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Questions tagged [trains]

Travel by rail including local and long distance trains, but note that more specific tags are available and should be preferred where relevant. For examples see `tag info`.

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Boarding a train in India at another station

I have booked a ticket on a train from Mumbai to Chennai and boarding at Pune. Since my schedules have changed, I will be in Mumbai on that day. Can I board the same train in Mumbai in my own ticket ...
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Indian Trains Wait List - will I get a seat?

After the fiasco of registering an account to book train tickets online using my British VISA card, I finally got into a position of being able to book a ticket, but what it appears to be telling me ...
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Is there a good website to plan a trip via trains in Europe?

My wife and I have decided to move across Europe by train. Do you know of any good sites for planning a trip via train (schedule and maybe prices)? We're going to go across Europe from east (Russia ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

A friend of mine is taking the Train from Finland to Russia. She has now paid and sent the Tourist visa application, with the requested validity being from 3 to 16 August. Now she's considering ...
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When are stopovers permitted on Japan Railways (JR) trains?

Regarding this question: in general, what are the rules governing stopovers for JR trains if one does not use a rail pass? A stopover means you have a ticket from stations A to B (say, Tokyo to ...
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Can I get from Gatwick airport to London by Oyster card?

I read many contradictions as to whether one can use a Oyster card from Gatwick Airport to central London. What is the most time-efficient way to go from Gatwick to "Old Billingsgate" (Monument tube ...
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Finding the train station at Copenhagen airport

My son is traveling for the first time by plane, although he is 24 years old. He will travel by plane from Zagreb to Copenhagen (on 28.2.) and he has to take a train to Odense. I'm wondering is it ...
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Where can I find the restrictions and easements that apply to a given UK Rail Ticket?

UK rail ticketing isn't always the simplest thing in the world, but the basics aren't too hard to learn. There are broadly tickets valid at any time of the day, those available only outside of peak ...
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What's the quickest way from London Kings Cross to Euston, by foot or tube?

My train to London Kings Cross has just been cancelled, so instead of having plenty of time to make a connection to Euston, I'm going to have a mad dash... To get from Kings Cross to Euston I have a ...
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Is there a cheaper (slower) way to get by train from Brussels to Paris than Thalys?

I'm wondering if there is a cheaper way to get from Brussels to Paris by train than Thalys. Thalys prices are alright if you book some time in advance, but it can be quite expensive if you book only a ...
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Indian Railways-Online Reservation Rules

I booked an online ticket for traveling on Indian Railways for a Short Distance Journey, but my ticket was not confirmed at all and is on the waiting list. Can I travel with the waiting list ticket ...
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How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules?

Looking at Amtrak trains between NY and Boston, I found that all had "no checked luggage" save for a midnight train (less than ideal for a relaxing vacation). Looking at this reference, it's not ...
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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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Train passport control from London to Paris

I'm a non-EU citizen, I will be travelling from London to Paris next month, so I was wondering since most countries track entry and leave dates, if I use the train to switch these countries and they ...
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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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7 hour layover in LHR - enough time to visit London for a couple of hours?

My flight lands around noon at LHR terminal 5 and my connecting flight departs also from terminal 5 at 7pm the same afternoon. Will that give me enough time to take the express train into London (...
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Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany

I want to go to Berlin to Gottingen by train. I found that to avail myself of the “savings fare”, I have to book a ticket at least one day in advance. And I saw a requirement on the Bahn ...
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Are there any trains where roof riding is legally possible?

I just read an article about the Indonesian railways, where they put low hanging concrete balls above railroad tracks to deter train rooftop riders. Roof riding is common on certain trains in ...
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Boarding a train in the UK at a later calling station, on an advanced purchase (train specific) ticket

This question is not about breaking a train journey in the United Kingdom. I wanted return tickets from London to Bicester. Thanks to an offer, I have purchased return tickets from London to ...
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Unlimited Greyhound or Amtrak trips in US/Canada?

I've heard mention of 'limitless' tickets in North America, either by bus or train. Do these exist? What are the conditions and prices?
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Where to book Indian train tickets online?

I've read that trains in India are very busy and its best to book in advance. So where is the best website to book online? I've found the site www.cleartrip.com and www.makemytrip.com - both of which ...
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How do I get from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Gare Montparnasse

When I look at the map (linked below) it seems that I can go directly from CDG to Gare Montparnasse on the RER B3 line, but when reading posts it seems that many transfers would be needed. http://...
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What is preferable, Eurail Pass or Buying Pass on the spot?

I plan to visit 3 countries in Europe during May: Paris, Italy and England ( in that order). I will be staying in each country for 1 week; at the end of the week I will be moving on from a country to ...
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With an Advanced Purchase UK train ticket, what happens if your train is cancelled?

There are broadly three different kinds of UK train ticket available, Anytime (valid on any train), Off-Peak / Super Off-Peak (valid on trains outside of peak hours), and Advanced Purchase (valid on ...
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How do you exit Dutch railway stations with an international paper-based ticket?

According to the media the Dutch railways are getting rid of the paper-based ticket, relying fully on a chip based prepaid card called the ov chip card. I do have such a card. However, when arriving ...
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Places to stop off along the Sydney to Brisbane railway?

I'm hoping this is a constrained enough question to not produce either long lists, or lots of subjective answers, so here goes... In December I'm going to want to get from Sydney to Brisbane. I won't ...
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How much time should be set aside for border controls when entering Sweden by train?

In the light of many migrants arriving in Europe in late 2015, both Denmark and Sweden reintroduced identity checks at their southern borders. Recently, these checks have been extended for a further ...
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On which trains in Japan is reservation mandatory?

The vast majority of Japanese trains have so-called non-reserved (or unreserved) seats (自由席, literally "free seats"), which do not allow reservation and are available on a first-come, first-served ...
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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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What's the nearest train station to Mont Saint-Michel?

What's the nearest train station to Mont Saint-Michel? Do I need to take a bus to visit it? How much time does it take? Can I make it in half a day?
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Boarding point change for an Indian rail reservation

I booked a train ticket on the Yeswantpur (Yeshvantapur, YPR) to Calicut (CLT). I gave my boarding point as Yesvantpur (YPR). My reservation is from Yeswantpur. Am I entitled to board at Karmelram (...
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Is there a website for searching/booking European trains?

Is there a website to search for European train tickets? I mean something like kayak.com, expedia.com, airfare.com, etc for trains? I know there are specific countries' website like bahn.de, sbb.ch, ...
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Are trains stopping between stations to let passengers board/alight just a Canadian thing?

I happened to notice this little gem on the VIA Rail website On some VIA Rail routes, you can get off and on the train exactly where you want — even in places where there is no scheduled stop! The ...
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Where is the safest place in a train?

This morning I had to make a small (2-3 hours) train journey with a friend. He is a little anxious and unreasonable, and doesn't trust public transport. He won't fly at all and normally, he doesn't ...
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What's the best way to get sleep on a train in a sitting compartment?

In late December this year I'll be travelling on an overnight train in Russia. Unfortunately all of the tickets have already sold out for that particular train, with the exception of the sitting ...
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Why does collecting a UK train ticket need you to insert a card?

If you book a UK train ticket online, for most routes, you're given a 8 character code. You then head to a UK railway station, go to the ticket machine, tell it you want to collect a ticket, give it a ...
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What class of travel is suitable for a woman travelling alone on Indian railways?

What class should a lone woman travel on a sleeper train to be safe at night?
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Travelling by train in mainland Europe, will I save money by booking my tickets early?

My wife and I are planning to travel by train from Nice to Budapest over the course of 2 weeks, stopping at a number of towns and cities on the way. We'd prefer the flexibility of booking our tickets ...
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What is the cheapest / fastest way to get from Brussels to Paris?

There are several ways of getting from Brussels to Paris. The fastest is probably the train, but it gets more expensive when you buy the ticket on the last minute. My question can be really split ...
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Do I need to stamp my Trenitalia/Trenord tickets?

Is buying a ticket enough? Do I have to stamp ("convalidare") it? What if all the stamping machines are broken? What if I didn't have the time to stamp my ticket?
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Where can I find out where trains are at the moment, with a map or otherwise?

I am looking for a website like flightradar24 but for trains, or I like to follow more precisely where my train is than the limited "next departures/arrivals" information that is readily available. ...
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Can I travel to North Korea overland (via train)?

I understand there's only one company that actually does the North Korea tours (although a lot of other tour agencies will allow you to book through them). I am wondering if they have an option to ...
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How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?

Personally I hate traveling not just because I hate going to a new city but because of seeing strangers who are watching and trying to start conversation with me. Well talking with someone is not a ...
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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 state of train travel in USA?

I'm planning to go to the USA for some months. I'd like to travel there by train, but I heard that trains aren't really widely used in USA. So my questions are: How is the rail network in the USA? Is ...
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What is the difference between i-ticket and e-ticket in India's online train ticket reservation?

What is the difference between i-ticket and e-ticket in India's online ticket booking? When we book online train tickets in India through the Government website of www.irctc.co.in, we have a option ...
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Are there other sites such as Rome2Rio?

I have been solely relying on Rome2Rio (click the link for a quick explanation of what Rome2Rio is) for planning transportation around Europe. However, only recently have I noticed that it doesn't ...
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Am I allowed to transport a bycicle on the train in The Netherlands and Belgium?

I am planning to travel through the Netherlands / Belgium and visit several cities. The most confortable/fast way seems to be the train, but for the city visit and nearby places the bicycle is ideal. ...
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How close is the Geneva Airport train station to the airport?

My plane departs from Geneva Airport (Geneva International terminal M) at 19:55. I'll be in Zürich and a bit short on time. If I take the train that arrives at "Genève-Aéroport" at 18:51, will I have ...
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What is the fastest way to go from Warsaw to Moscow via Lithuania and Latvia by bus/train?

I will start from Dresden (Germany). I definitely want to visit Poland, and especially Warsaw. Then I have to go to Moscow to catch the train to Beijing, and I have to bypass Belarus. So what is the ...