Eurail Timetables

Written by Liza Hartung
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If you are going to travel Europe with a Eurail pass, you will quickly discover that you can't do anything without Eurail timetables. You will become an expert at reading these. They will help you plan your hours, days and overall trip. I suggest keeping a small version of the timetables in your backpack so you can have it wherever you go.

Before you head out on your trip of a lifetime, see if you know of any days on which you want to travel first. Some of you will want everything planned out exactly. Some will want everything to be spontaneous. Others like a little mix of both. If you have travel dates and locations in mind, you can use timetables found online to help make your schedule.

It may be that you are a night owl. You know you will be out at clubs, bars or watching live entertainment until the sun comes up. If that's the case, you might not want to take the 7:00 a.m. train to Milan. However, you also don't want to arrive in Milan after the sun goes down. Check and see what times are somewhere in the middle that will work with your personal travel style.

Reading Eurail Timetables

You will find the Eurail timetables laid out differently on different websites and publications. They will all give you the same times, but you might find one easier to read than another. When you find that one, get it and keep it. The last thing you want is to miss a train because you were having trouble reading the timetables.


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