter Rail travel pass.
The French Motorail service is the perfect way to get you, and your car, to the South of France.
It couldn’t be easier – just check your car in at Calais, and enjoy a leisurely journey to one of six beautiful French destinations. Motorail are able to take most makes of cars, as Motorailll as motorbikes, people carriers and 4 x 4s.
Comfortable, private overnight accommodation and the assistance of our bilingual on board travel supervisors add to the experience.
When you arrive, you’ll just have time for breakfast before collecting your car and starting your holiday.
Take advantage of the service both ways, or just one way, allowing you to drive through France at your leisure. If you are travelling to Italy or Spain, the South of France is the ideal starting point.
Motorail have added the picturesque twin towns of Fréjus/St Raphaël to our Motorail destinations.
What’s more, Rail Europe have negotiated some great rates with cross-channel services to get you to Calais and on board the motor-rail for less.
The Europe Rail Snow Train
For some thrilling mountain side adventures this winter, take Rail Europe's Snow Train down to the French Alps, where every level of skier and boarder is taken care of. With an interesting mix of runs in the resorts, you are bound to find a suitable selection. For more information on individual resorts and runs, please see our destination map.
The Snow Train is a great way to start your holiday, whether you'd like to get a good night's sleep or start the party in the onboard bar/disco on the way, the Snow Train is the service to use.
With one of our overnight trains from Calais or Paris you can maximise the amount of time in the resort with up to eight days on the slopes. Whichever way you choose, make sure you corner like you're on rails!
There are two Snow Trains to choose from:
- The Blue Train: Via Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais and then on to the French Alps.
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- The White Train: via Eurostar to Paris and then on to the French Alps.
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Travel in style and comfort aboard the overnight Trainhotel Elipsos.
Trainhotel Elipsos overnight trains operate daily* between 5 of Europe's major cities, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich and Milan, combining the advantages of train travel with the comforts of a hotel.
Enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant car, before settling down for the night in your own sleeping compartment and then wake up refreshed the next day in your destination.
Click here for information on Trainhotel Elipsos and to book online.
*Elipsos services operate daily during the summer. A reduced service is in operation during the winter.
Artesia High Speed Train
Experience the wonders of Italy by taking the Artesia high speed train from Paris or Lyon to Turin and Milan.
Sit back and enjoy the view as you whisk through the changing countryside on your way to one of the most beautiful and passionate countries in Europe.
Click Here for information the Artesia high speed train and to book online.
Thalys is the high-speed rail network which connects France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Designed with network flexibility and passenger comfort in mind, you are guaranteed a relaxed and stress-free journey aboard the Thalys fleet of state-of-the-art high-speed trains.
Click Here for information the Thalys Rail and to book online.
TGV Lyria French Rail Network
Whether you're heading to Switzerland to while away summer days surrounded by beautiful scenery or dashing to the slopes to make the most of the latest snowfall, TGV Lyria will whisk you there in style.
Several services operate each day throughout the year between Paris and Lausanne, Bern and Zurich with extra services being introduced during the summer and winter months to serve the most popular seasonal destinations.
Let TGV Lyria services whisk you from the heart of Paris to the mountains of Switzerland in a matter of hours.
Click Here for information the TGV Lyria rail network and to book online.
Rail Europe Company Background
The railways of France have been represented in the UK for over 100 years, initially by some of the larger private companies who set up their own offices in London.
In 1938, the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais (SNCF) was created by the merger of the state railway company with five of the other principal operators. At the same time, a UK subsidiary, French Railways Ltd was created, and during the 1950's opened it's shop and offices at 179 Piccadilly, London.
In 1997, following the privatisation of British Rail, SNCF acquired British Rail International, which had offices in various parts of the world including America, Australasia and continental Europe. Subsequently, SNCF merged the operations of French Railways Ltd. and BRI to form Rail Europe Ltd.
2002 saw the relocation of Rail Europe's head office and call centre to new, purpose built premises at Kings Hill in Kent and the setting up, in Piccadilly, of the French Travel Centre, a joint exercise with Maison de la France.
Book your Rail Europe tickets online at Ferries.org to enjoy exclusive online special offers and also benefit from NO booking fee (a saving of £6) plus FREE UK first class delivery of your tickets.
You can book any journey on the French Rail network online with Rail Europe at Ferries.org including discounted fares on TGV, Corail and overnight services.