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Travelling on a EuroCity train
EuroCity is a train classification reserved for international cross-border day trains that are invariably comfortable. It covers a great variety of operators and trains. Most of these trains rely on slightly retro carriages. Speed is not a EuroCity hallmark. At their best, EuroCity trains are stylish and sedate.
You’ll come across EuroCity services on major international routes to, from or through Berlin, Budapest, Hamburg, Munich, Prague, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb and Zurich. It is essentially a brand promoted by the railways of central Europe, with most trains managed by cooperation between two or more national rail operators.
All EuroCity (EC) trains offer First and Standard Class seating, usually with plenty of legroom and adequate space for luggage. Most services have a buffet or café, and many have a full restaurant service. A small minority of EC services have no catering. Seat reservation is usually optional, but is required on some international services, notably on those from Switzerland to Italy and the Berlin-Warsaw Express.
Seating and sleeping on EuroCity
Given the classic rolling stock, many EC trains are made up of compartments with six seats, although some also convey open-plan carriages. The accommodation offered depends on the specific country and rail operator(s) providing the service, but most EuroCity trains have air-conditioning and spacious seating in both First and Standard Class. Luggage racks are available at the end of each carriage. Electrical sockets are not necessarily available in Standard Class.
Food and drink on EuroCity
On the majority of EuroCity services, the crew will at some stage come through the entire train offering cold and hot drinks, sandwiches and cold snacks.