Rail Online fulfils agents’ ‘wish list’, adding Eurostar, TGV & Thalys – Travel Weekly

Rail Online has added Eurostar and European high-speed train services TGV and Thalys to its platform.

As part of a broad agreement with France’s national state-owned rail company SNCF, Rail Online now offers live inventory priced in Australian dollars for all point-to-point services:

  • Eurostar – one of the most popular European rail services for Australian travelers, with high-speed trains from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam (via Lille and the Channel Tunnel).
  • TGV – is one of the world’s leading high-speed rail operators with a network covering the whole of France, as well as trans-European services to Switzerland (TGV Lyria), Germany (TGV inOui) and Spain (TGV inOui).
  • Thalys – A Franco-Belgian joint venture offering high-speed services from Paris to German cities such as Brussels, Amsterdam and the Rhein-Ruhr to German cities such as Cologne, Düsseldorf and Dortmund.
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Rail Online Australia and New Zealand general manager Kirsty Blows said Rail Online has fulfilled the “wish list” of Australian travel agents by adding new services.

“Since our launch earlier this year, travel agencies have repeatedly identified Eurostar and French high-speed services as the missing link in our global inventory,” Blows said.

“Combined with our European rail passes, UK point-to-point tickets and extensive North American inventory, we now offer an unbeatable option. With all prices shown in Australian dollars and agents free to self-manage itinerary changes or refunds, we also offer unprecedented flexibility and convenience.

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Blows said the addition of Eurostar is the perfect timing and Australia’s traffic to Europe will increase significantly in 2023 as air capacity becomes obsolete.

“Eurostar is a key element of travel for many Australians to Europe, and we see tremendous demand for the service, not only for London-Paris, but also on the London-Rotterdam-Amsterdam route, which currently operates four times a day,” Blows said.

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Blows claimed that the focus on sustainable travel by Australian travelers and European governments has also fueled the growth of high-speed rail networks across the Continent.

“The environmental benefits of train travel are clear, as a single Eurostar journey emits up to 93 percent less CO2 than an airplane journey,” said Blows.

“So, as part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, in April this year France banned domestic flights on routes that can be traveled by train in under two and a half hours. Other European countries are likely to follow the same path.”

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