Bundesrailing could soon become simpler than blinking

6 May 2011

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Hopefully it’ll soon be easier to rail-jaunt your way around Europe’s fair towns and cities as the European Commission are aiming to make train ticketing and timetabling much simpler than it currently is.

Their grand plan is to make rail bookings as easy as airline bookings, with a beautiful pan-European system in place that’ll make travelling from Middlesbrough to Minsk as simple as boiling an egg. Or something.

At the moment, the whole thing is a gnarly old nightmare as passenger data is held in different ways in different countries but EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas dreamily suggested that the new, standardised system is: “just the start of a much bigger push to make pan-European rail planning and ticketing a reality”.

We’re clinging on to your coat tails here Siim – for god’s sake, please don’t let us down.

TOPICS:   Travel   Cool Stuff

4 comments

  • The B.
    That's a bit hopeful init? Whilst the European rail systems all seem pretty reasonable and follow something resembling a timetable, ours doesn't, couple that with the plethora of fare options and the entire thing becomes an abortion of the highest order, I'd hate to have to try and merge all of the databases into a centralised format.
  • Bazinga
    What about Switzerland? Actually, our railways can't get any worse. For once: Europe, I'm in.
  • callum
    British trains run on time near enough as much as European trains do (more so sometimes) and European countries also have lots of different ticket types. I have no idea where these myths come from? Presumably people are just lucky when they use a train abroad (be realistic - it's not very often is it). And as to the tickets issue, again presumably they are just offered the most suitable ticket at the time - there is no need to explain all the other types after all - particularly if there is a language barrier. I haven't been on that many European trains myself, but if they are better, it's not a huge deal better. (Especially with speed vs. buses as you go further East).
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