Key tips for buying train tickets

How to check European train times. There are several websites to check train times for almost every journey across Europe. One of those websites is The website offers reliable quick information for all train times. For sure, it won't give you access to the fare charge of any journey outside Germany but at least it will give you time for each and every journey across Europe, from Palermo to Helsinki, Moscow to Switzerland, you name it. In as much as it's a great source of this information, it has its own limitations which include, it's inability to show train times for a few private railways. Feel free to visit the website if you want to confirm any departure and arrival. You can also confirm any information on delays or disruptions affecting the train's movement here.

How exactly does train tickets work? Must I book train tickets in advance? These are some of the most common questions asked by train users around Europe. Well, we are going to discuss two different concepts of train tickets below and if you can understand them very well then you can definitely grasp how it works. These concepts will help you make better choices as opposed to the usual advice you get to buy at a train station or to buy in advance.

  1. Local, regional, suburban trains anywhere means turn-up-and-go ticketing: This means that tickets for local, regional or suburban trains are easily gotten from train stations anytime you're ready. All prices for such journeys are fixed so it doesn't really matter whether you pre-buy or not. There's no advantage or disadvantage to it. You mustn't make any reservations for this. In fact, it's sometimes not even possible to make any reservations. Why? Because these trains never actually sell out, again why it's not important to buy tickets in advance. Just turn up and buy a ticket anytime you like before embarking on your train ride. Buying these tickets online only saves you nothing but a few minutes compared to buying at the ticket office. This theory applies to virtually every local, domestic train station across Europe. Just turn up, pay for your ticket and catch your train.

  2. Long-distance trains in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden means Airline-style ticketing At the other end of things is the Intercity, high-speed trains in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and some other big countries in Europe. Here, train ticketing works almost like airlines. This also applies for international high-speed trains that go from France including the London-Paris Eurostar trains, Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam Thalys trains, Paris-Germany high-speed trains, Paris-Switzerland TGV Lyria trains, the Paris-Milan TGVs, and the Paris-Barcelona TGVs.

In these cases, train prices are quite dynamic and if you book earlier or non-advance, you will get way cheaper offers than when you buy tickets close to the day of departure. For instance, trains from Paris to Amsterdam normally go from €35 several months before dates of departure and then go as high as €135 just a day before the train leaves. Bear in mind that train tickets bought early aren't subjected to any changes or refunds, this is unless you buy them at a later date, expensively that is.  

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