Travel disruptions in Europe (2024)

It's important to know if there are disruptions or planned works on the tracks and stations that may affect your travel plans. Some railway companies offer dedicated pages with updates and detailed maps. Below you can find the details, per country. A few railway companies only offer this information in their own language. We've also included those links, as you may want to use a browser translation plugin to read the updates.

We do our best to keep the information on this page accurate and up-to-date. However, we cannot influence train disruptions or strikes, and there are occasions when a trade union cancels a planned strike action at the last minute without our knowledge.

Please take into account thetravel restrictionsbeing applied in some countries in Europe. Follow the updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects on train travel on this page.

UK: Rail strike from 4 to 9 April

The British National locomotive drivers' union, ASLEF, has announced strike action from 4th to 9th April that may cause train delays and cancellations on your rail journey within the UK.

Since the strike affects different rail operators on different dates, we recommend checking the strike announcement on theNational Rail websitefor more information.In addition to this, the affected rail operators will have an overtime ban in place from 4th to 6th April and from 8th to 9th April.

Please check theNational Rail timetableshortly before departing for your planned journey for up-to-date train schedules.

Delay compensation:Eurail travelers with an activated travel day on any of the affected strike dates may requestcompensation here.

Narvik, Norway to Abisko, Sweden rail route disrupted

The national railway carrier of Norway, VY, has announced that the rail route between Narvik in Norway and Abisko in Sweden is disrupted due to a previous derailment in Vassijaure in Sweden since December 2023.

The Swedish Transport Administration's latest forecast is that the track will not open for passenger traffic between Björnfjell – Björkliden at least until June. For details about replacement buses on the full route between Narvik –Björnfjell –Björkliden – Abisko and further, please read theVY disruption announcement.

We recommend checkingour timetableto plan your train journeys accordingly.

Italy: Benevento to Ariano Irpino route suspended due to landslide

Trenitalia, the Italian national rail carrier, has announced that traffic is suspended between Benevento and Ariano Irpino in Italy from 12 March due to a technical problem to the line caused by a landslide.High-speed and Intercity trains may experience route restrictions, cancellations, and bus substitutions on the affected routes with significant delays.

The main routes affected are:

  • Milan – Lecce
  • Rome – Bari
  • Naples – Bari

For the details on the routes disrupted and the bus substitutions offered, please read the Trentitalia traffic announcement(only in Italian). The carrier also recommends rescheduling your trip accordingly, if needed. Please check Trenitalia's timetable for up-to-date train times before departing for your planned journey.

The technicians are working on the site to allow the regular resumption of circulation and trafficis forecasted to be restored in 30 days or as soon as safety conditions are guaranteed.

Paris - Turin - Milan line closure due to landslide

The French national railways has announced that rail traffic between Modane and St-Michel-Valloire will be disrupted forthe time beingdue to a landslide that was reported in the French Alps on 27th August. This would impact train journeys on the route between Paris – Turin – Milan for the next several months. Read more about it on theSNCF website.

From 10th January, TGV trains will operate between Paris to Milan with a replacement bus from St Jean de Maurienne to Oulx after which passengers can continue their journey to Milan by train. The travel schedule including the replacement bus service with a slightly longer travel time will be updated on theEurail Timetableand can also be found on theSNCF timetable. Your reservations will be valid for the whole route, including the replacement bus service. For more information, see thisSNCF document.

If you're planning to travel on the impacted route before 10th January, we recommend using an alternative route via Zurich. Please note that the route from Paris – Zurich – Milan is currently facing a delay due to the closure of the Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland (check post below for more information).Please make sure to check theSBB timetableshortly before departure of your planned journeys for up-to-date information.

Train derailment in Swiss Gotthard tunnel on route Zurich – Milan

The Swiss National Railways has announced that a freight train derailment on 10th August in the Gotthard Base Tunnel located on the route between Zurich to Milan has caused severe track damage. SBB expects that the tunnel will only be available for passenger train travel from September 2024.

As a result, the direct international Eurocity train will now take the scenic route across the mountains instead of the tunnel, resulting in 1 hour longer travel times. For this reason, SBB recommends catching a 1-hour earlier train from Zurich/Basel so as to not miss any further connecting trains:

  • Eurocity Zurich/Basel – Milan

For all other international and domestic connections,there are direct trains every 30 minutes from Zurich to Lugano taking the scenic route instead of the tunnel. In Lugano or Chiasso, one can change trains for destinations such as Como and Milan. In addition, many local Trenord trains run from Lugano and Chiasso into Italy without requiring any seat reservations.

If you happened to miss your connecting train because of this disruption, please get a new seat reservation arranged locally at a train station in Lugano, Chiasso, or Italy.

Check theSBB timetablefor the most up-to-date traffic information.The Eurail timetable is up to date, but does not have real-time traffic information for last minute updates.

Norway: The line between Oslo & Trondheim is closed

Due to Storm Hans on the 23rd of August, the main railway line between Oslo and Trondheim is still closed. In short, abridge collapsed between Lillehammer and Dombås; therefore, normal traffic will not resume for the foreseeable future.

Some trains have been rerouted, affecting multiple railway lines, and replacement buses are servicing other routes.

Check out the temporary timetable that will be in place until the 9th of December.For detailed information, please checkSJ NorgeandEntur's website.

Please know that our timetable is up-to-date with static train times, but we advise you to check SJ Norge or Entur for real-time information.

Every country's national railway carrier maintains its own train disruptions page. Down below you will find an overview of all this information per country including the respective hyperlinks. Be aware that a number of these pages are only available in the country’s native language.

Austria

You can check the ongoing and planned works on the Austrian railway network via this page. Additionally, you can consult this map to see the current situation on the tracks.

Belgium

This pagecontains information onall the ongoing track disruptions andengineering worksin Belgium.

Bosnia-Herzegovina

You can follow updates of the Bosnian railway network ZFBH via this page.

Warning - disrupted international connections:

Croatia

It is possible to travel between Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia with a seasonal train connecting Sarajevo and Ploče. This train runs only in the summer and during weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

Trains to Zagreb and other parts of Croatia are suspended until further notice.

Serbia/Montenegro/Croatia

International trains between Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia are suspended until further notice. It is possible totravel to/from Bosnia Herzegovina to Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia by international bus. The tickets for such bus journeys are not covered by the Pass.

Bulgaria

You can check live updates on the Bulgarian rail network BDZ on this page.

Warning - disrupted international connections:

Greece/Serbia

International connections from Bulgaria to Greece and Serbia are suspended until further notice.

Turkey

The Sofia - Istanbul connection has resumed circulation on the 25th of April, 2022.

Available alternatives

There are different international buses connecting Bulgaria to neighbouring countries. Please notice these buses are not included in the Pass.

Croatia

You can find the details of all planned and ongoing railway works by Croatia's national railway company HZ onthis page.

Warning - disrupted international connections:

Bosnia Herzegovina

It is possible to travel between Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina with a seasonal train connecting Ploče and Sarajevo. This train runs only during weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) between July 1st and September 11th.

Trains from Zagreb and other parts of Croatia to Bosnia Herzegovina are suspended until further notice.

Serbia

Unfortunately, international trains connecting Croatia to Bosnia and Serbia are suspended until further notice. The available international buses serving these routes are not covered by the Pass.

Czech Republic

You can find details about both domestic and international disruptions affecting the Czech rail network onthis page. Unfortunately, this information is only available in Czech; we recommend contacting the Czech railways for more details if you're planning to travel on any of the affected routes.

Denmark

You can find details about both domestic and international disruptions onthis page. Unfortunately, this information is only available in Danish.

Estonia

You can check live updates on train times and replacement buses of the Estonian railway network (Elron) via this page.

Warning - disrupted international connections:

Latvia

When travelling between Estonia and Latvia by rail, it is necessary to change trains at the Valga border station.It is advised to check the timetables of both the Estonian and the Latvian Railways.

Finland

You can check the latest updates on the Finnish rail network via this page of their website.

France

You can find details about both domestic and international disruptions onthis page on the SNCF website. This information is only available in French.

Germany

The extensive German rail network is under constant maintenance and expansion. The German national railway company, Deutsche Bahn (DB), dedicates an entire section of their website to delays, track works and passenger rights. Unfortunately, this information is only available in German – for the maintenance/engineering works, you can check this page, while their online timetables have real-time updates on train delays/cancellations.

Great Britain

The National Rail website contains up to date information shared by the British railway companies. On this page you can see updates about current and future/planned disruptions and traffic status in general.

For the latest updates onEurostar trains and services, you can checkthis page.

Greece

You can follow updateson domestic railway lines of the Greek rail network by TrainOSE via this page.

Warning – disrupted international connections:

Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Turkey

International train connections from Greece to Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Turkey are suspended until further notice.

Available alternatives

You can still use a Global pass or a Greek Islands Pass to travel between Greece and Italy. More information can be found here.

Another option is totravel by international buses. The tickets for such bus journeys are not covered by the Pass.

Finally,Pass holders are entitled to a discount when traveling with some of our benefits partners on alternative ferry routes.

Hungary

Some of the Hungarian rail network, both international and domestic, is or will be affected by minor works on the tracks, which may cause some trains to run on modified schedules. The Hungarian railways share the details on this page(only in Hungarian).

Serbia

Because of construction works, direct international trains between Budapest and Belgrade are currently suspended until further notice. The alternative route is via Szeged, Subotica, and Novi Sad. Find timetables for trains in Serbiahereand trains from Hungary to Subotica in our online timetable.

Tips for using the timetable of Srbijavoz, the national railway company of Serbia:

  • Belgrade is spelled as Beograd
  • Search for journeys from Novi Sad to Beograd and from Subotica to Novi Sad separately on the timetable

Ireland

The Irish railway company (Irish Rail) shares updates about their planned engineering works and affected schedules on this page of their website.

Italy

While detailed information is only available in Italian, you can still check if your travel plans may be affected by planned works: onthis pageyou can find an overview per railway line and per region and onthis page, you can search for disruptions using either start and end dates and/or the region in which you will be traveling.

Latvia

You can follow updates by the Latvian railways viathis page.

Warning - disrupted international connections:

Estonia

When traveling between Latvia and Estonia by rail, it is necessary to change trains at the Valga border station.It is advised to check the timetables of both the Latvian and Estonian Railways.

Available alternatives

Discounted international ferries:

  • Latvia – Germany: Liepaja - Travemunde (Stena line,up to 30% discount)
  • Latvia – Sweden: Riga - Stockholm (Tallink Silja Oy Ferries,20-50% discount) 

Discounted international buses:

Pass holders are entitled to a discount on Lux Express buses, one of our benefit partners.

Lithuania

You can check the timetables and updates of the Lithuanian railway company LTG on this page.

Montenegro

You can check international timetables and updates of the Montenegrin railwaysŽPCG on this page.

Netherlands

The Dutch railway company (NS) shares up-to-date information about current disruptions and planned engineering and maintenance workon their lines via their website.

North Macedonia

All international traffic to and from North Macedonia is suspended until further notice. Unfortunately, no alternative options offer discounts to pass holders at the moment.

Norway

To see up-to-date information regarding current and planned work on the Norwegian railways, check this page of the official website of theNorwegian rail network owner (Bane NOR).

Poland

The Polish railway company (PKP Intercity) shares up-to-date information about current and planned disruptions on this page of their website.

Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP), the Portuguese national railway company, shares information on traffic changes and other news regarding train travel in Portugal through this page of their website.

Spain

Train traffic between Portugal and Spain is currently limited to the following options:

  • Porto - Vigo (two departures daily)
  • Lisboa - Badajoz (which requires a change of trains in Entroncamento)

Serbia

You can check timetables and updates by the Serbian railway companyŽS on this page.

Warning - disrupted international connections:

Romania/Bulgaria/North Macedonia/Bosnia/Croatia

International connections between Serbia and the above countries are currently suspended until further notice. There are international buses connecting Serbia to these neighbouring countries (unfortunately, not covered or discounted for Pass holders).

Hungary

Because of construction works, direct international trains between Budapest and Belgrade are currently suspended until further notice. The alternative route is via Szeged, Subotica, and Novi Sad. Find timetables for trains in Serbiahereand trains from Hungary to Subotica in our online timetable.

Tips for using thetimetable of Srbijavoz, the national railway company of Serbia:

  • Belgrade is spelled as Beograd
  • Search for journeys from Novi Sad to Beograd and from Subotica to Novi Sad separately on the timetable

Slovenia

You can see updates about current train delays or cancellations in Sloveniavia the official website of theSZ (in Slovenian only).

Spain

RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, dedicates this page (unfortunately not available in English) of their website to notices about disruptions and planned works.

Warning - limited international connections:

Portugal

Train traffic between Spain andPortugal is currently limited to the following options:

  • Vigo - Porto (two departures daily)
  • Badajoz -Lisboa (which requires a change of trains in Entroncamento)

Sweden

There are several instances of track maintenance and engineering works planned by the Swedish national railways (SJ). Onthis pageof their website you can find detailed information about current and upcoming track works.

Switzerland

SBB, the Swiss national railway company, shares all the latest updates on operations, disruptions, and delays affecting their rail network on this page of their website.

Turkey

You can check the disruption updates by the Turkish railways (TCDD) via this page.

Warning - potential disruptions due to the February 2023 earthquakes

Due to the devastating impact of the 2023 earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, we advise you to travel with caution if you intend to use your Eurail Pass to travel to central or southern Turkey on TCDD’s rail network for the foreseeable future.

General information

In Turkey, the central-southern part of the country was the worst hit. It is believed that a total of 1275 km of railway lines were seriously affected by the earthquake in the Kahramanmaraş region of central Turkey, including damage to 446 bridges, 6161 culverts, and 175 tunnels.

The railway track was twisted and damaged, particularly on the Toprakkale - Narlı, Narlı - Malatya, and Narlı - Gaziantep sections of the network, while ten substations providing electric power for rail lines are out of action.In addition, there are reports that part of the 25.5km Gaziray suburban commuter railway had collapsed.

Warning - disrupted international connections:

Bulgaria/Romania

The Istanbul - Sofia night train runs daily in both directions. During summer season, a daily night train also connects Istanbul with Bucharest.

Greece

International connections between Turkey and Greece are currently suspended until further notice.

Available alternatives

There are international buses connecting Turkey to Greece. Unfortunately, these buses are not covered or discounted for Pass holders.

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