Alert: Western European Train Alliance Forming

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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: Alex Robertson Textor is a London-based travel writer and editor. He has written for Rough Guides, the New York Times, and Public Books, among other publications; he also guided the tablet magazine Travel by Handstand to two SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards. With Pam Mandel, he writes copy and generates ideas as White Shoe Travel Content. He is on Twitter as @textorian and maintains his own blog,

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