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What does "Shin" in a Japanese train station name mean?

Quite a few train stations have "Shin" in their name, then the name of the city. For example, Shin-Osaka, Shin-Sapporo, Shin-Kobe. What does it mean, and does it indicate the station is for ...
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Conflicting information: does the Hikari 535 Shinkansen exist?

I wish to travel by Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto in the evening of 24 February, as late as possible, keeping in mind that I will have a Japan Rail Pass and thus cannot use Nozomi trains. The ...
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Which TGV routes travel at 500+ km/hr?

I want to take a TGV for the experience of traveling very fast on the ground. The Lyria trains are advertised to travel at 524+ km/hr. The TGV I took only went 300 km/hr. Does anyone know which routes ...
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Buying Paris metro tickets from Eurostar before/during the journey?

Whenever a Eurostar gets into Brussels, and especially when one gets into Paris, there is always a mad scramble for the metro ticket machines, and if you weren't in the first coach then a very long ...
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What high-speed intercity trains allow passengers to sit in the front cabin?

Calling "Shotgun" might be the wrong word, since the driver's cab would be on top of the train, or absent altogether. What are some examples of high-speed long-distance intercity trains that have ...
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Plane ticket includes train ticket (Europe), what if I do not show up at train station?

I have to travel from Tijuana (Mexico) to Brussels (Belgium) on a business trip. The flight is operated by AirFrance and goes: from Tijuana to Mexico City (Aeromexico); from Mexico City to Paris (...
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Are there electrical plugs and/or wifi in Japanese shinkansen?

Do the Shinkansen trains have wifi? How about electrical plugs? If it depends on the train, these are the ones I'll be taking: Hikari 546 (Hiroshima->Shin-Kobe) Hikari 470 (Shin-Kobe->Tokyo) Max ...
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Fast train between Moscow and Saint Petersburg?

I'm planning to go on holiday to Moscow Russia in April and would really like to see Saint Petersburg as well. I've heard that there's a speed train which travels between the two cities, does anyone ...
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Paris Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse, by public transport but without lots of walking?

In a couple of weeks time, I'm off to the Loire by Eurostar + TGV, which means a cross Paris change. The Eurostar uses Gare du Nord, while the TGVs down to the Loire are at Gare Montparnasse. One ...
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Is there Wi-Fi in the ICE trains in Germany?

I will travel from Frankfurt to Berlin by ICE and I wanted to ask if there is Wi-Fi in the trains and how much does it cost?
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What is the difference between Eurostar first class and French TGV first class?

I've checked the costs of first class travel by high speed train in France and to UK. According to pictures, first class seats in the Eurostar and TGV look similar in terms of legroom and width, while ...
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Where is border control carried out for the Eurostar overnight Ski Train?

The Eurostar Marseille–London stops in Lille for passport checks, because there is no separated Eurostar available at Marseille or its other French stations. In winter, a special ski train runs ...
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Can you use your mobile phone in the Channel Tunnel?

The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche) is a ~50km tunnel (well, a set of 3 tunnels) running between England and France, used by both high-speed Eurostar trains and slower car trains / freight ...
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How to travel (relatively) cheaply with ICE trains in Germany?

When I first checked prices for ICE trains in Germany, I was a bit shocked by prices of over 100 Euros (in Poland not long ago the trains were the cheapest way of public transportation). But then I ...
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Do the Beijing-Tianjin high speed trains often get fully booked?

Situation: Me and my co-traveler will arrive at Beijing Capital Airport on 11:55 on May 2, 2016 and plan to take a taxi to Beijing South Railway Station and a high speed train to Tianjin. (This seems ...
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What happens if I miss my Eurostar because of a delay in a domestic train to get to it?

Let's say I have a non-refundable, non-changeable Eurostar ticket (i.e. the cheapest kind!). I plan a trip by train to get me from my starting point to the Eurostar terminal (eg Oxford -> London ...
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How can I get the best deal from DeutscheBahn when travelling to other countries in Europe from Frankfurt?

When I was in Frankfurt some time back, I was planning a budget weekend trip to European countries and for this I was trying to get a best deal for ICE trains out of DeutscheBahn. Out of all the ...
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Delayed Eurostar arrival in London, going to miss my connection, what to do?

My Eurostar is scheduled to arrive 30 minutes late in London, and I have an advance ticket for another train to catch, but I'm almost sure I'm going to miss it. What should I do in this case?
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How can a private person put a SNCF train ticket on hold to combine it with its return journey later?

I usually travel to France for a weekend once or twice a year. Most of the time by train, the Netherlands to Paris by Thalys and Paris to wherever I go often by TGV and then the return journey a ...
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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

The TGV has mandatory seat reservations (unlike, for example, the ICE). There is no equivalent of German Flexpreis where I can take any train, and if I miss my connection I need to get a new ticket ...
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During long on-train delays, what (if anything) should EU long distance operators be doing?

I'm aware that, under the Flight Delay Compensation Regulation (EC) No 261/2004, airlines flying to the EU, and EU airlines flying from the EU have certain obligations in the event of delays. Is ...
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What is the shortest segment of high-speed rail out of Barcelona where trains reach the maximum speed?

I will be in Barcelona soon and would like to try out the high speed rail. I don't want to go farther than necessary (e.g. to Madrid), but I would also like to avoid short segments where the trains ...
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Is there any way to get a ride on the new Japanese Maglev train in Yamanashi?

I know it is an experimental test track but was wondering if anyone knew how one might be able to ride the Yamanashi maglev train on one of its test runs?
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How early do you need to get to the station for a Eurostar service?

Do you have to be at the station a certain time in advance for Eurostar services? Or can you just rock up a few minutes before and jump on, much as you might do with many other European high speed ...
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When does high-speed rail between Seville and Granada begin?

Several tourism books and web sites state that high-speed rail service will begin in Andalusia in the first half of 2016. I suppose like most rail projects it won't meet the promised opening date, but ...
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Should I book my train connections in advance in China?

I will be travelling in China this July. My trips will be Beijing - Shanghai Shanghai - Hong Kong Hong Kong - Tianjin I have read a lot about the train situation on Seat61 and am thinking about ...
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Changing trains in Lille - what's the transfer with luggage between Lille Europe and Lille Flanders stations like?

Lille has two main train stations, Lille Europe and Lille Flanders. (Gare de Marchandises Saint-Saveur is no longer a station, and instead hosts art exhibitions and the like). Lille Europe is the new ...
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Getting on Eurostar at the wrong station

I have bought return tickets from London to Lille Europe on Eurostar. The trains on my outward and inbound journeys both stop at Calais Frethun. Will Eurostar let me get on in Calais on the inbound? ...
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Why doesn't Australia have any trains that can go faster than 160 km/h?

Despite enthusiastic support from the Qanda set, high speed rail between the major capital cities isn't a reality in Australia. Wikivoyage mentions high speed trains from Brisbane to Rockhampton, and ...
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Left Luggage facilities at Paris Gare du Nord?

I know that most big railway stations in Europe are civilised, and have left luggage facilities. Before I plan part of my day in Paris around it being available though, I thought it was worth checking....
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What facilities are there in the Thalys Lounge at Brussels Midi station?

In about a month, I'll be travelling from London to Amsterdam by train, taking a Eurostar and then a Thalys. As seems to often be the case (from looking at the timetable), I'll have a bit of time to ...
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Is there a way to look up live delay information for Eurostars?

I'm currently on a Eurostar that's stationary somewhere in Kent... No announcements, no staff to be seen, but excellent 4G signal strength! And I'd quite like to know how late we're likely to be, some ...
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Can I change our assigned seats on our TGV Atlantic train itinerary?

I have just purchased train tickets for 2 travelling from Paris to Irun in June and was not given an option to choose or change our seats. Is it possible to do this with an existing reservation? The ...
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Can I get a partial refund from SNCF?

I purchased a train ticket from Cherbourg to Reims from TGV Europe. This was two trains, a TER service from Cherbourg to Paris, and a double-decker TGV from Paris to Reims. The TGV part was a "prem", ...
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During a French TGV strike, must I go to the station to get a full refund for my ticket?

I booked a TGV a while ago with a discount card, the conditions of the ticket are that I can get refunded entirely before the departure of the train, and a fee is withheld if I cancel my ticket the ...
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How does the SNCF Voyageur program work?

I'm planning some TGV trips soon, but despite being a member of two different Railteam frequent traveller programs already, from this question it doesn't look like I'd be able to credit the journeys ...
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Tipping attendants on Indian super-fast trains

Should one encourage giving tips (bacshis) to the attendants and cleaners in AC and Sleeper coaches in super-fast trains like Durunto and Rajdhani in India?
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Should I make a reservation for going from Rome to Florence by train?

I am planning to visit Italy in December and I want to go from Rome (termini) to Florence by train. Should I book a train ticket from now or will there be available when I arrive at the termini ...
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With Air France "TGVAir", can you check in the night before?

I've booked a combined train + flight ticket with Air France, which involves taking a TGV to Paris CDG airport, then an onward flight. The TGV leaves very early in the morning. I've been looking at ...
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Collecting French (SNCF) "Ticket On Departure" tickets from outside of France?

For an upcoming trip, I've booked some TGV tickets through Rail Europe. They wanted a surprising amount of money for postage, so I opted instead for the free option of "Ticket On Departure", that is, ...
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Food on the TGVs between France and Spain?

In a few days time, I'll be taking a long TGV trip, on the new(ish) service between Barcelona and Paris. Given the length of the journey, I'm wondering about the food available on board, and hence if ...
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During a SNCF strike, how can I check what trains will run without going to the station?

It seems there's currently a national SNCF strike on at the moment, and I'm trying to work out if it'll affect my journey later. The people I booked my TGV tickets with advised me to check infolignes....
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What are the facilities like at Lille Europe station after Eurostar checkin?

Before boarding the Eurostar, you have to go through security (xray of bags and metal detector for people), and juxtaposed boarder controls (show your passport to immigration officers from the country ...
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TGV Lyria seat plan: how to interpret it?

I'm taking a look at the seat plan for the Zurich-Paris TGV Lyria. The diagrams only show cars from 1 to 8, but the text says that cars are numbered 1-8 and 11-18. Is car 11 the same thing as car 1, ...
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Reserving a domestic TGV train in Germany

I am travelling to Germany and France next month. For the last leg, I am travelling from Lyon to Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2 by TGV. Would it be possible to reserve this ticket in Germany(...
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Can I get off a Eurostar train at an earlier stop? [duplicate]

For an upcoming Eurostar journey I'm considering taking, I've noticed a very odd pricing situation. For some reason, the cost of a ticket on the 19:34 Lille & Brussels service is cheaper if I book ...
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In the Italo high-speed train, what is the difference between club seat and "salotto"?

While booking a Milan to Naples ticket on the Italo high-speed train, I noticed some nice fares. Even the highest class, "Club Executive", has seats priced at €49 for a full fare on this stretch. On ...
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Can I buy tickets for Taiwan high speed rail in advance online?

I will be going on a trip to Taiwan and will be going around multiple cities. There is a high speed rail system that I would like to purchase tickets for in advance. My trip is still 3 months away. ...
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Can I earn SNCF Voyager points, for a booking made without the membership number?

Having now worked out what the SNCF Voyageur program is, I've gone ahead and joined it, as I've a number of TGV journeys coming up in the coming months. The slight wrinkle is that most of these TGV ...
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Can I credit travel on one RailTeam member to the frequent traveller program of another?

I know that with airline alliances and partnerships, you can credit flights on one airline in the alliance/partnership to a frequent traveller program of another. Does the same thing apply for travel ...
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