What happens if I miss my connecting train?
Missed trains connections can happen, but no need to panic. If we plan our trips well, a potential delay is not that big of a problem. Here are a few things to think about:
Before you travel
- Plan trips that can handle a bit of delay. If you're switching trains, perhaps to jump on a night train, you should always have extra time so that you don't miss your connection if you're running late.
- Consider getting additional travel insurance. If a train is canceled or you miss a connection, you might need to get new tickets if you're unlucky. Travel insurances can cover this extra cost.
If you've missed your train
International rail travel is protected by the CIV rules - which means you're usually allowed to travel on the next available train free of charge.
- Always save your tickets. You might need them later.
- Ask the ticket inspector to validate your tickets as evidence of the delay.
- When arriving at the next station, ask the station staff what to do next.
- If you need to buy new tickets, save all receipts so that you can later show them to your travel insurer when making a claim.