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Europe’s Trains During Coronavirus

By Edward | Coronavirus

Europe’s Trains during the Coronavirus Pandemic

It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen again and start cataloguing the European rail disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there it is. The virus is resurgent and most countries are reentering lockdown.

As of 2nd November, rail services are beginning to suffer. Nightjets between Austria and Germany are being suspended. Private, open-access operators are already decimating or cancelling their services.

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Coronavirus Train Disruptions – Eastern Europe

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Coronavirus Train Disruptions – Southern Europe

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Coronavirus Train Travel – Western Europe

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Coronavirus Train Disruptions – Central Europe

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Europe’s trains during Coronavirus – what you need to know

    1. In the first wave of early 2020, coronavirus brought down almost all international train services.
  1. Due to the uncertainty around coronavirus travel restrictions, most operators relaxed their refund policies.

Europe’s trains during the Coronavirus pandemic – November 2020 Update

      1. As the second wave engulfs us, it will be interesting to see how it plays out on the trains.
    1. Many local border- and cross-border services are still running, in spite of coronavirus. Theoretically you could still get quite far.
    2. Borders within the EU remain open, though Hungary is letting only Hungarians and Hungarian residents in.

To make things easier for you, I’ve split this post into regions – Western Europe, Southern Europe, Central Europe and Eastern Europe.

Now what?

Well, I’m going to update this page weekly. Truth be told, I’m up for some distraction now.

  1. Why not have a look at my other posts and plan for better times
  2. Look at my coronavirus page, where I have all my coronavirus-writing in one place
  3. Join my free Rail Guide Europe club and get the password to my insider guides

For the time being,

  • Keep washing those hands for 30 seconds
  • Stay at home
  • Be kind
  • Be safe and be healthy.