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European Rail


INTERNATIONAL
RAIL SERVICES


London St.Pancras (Eurostar)
Paris - München
Budapest - Arad - Sighisoara
Brasov - Bucharest Nord

London St.Pancras (Eurostar)
Brussels - Köln - Vienna
- Alba Iulia - Sighisoara
Brasov - Bucharest Nord

London St.Pancras (Eurostar)
Paris - Strasbourg
- Linz - St.Pölten -
Vienna (Wien Westbahnhof)

Connections to Salzburg,
Graz & Innsbruck



USEFUL CONNECTIONS


Wien - Prague/ Bratislava/ Graz
Budapest - Prague
Budapest - Timisoara
Budapest - Cluj Napoca



REGIONAL RAIL ROVERS


EuroDomino
Balkan Pass


It is not always necessary to fly to your holiday destination. Europe offers excellent rail services and routes to Austria, Hungary and Romania are also very scenic. For a more leisurely journey with the opportunity to stop en route consider the train. Services to Austria are fast and efficient. As you travel further east and reach the Carpathian Mountains train services become much slower but this is more than made up for by the scenery. Most continental journeys can also be made easier by booking comfortable sleeping compartments while most trains comprise buffet cars and restaurants. Finally, train travel is significantly more environmentally friendly than flying - 95% less greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere for the equivalent rail journey.

For information about rail services in Romania click on Getting around (left)
For information for rail enthusiasts click on Railways (left)
LONDON St Pancras to AUSTRIA, HUNGARY & ROMANIA

Please note the following schedules offer guideline connections to destinations in Austria, Hungary and Romania. However, different routes are available if you wish to make alternative stopovers en route. The most convenient option, though not necessarily the quickest, is from London St Pancras to Paris Nord by Eurostar, Paris to Munich by overnight sleeper train, munich to Budapest by intercity train then the final leg to Romania by overnight sleeper or intercity services providing direct access to Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighisoara and Brasov. You can also travel via Brussels, Köln, the Rhine Valley and Vienna. Vienna and Budapest make excellent stopovers. There are convenient left luggage facilities in both Budapest and Vienna and the city centre is convenient from the main stations,

Sleeper car, couchette and first class supplements are available. Discounts sometimes available on selected routes through Germany. Lower priced tickets require early booking to secure availability. There is no refund for cancellation within 15 days of departure. Rail travel is generally more expensive than air travel, but it is much more of an adventure.

Rail tickets may be booked in conjunction with other travel arrangements through reputable travel agents. They can also usually book rail passes, and in the case of a few specials, local rail tickets. The latter are usually only possible in conjunction with other travel arrangements as tickets would need to be delivered to you en route. See our 'Getting Around' Page for information about booking trains in Romania.

We have listed some of the more convenient transeuropean schedules below . All schedules are subject to change from time to time as individual railway companies adjust their timetables (usually in December). We recommend you use www.seat61.com for updates and alternative route information and times.

London St.Pancras to AUSTRIA & ROMANIA

OUTBOUND JOURNEY
London St.Pancras 12:57 - Bruxelles Midi (Brussels) 16:03; EUROSTAR
Bruxelles Midi (Brussels) 16:55 - Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne) 19:15;THALYS high-speed train; 17:25 - 19:45, to 31.5.09)
Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne) 20:06 - Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna) 09:04; CITY NIGHT LINE sleeper service
Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna) 18:50 - Sighisoara 08:58 - Brasov 10:53 - Bucharest Nord 13:59; DACIA Express sleeper
Notes: full day in Vienna; arrives Bucharest on DAY 3 after approx. 48 hours total journey time


RETURN JOURNEY
Bucharest Nord 16:45 - Brasov 19:30 - Sighisoara 21:20 - Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna) 08:59; DACIA Express sleeper
Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna) 19:54 - Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne) 08:42; CITY NIGHT LINE sleeper service
Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne) 10:14 - Bruxelles Midi (Brussels) 12:35;THALYS high-speed train
Bruxelles Midi (Brussels) 14:59 - London St.Pancras 15:56; EUROSTAR
Notes: full day in Vienna; arrives London St.Pancras on DAY 3 after approx. 48 hours total journey time



London St.Pancras to HUNGARY & ROMANIA

OUTBOUND JOURNEY
London St.Pancras 15:29 - Paris Gare de Nord 18:56; EUROSTAR - Now operates via Strabourg
10 minute walk from Gare de Nord to Gare de l'Est
Paris Gare de l'Est 20:20 - München Hauptbahnhof (Munich) 07:16;CITY NIGHT LINE sleeper service
München Hauptbahnhof (Munich) 09:27 - Budapest Keleti 16:53; RAILJET air-conditioned express service
Budapest Keleti 19:13 - Sighisoara 05:09 - Brasov 07:02 - Bucharest Nord 10:28; EURONIGHT sleeper (Ister Express)
Notes: Arrives Bucharest on DAY 3 after approx. 41 hours total journey time


RETURN JOURNEY
Bucharest Nord 19:50 - Brasov 22:48 - Sighisoara 00:46 - Budapest Keleti 08:47; EURONIGHT sleeper (Ister Express)
Budapest Keleti 13:10 - München Hauptbahnhof (Munich) 20:34; RAILJET air-conditioned express service
München Hauptbahnhof (Munich) 22:44 - Paris Gare de l'Est 09:30;CITY NIGHT LINE sleeper service
- Now operates via Strabourg
10 minute walk between stations
Paris Gare de Nord 11:13 - London St.Pancras 12:29; EUROSTAR
Notes: Arrives London St.Pancras on DAY 3 after approx. 43 hours total journey time





In the Enns valley, Austrian Alps


London St.Pancras to AUSTRIA

OUTBOUND JOURNEY
London St.Pancras 10:25 - Paris Gare de Nord 13:47; EUROSTAR
10 minute walk from Gare de Nord to Gare de l'Est
Paris Gare de l'Est 17:54 - Strasbourg 19:41;TGV high-speed train
Strasbourg 20:37 - Linz 04:33 - St.Pölten 05:45 - Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna) 06:40; ORIENT EXPRESS sleeper service (the real 'Orient Express'; not the luxury tour train!)
Notes: Arrives Vienna on DAY 2 after approx. 18 hours total journey time


RETURN JOURNEY
Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna) 22:40 - St.Pölten 23:25 - Linz 00:38 - Strasbourg 08:59; ORIENT EXPRESS sleeper service
Strasbourg 09:15 - Paris Gare de l'Est 11:34;TGV high-speed train
10 minute walk between stations
Paris Gare de Nord 13:01 - London St.Pancras 14:34; EUROSTAR
Notes: Arrives London St.Pancras on DAY 2 after approx. 17 hours total journey time


STOP PRESS: RAIL TRAVEL INSIDE OR FROM ROMANIA ONLY

Domestic rail tickets in Romania, and international tickets from Romania to other destinations in Europe can also be organised in conjunction with other travel services. Fares for journeys are LOWER than for journeys commencing outside Romania. Tickets can be delivered to your hotel or a guide will present them to you at the appropriate station prior to departure.

For other European countries it may work out better value if you book a rail pass such as Eurodomino Pass. This works well for Austria where regional passed are useful for exploring an area from a transport hub, or if making a circular tour by rail inside the country



GO GREEN
Travel by Train


The current surge in air travel is one of the biggest causes of climate change
contributing up to 15% of greenhouse gases each year. Greenhouse gas
emissions caused by UK air travel have doubled in the past 13 years
from 20.1m tonnes in 1990 to 39.5m tons in 2004.
In addition aircraft emissions which go directly into the stratosphere
have 2.7 times the environmental impact of those on the ground.

Air travel produces 19 times the greenhouse gas emissions of trains.
A trip to Vienna, Prague, Budapest or Bucharest by train would emit 95%
less carbon dioxide than the equivalent flight.

Train travel is no solution for a short trip to eastern Europe but it is certainly worth
considering for a longer holiday where stopovers and spectacular scenery
can be incorporated into the overall experience.


Check out www.seat61.com for useful advise about best routes, fares, schedules, and booking procedures for European rail journeys and for information about Rail Passes.


OTHER USEFUL TRANSPORT LINKS:


GENERAL: Seat 62 (Essentail information for booking European Rail Journeys)
BULGARIA:
BDZ Bulgarian Railways

AUSTRIA:
ÖBB Austrian Railways
AUSTRIA:
ÖBB Austrian Postbus Services

CUMBRIA:
Northern Rail (Lake District Rail Services)
CUMBRIA:
Virgin Rail (Intercity services conecting with the Lake District)
CUMBRIA:
Stagecoach Cumberland (bus services, timetables and travel passes, in the Lake District):

Inter-city train in the Carpathians








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