Who are we?
AERA are a UK trade association for European rail travel which has an expanding membership of agents, railways, and rail professionals. We also provide information and advice to the public about booking Europan rail and on European rail holidays. We act on behalf of our members and the public to enact change on a wide range of issues, from accessiblity, delays and compensation through to the preservation of night services and ongoing investment into rail infrastructure.
Continental Train Travel
Did you know that you could leave London in the early morning and be in Barcelona by the evening? Or leave Manchester at breakfast time and enjoy your evening meal in Frankfurt?
For longer journeys on the Continent there are still night trains in many countries – so lunch in London and breakfast next morning as you approach Vienna is a possibility.
Your journey may start in Scotland on the Caledonian Sleeper; or involve one leg by air or ferry, to be completed by train. It could also have the flexibility that comes with an Interrail pass.
On a business trip you probably want a fast journey with minimal changes and space to work – so Eurostar, Thalys, ICE and TGV are all high speed options – as far as for example, Spain and Italy. You may also want to reserve a seat or indeed a cabin on a night train.
On a leisure trip, however, you may prefer to go “the pretty way” – by normal Inter City train down the scenic Rhine Gorge, or tourist train over the classic Lotschberg or St Gotthard line rather than the new base tunnel.
How to find out about all this and book?
The expert travel companies in the Association of European Rail Agents will be pleased to help you.
You can find out more about each of them via this website.