Tickets available on Loco2

We strive to be open and honest about the European train tickets you can buy on Loco2. We pride ourselves on being impartial and so we always offer straightforward how to find the best tickets, even if they aren't currently available via Loco2.

Loco2 has a direct connection to major rail operators in Western Europe, including ATOC in the United Kingdom, SNCF in France, Deutsche Bahn in Germany, Renfe in Spain and both Italo and Trenitalia in Italy. We've added new connections at a rate of one or more a year since launch, with more in the pipeline. You can read more about how we've got here in the Loco2 story, or read on for details of cheap ticket coverage for the countries and rail operators listed below.

There are so many places to book tickets that it can be very confusing, so the following list explains how Loco2 relates to other companies and websites.

Bahn.com is the website of the German national rail operator, Deutsche Bahn (DB). Loco2 has a direct connection to Deutsche Bahn so offers all domestic German tickets and international trains at the same price as booking direct. The only exception is City Night Line sleeper trains which we currently sell via our connection to Voyages SNCF-UK (see below). It may be possible to find a wider range of tickets for night trains from the Austrian rail operator ÖBB. See our guide to trains to Germany for inspiration.
Cd.cz is the website of České dráhy, the main railway operator in the Czech Republic. Loco2 does not have a direct connection to the Czech railways so domestic tickets, for journeys wholly within the Czech Republic, are usually cheaper if you book directly with the operator. International trains to/from Germany and the Czech Republic are available via our connection the Deutsche Bahn (DB) and are the same price as booking direct.
Cp.pt is the website of the Portuguese national rail operator, Comboios de Portugal (CP). It sells domestic train tickets in Portugal and some international services to/from Spain. Loco2 does not currently sell any domestic Portuguese tickets i.e. those wholly within Portugal, since we aren't able to make seat reservations online. However, we sell international tickets to/from Spain via our connection to the Spanish rail operator, Renfe. These are the same price as buying direct.
Eurostar.com sells tickets for "inter-capitals" services e.g. London to Paris/Brussels, direct Eurostar services to the south of France or the French Alps and Eurostar + TGV services, called "French Connection fares". All these tickets are available on Loco2 at the same price as booking directly with Eurostar. The only fare not available on Loco2 is the "Any Belgian station" tickets which includes Eurostar and IC trains in Belgium. Eurostar intend to run several daily direct Eurostars from London to Amsterdam, likely to start in late 2017. These will be available on Loco2. 
Idtgv.com and OuiGo sell tickets for iDTGV and OuiGo trains, two fleets of high-speed trains operated by SNCF on a few specific routes within France. Loco2 does not currently sell tickets for iDTGV or OuiGo. However, trains on all routes are available on board ordinary TGV and TGV Duplex trains which are available on Loco2, at the same price as buying direct. 
Italo.com is the website of Italo that operates high-speed trains between major cities in Italy, in competition with Trenitalia. Loco2 has a direct connection to Italo so has the same trains, tickets and prices as booking directly. See our guide to trains to Italy for inspiration.
Nationalrail.co.uk is run by ATOC, which represents all UK rail operators (e.g. Virgin, First Great Western). You can search for trains on the site, but it's not possible to buy tickets - you will be redirected to the relevant train operator to complete your purchase. Loco2 is connected to the same booking system and can sell all ticket types for all trains, including cheap "Advance" fares. Some operators occasionally discount their own Advance fares for promotions - these fares are not available on Loco2 or via any other third-party retailers (e.g. Trainline). Loco2 is not currently able to sell sleeper tickets for night trains in the UK. See our guide to trains to the United Kingdom for inspiration.
NS.nl is the website of the national operator in the Netherlands, which sells domestic tickets for the Dutch rail network and some international services such as Thalys. Loco2 sells tickets in the Netherlands via connections to Voyages SNCF-UK, Deutsche Bahn and Thalys which are the same price as booking directly. Some domestic (InterCity) tickets are also available as postal tickets from Loco2, and these are the same price as buying directly from the operator. Dutch InterCity trains are generally the same price bought in advance or on the day, since no prior reservation is necessary on the IC trains, so there's no difference. 
Raileurope.com sells tickets in US Dollars on behalf of SNCF in North America. In general, Loco2 offers the same trains and tickets, but prices will vary since their exchange rate tends to inflate prices. For this reason, it's usually cheaper to book with Loco2. Raileurope.com offers delivery of paper tickets to US addresses, which is not offered by Loco2.
Renfe.com is the website of Spain's national rail operator. Loco2 has a direct connection to Renfe so the tickets and prices are the same as buying direct from the operator.
For technical reasons there are a few fare types that that Loco2 cannot access. This includes "Mesa" fares (discounts for four people seated around a table); "Multi-ticket" discounts (designed for frequent travellers); and "con enlance" ("with connection") fares that bundle tickets on multi-leg journeys. See our guide to trains to Spain for inspiration.
Sbb.ch is the website of the Swiss Federal Railways, the national rail company of Switzerland. It is usually referred to by the German acronym SBB, but it sometimes referred to in French (CFF) or Italian (FFS). Loco2 sells international tickets to/from Switzerland via connections to Voyages SNCF-UK, Deutsche Bahn and Trenitalia but does not have a direct connection to SBB. International train tickets are the same price as booking direct. Some domestic (InterCity) tickets are also available as postal tickets from Loco2, and these are the same price as buying directly from the operator. Swiss InterCity trains are the same price bought in advance or on the day, since no prior reservation is necessary on the IC trains, so there's no difference. You'll likely find more choice on SBB.ch, or at the station on the day.   
B-europe.com is the website of SNCB, the national rail operator of Belgium. Loco2 sells many international trains to/from Belgium via connections to Voyages SNCF-UK, Eurostar, Deutsche Bahn and Thalys which are the same price as booking directly. Some domestic tickets for travel within Belgium are also available as postal tickets on Loco2, and these are the same price as buying directly from the operator. Belgian InterCity trains are the same price bought in advance or on the day, since no prior reservation is necessary on the IC trains, so there's no difference. You'll likely find more choice on B-europe, or at the station on the day.  
Thayls.com sells tickets on the high-speed line between Paris, Brussels, Cologne and Amsterdam. Loco2 sells Thalys tickets via our connection to Voyages-SNCF. Tickets are available at the same price as booking with Thalys directly.
Thello.com sells tickets for the night train between France and Italy, and a new Marseille-Milan daytime route. Loco2 offers tickets for all Thello routes via our connection to the Italian national rail operator, Trenitalia. Tickets are available at the same price as booking with Thello directly
Trainline.com (and Trainline.eu) is a private company owned by US private equity firm, KKR. The former is connected to the same ATOC booking system as Loco2 for UK train tickets, the latter links to similar European rail operator systems as Loco2. Loco2 has the same trains and tickets in the UK as Trainline.com, but does not charge a booking fee (except for credit cards) so is slightly cheaper. Other independent retailers in the UK similar to Trainline include Redspottedhanky, Raileasy and others.
Trenitalia.com is the website of the Italian national rail operator. Loco2 has a direct connection to Trenitalia so the tickets and prices are the same as buying direct from the operator. Tickets are available at the same price as booking with Trenitalia directly. See our guide to trains to Italy for inspiration.
Voyages-sncf.com Voyages-sncf.com is the main booking site of the French national rail operator, SNCF. Loco2 is connected to UK and French SNCF booking systems (Voyages SNCF-UK and Voyages-SNCF), so we have the same trains and tickets as the UK website, available in GBP or you can book direct from Voyages-SNCF in Euros according to your preference. Consequently, Loco2 has excellent coverage of the high-speed network, comprehensive coverage of local trains within France and international TGVs e.g. Paris-Milan or Paris- Zurich. Some tickets (IDTGV and OuiGo) are not currently available on Loco2. See our guide to trains to France for inspiration.

Additional discounts may be available for travellers who hold railcards. These are supported on Loco2, see  Using railcards on Loco2.

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