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Crossing Austria by sleeper train without getting off - do Austrian covid entry rules apply?

I will soon take the sleeper train from Zurich to Ljubljana. The train route covers Switzerland-Austria-Slovenia. I will not be getting off until my final destination. As of today (May 2022), Slovenia ...
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Getting to Brussels Airport by train - timings

I need to get to Brussels Airport for a Schengen flight that leaves at 7pm on a Sunday. I'm probably going to aim for one of these trains (timings taken from Bahn.de) Arr Dep Ghent ...
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Availability of DSB Orange Fri tickets in August

I'm currently planning a family train trip in Sweden and Denmark for next August. I see that there's a 50% discount if I can travel with "Orange Fri" tickets within Denmark: e.g., return ...
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Can I bring a suitcase on the Intercity train from Amsterdam to Groningen?

I'm traveling to the Netherlands this summer for a week, and I'll be landing at the Amsterdam Airport. To go to Groningen, I'd have to take the Intercity train for 2 hours. Should I buy the tickets in ...
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Can I legally remove my mask once my train cross the Italian-Swiss border?

Currently Italy has a mask mandate inside long distance trains. I am to take a train from Italy to Switzerland, where masks are not mandatory anywhere. Once the train crosses the border into ...
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Train finders find only very few peripheral connections in Spain

To give a specific example: For travelling in June from Valencia to Barcelona, https://bahn.de gives only two connections per day, both in the early morning, one from each of the two train stations of ...
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Where to buy metro bus tickets near Frihamnen Cruise Terminal, Stockholm Sweden

In Sept. 2022 we are arriving at Frihamnen Cruise Terminal (Frihamnsgatan, 115 41), Stockholm Sweden. We must purchase metro bus tickets before getting on the bus. There is an ICA Kvantum Grocery ...
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What's the difference between a Buffet and a First Class restaurant on Avanti West Coast trains?

I couldn't find the answer on their website.
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How can I estimate how much noise nearby trains will make?

When choosing hotels or other temporary accommodation (e.g., Airbnb) in the United States, I'm sometimes concerned regarding the noise that nearby trains may make. E.g., some train tracks are unused, ...
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European rail pass for seniors

There were (and maybe still are) good value go anywhere European rail passes for the young. Unfortunately, I am now at the other end of the age range. Are there any similar go anywhere tickets for ...
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Gave a wrong ID number for a Spanish railway (Refne, AVE) ticket. How likely is this cause an issue?

I'm travelling by train in Spain this weekend as an EU citizen. I reserved and paid for an AVE ticket online. I gave my ID card number as the number of travel document. However, it seems there has ...
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My UK train in 2 weeks got canceled, can I trust the train will go if I book another one for the same day

I had booked a train from Manchester to Milton Keynes Central in about 2 weeks from now with the mobile app TrainLine, however recently I got email that the train got canceled. What is a bit weird for ...
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Sending unaccompanied bag from one German City to Another by Train

I will fly in internationally to Frankfurt and then to Stuttgart via Deutsche Bahn. Then after a few days in Stuttgart I have to fly from Stuttgart to Berlin for a short business meeting and then to ...
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Can I buy a Barcelona Hola Card at a machine in the airport?

I will be arriving into Barcelona late when the train ticket office will be closed. Can I buy an Hola Card from a machine?
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Cheapest way to commute from Gravesend to London Bridge via public transport

I need to commute on public transport from Gravesend to London Bridge 3-5 times a week during peak hours (arrive 9am, leave 5pm), but I'm unsure of what the cheapest way to do this would be as there ...
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Why does the London Underground use two live rails instead of just one?

There are two contact rails in London Underground: one with 420 V DC and one with -210 V DC. Why not use 630 V and 0 V? Wouldn't it make one of the rails safe for people?
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Travelling from London to Edinburgh - August 2022 [closed]

Going on a Coldplay concert with my wife at Wembley in London in August on a Friday, and going to Edinburgh on Saturday/Sunday. We have not decided how to travel from London to Edinburgh. To see some ...
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Train from Zurich to Salzburg and February 2022 COVID restrictions

I (non EU resident, vaccinated outside EU so no Green Pass) was planning to visit Switzerland, Austria and Hungary this month, traveling by train. Looking in Google maps, I saw that the train from ...
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Fastest way from Haverhill to Central London (King's Cross)?

Let's say I want to get from the southwest corner of Suffolk (say, Haverhill) to Central London (say, King's Cross) and I have a car. I certainly don't want to drive in Central London not to mention ...
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Do automatic refunds of Oyster Cards journey time fines count towards the limit of 3 fare refunds per month?

An upvoted answer on Do you need to take the most direct route with an Oyster Card? inspired me to ask this question. I do not live or work in the UK and don't have intention to use the Oyster Card ...
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Do you need to take the most direct route with an Oyster Card?

I understand when calculating the cost of a train journey using an Oyster Card, the rate is based on the assumption that you have taken the most efficient route. As a train enthusiast however, who is ...
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How to spend 19:00 to 1:00 in Kiel? (from Ferry to Train)

I need to travel with a ferry to Kiel (Germany) and then want to travel further with a train. The ferry arrival is around 18:00 in the evening, so I will give an additional hour for delay. And the ...
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Is the T-jove metro ticket in Barcelona valid for 25 years old people?

From February on I will spend half a year in Barcelona and I'm trying to figure out which metro ticket suits best to me. I found the T-Joven Ticket which costs 80 Euro and is valid 90 days. It says, ...
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Buying a German train ticket when there is no ticket machine at the departure station

Since 2022 it is no longer possible to buy tickets on German trains: Wer ohne Papier- oder Onlineticket in einen Zug steigt, muss richtig tief in die Tasche greifen. Laut Gesetz wird der doppelte ...
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Madrid-Segovia after 9pm on NYE

Does anyone know any way I can get from Madrid to Segovia (Spain), leaving after 8:30 pm and arriving before midnight on 31 December? I want public transport only (i.e. train/bus/coach but no shared ...
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What train ticket do I need to buy to take a bicycle with me on the train to Belgium?

I want to take the train from Haarlem (The Netherlands) to Antwerpen (Belgium) and would like to take my non-folding bike with me. It is unclear to me where I can buy a ticket and what the special ...
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Travelling to Switzerland with covid-19 restrictions

To travel in Switzerland by train, today it is mandatory to exhibit a molecular covid-19 test not older than 24h. Given that the time I get the test outcome, is usually longer than 24h, how can I get ...
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Can I combine a Deutsche Bahn city ticket with an RMV S-Bahn single ticket?

I am travelling to Frankfurt on a Deutsche Bahn ICE train. I plan to get off at Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof and take an RMV S-Bahn or RE train to Frankfurt airport. The ICE ticket is a Sparpreis ...
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Can I get through a ticket barrier if I didn’t put my ticket through at the start of the journey?

So the journey I take to work (southeastern) the ticket barriers are always open in the morning. I usually still put my ticket through the machine regardless as I am scared that if I just walk through ...
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Luggage limit when travelling between Krakow and Warsaw by train

I am a student studying in Kraków for long time. My studies have now finished and I will be returning to my country. I have 4 big pieces of luggage (80 cm longest dimension). Is it permitted to use ...
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Does any passenger train go between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro?

I see on Google Maps a train track between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro: Does any passenger train go between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro?
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Does anybody know of a train diary app to log the train rides?

I am using a flight diary website to log all my flights, but I am also looking for something similar to log my train rides. Also something for bus rides would be useful.
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Frustrated TGV Lyria experience

I would like to share my TGV Lyria experince and see if my complaint is reasonable. A few month ago I was traveling from Paris to Zurich and I missed my train. I bought the standard ticket which could ...
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

One of my bucket list projects is to go around the globe - solely by using railways and scheduled passenger ships. I found out that the thing is nearly possible, except one missing link. The travel ...
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Why are the restaurant cars in Hungarian trains closed in Germany?

While on a Hungarian MÁV-START train, I noticed an odd sign saying that due to regulation, the bistro carriage will not be serving food while in Germany. From some googling, it seems that German ...
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Any travel insurances covering canceled flights/trains before the day of departure?

Suppose we're dealing with the following scenarios (that actually happened to me): Being in the middle of a trip in the US, Amtrak canceled the train that I was supposed to take 10 days before the ...
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Glacier Express Website Booking Issues

I want to take the Glacier Express from Zermatt and disembark at St. Moritz. We are a couple, and both of us hold the Swiss Travel Flexi pass, so we only need to reserve our seats by paying the seat ...
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How to properly book an international Nightjet train ride using a one-country Interrail pass?

For an upcoming trip to Germany, departing from Switzerland, I purchased the corresponding one-country Interrail pass. Sooner, I also booked a sleeper compartment surcharge in a Zurich-Hamburg ...
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Buying tickets and finding the train station at the Copenhagen airport [duplicate]

Soon I will have to travel to Malmö, Sweden by train from the Copenhagen airport. However, it will be my first time at the Copenhagen airport and I have no clue what to do. So I was wondering whether ...
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Can I take a lot of luggage with me on NS inter city train from Schiphol to Groningen

I will be reaching Schiphol airport on a Monday at around 13:30 in August. I will have two medium-sized trolley bags and one backpack. Is there any provision to store luggage on the train or should I ...
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Can I get a refund from Thameslink for a flight I missed because of their train's delay? How?

On June the 18th I caught the 4:44AM train from Cambridge to Stansted, which should have arrived at destination at 5:14AM, well before the scheduled flight departure, 6:45, for Napoli. However, the ...
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Does any train or bus company charge a no-show fee, or is that fee specific to some airlines? [closed]

Airlines sometimes have a no-show fee in case someone pays for a flight ticket but doesn't show up to the flight. I don't recall seeing such a fee for trains or buses. Does any train or bus company ...
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Swedish train operators that allow assembled bikes

Is there an overview of train lines which carry bicycles without having to disassemble them? I traveled by train from Malmö to Gothenburg last year and it was super easy to take the bicycle with me on ...
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Any train planner website in the UK without giving destination?

Is there any train travel planner website in the UK that shows possible destinations from a point? Something Like Google flight explorer.
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Is this train cancelled or not?

I see two conflicting information on my itinerary, on Trainline UK, one saying that train is cancelled and one saying "on time". I'm supposed to change on Swindon and head over to Bristol ...
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Are there electrical outlets in Amtrak California Zephyr bedrooms?

How many electrical outlets are there in a bedroom on the California Zephyr? Where are they located? Any photos showing this?
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Are steam train rides safe?

I found an interesting tourist place I'd like to visit that runs half a dozen old steam trains. It is in the USA. I know from studying history of railroads, that boiler explosions once were a common ...
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Children joining train later UK

I need to travel from London to the north and my children aged 5 and 8 will join me on the train at Milton Keynes, delivered there by their grandparents. If I book the ticket for all three of us from ...
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London Heathrow airport to Leeds

In reference to my earlier question - earlier question I will be reaching at 10:15 am as I changed my travel date time. Should I prebook national express coach to Leeds Station? Or should I reach ...
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travelling to Denmark during covid

Can we travel to Denmark as a tourist in early April from Germany? Given that we have a residence permit for Germany. If yes, do we require corona tests? Is there any place at all where we can travel ...
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