Alert: Western European Train Alliance Forming

German train

We chanced upon this article in Der Spiegel about plans to create a train alliance between the national train systems of Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK’s Eurostar.

The partnership—internally known as Railteam—will offer frequent rider points and also integrate various national high-speed rail line routes.

The goal is to compete with low-cost carriers, and since we always prefer rail travel to air travel, we’re on board. But the question remains: can train fares be brought into the same pricing category as low-cost air fares?

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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