First class rail travel
T ravel in style across Europe and upgrade to First Class for some or all of your journey. Upgrading your travel to First Class is sometimes a very reasonable additional fee. Ask one of our travel team today and we will advise on the best value upgrades and where it is most recommended. First Class travel brings many other benefits depending on the country and particular train in question. For example:

  • Quieter and more spacious travelling environment with more space for your luggage
  • Increased legroom and reclining seat
  • Complimentary light meal served to your seat (Eurostar, Spanish AVE trains – midweek only)
  • Access to First Class lounges at stations (where these are available) to relax before your journey or when changing trains (Germany, Austria, Spain, Holland)
  • Free newspapers and welcome drink in many countries

​Scroll through our gallery below for more information

Eurostar
The UK to France & Belgium
Name of service: Standard Premier
Complimentary at seat meal service: Yes
At-seat meal service (payable locally): No
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: No
Thalys Trains
Benelux, Paris and NW Germany
Name of service: Comfort and Premium
Complimentary at seat meal service: In Premium
At-seat meal service (payable locally): In Comfort
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: Yes*
* In Amsterdam, Cologne and Aachen
ICE Trains
All over Germany
Name of service: First Class
Complimentary at seat meal service: No
At-seat meal service (payable locally): Yes
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: Yes
* Free wifi on selected routes only
TGV Lyria
Paris - Switzerland
Name of service: Lyria Première
Complimentary at seat meal service: Yes
At-seat meal service (payable locally): No
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: Yes*
* Lounges in Geneva and Zurich only
TGV Trains
All other TGVs (non-Lyria)
Name of service: First Class
Complimentary at seat meal service: No*
At-seat meal service (payable locally): No
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: No
* Complimentary meal only on France-Germany TGVs
AVE Trains
All over Spain
Name of service: Preferente and Club ("Super-First")
Complimentary at seat meal service: Yes*
At-seat meal service (payable locally): No
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: Yes
* Complimentary meal only in Club
RailJet
Austria & neighbouring countries
Name of service: First and Business (enhanced First)
Complimentary at seat meal service: No*
At-seat meal service (payable locally): Yes
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: Yes
* Complimentary snacks and drinks in Business
Eurostar Italia
State-run Italian trains
Name of service: Business
Complimentary at seat meal service: No
At-seat meal service (payable locally): No
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: No
Italo Trains
Privately-run Italian trains
Name of service: Prima and Club Executive
Complimentary at seat meal service: No
At-seat meal service (payable locally): Yes
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: Yes*
* Casa Italo reception can be used by all passengers
SJ 2000 Trains
Main routes in Sweden
Name of service: First
Complimentary at seat meal service: No
At-seat meal service (payable locally): No
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: No
* Trolley-service of drinks and light refreshments
EuroCity Trains
Various cross-border routes
Name of service: First
Complimentary at seat meal service: No
At-seat meal service (payable locally): No
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: Yes*
* In Germany, Austria, Budapest & Prague
Swiss Trains
All over Switzerland
Name of service: First
Complimentary at seat meal service: No
At-seat meal service (payable locally): No*
Lounge access at station prior to boarding: No
* Trolley-service of drinks and light refreshments