What happens if I miss my connecting train?
Missed trains connections are always possible due to delays, cancellations or just bad luck. Here's a few things to think about:
Before you travel
- Make sure you have enough time to begin with. Check all the connecting trains and give yourself some extra time to make the changes.
- Make sure that you have a travel insurance that include missed connections due to things out of your own control.
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.
- Save all documentation and tickets, you'll need them later to make a claim.
- Ask the ticket inspector to validate your tickets as evidence of the delay.
- When arriving at the next station ask the staff on what to do next.
Long distance train trips
If you have multiple connecting trains and your first train is delayed, your whole journey might be affected. Remember that if you have to buy new tickets or accommodation as an effect of the delay, save all receipts for your travel insurer.