#CrossBorderRail Autumn 2023

At least 20 more #CrossBorderRail lines. 99 trains. More than 10 events. A speech on the Kulturzug to Wrocław, and a ferry and train trip to Ireland. All coming up in Autumn 2023!

#CrossBorderRail 2023 - all of Germany's rail borders - has now concluded

2nd-15th May 2023 - the first month of the new Deutschlandticket - I travelled to all of Germany's borders to its neighbouring countries, with a focus on the places I did not visit in 2022. In total I explored more than 30 more cross border railway lines.

Top 20 projects - #CrossBorderRail 2022 conclusions

After more than 30000km on trains, and 95 borders crossed, the first conclusions of the #CrossBorderRail project were presented 29th August 2022 in Berlin - 20 places where change is needed and could be implemented fast!

#CrossBorderRail 13 June - 1 August 2022

Anyone who has ever tried to cross borders within the EU by train has seen the problem: international trains (if they even run!) are often less regular, have worse timetables, and are harder to book than trains in one country. I want to highlight these issues, and show ways to solve them in this project.


#CrossBorderRail lines
visited and investigated*


on 463


by bike, across
69 bike legs


by bus, ferry
and car


more borders to visit
Sept-Oct 2023


more by train planned,
105 trains


more by bike planned,
26 bike legs


more by bus, ferry,
tram planned



Border stations in national tariff systems – a simple change with a meaningful impact

At opposite ends of Germany there are two cross border railways where tickets for the trains are wonderfully simple – from Gronau (Nordrhein-Westfalen) to Enschede (Netherlands), and from Freilassing (Bayern) to Salzburg (Austria). At two other borders – Kehl (Baden-Württemberg) […]

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#CrossBorderRail goes on the Kulturzug Berlin-Wrocław

In December 2014 I went to a funeral for a train – the EuroCity “Wavel” train between Berlin and Wrocław was axed, and then MEP Michael Cramer organised a small ceremony to mark its passing. But in 2016 Wrocław was […]

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Where next for #CrossBorderRail? Time to take stock

In the past twelve months I have: Investigated 131 cross border railways in Europe Travelled 62716 km on 425 trains Cycled 1662 km in 62 different places Travelled 2191 km on 20 buses I’ve now updated my “All the borders” […]

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The best #CrossBorderRail lines to visit

#CrossBorderRail is a very political project – to push for better international railway connections between European countries. But one of the things that makes the project so fun is that it has taken me to some wonderful places amongst the […]

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Live blog – Extra Day 08, 10 June – Bruxelles – Athus – Audun-le-Tiche – Volmerange-les-Mines – Thionville – Nuits-sous-Ravières

Jump to: Text updates | Summary videos | Latest photos | Today’s background | Today’s route   Text updates This day was live-tooted on Mastodon, and the updates only showed here on the site on the day itself. You can […]

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