Deutsche Bahn and Rail Europe forge continued strategic partnership to transform international rail travel

Berlin, Germany – 7 March 2024 – Deutsche Bahn (DB), Germany's premier railway company, and Rail Europe, the global leading distributor of European train tickets and passes, are delighted to announce the continuation of the partnership setting new standards in international rail travel. This collaboration highlights the integration by Rail Europe of DB’s innovative API for partners called PST interface.

This strategic alliance aims to expand DB's reach into Europe and especially overseas markets, leveraging Rail Europe's robust B2B network and B2C expertise. The partnership underscores both companies' commitment to providing accessible, convenient and state-of-the-art travel solutions to customers worldwide.

With the integration of the PST interface, Rail Europe will enhance the travel experience for customers inside and outside of Europe, offering direct access to DB's extensive rail network. This interface not only facilitates smoother booking processes but also ensures that international travellers can enjoy a wide range of travel options with ease and reliability.

The partnership was solidified with the signing of new future-oriented contracts at the ITB Berlin, the world's leading travel trade show. This marks the continuation of a long-term collaboration aimed at driving innovation and excellence in the travel industry. DB is already one of Rail Europe’s top products with +45% growth in 2023.

"This collaboration marks a significant milestone in our commitment to enhancing international travel experiences. We have a unique network and strong distribution channels across the globe. By joining forces with DB, we are expanding our reach into overseas markets and cementing our status as the most reliable and esteemed technology ally for the entire sector," stated Björn Bender, CEO and Executive Chairman of Rail Europe.

"Rail Europe shares our goal of presenting DB Fernverkehr as a sustainable means of transportation on a global basis. By extending our distribution agreement, we are pooling our strengths to further expand distribution for Deutsche Bahn with a focus on international markets and to offer our joint customers new opportunities for rail travel to and within Germany. Our agreement with Rail Europe is a clear sign that a cooperation which is beneficial for all sides is possible. We look forward to the journey ahead!” shared Stefanie Berk, Executive Board Member DB Fernverkehr AG at Deutsche Bahn.

About Deutsche Bahn

DB Group is one of the world’s leading mobility and logistics companies. The main focus of the group’s business operations is on rail transport in Germany and includes passenger long distance and regional transport activities for almost 4 billion passengers per year (2022), rail freight activities as well as rail infrastructure companies in Germany. DB Group with its head office in Berlin employs about 340,000 people. DB Long Distance is part of the group’s passenger transport activities and offers fast, comfortable, and eco-friendly travel with its ICE (Intercity-Express), Intercity and Eurocity fleet for more than 132 million passengers per year (2022). All electric long-distance trains run on 100 per cent green power since 2018.

About Rail Europe

Rail Europe is the global reference brand for European train booking. We have been the trusted partner of the travel industry and train operators for 90 years. Our rail expert teams provide technology solutions and customer care services to +20,000 partners in more than 70 countries. International travellers who want to travel by train easily throughout Europe can also book their travel directly through our state-of-the-art train booking website and app. Our catalogue of products focuses on 200 rail providers such as SNCF, SBB, Eurostar, Trenitalia, Italo, DB, Renfe, ÖBB, SNCB, NS, OUIGO Spain and National Rail, and rail passes including the Swiss Travel Pass and Eurail Passes. We sell around 5 million European train tickets every year. Our offices are around the globe and we are headquartered in Paris.

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