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Five reasons to toast Rail Online

Five reasons to toast Rail Online

Paris by train courtesy of marina vitale

The first year anniversary of Rail Online

A Parisian station courtesy of paul fleury
Gare du Nord courtesy of Paul Fleury

London’s St Pancras station is the home of the world’s longest champagne bar

The best way to celebrate any anniversary is with champagne so before you sip your Veuve at London’s St Pancras station at Europe’s longest champagne bar, raise your glass to Rail Online who is celebrating their one year anniversary.

Rail Online is an Australian company which offers the same price as the rail carrier and with no booking fees.

Another champagne arrives as you casually glance down at the Rail Online app which allows you to self manage any journey with speed and ease and without any multiple travel cards, station queues or paper tickets and know that your business premier seats on the Eurostar are there on your phone.

There are so many reasons to toast Rail Online and as a luxury traveller, here are our top five reasons you may like to celebrate as you enjoy the romance of rail on the Eurostar courtesy of Rail Online.

champagne at searcys st pancras london
champagne at searcys st pancras london

1. Europe’s longest champagne bar

Located within the iconic St Pancras International Station, St Pancras by Searcys is home to the longest Champagne bar in Europe and offers the ideal escape to sit back and soak up the charm of the magnificent station. You could even do a champagne masterclass before you board your train!

2. Michelin starred gastronomy onboard

Raymond Blanc curated menu, table service style. Euro Business Premier (First Class) offers the best of gourmet cooking from a Michelin-starred gastronomy chef. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to cover all journeys, you’ll also benefit from a continuous supply of onboard snacks, juices, and of course, champagne.

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European train

3. Business Premier lounge access

Recline, relax and recharge at the station while you wait to board at the world-class Eurostar Business Premier lounges in LondonParis and Brussels. Refuel on the complimentary cocktails, coffee and finger food on offer while you get ready for your trip. Enjoy the tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the train station. Connect to WiFi and plug into both UK and international power sockets.

4. Ten minute check-in

Enjoy more of your holiday by arriving up to ten minutes before departure and whizzing through the express line. Not sure if you would find this at Heathrow!

Image courtesy of Sortir à Paris
Paris awaits. Image courtesy of Sortir à Paris

5. Onboard taxi booking service

Have a taxi waiting for you when you get off the train. Avoid queues and hassle by arranging your connections to your hotel onboard the train.

So many more luxury travellers are using premium train services with a number of operators unveiling or soon to unveil luxury sleepers services including Austrian national rail company ÖBB (Vienna/Munich to Milan, Genoa and La Spezia) and Belgian-Dutch cooperative, European Sleeper (Brussels to Berlin via Amsterdam). There is also the extension of popular services, including Eurostar, which now operates a London-Rotterdam-Amsterdam service five times a day.

St Pancras Station courtesy of Noel Broda
St Pancras Station courtesy of Noel Broda

CEO James Dunne says that Rail Online is forecasting bullish growth over the next 12 months as the steady re-introduction of long-haul air capacity drives airfares prices down and releases pent-up demand for travel to Europe and North America.

He said, “Rail will be a major beneficiary as Australian travellers move beyond VFR* travel and once again pursue bucket-list destinations across Europe and North America.  An awareness of the convenience and cost savings rail journeys offer will drive bookings even further.”

“There has never been a more exciting time for the high-speed rail sector and Rail Online is well positioned to fulfil its goal of becoming the world’s most valued and frequently used travel app for rail transport,” said Dunne. 

For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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