Rail passenger rights - leafletRail passenger rights

EU rail passenger rights generally apply to all international rail journeys within the EU. National governments can decide for themselves whether or not these rights also apply to domestic rail services (regional, urban, suburban transport) and international services that start or finish their journey outside the EU.


When buying a train ticket, you may not be charged a higher price because of your nationality or where you are buying the ticket from.

Delay or cancellation

If your train is delayed or cancelled, you have the right to adequate and timely information. In case of a cancellation or a delay of more than 1 hour, you have a choice between re-routing or a refund. A refund, where relevant, includes a free journey back to the initial departure point. Re-routing should be offered under comparable travel conditions at the earliest opportunity, or rebooking at a later date of your convenience. You will also be offered additional assistance such as meals and refreshments and, if necessary, accommodation.


In addition, you are entitled to a financial compensation of 25% to 50% of the ticket price – depending on the length of delay (25% in case of a delay of 1-2 hours, 50% in case of a delay of more than 2 hours). If you were informed of a delay before buying the ticket, you will not receive any compensation.

Liability towards passenger and luggage

Rail undertakings can, under certain circumstances, be held liable for injury or death resulting from an accident. In case of lost or damaged (registered) luggage, passengers may also be entitled to compensation.


If you are not satisfied with how your rights have been applied, you should first contact the rail undertaking. If you are not satisfied with their response, you can lodge a complaint with the National Enforcement Body in your country of residence.

For more information and advice on your rights and how you can get a refund or compensation, visit the ‘Your Europe’ passenger rights website. Rail passenger rights legislation, policy documents and studies can be found here.


The European Parliament published a detailed 12-page report, analysing what has happened since the adoption of this legislation in the European Parliament in 2007.

From February to May 2016 the European Commission organized a public consultation on Rail passenger rights. This is one of the activities to prepare the revision of this regulation. The result has now been published on the Commission Website. EPF will analyze the results in detail and discuss them on its next General Meeting in Paris. But: participation of only 130 European citizens is not a very good basis for the forthcoming decisions on this subject!