Train Types

With Interrail you can take almost all trains within Europe. Sometimes they need an additional reservation. But most of the time you can just hop on and enjoy the ride. It is good to know the different train types. So that you can easily recognize the train you want to take, what you can expect and where it goes to.

Train Types - Imagine a train. Where will it bring you.. - Photo by Cory Woodward on Unsplash
Train Types – Imagine a train. Where will it bring you.. – Photo by Cory Woodward on Unsplash

The Regional Train

The Regional (RE) Train is a slow train that travels a short distance to/from/within a large city. Usually this train stops at every single train station along the route. Other names for these trains are; stop-train (ST), suburban (SUB). With an Interrail ticket you can board any of these trains as they do not require any reservation at all. 


The InterCity Train

The InterCity (IC) Train is a fast train that travels a large distance to/from bigger cities. Usually this train stops only at major train stations along the route. Other names for these trains are; express (EXP), fast-train (FT), international (INT), regional express (RE). With an Interrail ticket you can board any of these trains, but they do often require an additional reservation. Here you can find all about that. 


The Night Train

The Night (NT) Train is a slow train that travels a large distance to/from bigger cities. Usually this train stops only at major train stations along the route. Other names for these trains are; euronight (EN), international (INT), nightjet (NJ). With an Interrail ticket you can board any of these trains but they always require a additional reservation. Here you can find all about the Night Train. 


The High-Speed Train

The High-Speed (IC) Train is a fast train that travels a large distance to/from bigger cities. Usually this train stops only at major train stations along the route. Other names for these trains are; AVE, Eurostar, ICE, TGV etc. With an Interrail ticket you can board any of these trains but they always require a additional reservation. Here you can find all about that. 


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