New online platform makes booking rail journeys easier for agents

Happy woman traveling by train wearing a facemask during the COVID-19 pandemic and listening to music with headphones while looking at the window view

Booking international rail journeys just got easier for travel agents with the launch of Rail Online, a new specialist operator.

The brainchild of former Rail Europe Australasia executives, James Dunne, Lachlan McCallum and Kew Muthalif, Rail Online launched recently with operations across Australia and the UK.

The company has partnered up with rail tech leader SilverRail, whose software currently facilitates more than 30 million online rail bookings each year.

Using a travel agent tab on Rail Online’s new booking platform, agents can search, compare and book European rail passes, as well as point-to-point tickets across the United Kingdom and additional rail networks across continental Europe and North America will be added in the coming months.

According to the company, the platform will give agents access to the most competitive rates, with all products issued as e-tickets.

Its payment process is simple with no booking fees and prices are displayed in Australian dollars, eliminating messy foreign exchange fees.

Plus, agents can self-manage desired itinerary changes or refunds – providing the flexibility and immediacy demanded by the current climate.

Point-to-point fares are offered at nett rates, while Rail Online is offering a special launch commission of 7 per cent on Eurail Passes.

CEO Dunne, who has previously held senior executive roles at Singapore Airlines and Austrian Airlines, said Australian travellers have always understood the cost savings and unrivalled convenience offered by train travel, particularly when it came to multi-destination European holidays.

However, he believes we are on the cusp of a dramatic expansion of the international rail market.

“Thanks to the advent of rail e-tickets, Australian travel agents can now access an unprecedented array of cheap online fares,” he said.

“At the same time, demand for rail is being driven by the roll-out of new high-speed networks that make train journeys even more efficient, elegant and environmentally sustainable.

“The simplicity and convenience of our booking process, combined with our local team’s understanding of Australian travel agents’ needs, will ensure Rail Online plays a pivotal role in ensuring rail travel realises its true potential in 2022 and beyond.”

Agents can register for Rail Online HERE.

Featured image: iStock/Hispanolistic

Latest News

  • Travel DAZE

Lisa Wilkinson AM to speak at Travel DAZE Exec and Cannes in Cairns

Multi-Award winning journalist and TV Host Lisa Wilkinson AM is set to join the incredible keynote lineup at next month’s Travel DAZE Exec and Cannes in Cairns. Cannes in Cairns is an advertising, media and marketing conference run by Travel Weekly’s parent company The Misfits. As part of their entry fee, delegates to Travel DAZE […]

  • First Nations

Knowledge is power for this aspiring First Nations student

A First Nations student who learnt local knowledge from his grandmother is now sharing it as a tour guide. William (Will) Palmer is a proud Arrernte man from Mparntwe Alice Springs. Palmer has always been passionate about learning and understanding his culture having grown up on his homelands 100km west from Alice Springs. Growing up […]

  • Food & Beverage
  • Hotels

Pier One Sydney Harbour is bringing back winter Glass Rooms with hot TikTok potter

Pier One Sydney Harbour is bringing back its Glass Rooms this time in collaboration with TikTok eye candy Pottery Boy, Guy Vadas. The Glass Rooms are a pop up on Pier One’s luxury Balcony Suites, set against views of Sydney Harbour. The domes are an extension of the suites and have been design with neutral, […]

  • News
  • Travel Agents

Flight Centre makes first swoop into AI with tech that can read customers’ emotions

Flight Centre is using AI to improve its customer experience and increase sales in young people – who are more likely to shop online. News highlights AI has already been used to identify a number of customer pain points such as customers not being able to manage bookings Flight Centre is introducing a feature on […]

  • Partner Content
  • Travel Agents

My journey: Before becoming a travel agent I was a Major in the Australian Army

Floreat World of Travel owner and Travellers Choice member Dianne Garbin explains how she moved from a celebrated career in the Australian Army to running her own travel agency. Garbin works at Floreat World of Travel in Perth and has been a Traveller Choice shareholder since 1993! Here is her journey. Travel Weekly: How did […]

Partner Content

by Travel Weekly

Travel Weekly
  • Destinations

Half price winter warmers at Sydney’s luxury lodges at  Calabash Bay and Crane

Wild Luxury has released its off-peak rates for winter, with stays at Calabash Bay Lodge and Crane Lodge discounted by almost half price for a limited time. Nightly rates at Wild Luxury’s Palm Beach eco retreat, Crane Lodge, are reduced to $1144 for a seven-night stay (48% off the $2200 nightly regular rack rate) or $1760 per […]

  • Conferences
  • Hotels

Iconic Sofitel Sydney Wentworth showcases conferencing and events ahead of spring opening

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is showcasing its venue for conferencing and events that will feature as part of the iconic venue’s highly anticipated $60 million relaunch this in September. Among the offerings at the Phillip and Bligh Street precinct are contemporary meeting rooms, more than 15 event and conference spaces and the famous Wentworth Ballroom, where […]

  • Aviation

Board Air Canada in Sydney’s CBD via a sleek Light Rail

Visitors flocking to Vivid Sydney will glide through the CBD in the newest addition to the Air Canada fleet – a sleek Light Rail tram wrapped in the airline’s unique livery. The Air Canada-themed tram is part of a new marketing campaign designed to put Air Canada in lights during the Vivid Sydney festival (25 […]

  • Cruise
  • News

Carnival Splendor to the rescue of Aussies and Kiwis left stranded in Vanuatu

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor has come to the aid of a group left stranded in Vanuatu, following the collapse of Air Vanuatu. The group, eight Australians and one New Zealander, were visiting the island of Santo when Air Vanuatu cancelled all flights, leaving them without a way home. Carnival Cruise Line responded by offering […]