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4 incredible European cities you can get to by train

30th March 2017

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Travelling by train is one of our favourite ways to kick start an adventure – aside from the romanticism of train journeys and the epic landscape whizzing by the window (don’t get that on a plane) we’re also all about landing in the middle of a city and soaking up a brand new culture in record time.

Travelling by train means comfort, space and speed, cuts out mammoth amounts of airport faff, and is kind both to your wallet and the environment to boot. Can’t argue with that.

You can book train travel throughout Europe with premier booking service, and it's quicker, cheaper and all-round more efficient than booking either a flight or driving a car. So, what are you waiting for? Skip the airport queues and hit the buffet car before pitching up in one of Europe’s favourite cities...


South West France’s premier Gothic wine city is packed to the brim with art, history and excellent food. Wander through idyllic public gardens, browse the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, climb the awe-inspiring Cathederale Saint-Andre – then kick back with a bottle of local red. Merci.

How long does it take? From 2nd July travelling times from Paris to Bordeaux will start from only 2 hours 4 minutes.

This new line will also reduce journey times to destinations including Nantes, Angouleme, Poitiers and Toulouse.

How much does it cost? Fares from London to Bordeaux start at £111 for a standard class return.

From Bordeaux travel on to... Toulouse, the heart of the south of France, where the wild Pyrenees are in reach.

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Twin-spired Cologne is a 2,000-year-old cultural hub that sits on the banks of the Rhine and offers up Roman antiquities alongside medieval architecture and 20th Century art from masters including Picasso. Peak city.

How long does it take? From 5 hours 17 minutes (London – Cologne)

How much does it cost? Fares from London to Cologne start at £92 standard class return.

From Cologne travel on to... Amsterdam. Coincidentally, our next location. We’re basically writing this Interrail route for you, aren’t we...?

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Canals, cafes and cultural of both the night and the high-end collide in Amsterdam, a city that has as much history as it has hedonism. There’s more to Amsterdam than you might think, though – the architecture might just be the first thing that takes your breath away. It’s sort of like stepping into a fairytale, where the houses are gingerbread and everyone exudes good vibes.

How long does it take? From 4 hours 38 minutes (London – Amsterdam)

How much does it cost? Fares from London to Amsterdam start at £109 for a standard class return.

From Amsterdam travel on to... Rotterdam, The Netherlands’ second – and equally as liberal city – where you’ll find refreshingly modern architecture after the history of the nation’s capital.

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In the heart of the French Riviera, just across the water from Italy, Nice holds a vaulted position in the history of les arts in France. Just ask Henri Matisse, or Marc Chagall, or any one of the well-healed visitor that flock to its shores as soon as the sun comes out. If there’s one city on your iInterrail trip that can boast glamour, it’s here.

How long does it take? From 9 hours 36 minutes (London – Nice)

How much does it cost? Fares from London to Nice start at £111 for a standard class return.

From Nice travel on to... Marseille, another arty gem on the southern French coastline.

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If you’ve got time and want to visit more than one of these great cities – or even take a full tour of Europe – check out the Interrail pass. You can travel by train in up to 30 European countries for as little as £180. 

Interrail passes cover up to 30 European countries and valid for 5 days of travel in a 15 day period. 

Tickets and passes can be booked with, online or via the V. app. Find out more here.

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