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A new European chapter for Trainline

I am delighted to announce that we have acquired Continental Europe’s leading independent online rail retailer, Captain Train. You can read the official press release here.

What does this mean? It means that as a combined business we will be the world’s leading independent European rail retailer. For you, our customers, it means that buying train tickets from York to Milan in a few clicks will be a reality.

Now that’s exciting.

Booking European rail travel today can be overwhelmingly complicated. We are tackling this head on, and will offer the cheapest fares and the broadest choice across over 20 countries and 36 train operators (and counting), all through one App and website. No more queuing in train stations and no more dealing with multiple train operators, across multiple platforms, in multiple countries.

Why Captain Train? Our businesses are very complementary; they share our vision to champion train travel, and help people save money, time and hassle.

We both think that train travel is great.

I believe there has never been a better time to champion rail. In the UK alone, the number of train journeys made each year has doubled since 1997 and Trainline is leading the adoption of mobile tickets across the UK network. In Europe, there has been a six-fold expansion in high speed rail lines across Europe since 1990, and over $250 billion will be invested in high speed rail in the next decade.

This is great news for train operators too; our combined business will enable them to reach new customers and fill more trains.

I look forward to you joining us on our European journey.




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