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Booking your train tickets in the UK with GoEuro – A Review

By on 14/06/2018

Making travel plans can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. I often find myself trying to compare different airfares and prices for bus and train tickets as well as the best routes – all this, going back and forth between multiple tabs. So how do you find the best prices and routes when travelling in Europe?

GoEuro is a nifty travel search engine and booking app that takes this hassle away. You can book flights, trains and buses with over 80,000 destinations across 12 European countries. This not only includes popular cities and airports, but also small towns and villages that are served by trains and coaches. But the best thing about it is that it will give you information about what the cheapest and also the fastest options are.

My favourite mode of transport has always been train travel, so if it’s possible, practical and I have the time, I try and travel by train whenever I can. There is something romantic about train travel, cruising through a country at high speed while you relax byreading, or listening to music or even by simply watching the world go by out of the window.

So with a trip from London to Wales coming up, I decided to put GoEuro to the test!

How GoEuro works

Starting your search is pretty simple. Enter the departure and destination points, date/s and number of people travelling, and hit ‘Search’. If you happen to have a discount rail card for any European countries, you can add the details here, before hitting ‘Search’.

You will get results for flights, train and coach tickets, with times, prices and route details, highlighting the fastest and the cheapest options. It also gives you details of the rail and coach companies and airlines.

As my preferred option was travelling by train, I dug a bit deeper. At the bottom of the screen I selected my departure time and the train ticket I wanted. The next screen gave me options for selecting the seating class, and different types of ticket with information about exchange and cancellation terms.

At this stage you can also bring up the route details from the top right corner.

If you are happy with the options given and this is the ticket for you, then you are ready to go ahead and book. It really is that simple.

After a very straightforward booking of a popular route, I also wanted to test a lesser known one. I needed to travel from Cardiff to Newtown in Mid Wales, and booking my ticket turned out to be really easy too. From the different options given I picked train travel again, as not only is it my preferred one, it was also the cheapest and fastest. This journey involved a change in another town, and the full route details were listed on the app, including how long I would need between trains – 7 minutes in this case, so I really kept my fingers crossed for no delays!

After the booking I received an email with the booking confirmation, the journey details and also instructions on where to collect my train ticket – in the UK you have to get your ticket printed at a collection point machine at the railway station – together with an invoice.

For other options like coach and plane tickets the process is just the same so, all in all, GoEuro is pretty easy to use.

What I loved about GoEuro

  • First of all, the interface is super user friendly, and it’s really easy to find the information that you need, even for first-time users.
  • I really liked that it tells you which are the cheapest fares and the fastest routes, so all that juggling different tabs is completely unnecessary.
  • Another really good point is that you can change the currency in which the prices are displayed very easily.
  • It takes Amex for payments so I can collect Avios points, which will eventually translate, into free travel.

What would make it even better

  • At the moment, GoEuro covers 12 countries, which is great. However, there are still a lot of European countries that are not currently available, so it would be great to see that list grow.
  • As I mentioned, you can change the currencies but there are only 9 currencies available at the moment. It would also be great to have more currencies to reach a bigger audience, as the more people use an app, the better it becomes.
  • It would also be nice to have the option to pay by Paypal, although this is not a deal breaker for me, as I like using my Amex to collect Avios points.

Conclusion

Overall, if you are travelling in any of the available countries – UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Poland, Belgium, Austria and Czech Republic – then GoEuro is the ideal app for your travel planning, making research easy and a lot quicker.

GoEuro can save you hours of trodding the internet looking for the best travel options.

You can download the GoEuro app from iTunes and from GooglePlay.


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Disclosure: This post has been created in collaboration with GoEuro. As always, all views are my own. This post also may contain affiliate links, that earn me a small commission but come at no extra cost to you. Thanks as always for your support!

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12 Comments
  1. Reply

    Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays

    15/06/2018

    I have some serious last minute holiday planning to do, having had to cancel our existing plans when I broke my wrist. Will be trying this out!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      16/06/2018

      It’s a great tool especially for last minute planning! I hope your wrist is getting better x

  2. Reply

    Zoe

    16/06/2018

    Good to know for when I am next in the UK!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      16/06/2018

      It works in 12 countries in Europe so it’s ideal for European travel too! 🙂

  3. Reply

    Anisa

    16/06/2018

    So many times I could have used an app like this! I usually use trainline but it’s nice to have something that shows other options all in one place.

    • Reply

      Teresa

      16/06/2018

      This is what I loved about GoEuro – All modes of transport in one place, so you can pick the cheapest and/or most convenient 🙂

  4. Reply

    Portia Jones

    16/06/2018

    Fab post, I love learning about new travel hacks, especially as I am currently planning a Europe rail trip. Sounds like a great app and will give it a try. xx

    • Reply

      Teresa

      28/06/2018

      Thank you Portia! It’s a great app and I really recommend it. It’s great to have all the options in one place.

  5. Reply

    Carly

    17/06/2018

    GoEuro looks like a great option for someone with very little train travel experience! I hope they expand to more countries soon!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      28/06/2018

      Fab! I love train travel, so from now on I’ll be making GoEuro my go-to booking app. It’s so easy and convenient!

  6. Reply

    Mark

    02/08/2018

    Sooperb! Very useful info for me. GoEuro made my trip happy from now by these wonderful facilities. I think we can save time by using GoEuro

    • Reply

      Teresa

      05/08/2018

      You’re so right! It’s such a handy app! I couldn’t live without it now. It makes my travel planning so easy!

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