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Train travel in Europe: things you need to know
It’s time to visit Europe! You may want to escape the heat and head to the continent where it is cooler, or perhaps you don’t like winter and want to soak up some rays of sunshine in Europe? Rail Europe can help you plan your perfect train trip to explore up to 28 European countries.
We can give you access to over 15,000 destinations and find you the best deals for all of the big train operators in Europe, such as the Eurostar between England, France and Belgium, the Thalys between France, Germany and Benelux, the French TGV, the Spanish Renfe, NTV and Trenitalia.
Where can I go?
Good question. We can help you reach 15,000 destinations in Europe, so your choice is pretty big. One of the most popular destinations from South Africa is France and Italy and you can easily combine both countries on a trip to Europe with our Eurail France Italy Rail Pass.
The idea of the Eurail Passes is you can move freely around different European countries, jumping on and off the national train networks. With the Eurail France Italy Pass, for example, we can help you with the TGV timetable to travel all over France, from Paris to Lyon, to Marseille, Avignon, Nice and Cannes – you won’t be disappointed.
And because you have the Eurail France Italy Pass you can catch a train from France to Italy and explore Rome, Pisa, Florence, Naples, the Amalfi Coast and Venice on the Italian train system, Trenitalia.
Just take a look at the Trenitalia schedule and plan your route. This is only one example of where you could explore in Europe, but we can take you to 22 different countries so have a look at our best train trips and our different Rail Passes to plan your perfect trip.
Train Tickets and Rail Passes
If you are taking the train just once or twice, perhaps on the Spanish Renfe from Barcelona to Valencia and back, then point to point tickets are best, but if you are making more journeys by train, then a Rail Pass gives you more flexibility and will save you money.
Our Eurail Passes are perfect for South Africans as they have been designed for people who have permanent residency outside Europe, The Russian Federation and Turkey.
We have single country passes, so instead of exploring both France and Italy on the Eurail France Italy Pass, you can explore Italy with the Eurail Italy Pass or explore France with the France Rail Pass.
The Eurail Select Pass is great as it gives you unlimited travel through three, four or five bordering countries (such as France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria).
The Eurail Global Pass is the most flexible and offers unlimited train travel throughout 22 countries in Europe.
This year over 1.7 million travellers will make an amazing journey with Rail Europe and we can make it happen for you. Your journey begins here. Enjoy!