Winter train timetable changes 2018

The winter train timetable for 2018/2019 launches on Sunday 9 December. This article contains dates for when each rail operator will start selling tickets beyond that date. We update this article with new information as we receive it.

When will booking open?

The European train timetable usually changes on the second Sunday in June and the second Sunday in December. For several months before the change, while the timetable is revised and compiled, the booking horizon, which determines how far in advance you can book, is reduced.

This year's timetable amendment takes place on  Sunday 9 December 2018. If you search for trains on or after 9 December and don't get results, you will be invited to set a booking alert so that you are notified once booking opens. See Setting up or managing booking alerts for more information.

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SNCF (France)

Domestic SNCF train tickets in France are usually available to book 3 months (3 calendar months) in advance. For international services from France, see the individual operator information below.

  • From Thursday 11 October 2018 it should be possible to book trains up to January 2019.
  • Beyond those dates, booking will be possible to book up to 3 months in advance.

TGV Lyria (France-Switzerland)

International services from France to Switzerland are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

  • TGV Lyria sales will open on Thursday 11 October for travel up to February 2019.
  • Beyond that date, booking will be possible to book up to 4 months in advance.

TGV Alleo (France-Germany)

International services from France to Germany are usually available to book 6 months (180 days) in advance.

  • TGV Alleo sales open on Thursday 11 October for travel up to February 2018.
  • Beyond that date, booking will be possible to book up to 4 months in advance.

TGV France-Italy

International TGV services from France to Italy are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

  • TGV France-Italy sales open on Thursday 11 October for travel up to February 2018.
  • Beyond that date, booking will be possible to book up to 4 months in advance.

Thello (France-Italy)

International trains between France and Italy operated by Thello are usually available to book 4 months (120 days) in advance.

We don't currently have any information about Thello services.

Renfe-SNCF (France-Spain)

International trains between France and Spain (Renfe-SNCF) are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

  • Renfe-SNCF trains should open in 11 October for travel through 10 March 2019.
  • Beyond that date, booking will be possible to book up to 119 days in advance.

Deutsche Bahn (Germany)

Most Deutsche Bahn tickets, including international Sparpreis tickets, are usually available to book 180 days in advance.

  • Deutsche Bahn sales will open on Tuesday 16 October for travel up to mid-April 2019.
  • Beyond that date, booking will be possible to book up to 180 days in advance.
  • Some international routes that include Deutsche Bahn, e.g. Germany - Prague, may not be available until 91 days before travel. If you search for trains and find no results, you'll be invited to set up a booking alert which will notify you once booking opens.

Eurostar (UK-France, Belgium)

Eurostar tickets are usually available to book 6 months (180 days) in advance. This includes inter-capital routes, London-Paris/Brussels and Lille. Direct services such as London-Lyon/Avignon may be available further in advance.

  • Eurostar's "French Connection" through-fares that combine Eurostar and TGV will open alongside the SNCF high-speed network on Thursday 11 October. 
  • Eurostar direct ski trains are already open for sale for the 2018/19 ski season. 
  • Direct trains to Disneyland Paris can be booked through 14 August 2019.
  • Eurostar's direct services to Paris/Brussels are not affected by the winter timetable and are open for sale 180 days in advance, as usual.
  • Eurostar's direct service to Lyon (including Avignon and Marseille) is not running from September 2018 until Spring 2019 

Renfe (Spain)

Renfe is largely unpredictable, with the booking window almost impossible to pin down.

  • Booking is often delayed around the timetable change and it's likely that some services will open earlier than others.
  • If you search for trains and find no results, you'll be invited to set up a booking alert which will notify you once booking opens.
  • If you search for trains and find some results, but not the train you were hoping for, you can contact us. We can set up a search check for a specific train number and notify you once booking opens.

Thalys (France-Belgium-Netherlands)

Thalys tickets are usually available to book 3-4 months in advance.

  • Thalys trains are not expected to be affected by the timetable change, and are usually available to book 3 - 4 months in advance. 
  • After 9 December, the Lille - Amsterdam service will no longer run; additional services from Paris will be added. 

Trenitalia (Italy)

Italian trains are released in batches and somewhat unpredictably.

  • Many trains within Italy are already available to book until January 2019. 
  • Booking is often delayed around the timetable changes and it's likely that some services opening earlier than others. 
  • If you search for trains and find no results, you'll be invited to set up a booking alert so that you are notified once booking opens.
  • If you search for trains and find some results, but not the train you were hoping for, you can contact us. We can set up a search check for a specific train and notify you once booking opens.

NTV Italo (Italy)

Italo trains in Italy are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

  • Many trains within Italy are already available to book until January 2019. 
  • If you search for trains and find no results, you'll be invited to set up a booking alert so that you are notified once booking opens.
  • If you search for trains and find some results, but not the train you were hoping for (for instance an Italo service, rather than a Trenitalia service), you can contact us. We can set up a search check for a specific train and notify you once booking opens.

United Kingdom

Trains in the UK can usually be booked 84 days (12 weeks) in advance.

  • The timetable change usually has little impact on booking trains in the UK.
  • If booking isn't open for your preferred dates, we recommend setting up an alert so that you are notified once booking opens.

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