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Who is Rail Europe ?

Rail Europe, in operation since 1932, is a European rail travel distribution company, and the leading global one-stop-shop for planning and booking European travel and sightseeing products. Owned by two shareholders, the French National Railroads (SNCF) through their Voyages-SNCF.com distribution arm, and the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), the company has grown to become the leading authority on European train travel worldwide, generating 400M€ in annual sales. The company is headquartered in Paris, France, with subsidiaries in North and South America, Australia, China, India, Korea and Japan.

 

Rail Europe makes discovering Europe by train easy, seamless, and memorable, providing:

  • Unparalleled access to products from more than 50 European train companies.
  • Award-winning localised customer care to over 5.5 million travellers per year.
  • A unique, user-friendly online booking engine enabling travellers to book in their preferred language and currency.

Our dedicated team of more than 330 employees serve travellers and travel agents around the globe.

FAST FACTS
Rail Europe North America Inc.:

Rail Europe North America Inc.:

Rail Europe combines the maps, schedules and fares of over 50 different train companies across Europe, creating one stop to plan and book your European rail travel.
Explore France and a little more of Europe, with Rail Europe

Explore France and a little more of Europe, with Rail Europe

Make France the central destination for your next European trip. High speed trains make it easy to explore France and its neighboring countries.
France is a top destination

France is a top destination

France is one of the top five European destinations for Rail Europe’s travelers.
Connecting France

Connecting France

High speed TGV trains connect over 200 cities in and around France, covering approximately 1,178 miles. Plus, 450 trains travel throughout the French rail network every day, offering you a wide choice of journey times.
Sightseeing in France

Sightseeing in France

Rail Europe offers sightseeing activities in most popular French cities such as Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Avignon and more.
Convenience

Convenience

Train travel offers fast, comfortable and convenient city-center to city-center connections.
Eco-friendly

Eco-friendly

High speed trains are 3 times as energy efficient as regional trains, but even the slowest train is 25% more energy efficient than cars.
High Speed Has a New Name

High Speed Has a New Name

As French National Railways (SNCF) rolls out its latest fleet of high speed trains, look out for a new name to the trains, set to upgrade from TGV to inOui for all high speed services by 2020.
Fastest Train

Fastest Train

There is one word to describe TGV: Fast! Boasting the highest conventional train service speeds in the world, it zips from city to city at up to 322 kph (201 mph).
INSIDER TIPS

Children, ages four to 11 years old, usually pay half the adult fare. Under four years of age, they travel for free unless a reservation for a separate seat is required. Eurail Passes allow two children under 12 to travel free with a paying adult. Reservations for separate seat/berths are at an additional cost.

Backgrounder

Travelling by train means embarking on a European travel experience like no other. Along with comfortable accommodations, picturesque landscapes and charming company, comes a sense of freedom and flexibility. From Portugal to Sweden to Greece, Rail Europe provides the inspiration and tools for travellers to create their own paths.
As the leading worldwide distributor of European rail products, Rail Europe is the only one-stop-shop for planning and booking European train travel and sightseeing products.
From rail passes to train tickets and reservations, the company provides unparalleled access to an extensive array of rail products from over 50 European train companies.
Serving travellers and travel agents from the Americas, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa, Rail Europe makes discovering Europe by train easy, seamless and memorable. And Rail Europe uniquely provides award-winning localized customer care and assistance.


 

Rail Europe’s extensive product and service offerings include  :

  • Rail Passes : national, two-country, and multi-country rail passes available, most of which come with special bonuses and discounts !
  • Train Tickets : available for regional and high speed trains.
  • E-tickets : available for many high speed trains.
  • Reservations : seat reservations for day trains and sleeping accommodations for overnight trains.
  • Airport transfers : train tickets between airports and city centres.
  • See Switzerland : unique mountain top excursions, rail and hotel packages in Switzerland.
  • Activities : a wide array of sightseeing tours, city passes and museum passes.
  • Expert advice : helping travelers make the most of their journey and assistance on classes of service, destinations, trains and discounts.
  • Group Travel Specialists : Discounted pricing and personalized service for groups of ten or more traveling together. A dedicated Group Travel Consultant help secure space months in advance and provide helpful information and individualized booking services. They can also organize train charters, exclusive carriages, luggage handling, and more.

Rail Europe’s expertise in rail travel is also demonstrated through strong customer service. The company offers support before, during, and after any journey, as well as a user-friendly online booking engine, allowing travelers to book in preferred language and currency. Whether traveling within one country or across Europe, users can find the best train routes, suggested itineraries and side-trips, and easily add on tour packages or museum passes to make the most of a trip.  Rail Europe’s dedicated team of more than 330 employees provides expert, localized service at its 15 award-winning call centers, strategically located around the world.

In operation since 1932 and jointly owned by the French National Railroads (SNCF) through their Voyages-SNCF.com distribution arm, and the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), the company has grown to become the leading authority on European train travel worldwide, generating $477M in annual sales. The company is headquartered in Paris, France, with subsidiaries in North and South America, Australia, China, India, Korea and Japan.


TO BOOK YOUR NEXT RAIL JOURNEY IN FRANCE, VISIT WWW.RAILEUROPE.COM

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Rail Europe Media Contact:


Loring Allen

lallen@raileurope.com

www.raileurope.com

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