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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?