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Explore Europe by train

Taking a Europe rail holiday is easier than ever, thanks to the continent’s integrated network of routes and high-speed services. Zip seamlessly between destinations, admiring the scenery from comfortable carriages while sidestepping the stresses of the airport and the road.

Several Cox & Kings group tours to Europe already feature journeys aboard high-speed and luxury trains, but they can also form part of a private holiday or extension. We can also arrange for you to join one of our group tours by train.

European destinations with excellent options for rail travel include Italy, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Portugal, Romania, and the Balkans. To discuss ways to include rail travel in your Europe holiday, speak to one of our Europe travel specialists.

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Reasons to choose a European train holiday

The sustainability factor The sustainability factor

Rail travel produces some of the lowest emissions per kilometre travelled, making it a more eco-conscious way for you to explore Europe

Speed and convenience Speed and convenience

Europe’s integrated rail network allows you to quickly and easily cross borders, taking you between both major cities and remote regions

Iconic luxury trains Iconic luxury trains

Europe is home to some of the world’s most luxurious sightseeing trains, such as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, elevating rail travel into a highlight of your holiday

No fly tours Flight-free tours

Thanks to the Eurostar, you can travel from the UK to continental Europe without ever leaving the ground. Sidestep the stress of the airport and the road by joining a group tour by rail

Europe's high-speed trains

Among Europe’s high-speed rail services is Spain’s AVE – an apt play on the Spanish word for bird – which offers falcon-fast travel between national regions and connections to French cities. Likewise, Italy’s eye-catchingly red Frecciarossa trains connect many major cities across the mainland, reaching speeds of up to 360 kilometres per hour.

 

Europe's luxury trains

More than just a means of getting from A to B, Europe’s luxury train holidays capture the spirit of the ‘golden age’ of rail travel. Options we recommend include:

  • Spain’s Al Andalus train, an elegant, 1920s-inspired ‘hotel on wheels’
  • Romania’s Golden Eagle train, a splendid way to traverse the Transylvanian landscape
  • Switzerland’s Bernina Express, which crosses Europe’s highest, steepest railway to showcase an extraordinary alpine setting

Tour levels

Standard
Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere
Superior
Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere
Luxury
These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout

Europe rail holiday FAQs

 

Can I join a Cox & Kings group tour by train?

With the Eurostar connecting London to continental Europe, you can easily join any of our Europe group tours by train. We’ll arrange everything with you, ensuring you arrive in time to meet your tour director and fellow travellers.

Which European destinations can I travel to by train?

We can arrange train travel to and from any of the destinations Cox & Kings offers in Europe. For quality and convenience, we especially recommend rail travel in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Turkey.

Can I combine train and plane travel?

Yes. On a Cox & Kings group tour, we can arrange for you to arrive by train and depart by plane, or vice versa. Should you book a private, tailor-made holiday with us, the mix of transport is entirely to your specification – the choice is yours.

Can I choose my class of train ticket?

Yes. Our Europe specialists can arrange tickets that meet your standards. We can explain the different classes of ticket available on Europe’s various rail services, and make recommendations based on your preferences and budget.

What happens if my train needs to be rearranged?

Should the unexpected happen, we can organise alternative transport to ensure you arrive where you need to be.

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Inspired to visit Europe? Enquire online or contact one of our experienced Europe specialists.

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