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Changing Trains in the EU

From Crossing Platforms to Changing Stations, View all You Need to Know About Train Changes in the EU

If you’re headed across Europe by train, it’s likely you’ll have to change trains!  Changing trains is easy, and will usually just require a quick hop across platforms. When you book a vacation with Railbookers, we will always make sure you have time to comfortably make the connections between your trains. Changes of trains aren’t difficult, and will normally just be from one platform to another, although occasionally a city will have two or more stations and a station change may be needed. Speak to us about organizing transfers between stations, or ask one of our Rail Experts for details on directions.


Wondering what to expect at the train station as you start and continue your adventure? Train stations in Europe range from ornately sculpted, historical caverns to ultra-modern, “destination stations” of enormous scale. In many cases, the station will be your first taste of a city and the beginning of your adventure. Arrivals and departures will be clearly signaled on large boards in the station’s main concourse, and you should be able to find your train number and platform easily.


Larger stations across Europe will often have lounges available for first-class ticket holders. Facilities will vary, but you will invariably be greeted with a quiet, peaceful place to wait for your train. Some lounges also offer beverages and free Wi-Fi internet access. One of our Rail Experts will be able to advise you of the facilities available on your vacation.


Review passport, visa and ID requirements for traveling by rail

Before you depart on your Railbookers vacation, please ensure you have satisfied your destination’s passport and visa requirements. All passengers, including infants, are required to have a valid passport. Please check your documents to ensure all passports and visas are valid prior to purchasing your tickets. If your passport is in your maiden name, this should not normally cause any difficulties, but please take a copy of your marriage certificate with you when you travel.

For information relating to visa requirements, please refer to the relevant embassy. Some are listed below.

French Embassy – tel: 020 073 1200

Italian Embassy – tel 020 7312 2200

Belgian Embassy – tel: 020 7470 3700

The Netherlands
Dutch Embassy tel: – 207 590 3200

German Embassy tel: 020 7824 1300

Swiss Embassy – tel: 020 7616 6000

US Embassy – tel: 020 7499 9000

Canadian Embassy – tel: 0207 004 6000


It is a condition of booking with Railbookers that you have sufficient travel insurance to cover your trip.
If you have any further questions regarding ID requirements or insurance, please contact one of our Rail Experts on 1-888-829-3040.