1. What is the difference between 1st Class and 2nd Class accommodations?
1st Class seats often recline, there are fewer seats per car, and there is more space for luggage. On some High Speed Trains, the price of a 1st Class ticket includes a meal.
2nd Class accommodations are less expensive, but as there are more seats per car they are less spacious.
If your overnight train requires a train change before midnight , then you will use 2 travel days.
3. What kind of sleeping accommodations are available on overnight trains? What are the differences between a Single, Double, T2, and couchette on overnight trains?
Sleeper accommodations vary according to amenities and the number of people occupying the compartment.
Single compartments are 1st Class sleepers. Doubles can be 1st Class or 2nd Class, depending on the country. The amenities offered are basically the same, and include a lock on the door, an electrical outlet, a washbasin, and a luggage storage area. Single compartments have one berth, or bunk; Doubles have two berths (normally 1 upper and 1 lower).
A T2 is a special, 2nd Class compartment that’s basically a smaller version of a Double. 2nd Class rates apply.
A couchette (pronounced "koo-SHET") is normally only in 2nd Class. A couchette accommodates 6 passengers, male and female, and offers no amenities.
9. Can I take my bike on the train?
In some cases. Normally, your bicycle must be boxed and placed in a separate car or else it might have to be transported on a separate train. Extra charges may also apply. Bike transport must be arranged locally.
10. Are dogs allowed on the train?
Generally, dogs are permitted on trains. Sometimes they may need to be contained in a pet carrier, or they may have to wear a muzzle or leash. Dogs normally travel at half the fare of a 2nd class ticket; this charge is payable directly to the conductor. Pets are not allowed on Eurostar nor on trains within Spain or Great Britain.
11. Are dining cars available on all trains in Europe ?
Dining cars are available on most long distance trains. Normally in most dinning cars you can just walk in, sit down and eat without a reservation, however you are welcome to make a reservation when mealtime is busy, or when the train attendant announces the opening of the dining car. If your train does not have a dining car, it is likely to offer passengers a buffet bar car.
12. What is a T4 compartment on an overnight train?
A T4 is a compartment for 4 people traveling together. It normally consists of 2 upper and 2 lower sleeping berths/bunks. Amenities include a washbasin, a closet and a lock on the door. T4 compartments are available in Spain and also in 2nd Class on Spanish Night trains.
13. How do I get from the airport to a downtown train station?
The following airports have train stations: Heathrow, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Copenhagen, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Geneva, London Gatwick, Lodnon Heathrow, London Stansted, Oslo, Malaga, Manchester, Munich, Milan, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich.
14. How often does Eurostar run?
From London to Paris and vice versa, Eurostar offers frequent service: every 30 minutes during peak hours, and approximately once per hour during non-peak time. During the peak summer season, up to 24 trains run daily to Paris.
From London to Brussels and vice versa, service is offered approximately every 2 hours. During the peak summer season, up to 10 trains can run daily to Brussels.
During ski season, there are 2 trains each week to the French Alps.
During summer, Eurostar offers daily service to Disneyland Paris. During winter, there is 1 train a week.
16. When are meals served on Eurostar?
Breakfast is served before 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A snack is served between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Dinner is served after 5:00 p.m.
18. What is the minimum time allowed for check-in on Eurostar?
The minimum check-in time for passengers with First class tickets is 10 minutes. For passengers boarding ski trains, and passengers holding regular tickets, check-in time is 30 minutes.
19. Can I get off the train for a few hours, and then get back on later that day if I’m holding a point-to-point ticket?
Yes, you may get on and off at as many stops as you wish, as long as you continue proceeding toward your final destination along the same route.
22. Do trains offer facilities for handicapped passengers?
Special amenities for disabled travelers are offered on trains and at many train stations, and are clearly indicated with pictograms (for telephones, toilets, elevators, etc.)
Special equipment is also available for use by handicapped passengers. This equipment must be reserved locally in advance. Be sure to specify if you need personal assistance (whether with a wheelchair, boarding, etc).