Winter train timetable changes 2017

The winter train timetable for 2017 launches on Sunday 10 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 is expected to take on Sunday 10 December 2017.

If you search for trains on or after 10 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.

Choose a rail operator


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.

We expect SNCF sales for most trains to open on Thursday 12 October for travel from 10 December. TBC

TGV Lyria (France-Switzerland)

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

We expect TGV Lyria sales to open on Thursday 12 October for travel from 10 December. TBC

TGV Alleo (France-Germany)

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

We expect TGV Alleo sales to open on Thursday 12 October for travel from 10 December. TBC

TGV France-Italy

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

We expect TGV France-Italy sales to open on Thursday 12 October for travel from 10 December. TBC

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.

We expect Renfe-SNCF sales to open on Thursday 12 October for travel from Sunday 10 December. TBC

Deutsche Bahn (Germany)

Deutsche Bahn tickets, including international Sparpreis tickets are usually available to book 91 days in advance.

We expect Deutsche Bahn sales to open mid- October for travel from Sunday 10 December. 

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.

  • Tickets for trips between 10 December and 5 January 2018 go on sale on 11 July 2017.
  • Eurostar's "French Connection" through-fares that combine Eurostar and TGV are expected to open with the SNCF high-speed network on Thursday 12 October. TBC
  • Eurostar direct ski trains are expected to opened for sale on 19 July, for the 2017/18 ski season. 

Renfe (Spain)

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

  • Booking is often delayed around the timetable changes 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 4 months in advance.

  • Thalys trains are not expected to be affected by the timetable change. If you search for trains beyond 10 December and it fails, please contact us.

Trenitalia (Italy)

Italian trains are released in batches and somewhat unpredictably.

  • 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 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.

  • We are waiting for confirmation from the rail operator about when booking will open beyond 10 December
  • 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 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 very 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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