High Speed Services
Swiss Scenic Trains
Auto Slaap Trein (Dutch Motorail)
Eurostar trains allow connections to major European cities while travelling at over 150mph. There are facilities for disabled users throughout the trains. With Eurostar, you can travel to European destinations in:
Ski resorts including the Alps and the Pyrenees
There are further connections to major cities in Italy
via Eurostar Italia AV (Alta Velocità), and Austria
via the TGV and Thalys services from Eurostar terminals.
AutoTrain operates a year-round services from Paris to French destinations, where cars are transported overnight on train carriers while passengers follow on a separate train and collect their vehicles when they arrive.
The route includes:
The Venice Simplon service from the Orient Express is one of the most luxurious in the world, including original 1920s decor, gourmet dining and personal services, and travels between some of the most culturally significant European cities, such as:
The British Pullman accommodates up to 226 passengers with around 25 people per carriage. The service has been fully restored to its original 1930s Art Deco design and now departs from London Victoria on regional day trips around the UK.
Journeys onboard include:
Sunday Afternoon Tea
Mother’s Day Tea
The Golden Age of Travel (Steam, Non-Steam Hauled and Short Break journeys are available)
Exclusive Ritz Promotion (available combined with some journeys)
Northern Belle trains run to over 60 regional stations throughout the UK, and can accommodate up to 250 passengers, with full luxury and dining services in 6 carriages. Each carriage is named after a UK stately home, such as:
The Royal Scotsman
The Royal Scotsman is a more private service that travels to regional destinations throughout Scotland and the UK; journeys include the “Grand Tour of Great Britain” but are only for 36 passengers at a time. Full catering and accommodation services are available, as well as observation decks so guests can watch the scenery pass by. The train is available to hire for private functions, and guests booking in May or June receive a complimentary one night stay at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
Highland (2 nights)
Western (3 nights)
Classic (4 nights)
Country Homes & Gardens (4 nights)
Grand West Highland (5 nights)
Grand North Western (7 nights)
Grand Tour of Great Britain (7 nights)
The Thalys network links France to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany with 6 refurbished Benelux trains and an intended total of 10, as well as the high speed rail lines to Amsterdam and Cologne from December 2009. There are full user facilities and onboard catering.
From Paris, daily routes run to:
There is also a seasonal service to:
The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) is the fastest European rail service and offers access at speeds of up to 320 kph (200 mph) to major French cities and other European countries, including:
London (via the Eurostar)
The TGV network, called the LGV, offers total luxury facilities with options for families, as well as luggage and catering services.
From Paris, the major routes operate:
South towards Marseilles
South west towards Bordeaux
West towards Le Mans
North towards Lille
East towards Strasbourg
The TGV Lyria service runs from Paris to Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, Bern and Basel. It links France with major ski resorts and the Swiss lakes, as well as providing an intercity service between the two countries, including:
From Paris, the major routes facilitate:
ICE trains operate using tilting technology at speeds of up to 300km/h (186mph) between 32 German cities including Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt. There are on-baord audio systems and video screens for 1st class travellers, as well as full catering facilities for the whole train.
ICE trains also operate connections between Germany and the following countries:
The AVE (Alta Velocided Espanola) train runs across Spain speeds of up to 300 kmph (186mph) on the Madrid to Tarragona route. At present, AVE allows access via the following routes:
Madrid – Cordoba – Seville
Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona
Madrid – Malaga
Madrid – Toledo
Madrid – Tarragona
Madrid – Huesca
Madrid – Valladolid
Madrid – Segovia
Segovia – Valladolid
There are also intended routes between:
Madrid – Lisbon
Valladoild – Vitoria – Bilbao – San Sebastian
Valladolid – Santiago de Compostela
The Artesia service runs from France to Italy at speeds of up to 180mph and is one of the fastest in Europe. There are facilities for disabled seating in 1st class, and baby-changing is standard across the trains.
Artesia day trains run 3 times a day and link major French cities with northern Italian cities, including:
St Jean de Maurienne
[ARTESIA NIGHT TRAINS...]
Riviera services link main Italian cities including Milan, Pavia, Genoa and Savona with the French Riviera (including Nice Monaco and Monte Carlo) and offer both day trains and night trains. There are 1st class services available.
Day trains routes include:
Milan - Nice
Genoa - Nice
Sanremo - Nice
Night trains have various sleeping accommodation; routes include:
Nice - Venice
Nice - Rome
Nice - Naples
Nice - Verona
The Glacier Express- 7 and a half hours spanning glacial landscapes, with 291 bridges and 91 tunnels.
The Bernina Express- Journey across the Alps between Lugano and Tirano in Italy.
The Wilhelm Tell Express- Routes operate between central Switzerland and the Italian region of Ticino by train and first-class paddle steamer
The Chocolate Train- Services run to the factory at Cailler-Nestle.
The GoldenPass Line- Services connect Lake Geneva (via vineyards, country estates and stately homes) with central Switzerland
The Mont Blanc Express- Routes runs right round the mountains
The Dutch Motorail
runs from s’Hertogenbosch Centraal station in the centre of the Netherlands and connects to major Netherlands cities as well as France, and Italy.
Auto Slaap Trein routes cover: