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May 21

Coronavirus Train Disruptions – Eastern Europe

By Edward | Coronavirus

Coronavirus Train Disruptions - Eastern Europe

Both Ukraine and Russia have lost control of coronavirus. The train disruptions are sweeping. 

While Russia seemed unfazed at first, it is now the worst-hit European country and myriad trains have been cancelled. 

The lights are going out in Ukraine. Several towns are in quarantine.

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Russia - coronavirus train disruptions

🇷🇺

Face masks seem to be urged, but not compulsory on Russian trains. Social distancing distance is not defined, but a maximum distance is encouraged.

Russia border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
Closed
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus
  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Georgia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mongolia
  • China
  • North Korea


International Services

All international services have been cancelled. Trains to Kaliningrad pass through Lithuania and Belarus without stopping. Trains that cross Kazakhstan via Petropavlovsk also pass through without stopping.

National Services

National services suffering badly. New social distancing measures are in place - essentially no train can be filled more than 50%.

  • In platskart only three passengers are placed per section (not six)
  • In kupé at most two passengers may be placed (not four)
  • in seated cars only window seats are sold.
Russia Social Distancing

How seats are allocated on Russian trains under social distancing

Here is the link to RZD's covid page.  The Russian version is more up to date than the English version. Many daily trains now run every other day. Some trains have been utterly cancelled. It seems Russia is trying to get the infections down before the New Year holidays. 

Refund policies

Tickets for cancelled trains can be returned and fully reimbursed. On cancelled domestic passengers are offered an alternate train/date or full reimbursement. 

Updated: 8th December. Outlook: stable

Ukraine - coronavirus train disruptions

🇺🇦

Face masks are compulsory in Ukrainian public transport. Social distancing distance is 1.5 m.

Ukraine border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
Closed
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • Moldova
  • Belarus

International services

All international services are suspended until further notice. 

National Services

It seems that most trains are running. Ukrainian Railways are laying on extra trains for the New Year holidays. 

Refund policies

All tickets are reimbursed free of charge.

Updated: 8th December. Outlook: stable

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May 21

Coronavirus Train Disruptions – Southern Europe

By Edward | Coronavirus

Coronavirus Train Disruptions - Southern Europe

Southern Europe is very much in the grips of a nasty second wave. And this time the Balkans are badly hit too. 

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Italy - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇮🇹

Face-masks are mandatory on all Italian trains. It seems you also need to wear disposable gloves. Social distancing distance is 1 m.

Italy border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Austria
Closed
  • Slovenia

Italy has gone back into a nasty lockdown. Travel is severely restricted. 

International Services

International services are suffering again.

  • Swiss local trains reach Domodossola. 
  • Thello services to Nice and Marseille are running
  • TILO regional services between Ticino and Lombardy are running at half their normal rate
  • Services from Vienna to Venice cancelled
  • Nightjets still running. Private compartments are mandatory.
  • Eurocity services from Switzerland to Italy mostly cancelled
  • The Thello night train from Venice to Paris remains cancelled.

National Services

Presumably to ease contact tracing, all LeFrecce, Intercity and Eurocity tickets are now personalised. That is, with your name and for your use only.

From what I can tell, Trenitalia seems to be running all its trains.

On regional trains, only 50% load is recommended. Dunno what that is supposed to mean.

Italo is running at the moment, but at a reduced rate. I found one daily train between Venezia Santa Lucia and Roma Termini. I do hope they survive. Here is their timetable in full:

Rules of train travel on Trenitalia

Refund policies

Trenitalia refunds all tickets fully. Long and medium distance tickets are reimbursed as a voucher, local tickets are reimbursed in cash.

Italo reimburses you with a voucher that can be used for up to a year.

Click here for all the Trenitalia details.

Updated: 26th November. Outlook: getting worse

Spain - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇪🇸

Spain border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
  • France
Closed
  • Portugal

Face masks (mascarillas) are mandatory in all Spanish trains. Social distancing distance is 2 m. 

International Services

Services to France are running.

Services between Portugal and Spain remain suspended.

National Services

There is much less about coronavirus on the Spanish Railways' website, Renfe.com. Random queries come up with a lot of trains. I assume most trains are running, but not all seats sold.

There are 15 trains daily between Madrid and Barcelona on my last check.

Refund policies

Spain has reintroduced the state of emergency and all tickets can be exchanged free of charge. Spain-France: all tickets exchangeable at short notice up until 4th January 2021.

Updated: 26th November. Outlook: stable

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Portugal - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇵🇹

Face masks are obligatory in Portugal. The social distancing distance is 2 m.

Portugal border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
Closed
  • Spain

International services

All international services suspended.

National services

Local and regional services are mostly running.

Alfa Pendular and Intercity services are severely reduced and running to this schedule here

Here is CP's coronavirus page.

Refund policies

Refund policies are as usual.

Updated: 26th November. Outlook: stable

Bulgaria - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇧🇬

Face masks are mandatory on all Bulgarian trains. Social distancing distance is 1 m. 

Bulgaria border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
  • Serbia
  • Romania
Closed
  • North Macedonia
  • Greece
  • Turkey


Here is BDZ's live timetable. I've set the link to show you the departures from Ruse, Bulgaria's northern frontier. 

International services

International services, such as are scheduled in autumn, are running.

Services to Turkey and Greece remain suspended indefinitely

National Services

All domestic services are running. In sleepers, only single berths are being sold.

Refund policies

Refund policies are unchanged. BDZ assume no liability if you are prevented from making your journey.

Updated: 26th November. Outlook: stable

Greece - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇬🇷

Face masks are mandatory on Greek trains and the social distancing distance is 2 m.

Greece border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
Closed
  • Bulgaria
  • North Macedonia
  • Turkey

International services

All international services are suspended.

National Services

National services seem to be running normally.

Only half the seats are being sold and all windows are unlocked to increase ventilation (yay! open windows!)

Here is a nice video showing what Trainose does for your safety.


Refund policies

I can't find them. As the first shock waves have passed, reimbursement has become less of an issue, I assume.

Updated: 26th November. Outlook: stable


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May 21

Coronavirus Train Travel – Western Europe

By Edward | Coronavirus

This photo shows an empty LNER Azuma and is courtesy of my LNER colleague, train manager Peter Strong. #railwayfamily. Thank you very much!

Coronavirus Train Disruptions - Western Europe

The second (or is it third) coming of Covid hasn't thrown the trains as badly as the first wave did. However, in England a new strain of Covid has emerged, grinding Eurostar to a halt.

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Great Britain - Coronavirus  train travel🇬🇧

Face masks are now mandatory on trains in the whole of the UK. Social distancing distance is 1 metre. Fine for not wearing a mask: up to 6,400 GBP

GB border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
Closed
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands

Britain is in lockdown. Since 5th of November much is closed again, and this is likely to affect train services. Recently they invented a new, stricter tier for London and the south east.

Eurostar

Face-masks are mandatory on Eurostar trains and at Eurostar stations. You won't be let onto the train without something covering your nose and mouth. 
  • There are NO TRAINS from England to the continent
  • Only the Paris Eurostar is running, transporting INCOMING passengers ONLY.


Before arriving in the UK you need to complete the passenger locator form. Here is the link to this British government form: 

Returning to England from France, Belgium or the Netherlands, you have to self-isolate for 14 days.

National Services

All franchises have been scrapped, putting the railways under state control.

Almost all trains are running normally. According to National Rail, during peak times more trains are running, to aid social distancing... somehow I doubt that there is much wriggle room for this, but anyway.

  • Open access operators Hull Trains and Grand Central are suspended until at least 2nd December.
  • Avanti West Coast is cutting one third of its services
  • Most other operators are running to reduced schedules.
  • Here is that list in full


Updated: 22nd December. Outlook: getting worse

The Netherlands - coronavirus train travel

🇳🇱

Face-masks (mondkapjes) are mandatory on all Dutch trains. Social distancing distance is 1.5 metres.

Netherlands border situation

Open
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • France
Closed
  • England

International services

Thalys has already laid waste to its timetables. 

IC Brussel has running to its normal schedule.

ICEs to Germany are all running to their normal schedule. 

The IC to Berlin is running to its normal schedule.

NO EUROSTARS to England.

Local cross border services

All local cross border services are running.

National Services

On 13th December the new timetable came into force, in the Netherlands as everywhere else. All trains are running. You are advised to

  • Avoid crowds and the rush hour.
  • wear your mondkapje on trains, at stations and on the platforms

Many thanks to Thierry and Gerben for writing in with all the details!

You can now register your trip in advance with the Treinwijzer. This helps you to see if your train is likely to be crowded. You can find out more about this here

Updated: 22nd December. Outlook: getting worse

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Belgium - coronavirus train travel

🇧🇪

Face-masks are mandatory on all trains. Social distancing distance: 1,5 m.

Belgium border situation

Open
  • The Netherlands
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Germany

Closed

  • England

Eurostar


Before arriving in the UK you need to complete the passenger locator form. Here is the link to this British government form:

THERE ARE NO EUROSTARS RUNNING.

International services

If you travel to France, make sure you have this form on you.

  • Thalys has reduced its service drastically
  • ICEs to Germany are running to schedule.
  • IC Brussel is running to schedule
  • The Nightjet to Vienna is cancelled until spring

National Services

National services are suffering now.  SNCB/NMBS have an app dedicated to helping you avoid crowded trains. Various services are reduced in frequency. Click here to have a look.

Here is SNCB/NMBS's corona page.

Updated: 22nd December. Outlook: getting worse

France - coronavirus train travel

🇫🇷

France has reintroduced a pretty strict lockdown, including curfews. You need a self-declaration with you in writing stating why you are out and about.

Face-masks are mandatory on all French public transport. Social distancing distance is 1 m.  

France border situation


Open
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Italy
  • Spain
Closed
  • England


International Services

  • TGV and ICE services from Paris to Germany are drastically reduced
  • TGV Lyria services to Switzerland are drastically reduced
  • There is one daily Eurostar to London, departing at 15:13 from Gâre du Nord. NO TRAINS FROM ENGLAND TO FRANCE.
  • Here is the link to Eurostar's updates
  • Thalys has drastically reduced services to Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne/Essen
  • Here is the link to Thalys's timetable updates.
  • The Paris-Moscow and Nice-Moscow trains remain cancelled.
  • The Thello to Venice remains cancelled.
  • Services to Spain continue to run.

National Services

All TGVs and Intercités are running. For TERs, check on SNCF.com after 17:00 for the next day.

If you train goes after 20:00 or before 06:00 you need a cast-iron excuse in writing. Telecharge your form here.

Here is SNCF's covid page. (French. English version is error 404)

Dining car services (such as they were) are all suspended.

RER and Transilien are running, mostly.

Check to see if your train is running up to 3 days in advance by visiting sncf.com and entering your train number.

French Covid safety

Those French Covid protection measures in full

Ticket flexibility

Currently you can reserve an optional train and pay later, or change or cancel your tickets and reservations at your discretion. You can mess around with SNCF to your heart's content up until 4th January 2021. From the 5th of January you have to change your plans at 3 days notice.

Those affected by OUIGO cancellations will get their money back automatically within three days.

TER tickets issued on paper can be returned to the SNCF boutiques up to 60 days after curfew has been lifted.

Updated: 22nd December. Outlook: getting worse. Fine for not wearing a mask: €135 for first-time offenders.

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Sweden - coronavirus train travel

🇸🇪

No face masks necessary. Social distancing distance is not defined. 

Sweden border status


Open
Closed
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Denmark

Sweden has been getting lots of stick for its relatively low-key handling of the pandemic. Norway and Finland are watching their borders with Sweden closely.

My faithful reader Niklas has written in from Sweden. Thank you, Niklas, for sending me the Swedish situation.

International services

NO TRAINS to 

  • Germany
  • Norway.
  • Denmark

There is an hourly service across the Öresund bridge. Denmark has closed its borders to all but Danish residents or people working in Denmark.

Norway quarantines ANYONE arriving in Norway for 14 days. All SJ trains to Norway remain cancelled.

National Services

The whole network is running, though SJ has reduced the frequency of its trains.

Here is SJ's covid page.

As of November 2020, SJ has limited seat reservations yet further, so that if you book a window seat, the aisle seat is definitely empty. 

Certain local services are without reservations. Here is a list of trains expected to be crowded, so you can avoid them (or not).

MTRX's Stockholm-Göteborg service continues to run. MTRX guarantee all passengers an empty seat next to them to aid social distancing. MTRX also provide every passenger with a complementary mask.

Snälltåget is running most of its trains again, sells only window seats and offers private compartments. If you want to visit the pub (their restaurant car) you need to reserve in advance.

Ticket flexibility

All operators have relaxed their refund policies. Non-flexible tickets have been made more flexible.

MTRX and Snälltåget refund non-flexible tickets as vouchers.

Updated: 22nd December. Outlook: stable

Norway 🇳🇴

Face-masks are not mandatory in Norway. They are only urged if you can't keep the social distancing distance, which is 1 m. 

Norway border status


Open
Closed
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Russia

Kristian has written in with the details for Norway and helped me immensely by putting it all in one place for me. Tusen takk! 

Norway is coming down hard on all people entering the country. It wants to become the New Zealand of Europe. You need to come to Norway with a fresh (negative) covid test. Anyone not resident then goes for a 10-day covid-sojourn at a government-stipulated hotel at their own expense (5000 NOK, c. €500).

International services

All international services are suspended.

National Services

Refund policies

Refund policies have been relaxed to a certain extent to allow extra flexibility.

Updated: 22nd December. Outlook: stable

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May 21

Coronavirus Train Disruptions – Central Europe

By Edward | Coronavirus

This picture shows an empty DB Intercity. Courtesy of my friend and colleague Zugführer Martin Pavlík. Thank you!

Europe's trains during Coronavirus - Central Europe

While Central Europe fared well in the first wave, this time it is different. Czechia is completely out of control, Germany is desperately bidding to get the upper hand again while Poland has even more cases.

Germany - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇩🇪

Face-masks are mandatory on all German trains. Social distancing distance is 1.5 m. No fine for not wearing a mask, but you will be made to get off.

Germany border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Though border checks are still in place, you are allowed to travel again.

Open
  • Czechia
  • The Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Poland
Closed

Important: If you enter Germany from what Germany considers a risk-area (say, Île de France, or parts of Romania) you need to fill out this form. Then you need to go into quarantine for 14 days. You can find the German list of risk-areas here. As of 5th November almost everywhere is a risk area.

International Services

Most international services are still running, but are beginning to suffer.

  • The Russian Railways service to Berlin and Paris remains cancelled
  • The sleepers and couchettes on the EN 463/462 Munich-Budapest have been cancelled again. Only seat cars going.
  • Only two daily direct services to Paris.
  • One daily EC from Munich to Verona via Innsbruck. Leaves Munich 13:33, arrives Innsbruck 15:24 and Verona Porta Nuova 18:58. Other direction leaves Verona 11:01, reaching Innsbruck 14:40 and Munich 16:26.


Corona trains

EN 463 from Munich to Budapest, 23rd April. Courtesy of my friend Martin Pavlík.

Local cross border services

All local cross-border services are running.

Domestic Services

  • Deutsche Bahn are currently running all their mainline trains. 
  • Local services are running normally.
  • The DB lounges have reopened but are not serving drinks or food.
  • Restaurant cars are closed.
  • Flixtrains are cancelled and the FlixMobility boss is in newspapers whining that DB should cancel its trains as well. Poor man.
  • The ALPEN-SYLT Nachtexpress has cancelled its winter services.

Refund policies

Standard rules apply. Beware of the SuperSparpreis: it explicitly rules out any reimbursement, even in the event of full lockdown.

Updated: 30th December. Outlook: getting worse

Switzerland - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇨🇭

Face-masks are mandatory. Social distancing distance is 2 m. 

Switzerland border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open

  • Germany
  • France
  • Austria
  • Italy

Closed


International services

Most International trains are running.

  • TGV Lyria service between France and Switzerland reduced drastically (one a day, except to Geneva with two daily services)
  • Nightjets to Vienna and Graz are running
  • Trains to Italy are drastically reduced. Most services terminating at the Swiss border. Simplon services end at Brig.
  • Railjets and Eurocitys to Austria are running
  • Nightjets to Germany are cancelled
  • Euronights to Czechia cancelled
  • Euronights to Budapest is running, albeit with only seating cars
  • Euronight to Zagreb and Belgrade running


Local cross border services

France: The Léman express is running normally. Services between Neuchâtel, Portiers and Frasne are cancelled till 30th November.

Italy: Tilo services are running, but half the S50 trains between Varese and Milano Malpensa are cancelled. 

Germany: Services running normally.

Austria: all local cross border services running normally.

National services

All day trains running. Various late night services are cancelled.

As of 22nd December the restaurant cars are closed.

Click here for SBB's updates

Updated: 30th December. Outlook: stable.

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Austria - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇦🇹

In Austria, face-masks are mandatory on ALL public transport. Social distancing distance is 1 m.

Austria border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Czechia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Italy
Closed
  • Hungary (open only to Hungarians)

International Services

International services are starting to suffer:

  • Railjets to Venezia Santa Lucia terminate at Villach
  • One daily EC from Munich to Verona via Innsbruck. Leaves Munich 13:33, arrives Innsbruck 15:24 and Verona Porta Nuova 18:58. Other direction leaves Verona 11:01, reaching Innsbruck 14:40 and Munich 16:26.
  • Download and fill out this form to enter Italy
  • IC 336 has been shortened and is running only between Linz and České Budějovice.
  • The Russian Railways' Moscow-Nice service has yet to be reinstated
  • Hungarian Railways MÁV have taken their sleepers and couchettes out of service again.
  • International services to Hungary are scaled back due to draconian measures in Hungary.
  • The IC 44/45 Vienna to Košice and 143/144 Cluj Napoca/Satu Mare are cancelled until further notice.
EuroNight 462

One of the very few international trains that ran throughout lockdown: EuroNight 463/462 "Kálmán Imre"


Local cross border services

All local cross-border services to all border countries are running. That includes the Micotra service from Villach to Udine and Trieste.

National services

Mainline and local services are running normally.

Click here for more details.

WESTbahn are running every hour between Vienna and Salzburg.

WESTbahn and ÖBB recognise each others' tickets again. This agreement has been extended till 7th February 2021.

Updated: 30th December. Outlook: stable

Poland - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇵🇱

Face-masks are mandatory on all Polish public transport. Social distancing distance is 1 m.

Poland border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
  • Germany
  • Czechia
  • Slovakia
Closed
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus
  • Russia

International Services

International services to Germany, Czechia and Slovakia are running again. As yet there is nothing going to Ukraine, Belarus or Russia.

National Services

National services are beginning to be scaled back. Only 50% of seats are available for sale.

Refund policies

Tickets bought for cancelled trains can be returned free of charge or used on other services. I assume some form of new reservation will have to be made.

Updated: 30th December. Outlook: stable

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Czechia - coronavirus rail disruptions

 🇨🇿

Face-masks were reintroduced on 1st September and are mandatory on public transport throughout Czechia. Social distancing distance is 1.5 m.

Czechia border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
  • Germany
  • Slovakia
  • Austria
  • Slovakia
  • Poland
Closed

Czechia had returned to normal, but some restrictions are creeping in.

International Services

International services are still running

  • Trains from Prague to Berlin are running
  • Regiojet is going to Slovakia
  • Services to Austria running
  • Day services to Poland running
  • Night trains to Slovakia are running
  • Night trains to Hungary are suspended
  • RegioJet services to Slovakia are running

National Services

České Dráhy: Domestic services are seriously impacted now.

Here is a map of all České Dráhy services from 13th December.

RegioJet have adjusted their reservation system to ensure that there is enough space between travellers. Disinfectant soap is guaranteed in all loos. Free water now only in 1st class. RegioJet continues to serve Slovakia.

Leo Express appears to be running to schedule.

Refund policies

Standard refund policies apply.

Updated: 30th December. Outlook: getting worse

Slovakia - coronavirus rail disruptions

🇸🇰

Slovakia border status

Here you can see which borders you can cross by train. Restrictions may apply. Be sure to check these.

Open
  • Austria
  • Czechia
  • Poland
Closed
  • Hungary
  • Ukraine

Face-masks are mandatory on Slovak public transport. Social distancing distance is 2 m.

International Services

  • International services (ZSSK and RegioJet) to Czechia are reduced, but running.
  • Most services to Austria running
  • Hungary and Ukraine are closed 
  • Night trains to Czechia running
  • The IC 44/45 Košice-Bratislava-Vienna is cancelled
  • Here is ZSSK's coronavirus page:

National Services

ZSSK, Slovakia's national operator is running most of its schedule.

Ticket offices have been closed.

Night trains are running.

Restaurant cars are closed. Trains that did have a restaurant car now have a minibar in coach number 2.

Here is that timetable in full.

Since 1st April, free travel for students has been suspended. Everyone is urged to pay for tickets contactless.

Time for a video:

Refund policies

Standard refund policies apply.

Updated: 30th December. Outlook: stable

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Mar 19

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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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.
  2. 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.
  2. Many local border- and cross-border services are still running, in spite of coronavirus. Theoretically you could still get quite far.
  3. Borders within the EU remain open, though Hungary is letting only Hungarians and Hungarian residents in.
  4. 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.

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