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Welcome to the Enthusiast's Guide to Travelling the Railways of Europe

For each country in the Guide, there are three sections:


Following the Covid-19 related cuts across Europe in 2020, most services have been reinstated but there may still be a few reductions, particularly on cross-border services. Almost all countries no longer require mask-wearing on public transport; however it still remains compulsory in Spain, Germany (except local transport in Bayern, Sachsen-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein) and in the city of Wien (Vienna). In Germany and Wien masks need to be medical-grade (FFP2). For full information, check operators' websites and the public health websites of the countries it is planned to visit.

Information about restrictions on travel to European Union countries can be found at the RE-open EU website.

A summary of train service alterations can be found at the Man in Seat 61 website. The European Rail Timetable endeavours to show the service in operation at the time of publication.

You must read this Copyright and Disclaimer Notice:

Each of the documents on this website forms part of the Guide, the copyright of which, both individually and collectively, is reserved by the compilers. Copies of the documents must be for personal use only and shall not be used for commercial purposes. The information supplied in the documents is for general reference only and should not be relied upon without further specific enquiry. You may alter the formatting and content of the documents only to suit your own computer or printer.

For rail services over obscure lines elsewhere in the world outside Europe, please visit Richard Maund's world beyond Europe page.