France and Spain rail service improvements announced

first_imgFrance and Spain rail service improvements announcedDuring a recent visit to Australia, representatives from France Rail Pass and France-Spain High Speed (Renfe SNCF) have shared that new developments and improvements are underway to further enhance the traveller’s experience when travelling around and between France and Spain.Sylvette Natiez, Head of Distribution at SNCF reinforced that the use of the France Rail Pass is the best and most efficient way to travel around the country. With 800 trains travelling to 230 destinations around the country, the rail service provider has transported 2 billion travellers since 1981. In terms of continued improvements, new lines with double tracks will open between Paris-Strasbourg in July 2016; and between Paris-Bordeaux and Paris-Nantes & Rennes in July 2017. Stations are also being upgraded with improved customer service stations, waiting areas, shops and onboard catering service which features well-known French brands. Agents are reminded that the France Rail Pass allows traveller to connect with neighbouring countries including Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.Alejandra Vitoria, Head of France and International Markets for Renfe-SNCF (a strategic alliance that began the France-Spain High-Speed services from December 2013), reported that the services have proven popular over the last two years, with more than 1.7mil international travellers taking advantage of the high-speed services. Renfe – SNCF connects 21 international destinations, taking passengers from city centre to city centre in Madrid, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona and Figueres in Spain, and Perpignan, Narbonne, Beziers, Agde, Sète, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille, Valence, Lyon and Paris in France. Currently, five daily trains join the two countries year-round, a figure that will increase to six daily services in spring and seven by summer.According to Rail Europe Manager Australasia, Ingrid Kocijan, agents have been kept busy now that bookings to France have bounced back after the attacks of last year. With that, she reminds agents that any bookings made by 31 March 2016 on the range of France Rail Pass will not only enjoy a generous 20% discount, but also bonus discounts on city passes and other activities, Also, up to two children (aged 4-11) travel for free with each adult. Rail EuropeSource = Rail Europelast_img read more