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Long same-day layover at Heathrow T5

I am a US citizen and will be traveling in January to Israel. On my return, I might have a seven-and-a-half-hour layover at Heathrow T5. Would that be enough time to pass through His Majesty's Border ...
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Train from Munich to Prague

i am exploring 2 options for train routes from Prague to Munich. One a direct train but with a notice on the website about immigration check and possibility of train disruption. Another route from ...
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How to book Thai train tickets online for Train #40?

I've tried booking tickets for Train #40 (BKK - Surat Thani line) via a couple of websites without success. The following websites tell me "this trip is not bookable" (while tickets for ...
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are any Paris Metro stations outside zones 1-3?

In Paris you have the RER lines, which are denoted by letters, and the Paris Metro, which are denoted by numbers. My question is... are there any Paris Metro stations that are outside of zones 1-3? ...
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Getting refund for unused train tickets

On November 7, we got stuck at Tottenham Hale train station in London because all trains of Stansted Express to the airport were canceled. We were told that one of the options was to buy a ticket from ...
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Do trains travel at lower speed to establish time buffer for possible delays?

At first a disclaimer: I've no clue about how trains and train companies operate, so please forgive my naivety. I was wondering whether trains are always traveling at their highest possible speed (...
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How can I confirm the delay on a digital ticket?

When missing connections in case of train delays, it is recommended to have the delay confirmed on the first ticket (for example, the passenger must present a confirmation of this delay, that he ...
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ScotRail 'Single Advance' ticket availability

I am planning a train trip in Scotland from roundabout Aberdeen to Thurso on December 29th and have noted that the cheaper 'advance single' tickets can only be bought up to December 23rd. I first ...
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Visiting Schengen Countries with US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571) without Schengen Visa

I have a very specific question that is kind of related to another question. What countries in the Schengen area accept US travel document (form I-571) Assume that someone has a Form I-571 Travel ...
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How do you use a railcard on TFL if you pay by phone or debit/credit card?

TFL allows you to add a National Railcard to an Oyster card. However, most people use a bank card either with the physical card or via an NFC payment system. Is there any way to add an existing ...
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Is there a reliable source of Deutsche Bahn historical punctuality data?

After missing a few train connections this summer, I'd like to understand if certain train connections aross Europe are reliable. So I want to build a database of each intercity/long distance train in ...
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Elizabeth line UK - where are ticket fares shown?

If I travel from North Acton to Heathrow Airport, I have the option of using the Elizabeth Line from Ealing Broadway to the airport. I can also use the District and Piccadilly lines to complete the ...
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Crossing into my home country on a sleeper train with an Interrail Global Pass. Which day should be marked as the inbound trip day?

I am planning to finish a trip and go back to Switzerland using the Nightjet train from Germany. If I use an Interrail Global pass, I am confused by two overlapping rules that apply: When taking a ...
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Refund possibilities from Deutsche Bahn in the case of missed connecting train

I missed a connecting train because of 5 mins delay with the previous train. My train from from Stuttgart HBF to Berlin HBF, however, there was a change at Hannover Hbf. I have received an email with ...
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Fire extinguishers inside the coaches of long distance trains [closed]

Are fire extinguishers installed inside the coaches of express trains? If not, why not? Will the passengers be unable to use the fire extinguisher in case a fire takes place? Or can the fire ...
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What does "Ruhebereich" (quiet zone) mean on German ICE trains?

From the word "Ruhebereich" I would expect very quiet surroundings, but it has not been my experience. Passengers have no reservations about carrying on conversations, and families show up ...
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How can I cancel a Deutsche Bahn ticket? I am covid positive

I just got corona positive, and we are going to travel from Berlin to Munich on ICE. The ticket is booked via https://bahn.com in the next two days. When I am trying to cancel the ticket, I see this: ...
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Frankfurt to Prague layover in Schwandorf

I have a trip from Frankfurt to Prague in December. I want to buy a train ticket and there is a short layover (5-6 minutes) in Schwandorf station. This can be a problem? Would you recommend buying the ...
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How to get my lost back pack on train

On Oct 6 2022, I was traveling on train ICE 1015 from Duets Mess to Mannheim in Germany, where the train arrived at 20:49 to Mannheim, where I forgot my laptop dark blue bag with laptop in the train, ...
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How to find the border crossing time of a train in Europe? (Czech bureaucracy edition)

I'm traveling for work for my company in the Czech republic, and they allow me to take the train, but I need to specify the time that the train crosses each border. Ideally the location too, but that ...
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Travel with luggage via Metro or Bus from SAW Airport Istanbul to Europe Side of Istanbul

I will be arriving at SAW airport with 30kg luggage. I want to know if its possible to travel to Europe side from the airport using metro/bus? I am planning to buy Istanbulcard Anonymous Card from ...
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Train Travel advice Lisbon -> Krakow

Can anyone advise me on the best route for traveling via train from Lisbon -> Krakow? Is there some site where I can book the train tickets or search for such routes? I googled around, but I cannot ...
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Changing destination of already purchased Shinkansen ticket

Using the official Smart EX app, I have reserved and paid for tickets for a JR Tokaido Shinkansen train service from Osaka, getting off at a stop well before Tokyo. There are five people on this ...
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Should I reserve a ticket for the train from Milano Malpensa airport to the city?

I'm going to be flying into Milano Malpensa airport, on a weekday afternoon. I'm told I would need to take the XP1 or XP2 train lines into the city. About the train ticket... Do I have to order it in ...
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Combined tram/train ticket from Casablanca Airport to Casa Voyageurs to Fes

Let's say we're flying into Casablanca airport and want to take the tram to Casa Voyageurs and then a train to the city of Fes. I am able to buy a ticket from the oncf-voyages website with the ...
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Night train Fukuoka - Tokyo

I have three free days in Japan. Google maps says a train ride from Fukuoka to Tokyo takes more than ten hours which is basically an entire day. To save time, I was wondering whether there a night/...
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OV-chipkaart value and refunds in 2022

Say you were travelling from Brussels to Amsterdam by train, spending 2-4 days in Amsterdam using public transport then travelling from Amsterdam to Antwerp by train. Given 3-5 tram/metro/bus ...
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Travelling from Belgium to Amsterdam by train - NS Flex discount

Say you were travelling from Brussels to Amsterdam by train, spending 2-4 days in Amsterdam using public transport then travelling from Amsterdam to Antwerp by train. According to the NS website, it ...
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Why do only some long-distance trains in the UK serve refreshments on-board?

I recently traveled down to Cornwall, from London, on the train. I took trains from 2 different companies (South Western Railways, and Great Western Railways.) While on the GWR train, there was a food ...
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Swiss: Does SBB EasyRide take into account a Z-Pass

This question is about the Switzerland SBB app and the Zürich partner network annual pass (Z-Pass). I use the "swipe on" EasyRide feature in the SBB app for most public transportation travel ...
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Best/Cheapest way to go from Washington DC to NYC, Manhattan

I am in Washington DC right now and want to go to Manhattan, NYC in the next few days. I searched for flights and the prices seemed very high to me for such a short time distance (compare to the West ...
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Why can't I reserve a seat on the Eurocity train I just bought a ticket for on ÖBB

I bought return Sparscheine tickets on trains from Vienna to and from Budapest in about 7 weeks time for my family using oebbtickets.at, but didn't see an option to reserve a seat before paying. Now ...
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How long is needed to change trains in Kenitra, Morocco

I'm planning to travel by train from Tangier to Fes in October. The ONCF website lists two options: catch the high-speed 'Al Boraq' train to Kenitra, where you have to make a 12 minute connection; ...
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How can I get by train from Kaunas, Lithuania to Tallinn, Estonia?

I'm going to take a weekend regional-express train from Bialystok, Poland (a major railway station in northeastern Poland, just like two hours away from Warsaw) to Kaunas, Lithuania. Apparently, it's ...
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Do long distance through train ticket between arbitrary pairs of cities covering several countries exist?

When travelling by train through several countries, for example, from Norway to Spain, travellers typically have to buy multiple separate tickets. Perhaps Oslo - Malmö, Malmö – Hamburg, Hamburg – ...
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Using Korail trains in South Korea without advance booking?

I plan to take a Korail train in October in South Korea. I don't know exactly at what time I'll reach the train station. Is it practical to just show up at Korail train stations and buy a ticket there?...
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Best Rail pass for Switzerland

I am looking to check out the best rail pass which would fit my itinerary, I checked on https://www.swiss-pass.ch/ but it says passes are available minimum for 3 days. My itinerary looks like below: ...
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Night train booking cancelled by SJ — any rights to alternative transportation or accommodation?

SJ is cancelling a bunch of SJ EuroNight bookings due to issues with authorisation of available sleeper cars. What are my rights when my booking is cancelled? I'm travelling from northern Norway to ...
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How can I purchase a "Standing / Non-reserved Seat" Korail train ticket online?

"Standing / Non-reserved Seat" is the cheapest fare on Korail: But how can I purchase a "Standing / Non-reserved Seat" Korail train ticket online? I only see two purchase options (...
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Where can I buy the Egal-Wohin-Ticket?

In addition to the 9-Euro ticket, there is another interesting offer on the German railways - the Egal-Wohin-Ticket, a train ticket which allows one to travel between any two places in Germany for 40 ...
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Can I use Revolut for the personal OV-Chipkaart in Netherlands?

They write that I need a Dutch bank account to get a personal OV-Chipkaart in the Netherlands for public transport, but I can't find if Revolut or N26 which are online banks accepted in the ...
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Travelling with a super off-peak train ticket

I’m pretty new to travelling on the rails, and I often times find myself booking the cheapest tickets despite them being for later travel than needed. I’ve been doing a fair bit of research about the ...
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Is there any advantage in buying tickets in advance for the train in Moroccos?

I will have to travel between Fes and Casablanca. However, I am unsure about the travel hour (not day). I see that it's possible to buy the tickets in advance, on the website. This would usually be my ...
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Can I get compensation if I missed a connection between trains in Sweden?

I attempted to travel from Värnamo to Jönköping on a Sunday using the timetable downloaded from this page (the actual timetable PDF seems to have been taken down). Due to a delay of the incoming ...
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What do these train codes on Paris RER B (airports subway line) mean?

While standing on the platform waiting for the RER B train to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, I noticed codes like ELOT or EPEX besides arrival time, platform number, destination, etc. What do ...
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On DE-CH international journeys, when is the "Zugbindung" really lifted?

Once, I had booked a train from Germany to Switzerland. Due a train strike, Deutsche Bahn informed us our tickets could be used on different dates. I indeed travelled on a different date, but the ...
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Check-in times for Eurostar trains, what is the actual minimum time?

Having traveled with Eurostar May 2022, and about to book a new travel with them, I wonder if the advised 'be at the station 60 to 90 minutes before the train leaves' is a cut off time. I will have to ...
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Does the company with the website zug-erstattung.de still exist?

There used to be a company with the website Zug-Erstattung.de . It was useful for claiming penalty payments from Deutsche Bahn for delayed or cancelled trains. Does it still exist?
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How early in practice do you need to arrive at an Irish Rail station before intercity train departure?

The Irish Rail website has an FAQ which says: Intercity passengers should arrive at the station 30 minutes prior to departure. If you are collecting a reservation or purchasing a ticket especially ...
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Is the Spartageskarte valid to Tirano?

The Swiss Spartageskarte is a day pass valid throughout the regular Swiss railway network. The Rhätische Bahn has trains that continue to Tirano in Italy. Considering that a regular single ticket ...
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