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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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Can I get Oyster cards at Gatwick airport in the evening?

Is there a place to buy Oyster cards at Gatwick airport? I can not find the information anywhere and since I will be travelling zone 1-4 during my stay I think it is the best option.
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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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What's included in Frecciabianca 1st class?

I'm going to travel with Frecciabianca in 1st class in a few days and I wonder what I can expect so that I can prepare correctly. Will there be lounge access at Roma Termini? Will there be free ...
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What's the current status of direct London-Amsterdam Eurostar trains?

In May 2017, there were various press reports that Eurostar would run direct trains from London to Amsterdam by the end of the year; for example, see the London Evening Standard. What is the current ...
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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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When using rail passes in Germany, can I use it in “urban trains” as well? (U-bahn, S-bahn)

Take this german rail pass for example: The German Rail Pass from Rail Europe gives you unlimited train travel from four to ten days This pass gives you unlimited travel on the national rail network ...
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Does a DB 1st class ticket with Eurostar component correspond to Business Premier or to Standard Premier?

DB has two classes: Second Class and First Class. Eurostar has three classes: Business Premier, Standard Premier, and Standard. DB sells tickets that include Eurostar travel. A DB second class ...
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Are there trains without WC in the Netherlands?

I have read some news that in the Netherlands there are no WCs in some short-distance trains because it would be too expensive. Is it true that there are urinal bags in these trains? How can I check, ...
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Can I use German Rail Luggage Service to send luggage from Frankfurt Main Airport to Airbnb in Chemnitz?

I want to use Bahn Gepaeckservice to send my luggage from Frankfurt Main Airport to an Airbnb in Chemnitz. The Airbnb is a private apartment. I'm a tourist and do not live in Germany. The Bahn's web ...
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What are the cheapest trains from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg?

I want to travel from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg, I want to take a train. Please suggest the cheapest train options, and as a secondary consideration, the fastest.
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How to book entire compartments on French night trains?

On the night trains in France, the so-called "Intercités de nuit", you have three comfort classes: reclining seats, 6 berth sleepers and 4 berth sleepers. The railway company SNCF is advertising ...
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Can I buy train tickets for a Shanghai - Beijing trip in Hong Kong?

Background: I want to travel to Hong Kong - Shanghai - Beijing by train. Seat61 article about train travel in China has details on fares, schedules and how to book the tickets. There are 3 ways to ...
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For a UK rail delay, which train company do you claim compensation from?

For those who don't know, the UK rail network was largely privatised in the 1990s. Whether or not rail privatisation is a good thing is still very much up for debate, but even most pro-privatisation ...
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Tube delay on a cross-London rail transfer, who to claim compensation from?

This is another wrinkle on the existing For a UK rail delay, which train company do you claim compensation from question. Assume you buy a ticket from a London tube station to your destination, which ...
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I need some explanation about payment modalities on sncf-voyages.com website

I need some explanation about payment modalities on the sncf-voyages.com website. These are the options: Since I don't live in France, I can't use option 2. It is not clear the difference between ...
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Extending Oyster card trip outside the Oyster card validity zones with valid ticket outside zones and without changing trains?

If I had a season ticket from the last station where Oyster/contactless cards are valid to a couple of stops further out and wanted to go back from London to the final stop covered by the ticket, I ...
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Buying train tickets in Portugal

Soon, my wife and I want to travel from Faro to Lisbon by train and back a few days later. I have found this website: Comboios De Portugal. A complication is that we are not exactly sure when we ...
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When my train is cancelled and I choose to travel the day after, what compensation am I entitled to?

When my UK train is cancelled, I can travel on a later service. When travel disruptions are severe, I may instead choose to have my ticket endorsed by station staff for travel the following day, when ...
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Moving to Netherlands: would taking train with a lot of luggage possible?

Background: First time in The Netherlands, I am going to study at Delft. My accommodation is located on Schiedam, just around the Schiedam Centrum, so I plan to journey with train from Schiphol ...
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How to book a train ticket from Beijing to Shanghai as a foreigner?

I am coming to Beijing in April, want I plan to stay there for some days. Then, Sunday March 30th, I want to take the fastest train possible to Shanghai (and as early as possible sunday morning). By ...
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What time does the train from Yerevan arrive in Tbilisi?

Two friends of mine told me they were taking the train yesterday from Yerevan, which would travel overnight, and arrive today in Tbilisi. Unfortunately they didn't tell me what time the train is ...
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Do train prices in Norway increase close to date of travel?

Some travel companions and I are planning to take a train from Oslo to Bergen Norway in the first week of August. Now (1½ months in advance) prices are around 500 NOK per person for a daytime train ...
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Forgot to provide details of children on an Indian railways booking [duplicate]

IRCTC (The Indian Railway online ticket booking agency) provides an option to specify details of children under five years of age who are travelling with the ticketed passengers. While booking a ...
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Which Indian trains have shorter booking period?

Most of the long distance trains in India have bookings opened 90 days before the train ride. There are some that have a shorter period available. Which exact Indian trains have reservations open ...
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Can I get off the train or discontinue my journey before reaching the destination station?

I have booked my ticket for Kanpur to Guwahati. Can I get off at New Jalpaiguri?
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Almaty to Urumqi by connecting train (via Altynkol and Khorgas)

Besides the direct train which runs twice a week (and, unfortunately, doesn't fit our planned schedule) what other options do we have to make the journey from Almaty to Urumqi by train/bus within a ...
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Where can I find resources on minimum transfer times for Swedish stations?

I have been to Sweden by train from Germany multiple times and plan to do so again this summer. So far, I have planned my trips using DB’s HAFAS database on their website which is also where I booked ...
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How much transfer time do I need at Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof?

I am trying to book some train tickets on the Deutsche Bahn website. One of the tickets it is recommending involves a 7-minute transfer from one train to another at Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof. The ...
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Traveling from Paris to Düsseldorf

What is the cheapest way to travel from Paris to Düsseldorf? I'm flying into Paris via Ryanair from Rome, but there are no Ryanair flights from Paris to Düsseldorf (or anywhere near western Germany, ...
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Are train tickets in Hungary cheaper if bought in advance?

I will be travelling from London to Debrecen via Budapest next Sunday and I would like to know whether it's best to book my Budapest-Debrecen train in advance or directly in the station. My flight ...
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Can I easily travel in Italy by bus/train without any prior reservation?

I am planning a trip to Italy this coming January. My plan is to land by plane in Roma and then go to France by train/bus stopping in some Northern Italian cities on the way, enjoying the architecture,...
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Can I board at a different train station with a tatkal ticket in India?

I have booked two tickets for Mumbai to Pune in Tatkal quota. The train departs from Mumbai CST, can I board the train at Dadar station?
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How strict are luggage restrictions on the Incarail train to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes)?

I found on incarail.com website that: In addition, that large baggage is not permitted on the train service. We recommend that you take the necessary precautions and carry equipment baggage not ...
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How does the conversion of Hoekse Lijn to Metrolijn B affect Rail & Sail tickets?

The Stenaline Rail and Sail ticket covers travel from London to any train station in The Netherlands, including the train and the ferry crossing from Harwich to Hoek van Holland. However, from 1 ...
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What is the best approach to getting seat reservations when interrailing in northern Italy?

We will be interrailing in northern Italy late July. We would like to plan as little as possible but we have a couple of hotels and bnbs booked already so we will have to be sure to get to each one on ...
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Bishkek (or Almaty) to Novosibirsk next week

Next week I'll be leaving Bishkek - a little short on time, and need to hot-foot it to Novosibirsk, Siberia. Probably on Monday night or Tuesday day, depending on schedules. Is there a direct train, ...
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Student train discounts in Germany without BahnCard?

I'd like to visit Hamburg on 26th December this year, travelling by train from Poland. I've got a valid (Polish) student ID and I'm wondering if there's any discount I could get because of that. I ...
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How to buy train tickets in Indonesia?

So I'd like to know 2 things: I want know all the possible options to buy train tickets in Indonesia (assuming you can buy them from different places). Is there any advantages when using one option ...
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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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Where can I find decent parking space to the east of London with a quick tube connection to the center?

We will be passing London soon by car. There might be some time available to have a day trip to London. I was advised not to drive all the way to the center of London for multiple reasons (congestion ...
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Specifying a Eurostar or SNCF frequent traveller number when booking through Loco2?

Following the help given in this Travel.SE answer, I now know the trick for specifying my Eurostar or SNCF frequent traveller number when booking a ticket through the SNCB website. Now, I find myself ...
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Is it possible to make last-minute reservations on the City Night Train? [closed]

I'd like to take the overnight train ("City Night Line") from Germany to France in a few days. The bahn.de site shows the existence of the train, and gives a price ("from 330 EUR") but says it is too ...
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French Strikes: Using idTGV ticket for standard (SNCF) TGV

The French railways are on a strike. I know I can take another train if I fit in. However, can I use an idTGV ticket Paris - Toulon on a SNCF-TGV train? If not, do I have any other possibility since ...
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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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What will happen if 2 out of 3 seats are confirmed and 1 seat is in Waitlist which is booked via IRCTC online?

I have booked these tickets via the IRCTC website: Sl. No. Name Age Gender Status Coach Seat / Berth / WL No 1 Ravi 25 Female CNF S3 13 2 Rina 25 Female CNF ...
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How to use Kurzstrecke ticket to travel from Berlin to Potsdam?

I have question about using Kurzstrecke ticket to travel from Berlin to Potsdam. As I see it's the most economic ticket plan for stay in Berlin with one planned visit to Potsdam. So I'd have to buy A+...
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Public transportation considerations for children in North Eastern USA

My wife and I will be going to Fairfield, CT in April with our 2 kids (2yo and 9mo), we might be going to NYC for a day or two. My question comes with public transportation and the kids, I know if ...
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Travel from Lyon to Geneva Airport (French side)

I'll be in Lyon for a few days in June (taking a train from Paris) and planning to rent a car in Lyon. It sounds like I can drive from Lyon to the French side of the Geneva airport and drop off the ...
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Most convenient train to arrive in France from Amsterdam?

I need to travel from Amsterdam to France by train. I'm not visiting Paris, but many cities all around the country. What's the most convenient train to arrive in France ? I've heard there is a train ...