UK’s Trainline Signs Partnership for Russia Expansion

UK-based train and coach platform Trainline has collaborated with tour operator Real Russia to expand its presence in Russia, Breaking Travel News reports.

As part of the collaboration, Trainline customers will have access to various trans-continental journeys provided by Trans-Siberian Express, as well as the high-speed Sapsan trains that operate between Moscow and St. Petersburg or Nizhny Novgorod.

The partnership has enabled Trainline to work with rail and coach companies across 44 countries worldwide. The company could more than double its total carrier partners to more than 200 during the last year.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Real Russia and open up access to famous rail journeys and transcontinental Russian routes for our customers,” says Daniel Beutler, president of Trainline International.

“Following the global excitement of the football this summer, inbound tourism to Russia has picked up significantly and we look forward to helping more visitors experience the wonders of this stunning country by rail,” he added.

Real Russia managing director Chris Watkins said: “We are delighted to partner with Trainline and look forward to working closely on bringing the Russian rail experience to customers in 173 countries around the world. Travelling by rail is the best way to experience the beauty and authenticity of Russia.”

Real Russia is primarily involved in creating tailor-made itineraries, especially for the Trans-Siberian routes, as well as arranging visas, accommodation, rail tickets, excursions, and transfers.