The Eurostar operating between London and Paris/Brussels is now a firm favorite with European Rail travelers.
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The Thalys service in Belguim connects Brussels to Paris, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam. The service from Brussels to Paris.
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The ICE (Inter-City Express) service operates primarily in Germany serving 32 destinations, though there are also some ICE rail links to Switzerland and Austria.
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The AVE trains of Spain operate on the Madrid-Cordova-Seville route, covering the distance from Madrid to Seville in just 2h30.
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The network of high-speed TGV trains, which have been in existence since 1981, connects 150 destinations in both France and the rest of Europe.
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Also operating in Spain and similar to the AVE, the 140mph Talgo 200 trains provide the link between Madrid-Cordova-Malaga in 4h25 and Madrid-Cordova-Seville-Cadiz in 5hrs.
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Providing a high-speed connection between France and Italy is the Artesia train running along beautiful countryside routes, such as those between Paris, Lyon, Milan and Turin.
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One of the world's premier trains, the X2000 of Sweden is famed not only for its magnificent speed but also for the provision of a service to match.
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The relatively new ES trains in Italy provide high-speed connections to all major Italian cities and towns including Rome, Florence, Venice and Naples.
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With routes between Germany, Switzerland and Italy, the Cisalpino offers further choice to the traveller.
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Running on the Madrid - Valencia - Castello/Gandia route in Spain, these trains provide the quickest train link on this route and use a up to four tilting carriages for each train.
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These high-speed Alfa Pendular trains operate in Portugal to connect Lisbon with the other major Portugese cities of Braga, Faro and Porto.
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The Altaria service in Spain provides excellent connections between the country's capital, Madrid, and several major Spannish cities including Barcelona, Pamplona, Cadiz, Algecircas and Alecante.
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Perhaps most famous for its appearance in the 2006 James Bond film 'Casino Royale', the Czech Pendolino entered service in December 2005 on the route between Prague and Ostrava.
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The InterCity Slovenia (ICS) trains operate both domestically in Slovenia but also internationally as routes to neighbouring Italy are serviced by the fleet.
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The Norwegian government decided in 1992 to begin construction on an alternative to Oslo's Fornebu airport which had been the country's primary airport.
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