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EuroCity Tickets

About the EuroCity train

The EuroCity, or EC for short, is a type of high-speed train used on Europe’s intercity rail network. Though similar to the InterCity train, the EC instead travels long-distance routes across international borders. Designed for comfort on extended trips, EuroCity coaches are also quite stylish. The EC is efficient too, making little to no stops along the way and reaching speeds of up to 200km/h.

Why choose EuroCity tickets?
  • More than 10 European countries currently use EuroCity train services.
  • EuroCity tickets give you access to several major cities, such as Berlin, Budapest, Geneva, Milan, Munich, Prague, Vienna and Zurich.
  • Most EC tickets come with a seat reservation.
  • Buying your ticket is as easy as 1-2-3. Just select your desired route and shortly after, you’ll receive your ticket either by email as a PDF file (which you can print out) or by home delivery.
Ticket fare options for travel

Because EuroCity trains are widely used in so many countries, you’ll find EuroCity tickets in a variety of formats. When booking your ticket, the following fares may be available:

  • Trenitalia Italy-Switzerland E-TICKET AND RESERVATION:
    Seat reservation is included.
  • Trenitalia Italy-Switzerland E-TICKET AND RESERVATION mini:
    Subject to limited availability, you can buy mini tickets at the first price level (the lowest) up until 21 days before the booked train's departure. The offer cannot be added on to other reductions in price for any reason (including those for children or groups). Seat reservation is included.
  • Trenitalia Italy-Switzerland E-TICKET AND RESERVATION Smart:
    Subject to limited availability, you can buy the Smart tickets up until 14 days before the booked train's departure. The offer cannot be added on to other reductions in price for any reason (including those for children or groups). Seat reservation is included.
  • Trenitalia Italy-Switzerland E-TICKET AND RESERVATION Smart2:
    Subject to limited availability, you can buy the Smart tickets up until 7 days before the booked train's departure. The offer cannot be added on to other reductions in price for any reason (including those for children or groups). Seat reservation is included.
  • Trenitalia E-ticket Super Economy Fare
    Pricing varies depending on time of booking and travel. Ticket exchanges or refunds are not permitted. These tickets are available in limited numbers. Seat reservation is included.
  • Trenitalia E-ticket Economy Fare
    Pricing varies depending on time of booking and travel. You have the flexibility to exchange your ticket, in Italy, for another date or time within the same category before your train's departure. Refunds are not permitted. These tickets are available in limited numbers. Seat reservation is included.
  • Trenitalia E-ticket Base Fare
    The base fare is not discounted and pricing varies depending on time of booking and travel. Refunds are permitted up to 1 day before departure (a cancellation fee applies). You also have the flexibility to exchange your ticket, in Italy, for another date or time within the same category before your train's departure or within 1 hour after departure. Seat reservation is included.
  • DB E-Ticket and Reservation Flexpreis
    Tickets can be exchanged or refunded prior to departure. Seat reservation is included.
  • DB E-Ticket and Reservation Sparpreis
    No exchanges or refunds are allowed with these tickets. Seat reservation is included.
  • Paper Ticket and Reservation
    E-tickets delivered as a physical ticket only. Refunds are not allowed. Seat reservation included.
  • TCV Paper Ticket Only
    Open paper ticket with no time restrictions. Refundable up to the day before the departure date (a cancellation fee applies). Non-refundable after departure. Seat reservation not included.
Discounts
  • With Trenitalia Italy-Switzerland e-tickets, children between 6 and 16 years of age receive a discount on the adult fare. Children under the age of 6 who do not occupy a seat travel for free. Groups of 6 to 49 people receive a special group discount on the adult fare.
  • With Trenitalia e-tickets, children between the ages of 4 and 12 receive a discount on the adult fare. Children under the age of 4 who do not occupy a seat travel for free.
  • With Deutsche Bahn (DB) e-tickets, children between the ages of 6 and 14 can travel for free when accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Children under the age of 6 travel for free.
  • With Paper Ticket and Reservation tickets, children between the ages of 4 and 11 are eligible for a reduced fare. Children under the age of 4 who do not require their own seat travel for free.
  • TCV Paper Ticket Only tickets are not discounted.
Rail passes

If you are looking to purchase more than one ticket, consider a rail pass instead, as it may be cheaper and provide more flexibility. Simply pick your region of travel, then choose the pass that suits you the most.

Railway companies offering EuroCity services

Several different railway companies use EuroCity trains as part of their front-line rolling stock. Depending on the travel route, the EC will either run the course non-stop or interchange with an affiliated train operator at some point along the way. Below are Europe’s leading EuroCity providers.

  • Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) (Austria)
  • Croatian Railways (HŽ) (Croatia)
  • Czech Railways (CD) (Czech Republic)
  • Danish State Railways (DSB) (Denmark)
  • Deutsche Bahn (DB) (Germany)
  • Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) (Hungary)
  • Polish State Railways (PKP) (Poland)
  • Railways of Slovak Republic (ŽSR) (Slovakia)
  • Slovenian Railways (SŽ) (Slovenia)
  • Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) (Switzerland)
  • Trenitalia (Italy)
Aboard the train

All EuroCity trains feature Standard and First Class coaches. Standard Class offers quality, comfortable seating plus a number of basic onboard services. First Class on the other hand, allows you to upgrade your travel experience with deluxe reclining seats in quieter, more relaxed atmosphere. Added First Class perks include at-seat power outlets and access to select VIP lounges.

Most EC trains provide at-seat food and drink catering and many are even equipped with a buffet, café or restaurant car. WiFi internet, quiet zones and family seating areas may be available on certain routes.

Luggage

Overhead racks and underseat spaces are used to keep smaller luggage, while designated storage areas on the train accommodate larger items.

Bicycles

Most trains allow passengers to carry their bicycle onboard for free as part of their luggage so long as it travels in an appropriate case. Reserving a space for your bike is possible on some trains and necessary on others.

Animals

Small dogs and pets can travel at no extra cost provided they remain inside a small travel carrier. Non-caged dogs that are leashed and muzzled are also permitted on the train, though a transportation fee applies. Guide dogs for the blind do not require a ticket and can travel free of charge.

Accessibility

Most Eurocity trains can facilitate passengers with reduced mobility and special needs. Travel assistance for wheelchair users must be booked at least 24 hours before the train departure time.