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