Plan before you go. A free Eurail timetable will be included with your Eurail Pass order, or you can search the online timetable. For the most extensive listing of schedules, the Thomas Cook Timetable is updated monthly. The Thomas Cook Timetable contains schedules for every major route in Europe and is an invaluable aid for those traveling Europe extensively. The timetable is published on the first day of each month. The June-September issues contain summer schedules and issues for the months of October-May contain the winter schedules. Issues from February to May contain an advance summer service supplement.
The main hall of every train station in Europe contains a departure and arrival board. Track numbers, stops made en route, as well as final destinations are displayed. In each train station pocket timetables are available free of charge. These "mini-timetables" typically list departures and arrivals between two specific points or regions. Look for them near the rail information centers. An additional source for detailed schedules is the Rail Information Center. By using computerized reservation systems, the Rail Information Center staff can help you find a schedule or route to the city of your choice. Best of all the service is free.