German railpass validating stamp
You can find lots more advice on riding the rails at Most train schedules and signs use native names for cities, not the English equivalent.For example, Athens is Athinai, Cologne is Köln, Copenhagen is København, Florence is Firenze, Lisbon is Lisboa, Munich is München, Naples is Napoli, Pamplona is often Iruñea, Prague is Praha, Venice is Venezia, Vienna is Wien, and so on.The phenomenon started in London, and many are still based there (although they now also have smaller hubs across Europe).The two big boys in the business are easy Jet ( which has hubs in London, Liverpool, Bristol, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Paris; and Ryanair ( which flies out of London, Glasgow, Dublin, Shannon, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Brussels, and Milan.Shady consolidators can go out of business overnight (make sure you pay by credit card for insurance), they have a higher rate of cancellation, and many of the airlines (often Middle Eastern and Asian carriers) follow lower safety standards than major U. By keeping their overhead down — electronic ticketing (often via Web sites exclusively, no phone calls allowed), no meal service, and using either major cities’ secondary airports or flying from smaller cities — these airlines are able to offer amazingly low fares.
Many high-speed trains throughout Europe require that you pay a sup- plement of around to in addition to your regular ticket price.
The current short-list of the most dependable among the other choices includes: Virgin Express in Brussels (
virgin-express.com); Germanwings ( and Hapag-Lloyd Express (com) in Germany; Volare ( and Air One ( in Italy; Sterling ( and SAS’s offshoot Snowflake ( in Scandinavia; and Air Europa ( europa.com) and Spanair ( in Spain. Independent Web sites such as and track of the industry.
You can almost always reserve a seat within a few hours of the train’s departure, but booking a few days in advance at the station assures that you have a seat.
You must also reserve any sleeping couchettes or sleeping berths (see the next section, “Taking overnight trains” for more information).
S.; runs through the Channel Tunnel and connects London’s Waterloo Station both with the Gare du Nord in Paris and Central Station in Brussels.