US tourists boosting European rail travel, Trainline reports

Trainline has reported a faster than expected recovery in rail passengers across Europe.

American tourists are helping with the resurgence in demand, according to the online ticket retailer.

In a trading update, the company said ticket sales had risen 16% in the first four months of the current financial year over the same pre-pandemic period in 2019-20.

Trainline now expects net ticket sales growth of between 18% and 27% for the year over pre-Covid levels, with revenue projected to be up by between 22% and 31%.

The revised expectations supersede guidance previously disclosed in May.

Chief executive Jody Ford said: “Not only is domestic rail travel rebounding at an impressive rate across Europe, but tourists are also returning strongly, with Americans leading the way. 

“More and more people are recognising that travelling by train is better for the environment and the best way to travel cross-country and cross-border at speed. 

“With an increasing number of train carriers offering high-speed services across the Continent, the appetite for train travel is set to increase. 

“Our technology helps customers access the best value journeys across all carriers on any route, no matter which country you’re booking in.”

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