Our rail experts offer a guide to the best rail journeys in Europe for 2018.
1. Eurostar, London to Amsterdam
It’s the biggest Eurostar news for a decade. From spring 2018 direct trains will zip from London St Pancras to Rotterdam in just over three hours, plus Amsterdam in around four. The speedy twice-daily service will use brand new e320 rolling stock. New lounges will allow 900 passengers to pass through security in London or Holland, then simply step off on disembarkation. Free Wi-Fi will be offered alongside meals in Standard Premier and Business Premier, where cans of Heineken should be complimentary, too.
Price details are to be announced, but Eurostar’s current London to Amsterdam tickets cost from £29 one way.
2. Schwyz funicular, Switzerland
It is unusual for a funicular to replace a cable car, but that is what has just happened in Schwyz.