If you’re after EuroCity First Class tickets, look no further. At Trainline, we’ll show you what exactly is on offer, from luxurious seats to access to First Class lounges and much more. Don’t be put off by the thought of paying more than you would in Standard either, as there are ways to find cheap EuroCity First Class train tickets too! Read on for a complete guide to travelling First Class with EuroCity.

What do you get in First Class on EuroCity trains?

Whether you’re heading to Zurich, Venice or Milan, if you want to travel there in style, EuroCity First Class is the one for you. To simplify the two classes EuroCity provide on their trains, we’ve broken down the amenities that each one offers.

EuroCity Train First Class vs Second Class


First ClassSecond Class
Luggage storage
Extra comfort seatsX
Power sockets
More legroomX
Access to First Class loungesX


Find out more about First v Second Class on European trains.

EuroCity First Class food


Enjoy at-seat dining in First Class on EuroCity trains. You'll get to choose from a wide range of local dishes, as well as beer and wine, meaning you can arrive at your destination full of energy and ready to go.

EuroCity First Class lounges

Coming from a collaboration between Trenitalia, SBB, Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB, EuroCity don't have their own First Class lounges. However, you can still access a number of First Class lounges in Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany if you hold a EuroCity First Class train ticket. Use these modern, comfortable spaces for work, enjoying a hot drink or just chilling out, with TVs, WiFi and phone charges available in all.

The following train stations provide First Class lounges you can access with a EuroCity First Class ticket:

EuroCity First Class seating plan

On EuroCity trains, the seats are more spaced out in First Class than in Standard Class, although they follow the same arrangement on either sitting at a table of four or two seats next to each other. The extra option in First Class are single seats with their own table, perfect for solo travellers who want their own space, or single seats facing each other, as an additional option for two people travelling together.

Popular EuroCity First Class routes

Check out our guides to travelling First Class on some of EuroCity's most popular routes.

Milan to Zurich

Departs from

Milano Centrale

Arrives into

Zurich Hb

Fastest time

3h 12m

First Class lounge

Milan only


Find out more about travelling from Milan to Zurich by train.

Munich to Salzburg

Departs from

Munich Hbf

Arrives into

Salzburg Hbf

Fastest time

1h 29m

First Class lounge

Munich and Salzburg


Find out more about taking the train from Munich to Salzburg.

Basel to Milan

Departs from

Basel SBB

Arrives into

Milano Centrale

Fastest time

4h 13m

First Class lounge

Milan only


Learn more about travelling by train from Basel to Milan.

How to get cheap EuroCity First Class tickets

There are different ways you can get cheap EuroCity First Class tickets without having to pay over the odds. Our top tips for saving money on First Class train tickets are:

Buy in advance

EuroCity tickets (and train tickets in Europe in general) are usually at their cheapest price when they first go on sale, normally around three to six months before the date of travel.

Travel Off-Peak

Train tickets tend to be more expensive during rush hour (mornings and early evenings Monday to Friday). If you can, be sure to look for tickets outside of these times to see if you can snap up a lower price.

Look out for train deals

There’s a wide range of train deals and discounts in Europe that can help you save money on your journey. Deals can vary based on the country and train company, but if you’re travelling with children, in a group, or fall into a certain age category, you can benefit from discounted ticket prices.

Good to know (FAQs)

What is included in EuroCity's First Class?

As well as more spacious and comfortable seating, First Class tickets on EuroCity trains include lounge access at the station (where available), and an at-seat dining service during your journey.

Are food and drinks included when you travel First Class with EuroCity?

Yes. All passengers travelling First Class with EuroCity will get complimentary food and drinks served to their seats.

Do I get access to EuroCity's First Class lounge?

Coming from a collaboration between Trenitalia, SBB, Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB, EuroCity don't have their own First Class lounges. However, you can use the First Class lounges owned by these train operators if you hold a valid EuroCity First Class train ticket and there’s a lounge available at either your departure or arrival station.

Find out more about EuroCity and train travel in Europe

So, now you know all about what EuroCity's First Class has to offer. Whether you’re ready to book or want to find out more about train travel in Europe, we’re here to help.

Start a search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or check out some of our guides to travelling with EuroCity, where they can take you, and train travel around Europe in general.

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