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Travel disruptions in Europe

It's important to know if there are disruptions or planned works on the tracks and stations that may affect your travel plans. Some railway companies offer dedicated pages with updates and detailed maps. Below you can find the details, per country. A few railway companies only offer this information in their own language. We've also included those links, as you may want to use a translation plugin to read the updates.

 

Please take into account the travel restrictions being applied in some countries in Europe. Follow the updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects on train travel on this page.

 

 

Ongoing strikes & disruptions

Ongoing disruptions on Thalys network between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam

Thalys: train disruptions on the Thalys network 

 

In the coming weeks, Thalys trains between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam will be affected by equipment availability issues. As a result, a number of trains on this line will be cancelled, and the trains that are running will probably be much busier than usual. 

 

You can check if your train is cancelled on the Thalys website.

 

If you are planning on travelling on the Thalys in the coming days, we recommend that you check your planned journey on the link above to see if your plans are affected. If your Thalys is cancelled, you can contact the company where you purchased your reservation for a refund of your reservation booking or an exchange for another day. On the Thalys website, you can also see which other trains are running earlier or later to help you plan accordingly and minimise the impact on your trip.

Stockholm - Hamburg night train cancellations (from 1 September until further notice)

On the 1st of September the new SJ EuroNight train between Stockholm and Hamburg will have its first departure. However, due to unforeseen circumstances there will be only couchette cars available. The seat and sleeper cars have not yet been approved for use in Denmark.

 

At this moment it's not clear when these cars will be approved, so the SJ night train will only consist of couchettes until further notice

 

If you have purchased a seat or sleeper reservation for this night train in September, and your journey is affected, you will be contacted by SJ via SMS at least one week in advance of your scheduled departure. If your reservation is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. 

 

SJ is currently in the process of contacting affected customers 

 

You can find more information about these cancellations here: https://www.sj.se/en/travel-info/sj-euronight/cancelled-journeys.html

UK strike action on 1, 5, and 8 October

Your journey in the United Kingdom may be affected by a strike action on Saturday 1, Wednesday 5, and Saturday 8 October. All over the country services will be heavily disrupted, with possibly no service at all in certain places in the UK. 

 

Services will also start later on Sunday 2, Thursday 6 and Sunday 9 October, so keep that in mind if you are planning to travel on these days.

 

Eurostar trains to and from mainland Europe are not affected by this strike, Eurostar trains will run normally.

 

As a result of the strike action, many train services will be disrupted or cancelled on these days. Travellers are recommended to check the website of National Rail  to check if their journeys are impacted and to find out more about refunds.

 

Delay compensation: Interrail travellers with an activated day for any of the affected dates can request compensation here.

Belgian railways (SNCB) strike action on 4, 5, and 6 October

Your journey in, to, and from Belgium may be affected by strike action from Tuesday 4 October until Thursday 6 October. All over the country (international) trains, public transport, and other services will be heavily disrupted. 

 

The following international trains will be affected by the strike:

Thalys trains (travelling between France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands) will be affected by this strike. For more information on which trains will be affected, check the Thalys website.

 

ICE trains between Germany and Belgium

The following trains have been cancelled

  • 4 October: ICE 10 and 12 between Cologne and Brussels
  • 5 October: ICE 10, 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17 
  • 6 October: ICE 11 and 13 between Brussels and Cologne

 

NightJet

  • 4 October: NJ 424/50490 from Vienna to Brussels will stop in Cologne. Travellers can travel to Liège or Brussels by ICE train.
  • 5 October: NJ 425 from Brussels to Vienna will start in Cologne. Travellers can travel to Cologne from Brussels or Liège by ICE train.

 

IC Nederland

Check below for the Impact on international trains to/from The Netherlands

  • 5 October: Most IC Netherlands trains to Roosendaal will run (there will be fewer trains to Maastricht).
  • 5 October: To Germany, the Spa-Aachen train has been cancelled.

 

As a result of the strike action, many train services will be disrupted or cancelled on these days. Travellers are recommended to check the website of the railway carrier they were planning on travelling with,  to check if their journeys are impacted and to find out more about refunds.

 

Delay compensation: Eurail travellers with an activated day for any of the affected dates can request compensation here.

 

Travel information

High-speed trains and reservations

International travel between the UK and Europe: Pass holder seats have mostly sold out for the Eurostar for the summer of 2022. Check out the alternative route from London to Europe without the Eurostar.

 

International travel between the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland: the high-speed trains (ICE and IC Berlin) and the Nightjet Zurich are extremely busy this summer - consider using regional trains instead.

 

Spain and Portugal: seat reservations are mandatory and can be pre-reserved by phone 3 days in advance or booked locally at a train station.

 

Tips for high season

Due to the exceptional high season in Europe, trains are more crowded than usual, and seat reservations for high-speed trains are limited. 

 

Here are a few tips to help you travel smoothly this summer: 

  • Choose trains that don't require a reservation - tap on "Options" and "No seat reservations required" in the Rail Planner app or select the 'No seat reservations required' filter when using the timetable.

  • Book seat reservations well in advance (subject to availability)

  • If you cannot book seat reservations for high-speed and night trains, check out our reservation-free itineraries and learn more about how to avoid reservations.

  • Visit overlooked destinations to escape the crowds.

  • Consider postponing your trip until after the peak season. 

  • Check out current and upcoming travel disruptions per country below, to ensure you're informed about any scheduled works or changes in the countries you want to visit. Even though we do our best to keep our timetable updated, some information might not reach us on time.

 

Disruptions per country

Austria

You can check the ongoing and planned works on the Austrian railway network via this page. Additionally, you can consult this map to see the current situation on the tracks. 

Belgium

This page contains information on all the ongoing track disruptions and engineering works in Belgium. 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

You can follow updates of the Bosnian railway network ZFBH via this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Serbia/Montenegro

International trains between Bosnia Herzegovina and these neighbouring countries are supended until further notice. It is possible to travel to/from Bosnia Herzegovina by international bus. The tickets for such bus journeys are not covered by the Pass. 

Croatia

It is possible to travel between Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia with a seasonal train connecting Sarajevo and Ploče. This train runs only during weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between July 1st and September 11th.

Bulgaria

You can check live updates on the Bulgarian rail network BDZ on this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Greece/Serbia

International connections from Bulgaria to Greece and Serbia are suspended until further notice.

Turkey

The Sofia - Istanbul connection has resumed circulation on the 25th of April, 2022. 

Available alternatives

There are different international buses connecting Bulgaria to neighbouring countries. Please notice these buses are not included in the Pass. 

Croatia

Traffic is also disrupted due to construction works on several lines during the first half of 2022, including Zagreb - Rijeka. You can read the details about their railway works on this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Bosnia Herzegovina

It is possible to travel between Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina with a seasonal train connecting Ploče and Sarajevo. This train runs only during weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between July 1st and September 11th.

Serbia

Unfortunately, international trains connecting Croatia to Serbia are suspended until further notice. The available international buses serving these routes are not covered by the Pass. 

Czech Republic

You can find details about both domestic and international disruptions affecting the Czech rail network on this page. Unfortunately, this information is only available in Czech; we recommend contacting the Czech railways for more details if you're planning to travel on any of the affected routes.  

Denmark

The Danish railway company (DSB) has planned track work which will affect both regular trains and their S-tog system, including a few main routes, such as Copenhagen - Aarhus. You can see the complete list on this page of their website. 

Estonia

You can check live updates on train times and replacement buses of the Estonian railway network (Elron) via this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Latvia

When travelling between Estonia and Latvia by rail, it is necessary to change trains at the Valga border station. 

Finland

You can check the latest updates on the Finnish rail network via this page of their website.

France

For information about upgrades, maintenance and construction works on the French railways, you can visit this page on their website, where they share all the recent updates and maps of their rail network. Please note there are engineering works planned which will affect international routes (Spain-France) in May.

Germany

The extensive German rail network is under constant maintenance and expansion. The German national railway company, Deutsche Bahn (DB), dedicates an entire section of their website to delays, track works and passenger rights. Unfortunately, this information is only available in German - for the maintenance/engineering works, you can check this page, while their online timetables have real-time updates on train delays/cancellations.

Great Britain

The National Rail website contains up to date information shared by the British railway companies. On this page you can see updates about current disruptions and traffic status in general. To check if your trip may be affected by future engineering work, please check this page

Greece

You can follow updates on international train times of the Greek railway network TrainOSE via this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Turkey

International train connections from Greece to Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Turkey are suspended until further notice.

Available alternatives

You can still use a Global pass or a Greek Islands Pass to travel between Greece and Italy. More information can be found here

 

Another option is to travel by international buses. The tickets for such bus journeys are not covered by the Pass. 

 

Finally, Pass holders are entitled to a discount when travelling with some of our benefits partners on alternative ferry routes.
 

 

 

Hungary

Some of the Hungarian rail network, both international and domestic, is or will be affected by minor works on the tracks, which may cause some trains to run on modified schedules.The Hungarian railways share the details on this page (only in Hungarian). 

 

Notice: some connections to/from Romania are affected from June to November 2022

Ireland

The Irish railway company (Irish Rail) shares updates about their planned engineering works and affected schedules on this page of their website

Italy

While detailed information is only available in Italian, you can still check if your travel plans may be affected by planned works: on this page, you can search for disruptions using either start and end dates and/or the region in which you will be travelling. 

Latvia

You can follow updates by the Latvian railways via this page

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Lithuania

International train connections from Latvia to Lithuania are suspended until further notice. 

Estonia

When travelling between Latvia and Estonia by rail, it is necessary to change trains at the Valga border station. 

Available alternatives
Discounted international ferries:
 
 
Discounted international buses:
 

Pass holders are entitled to a discount on Lux Express buses, one of our benefit partners

Lithuania

You can check the timetables and updates of the Lithuanian railway company LTG on this page

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Poland/Latvia

Unfortunately, the international connection from Lithuania to Latvia is suspended until further notice. 

 

The train connecting Lithuania and Poland has resumed service, travelling 3 days per week between Kaunas and Bialystok until December 10th, 2022

 

Pass holders are entitled to a discount on Lux Express buses, one of our benefit partners

Montenegro

You can check international timetables and updates of the Montenegrin railways ŽPCG on this page.

Netherlands

The Dutch railway company (NS) shares up-to-date information about current disruptions and planned engineering and maintenance work on their lines via their website. 

North Macedonia

All international traffic to and from North Macedonia is suspended until further notice. Unfortunately, no alternative options offer discounts to pass holders at the moment. 

Norway

To see up-to-date information regarding current and planned work on the Norwegian railways, check this page of the official website of the Norwegian railway company (Vy). 

Poland

The Polish railway company (PKP) shares up-to-date information about current and planned disruptions on this page of their website. 

 

The train connecting Lithuania and Poland has resumed service, travelling 3 days per week between Kaunas and Bialystok until December 10th, 2022

Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP), the Portuguese national railway company, shares information on traffic changes and other news regarding train travel in Portugal through this page of their website.

 

Spain

Train traffic between Portugal and Spain is currently limited to the following options: 

 

- Porto - Vigo (two departures daily)

- Lisboa - Badajoz (which requires a change of trains in Entroncamento)

Serbia

You can check timetables and updates by the Serbian railway company ŽS on this page

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Romania/Bulgaria/North Macedonia/Bosnia/Croatia

International connections between Serbia and the above countries are currently suspended until further notice. There are international buses connecting Serbia to these neighbouring countries (unfortunately, not covered or discounted for Pass holders). 

Hungary

It is possible to travel by train between Serbia and Hungary, with a change at the border - the international train departs from Subotica at 14:02, and with a change in Kelebia a few minutes later, you can travel on to Budapest. 

Slovenia

You can see updates about current train delays or cancelations in Slovenia via the official website of the SZ.

Spain

RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, dedicates this page (unfortunately not available in English) of their website to notices about disruptions and planned works. 

 

1 August - 5 September: longer travel time for trains from Barcelona/Madrid to Andalusia

Train traffic from Barcelona/Madrid to Andalusia (destinations like Seville, Granada, Málaga and Cádiz) will be affected by railway works from 1 August to 5 September. Trains will be rescheduled and travel time of trains will increase on average by 10 minutes.

 

The following routes will be affected:

 

AVE trains:

  • Madrid-Córdoba-Seville
  • Madrid-Córdoba-Málaga
  • Madrid-Córdoba-Granada
  • Barcelona-Córdoba/Seville
  • Barcelona-Málaga
  • Barcelona-Granada
 
Alvia trains:
  • Madrid-Cádiz
  • Madrid-Huelva

 

InterCity trains:

  • Madrid-Huelva
  • Madrid-Algeciras
  • Cádiz-Barcelona

 

Check here if your train is affected.

Portugal

Train traffic between Spain and Portugal is currently limited to the following options: 

 

- Vigo - Porto (two departures daily)

- Badajoz - Lisboa (which requires a change of trains in Entroncamento)

Sweden

There are several instances of track maintenance and engineering works planned by the Swedish national railways (SJ). On this page of their website you can find detailed information about current and upcoming track works.

Switzerland

SBB, the Swiss national railway company, shares all the latest updates on operations, disruptions and delays affecting their rail network on this page of their website.

Turkey

You can check the disruption updates by the Turkish railways (TCDD) via this page.

 

Warning - disrupted international connections:

 

Bulgaria

The Istanbul - Sofia connection has resumed circulation on the 25th of April, 2022. 

Greece

International connections between Turkey and Greece are currently suspended until further notice.

Available alternatives

There are international buses connecting Turkey to both Bulgaria and Greece. Unfortunately, these buses are not covered or discounted for Pass holders.