Europe just got faster. In sync with the current trend for more airlines to fly passengers directly into smaller cities in Europe (Venice, Milan, Manchester and Nice) comes the news that rail journeys in Europe are smoother and faster than ever. In July this year, seven European high speed train operators announced the start of Railteam allowing travellers to access high speed train travel across the borders of Western Europe, making the connections between these neighbouring cities quicker and much more cost effective.
The network will link over 45 major city destinations covering 6000 km of track by 2010. The seven train operators in Railteam are SNCF (France), SBB (Switzerland), Eurostar (UK, France and Belgium), Deutsche Bahn (Germany), SNCB (Belgium), NS Hispeed (The Netherlands), ÖBB (Austria), and subsidiaries Thalys, Lyria and Alleo. Australian travellers have traditionally proven to be very enthusiastic supporters of Eurail, and little wonder. The time saved transferring by train, compared to delays, hassles and stress associated with car or air travel, and the bonus of using a ‘greene’ form of transport is complimented by continual service improvements including:
Solving missed connections
If for any reason, a traveller misses their connection because of a late running service, Railteam will ensure they can hop on the next train, irrespective of the ticket type they have.
Railteam information points will be installed in five main hubs (Brussels, Cologne, Lille, Frankfurt and Stuttgart), and, in the coming months, at other major stations such as London, Strasbourg, Amsterdam and in the main high-speed train stations in Paris.
Multi-lingual announcements and info boards onboard trains and in stations will ensure international travellers know where, when and how to connect onto other services.
To see timetables and booking options visit www.railplus.com.au now