Assuming that the trains I'm booking don't pass through Germany. So e.g. Rome-Paris.

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    Local or long distance (high speed) ones? (I think they may be able to do some high speed ones, but local ones less so)
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Oct 1, 2011 at 18:23

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This should not be an issue in big stations. Usually they have an international ticket desk.

Though my experience doesn't include Germany, I was able to buy tickets for foreign trains in France (for Italian, Spanish and Belgian trains), in the Czech Republic (for Swedish trains), in Sweden (for German and Italian trains), and probably others that I don't remember.


You can also book your train tickets in the Netherlands (nshispeed), Belgium (b-rail) and France (SNCF) online.

You only need an Internet connection, a credit or debit card (such as Visa or Mastercard) and a printer.

The same service probably exists in Italy, but I have never bought tickets for Italy.

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    The NS-International site does not do trains that are outside their work area and in my view that is rather small for an international rail site. Paris, several main cities in Germany and London, a few more selected stations in those countries (but not beyond those cities) and Belgium.
    – Willeke
    Commented Dec 22, 2016 at 19:38

You can book international tickets to most stations in Europe at DB ticket desks. However you should be aware that you cannot make reservations for Belgian or Dutch trains. Not even in Belgium or the Netherlands. Domestic trains in in the Benelux countries are all non reserved. You must have a ticket, but can just sit where you want (but don't sit in 1st class with a 2nd class ticket...)


In most of the cases, you can do that (specially in western Europe). Also, the German online site for booking the trains is pretty good and much better than sites from some other countries. I occasionally travel by trains and find it easy to book it online and just take a printout of the ticket or just show the QRCode and the e-mail on your smartphone.

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    You can't buy tickets for trips or trip legs that aren't at least partially in Germany on the DB site, and similarly on other countries' sites. DB or SBB is the go-to place for schedules, but if you want to buy a ticket between Rome and Paris, you have to brave the SNCF or Trenitalia sites. Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 21:19
  • True that, Gilles. When I said "In most of the cases", I was talking about booking at the Bahn ticket desks.
    – bchetty
    Commented Jan 4, 2012 at 21:34

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