In Sweden, SJ added capacity to its night trains as well as offering extra services from Stockholm to Gothenburg and Malmo throughout Friday. SJ also offered free rebooking of tickets, subject to availability, if flights were cancelled.
Norwegian train services were reportedly extremely busy on Friday along with bus services despite Norwegian State Railways (NSB) increasing capacity on many of its morning and evening peak trains. Capacity is again set to be doubled on the Kristiansand to Oslo service tomorrow morning.
"We will continue to assess the situation throughout the weekend, but we are very pleased that we managed to increase capacity," says Mr Day Brekkan, head of NSB's southern line.
Lufthansa passengers in Germany have been offered vouchers in exchange for their airline tickets to use on German Rail (DB) services which are expected to be extremely busy throughout the weekend. There were reports of 200m-long queues at Frankfurt airport as people waited to get onto trains, and DB says that all available trains will be in use over the weekend, but warned passengers that they might be forced to wait.
"Unfortunately we could make no preparations for this exceptional situation," says Mr Ulrich Homburg, DB board member for passenger traffic. "We ask for your understanding if services are full."
Travel is also expected to be extremely difficult in France over the weekend with French National Railways (SNCF) already running a limited service due to a strike. However, extra seats are being provided on international services.
Around 17,000 out of the 28,000 daily European flights were cancelled on Friday and about three-quarters of flights on Saturday. The cloud of volcanic ash was covering most of Europe on Saturday. Experts say the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud could jam aircraft engines with catastrophic consequences.