Welcome to the Enthusiast's Guide to Travelling the Railways of Europe
For each country in the Guide, there are three sections:
- General Information about the country and its railway systems
- information on lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
- information on Border Crossings, including electrification details
Following the Covid-19 related cuts across Europe in 2020, most services have been reinstated but there may still be some reductions, particularly on cross-border services. Certain long-distance services are suspended. Many countries, particularly in Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe, no longer require mask-wearing on public transport; however it remains compulsory on public transport in Austria (Wien only), Germany, Italy (long-distance transport only; ends 15 June), Spain, Portugal and Greece (this list is not exhaustive). In certain countries 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.
This website continues to show advertised train services as far as possible, but temporary alterations to the regular service may be found.
Information about restrictions on travel to European Union countries can be found at the RE-open EU website.
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For rail services over obscure lines elsewhere in the world outside Europe, please visit Richard Maund's world beyond Europe page.