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Rail journeys in Europe

Take a rail journey in Europe and discover some of Europe’s most inspiring scenery in the Balkans. Hop on board the Red Arrow overnight train between Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia or travel between the iconic Polish cities of Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow by local train.


Small group tours with rail journeys in Europe

Take a journey by train and explore Europe’s historic cities and areas of natural beauty. Discover the highlights of Poland from the colourful Old Town of Warsaw to Europe’s best preserved medieval market square in Krakow. See Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow and the exquisite Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg with it’s opulent décor and gardens with cascading fountains or travel on the Andalucia Express route towards the coast through rolling countryside and the whitewashed Spanish villages.

Our rail journeys in Europe are great for people who like exciting activity and experiences. Our expert local guides will immerse you in your chosen destination and you’ll share your experience with a small group averaging just 11 people.

Our most popular rail journeys

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Kosovo Rail Journeys Trip code YUG
16 Days From US$3700 without flights
Poland Discovery Trip code KWW
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Morocco, Spain Rail Journeys Trip code RMO
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Best rail journey destinations in Europe

1. Overnight train between Moscow and St Petersburg

Perfect for first-time visitors to Russia, the Red Arrow train travels overnight between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Explore these two iconic cities in detail on our Moscow and St. Petersburg tour. Walk across the Red Square and visit the Kremlin in Moscow. See the artwork in the world Famous Hermitage Museum and the many historic buildings of St. Petersburg, including the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. If you are able, we recommend you climb the 300 steps up the cathedral’s colonnade and enjoy the magnificent views across the city.

2. Explore the Balkans

Discover some of Europe’s newest countries by travelling by rail through some of the Balkans most inspiring scenery. Our Balkans Rail Adventure includes travel by local train on the Bar to Belgrade line, one of the most stunning rail trips in Europe. The backdrop is a mixture of gorges, canyons and snow-capped mountains as you ascend and descend following the natural topography of the land.

3. European capitals from Budapest to Prague

Travel between the historic cities of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague by a combination of rail and road. Walk through the cobbled streets and admire the medieval buildings in the Budapest. Drink a coffee in a trendy café in one of the numerous medieval squares in Bratislava, Slovakia. Take a walking tour of Vienna passing the Karlplatz, Heros Square, the Imperial Palace complex, St Stephen's Church and the Opera to name a few. And see the handsome Charles Bridge over the Vltava River in Prague. Get under the skin of these historic cities on our Budapest to Prague Adventure.

What to expect on a rail journey in Europe

How much activity is there on a rail tour in Europe?
Our rail tours in Europe are graded as Moderate or Full-On. Moderate tours are ideal if you want a holiday that combines exciting activities and experiences with plenty of time to relax and unwind. Full On tours are great for people who like their holidays packed with activities and experiences. These tours move quickly from place to place with some early starts and long days. 

What is the accommodation like on a rail journey in Europe?
Most of the accommodation on our rail journeys in Europe are comfortable hotels. On some of our rail journeys we spend a night on an overnight sleeper train. These are a great way to travel between cities without losing a precious day. Accommodation is basic, but clean and comfortable - and we think the experience makes it more than worthwhile.

Will we only be travelling by train on a rail tour of Europe?
To make sure you get the most out of your experience, we choose transport that is best suited to the local area you are traveling in. For our rail tours of Europe this is mainly train or bus. Depending on the tour, we sometimes travel by boat, ferry, public bus or taxi.

How many people will be traveling on a rail holiday in Europe?
Our average tour group size for a rail holiday in Europe is just 11 people. We have found this to be the perfect number for meeting likeminded people whilst being small enough to get to the heart of our destinations. The group size will vary for each trip. 

What will the group be like on a rail journey in Europe? 
As with any holiday group, every one is different, so it’s impossible to tell, but an ‘average’ group consists of roughly half couples and half solo travelers. There's usually a real mix of ages, and typically half male and half female. If you'd like to know more about the group make up on a particular departure, speak to one of our sales consultants.