How do I know if my transfer time is enough?
Generally, you can always rely on the connection times that we provide. These times are automatically calculated by the rail operator in accordance with the type of station and your connecting train. This means that if you are given a 5 to 10 minute connection at a smaller station then it is assumed that this will be enough time. This is because your connecting train may often depart from the platform next to yours and therefore you only need to cross from one side to another.
There are certain factors that may affect this theory: mobility, luggage or small children. If it is more comfortable for you to exit the train at a slower pace then please bear in mind to keep a longer transfer time of 15 minutes or more.
If you do not feel comfortable with the transfer time that we have provided you with then you can always book two separate tickets instead, but in a few cases this may affect the price so you will need to check that information. If you are worried about what to do in case you miss your connecting train, please click here for further information and some advice.
A good solution can be to find a map of the transfer station online and then see whether it is a large station and/or whether the platforms are on a single level or require a longer walk. You can ask the train staff on board for your arrival and departure platforms to help you plan better. Most rail operators only make the departure platform available 20 minutes before departure, so usually you cannot know this a few days or weeks in advance. The only exception is Deutsche Bahn. With these tickets you will already see your departure and arrival platform on your tickets. Click here if you need any help with understanding your ticket.
Transfers to and from CDG Airport into Paris
If you are arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and need to take a connecting train from the centre of Paris, have a look at transfer from CDG to find out how much time you will need and what route to take.
Transfers between stations in Paris
If you are transferring between two stations in Paris, please read this article to find out how long it will take and what the best route option is.