Case studies

Austria

The family zone on ÖBB Railjets are “designed specifically for fun and games”. There is a children’s cinema as well as tables with decorated with board games.

Compartment on train in Austira (photo by Gernot Wagner)

Germany

Deutsche Bahn provides a family compartment or area on all high speed Intercity Express (ICE) trains and most intercity trains.

There is room to park a pram in this area.

The compartment offers space for crawling and playing, a childproof socket for a bottle warmer and a changing table to fold out.

The family compartment can be reserved in advance.

Pushchair on Duetsche Bahn ICE train

Switzerland

All InterCity long-distance double-deck trains on the Swiss Federal Railways include a family coach. The family coaches are kitted out with a play area.

There are also family zones in 2nd class on single-deck trains.

Family Coach on Swiss train

Italy

A dedicated space for pushchairs is included on several carriages on FrecciaRossa high speed trains

New regional trains also include a clearly marked area for pushchairs

Area for pushchairs on TrenItalia regional train

France

SNCF Intercity services on the Paris-Limoges-Toulouse line have a “Espace KID” carriage for children, including several family compartments and a play area for children.

The carriage has fixed seats designed especially for passengers aged 1 to 4, changing tables, power outlets for bottle warmers and a storage area for pushchairs.

SNCF “Espace KID” family carriage

Finland

Finnish operator VR proudly boasts “a train is the best way to travel with children.” With designated spaces for prams, family compartments, and a children’s play area, who could disagree?!

Children’s play area on board Finnish train

Have you come across any other family friendly trains on your travels? We’d love to hear about them so please, let us know!

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