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The Austrian WESTbahn Tickets Have Arrived on Trainline Europe!

by Malin Schibler, posted 10 May 2017 | One comment

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Our goal is to be your ultimate gateway to buying tickets for all rail operators in Europe; a booking platform that allows you to travel to where ever you wish to go. For that reason, we’re very proud to announce our partnership with WESTbahn. This is yet another step for us to enable your travel opportunities and master our ability in providing you with a comprehensive European booking platform. As of today, you’ll be able to book your WESTbahn tickets on Trainline Europe. So let’s get started and let us introduce you to our newest partner in the rail world.

The Express between two Austrian Metropoles: Vienna and Salzburg

WESTbahn has connected Austria’s capital city since 2011 with the birthplace of Mozart. You may know Mozart as the legendary composer or simply the name behind the delicious chocolates that reflect the delicacy of his music. WESTbahn was named after the same the route that has been operative since 1860, when the first train steamed it’s way from Vienna to Salzburg. Back then, the journey would take around nine hours, though you can be glad it now only takes about two and half.

For those looking to explore Austria, you can check many sightseeing wonders off your list with this route. In Vienna, you’ll begin by getting a full tank of cultural fuel by visiting the Museumsquartier, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the beautiful baroque Belvedere castle. Fill yourself up with some culinary energy with nothing less than a hearty Schnitzel, potato salad and some good old apple strudel. Then digest it all on the WESTbahn as you travel towards the east of the country.

Make an In-Between Stop in Linz!

As WESTbahn tickets allow you to get on and off the train in between your final destination, we recommend making a stop at Linz. Step out of the train, stretch your legs along the Donau river and admire the ROA street art by the harbour. For the young: it’s your chance to take a nice picture for your Instagram and them hipster credits. For those who are a bit older, it’s your opportunity to familiarise yourself with a more civilised form of what used to be called graffiti art.

If you simply would like relaxing some beach-time in this land-locked country, then make yourself comfortable in the city’s Sandburg. Be sure that you stock up on some provisions for your onward journey by getting an aptly named Linzertorte. What is it you may ask? It’s a traditional cake from Linz, rumoured to be the oldest cake in the world and a holiday season classic! Though we recommend eating it all year round (and certainly not one that has been around since the dawn of time – that certainly wouldn’t digest well). Once you’re done, get yourself back on board and continue on to Salzburg, where you can walk and trace the tracks of Mozart – right up to his birthplace – in the UNESCO world heritage historic centre. You’ll certainly not be short of any further desserts – the famed Salzburger Nockerl soufflé are certainly worth the journey (and calories)!

Sunny panoramic image of Salzburg's famous old town with Alps in the background

Salzburg, Austria.

Cheap Train Tickets and Friendly Fare Conditions

The standard price of WESTbahn tickets are up to 50% cheaper than the national rail operator ÖBB’s tickets for the same route. The prices are fixed and unlike other rail operators, do not depend on how far in advance you book, which is what they call yield management in the rail industry. So you can book these tickets on a whim, especially if you feel like a day trip to or from any of the destinations served by WESTbahn:

Wien Westbahnhof to Salzburg: Standard fare €26.50; WESTbahn Plus €46.40.
Salzburg to Westbahnhof: Standard fare €26.50; WESTbahn Plus €46.40.
Wien Westbahnhof to Linz: Standard fare €19,60; WESTbahn Plus €39.50.
Linz to Wien Westbahnhof: Standard fare €19.60; WESTbahn Plus €39.50.
Linz to Salzburg: Standard fare €13.40; WESTbahn Plus €27.30.
Salzburg – Linz: Standard fare €13, 40; WESTbahn Plus €27.30.

If you indulged on some sweet and hearty Austrian desserts then do not worry – you can spare yourself some extra room! With the WESTbahn Plus ticket, you’ll have an extra free seat next to you. This will provide you with greater legroom, food and drinks served to your seat (in case you want to treat yourself some more) and you’ll get a daily newspaper too – so get ready to practice your German!

What about an offer for kids?

WESTbahn has made sure that kids are also covered with some great fare prices. Children up to 6 years travel free of charge and they do not require a ticket. Please note that these children must not travel unaccompanied and that WESTbahn cannot offer any assistance for them. So they will have to be in the company of someone older that can assist them with their travels e.g. a parent, friend or sibling.

For children aged 6 to 14 years (on the day of travel) who travel in the company of an adult with a valid WESTbahn ticket, are charged € 1.00 – irrespective of the distance travelled. An adult can take along a maximum of 4 children paying €1.00 each. If you travel with a WESTbahn PLUS ticket, the upgrade fare will be charged for all accompanying children older than 6 years.

Children from 6 to 14 years (on the day of travel) who travel on their own, the fifth (or more) accompanying children only pay half of the regular full fare. Lastly, please be aware that the ticket inspector is allowed to ask for a photo ID in cases of doubt about the age of a child. So it’s always useful to make sure the kids have some ID with them!

Flexibility all year round

For those that suffer from commitment issues and like to leave their plans open, you can be glad to know that if your ticket is purchased online, it’s valid for an entire year! Plus you can make as many stops as you like on the way.

With Trainline Europe, you will of course also be receiving a special promotional offer with WESTbahn, such as the Spring WESTsavers Days (WESTspartage Frühling), which is valid until the 29th of June.

WESTbahn’s Blue, White and Green Speedsters

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The double decker (duplex) trains provide you with plenty of amenities. You’ll find the WESTcafé, which provides you with a vending machine for drinks, an air-conditioned and filtered smoking lounge. Yet the non-smokers have no need to worry, you can easily steer free from it as it’s closed off from the rest of the train. Toilets are of course provided on board. Plus there are bike spaces available, for which you can buy a reservation online for €5 or for €10 on board the train.

On top of this, there is free WiFi in all WESTbahn trains, so you’ll be able to keep your friends up to date and make them jealous with your holiday pictures as you’re on the go. Don’t forget to send them to us either, we’d love to receive a picture of your trip on Twitter. The top speed of these trains is 200 km/h (that’s around 124 miles per hour), which isn’t as fast as some of the other high-speed trains, yet it gives you all the more opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery that passes you by.

Head to Austria and Beyond with WESTbahn

Westbahn Network Map

WESTbahn rail network and international connections

Thanks to the cooperation with WESTbahn and Meridian (a regional rail operator) in Germany’s Bavaria, there are 15 daily services between Vienna and Munich. You can simply step off in Salzburg and hop on to a Meridian Train – on the same platform – and it will bring you to Munich. The journey from Salzburg to Munich (via Rosenheim) takes just about 2 hours, so you can enjoy a creamy dose of caffeine in a traditional Viennese coffee house in Vienna and 4.5 hours later, you’ll already be drinking a cold beer in one of Munich’s famed beer halls.

From Munich, you’ll find plenty of trains and connections heading in any direction that you wish: whether it’s onwards to Berlin for some sightseeing and night clubbing or to Zurich for some delicious chocolate tasting. From Zurich, you can take a Trenitalia train directly to Milan if you’re after some good old shopping. You can also jump off the train at Rosenheim instead of heading to Munich and there you’ll find plenty of Deutsche Bahn trains that will take you to Innsbruck, Bozen, Verona, with a final stop in Venice, where you can finish off the journey with a sunset gondola ride.

March 30th: Summer Sales Open for All Destinations in France!

by Malin Schibler, posted 24 March 2017 | Add comment

A TGV from Paris runs along the French Riviera, before its arrival in Nice.

A TGV from Paris runs along the French Riviera, before its arrival in Nice.

It’s time for the third and final round of SNCF summer sales! As of Thursday March 30th, you’ll be able to book your summer vacation train tickets for all destinations in France. This sale will be especially for departures from June 30th until August 27th and will include all TGV and Intercités train destinations. As per usual, the tickets go on sale in the early morning (French time), yet we cannot reveal exactly at which time. So we can only recommend to either set your alarm clock for an early wake up or stay up a bit longer than usual, depending on wherever in the world you may be booking from.

A short history of the summer sales

In the past few years, SNCF has released it’s summer sale tickets in two phases: first for the south of France and then later came the North. However, this year we have been pleasantly surprised by three sales rounds, which have been more-or-less equally divided by geographic regions. First came the Paris to Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region sale, then last week the sale for the west of France started and now finally the rest of France will also be covered!

A high speed train running over a viaduct alongside mediterranean coast.

Your holidays, from Lille to Montpellier

All of the destinations that were not covered in the previous sale will now be open for booking on Thursday March 30th. This includes all of the cities in the South, East and North that were not included in the first round of sales. Some examples include:

  • Southern France: Montpellier, Sète or Perpignan
  • Eastern France: Lyon, Grenoble and les Alpes, Dijon, Strasbourg.
  • Northern France: Lille

So luckily this time, no one is left out! However, we do have to remind you that the cheapest tickets do sell out quickly. So don’t wait too long before you book.

Summer in France in three parts

In order to give you a quick summary of the sales, here are the tickets that are already or soon will be available for booking:

  • On February 2nd, the tickets for the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region went on sale for journeys as of the 2nd of July.
  • On the 15th of March, train tickets for the west of France (Brittany and the Atlantic Coast) became available. Due to the opening of the new high-speed lines to Bordeaux and Rennes on July 2nd, the journey time to western France will be considerably shortened, in some cases by almost an hour.
  • On March 30th, the rest of all of the TGV and Intercités destinations will also go on sale. So this one is quite easy! No need to look at a map in hour-long detail; this ticket sale includes all destinations in France.

If you were a bit late to the party and have realised your tickets are already on sale, it’s okay! Yet we must warn you: the likelihood of the cheapest tickets (called Prem’s) still being available is quite slim. So as always, we recommend to book sooner rather than later.

March 15: Book Your TGV Tickets to France’s West Coast on Wednesday

by Malin Schibler, posted 14 March 2017 | Add comment

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For those who enjoy spending their summer vacations in the French region of Brittany (or Bretagne for the more seasoned travellers) and the Atlantic Coast, you’ll be pleased to know that the train tickets for France’s western coast will go on sale on March 15, sometime very early in the morning (French time – Central European Time).

Add a reminder to your calendar, get up early or stay up late (depending on wherever in the world you may be booking from) and get ready to buy some cheap train tickets! As always, the most advantageous prices will sell out quickly. See it as the first half of your preparation in the search of finding the best spot on the beach and to take in those sunny rays.

Hint: for our dear Brits and Aussies, don’t forget your sunscreen though!

A refreshing sea breeze

Be prepared to have your regular Wednesday routine interrupted so you can get your hands on the cheapest train tickets this Wednesday for all TGV destinations in Brittany and the Atlantic Coast.

Below you’ll find a list of all the TGV destinations that will be available for booking as of Wednesday morning (French time):

Brittany: Le Mans, Laval, Vitré, Rennes, Dol-de-Bretagne, St-Malo, Lamballe, St-Brieuc, Guingamp, Plouaret-Trégor, Lannion, Morlaix, Landermeau, Brest, Redon, Vannes, Auray, Lorient, Quimperlé, Rosporden, Quimper.

Atlantic Coast: Vendôme-Villiers-sur-Loir TGV, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Tours, Saumur, Angers, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Ancenis, Nantes, Savenay, Saint-Nazaire, Pornichet, La Baule-Escoublac, Le Pouliguen, Le Croisic, La Roche-sur-Yon, Les Sables d’Olonne, Châtellerault, Futuroscope, Poitiers, St-Maixent-l’École, Niort, Surgères, La Rochelle.

Bordeaux and the South-West: Ruffec, Angoulême, Libourne, Bordeaux, Facture, La Teste, Arcachon, Morcenx, Dax, Bayonne, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Irun, Agen, Montauban, Toulouse.

Cross-country coasting

Photo of a TGV bordering the sea in the South of France.

You’re no longer required to depart from Paris to visit any of the above destinations. So if you’d like to plan a Tour de France on rails, you can travel between any of these TGV stations without necessarily needing to transfer via Paris first.

Reach the seashore faster than Sally sells seashells

For our dear train enthusiasts, you’ll be pleased to hear about the two new high-speed lines that will now be connecting Brittany and Pays de la Loire (Paris to Rennes), including the long awaited the Océane line (Paris to Bordeaux), which will go into service as of July 2nd.

This means that that the travel times have massively decreased; in some cases by more than one hour for certain destinations:

The privileges of this new high-speed line are not only for departures from Paris. So for those who are in Lille or Bordeaux, you can also benefit and gain 47 minutes in travel time. So if you’re travelling from Lille to Bordeaux (or vice-versa), it will now only take 4 hours and 36 minutes in the TGV. The Bordeaux to Angoulême travel time has heavily decreased too. Now it will take only 36 minutes (compared to the previous 60 minutes) to take in the beautiful scenery on the TGV between both of these historic cities.

And for the rest of France…

Depending on where you like to spend your vacation time, you may be late or you may be early. The tickets for the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (e.g. Nice, Cannes, Avignon and Marseille) have already been on sale since the 2nd of February. Yet they haven’t sold out, so you haven’t missed your chance! And for other destinations in France (and Europe!), a small amount of patience will be required.

SNCF Summer Sales Start on February 2nd

by Malin Schibler, posted 28 January 2016 | 52 comments

Just a small selection of available destinations

Just a small selection of available destinations

Next Tuesday, SNCF will be holding a ticket sale for a huge number of beach destinations in France. So if you were thinking about visiting the French Riviera or Basque Coast this summer, you have one week to do some planning!

This sale will include tickets with departures from the 1st of July until 28th of August. As per usual, those who are earliest to book get their hands on the best tickets.

***Correction: January 28th
We had previously advertised that this sale would include RENFE-SNCF, TGV Lyria and TGV France-Italy tickets. These dates have now been changed and these tickets will be released on the 3rd of March instead.

Head to the Mediterranean coast

In one week, you’ll be able to book your tickets to a large variety of destinations on the Mediterranean coast. The great thing is that you will also be able to book tickets between these destinations and not only just from Paris.

Here’s what you will be able to book:

  • Paris – Avignon TGV
  • Paris – Aix en Provence
  • Paris – Marseille
  • Paris – Nice
  • Paris – Toulon
  • Paris – Hyères
  • Paris – Les Arcs Draguignan
  • Paris – Saint Raphaël Valescure
  • Paris – Cannes
  • Paris – Antibes
  • Paris – Monaco
  • Paris – Menton
  • Paris – Ventimiglia

The good news is that the tickets are not limited to departures/arrivals from Paris. So you can combine trips between any of these destinations as well. For example, you could book a ticket from Nice to Avignon, Toulon to Ventimiglia or Cannes to Antibes. There are plenty of options!

Visit the Basque Coast (minus Bordeaux)

If you’re someone who prefers their beaches to have some bigger waves, then you can be glad your destination (if it’s in the south west of France) will also be included next Tuesday.

The following destinations will be covered:

  • Paris – Agen
  • Paris – Montauban
  • Paris – Toulouse
  • Paris – Tarbes
  • Paris – Lourdes
  • Paris – Pau
  • Paris – Orthez
  • Paris – Dax
  • Paris – Bayonne
  • Paris – Biarritz
  • Paris – Saint Jean de Luz
  • Paris – Hendaye

Of course, you can again book tickets between any of these destinations as well. So that could include a train from Lourdes to Pau, Biarritz to Toulouse, or Agen to St Jean de Luz.

Is your destination not included?

Many remaining destinations in France that are served by TGV and Intercités trains (including Bordeaux!) in France will go on sale on the 31st of March, for the upcoming summer. This will also include tickets for northern France (destinations towards Belgium).

This means that if your destination is not listed above, then your tickets will become available on March 31st and not in this upcoming sale.

Want to Visit Switzerland, Spain or Italy?

As of the 3rd of March, you’ll also be able to get your hands on a range of tickets for journeys between France and Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. Specifically, it will include RENFE-SNCF tickets for trips between France and Spain, which that includes Paris – Barcelona, Perpignan, Girona and more. Plus  TGV Lyria tickets for trips between France and Switzerland (e.g. Paris – Zurich or Geneva) and TGV France – Italy tickets, for trips between Paris and Milan

To see exactly which destinations are included, you can find some route maps by clicking here.

Opening of the 2015 European Summer Train Ticket Sales!

by Malin Schibler, posted 26 February 2015 | 34 comments

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Ready, set, go!

Very soon you will be able to book your European train ticket tickets to your favourite holiday destinations.

As of the 17th of March, there will be a huge range of early-bird specials on train tickets. Fancy a trip to Barcelona in August? Or a visit to Zurich in July? Very soon you’ll be able to get your hands on super cheap tickets thanks to the extended booking horizon this summer.

So, what tickets are on offer?

The summer sales will affect all train tickets for trips between the 17th of March until the 30th of August 2015, for the following destinations and rail operators:

  • Renfe-SNCF: all destinations are covered, so this includes trains from Paris to Barcelona, Perpignan and Girona (just to name a few). Click here to view destinations.
  • TGV France-Italy: all destinations are covered except journeys between Paris and Milan (sales will open on 2nd of April). Click here to view destinations.
  • TGV Lyria: all destinations are covered, except journeys between Geneva – and the south of France (e.g. Marseille, Nice or Montpellier) as these tickets are already on sale. Click here to view destinations.
  • Deutsche Bahn-SNCF: all destinations are covered except Paris – Frankfurt and Paris – Stuttgart/Munich (sales will open on the 2nd of April). Click here to view destinations.

What if my tickets aren’t a part of this sale?

If your destination isn’t covered in this sale then luckily you won’t be missing out! There will be another round of summer sales which open on the 2nd of April.

This sale will include all routes within France (e.g. Paris to Normandy) and many international destinations such as northern France to Brussels or Paris to Luxembourg (just to name a few). As per usual, we will be communicating this through our newsletter before the sales open, so click here to sign up to make sure you can be the first to get your hands on these tickets.

Renfe-SNCF Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary With Huge Discounts on Paris-Barcelona Line!

by Malin Schibler, posted 15 December 2014 | Add comment

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

It’s hard to believe that the high-speed rail network between France and Spain has already been running for a year. To Capitaine Train, it feels just like yesterday that we celebrated the opening of this long awaited service. So we’d like to wish Renfe-SNCF a happy birthday and give them a big round of thanks for revolutionising travel between France and Spain.

Super cheap train tickets

What would a one year anniversary be without presents? Not much at all, according to Renfe-SNCF. Starting today, there will be a huge flash sale for all services running between France and Spain, which means 50% off all train tickets!*.

This sale will last exactly three days, from the 15th of December until the 18th of December. It will include all tickets for any trips between the 7th of January 2015 up until the 16th of April 2015.

The booking horizon has also been expanded to 120 days in advance, so bookings for dates later than the 13th of April can be booked in the next few days.

Discounts

2nd class one way 2nd class return 1st class one way 1st class return
Paris €29.00 €59.00 €49.50 €99.00
Lyon €24.00 €48.00 €39.00 €78.00
Marseille €24.00 €48.00 €34.50 €69.00
Toulouse €19.00 €38.00 €27.00 €54.00
Perpignan €14.50 €29.00 €19.00 €38.00

There are plenty more discounts for other routes as well, so check them out yourself on www.trainline.eu

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What should I expect?

One of the reasons why this route is so immensely popular is because of the fantastic views. If you are travelling all the way from Paris to Barcelona (or the other way around), in less than 6.5 hours your train will take you through the French country side, pass by the historic cities of Béziers, Perpignan, Narbonne and Figueres (any Dalí fans?), and lastly you’ll catch a sight of the Pyrenees mountains whilst crossing the border. The best way to enjoy this scenic route is to book a ticket for the upper deck, so you can be sure to get some great views.

What is the train like: can I bring luggage and is there food?

Yes you certainly can and yes there certainly is! Both the TGV (the French high speed trains) and the AVE (the Spanish variant of the TGV) have excellent luggage facilities and offer an on board bistro.

You can bring your suitcases on board and store them in the luggage compartments (found at the end of each carriage) plus any small hand luggage will fit into the in the overhead compartments. If you’re after a snack, meal or beverage, then you can make use of the bistro carriage and the seasonal meals offered (sandwiches, hot and cold dishes and kids meals). A variety of different alcoholic beverages are also sold but you are always welcome to BYO, just like the Man in Seat 61 recommends!

Should I travel in first or second class?

We covered this topic a while ago, so why not read this article and decide for yourself! Considering these super low prices, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of the benefits that first class tickets offer, such as lounge access before departure (free food and drinks anyone?).

*Please note that for certain services that the amounts have been rounded by €0.50, so the discount may be slightly higher than 50%.

SNCF Winter Sales Start On October 16th

by Malin Schibler, posted 14 October 2014 | 2 comments

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SNCF Winter Sales Are Starting Soon!

This year, the SNCF Christmas sales will start on Thursday, the 16th of October. This sale will include all train tickets for trips between the 14th of December 2014 until the 6th of February 2015.

Be Quick

To benefit from the best prices, there is only one magic rule: first come, first served. This is the busiest train travel period of the year, as thousands of Europeans are busy travelling during their winter holidays.

Unfortunately the exact opening time is never communicated but we can give you a big hint: it will be very early in the morning in France (time zone: GMT+1). So depending on where you live, you might have to wake up in the middle of the night or be ready to go in the afternoon.

Luckily, you can book your tickets in the fastest way possible with Capitaine Train. It’ll take you less than a minute! For those in other time zones, rest assured (literally) that you can book straight from bed or from the office with our iOS and Android apps.

Don’t miss out

As per usual, we have created a Facebook event for the sales to make sure you don’t miss on out on the cheapest tickets. Just join the event so you can receiver a reminder on Thursday.

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Ambassador

Christmas has come early: €10 for you equals €10 for a friend!

To keep up the Christmas spirit, we’ve decided to increase the value of our Ambassador Program vouchers. From the 13th until the 26th of October, every friend that you invite to use Capitaine Train will receive a €10 discount voucher. Once an invited friend has completed their first trip, you’ll also earn €10 and receive a voucher credited to your Capitaine Train account.

For those who won’t be travelling in Europe, why not share the good news and invite your friends, family and colleagues who are, so they can earn a €10 discount.

Invite Friends

Our Ambassador vouchers can be used for SNCF, Lyria, Thalys and Eurostar tickets.