French rail travel website Voyages-sncf has launched a portal dedicated to Irish travel agents and tour operators. offers the trade comprehensive information on European rail travel, and agents and operators can also make bookings on behalf of their clients.

The new site is backed by a support of a team of sales managers and executives based at the firm’s UK head office in Kent, as well as a helpdesk for online bookings.

Voyages-sncf has also created an online learning platform – – that is due to be launched by the end of the month.

Paul Lacey, head of trade sales at Voyages-sncf UK, said: “In 2012, Irish residents took 6.6 million outbound trips, with 86% of those being to other European countries.

“Launching in Ireland is a great opportunity for us to reach a new audience and to introduce them to European rail travel and its many benefits.” offers its users access to an integrated rail network, linking tens of thousands of European cities, towns and villages.

High-speed trains travel at speeds of up to 320km per hour offering a city-to-city alternative to air travel minus the security checks and baggage check-in.