Easy. Purchase tickets for you and your bike. User-friendly. No hassles. Fast. No booking fees. No advertising.
For anyone who has ever tried to book French Rail tickets from the USA, none of these words would ever describe the experience! Until now.
A relatively new travel company, Capitaine Train offers travelers an efficient platform for buying train tickets through the French Rail parent SNCF and Deutche Bahn, two of Europe’s largest train carriers. I came upon their website quite by accident, and I am so happy that I did. I’ll definitely be purchasing my train tickets for my summer trip using Capitaine Train. It’s certain to be much faster than purchasing tickets using Voyages-sncf.com, and cheaper than Rail Europe.
The concept behind the company is simple: enable consumers to purchase train tickets with no hassles, no booking fees and great customer service. The company aim is to provide customers with the best, fastest and most user-friendly service possible. They offer the best ticket options for train travel in Europe, including SNCF, Deutche Bahn, Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria and IDBus. Why would you ever think about using any other service?
There is a very brief online registration. If you have either a French Rail discount card, or Deutche Bahn discount card, you can enter them at this point so that you will be entitled to any relevant discounts. Here is a FAQ detailing all the discounts that are accepted by Capitaine Train:
Once you are finished with the registration, you are taken to the booking page, which is uniquely simple.
Simply add where you want to travel to, time and date, and in mere seconds, you get your options and prices.
It’s unbelievable how easy it is, so easy that I wanted to buy another ticket just to use the system again! Users can register loyalty and discount cards along with personal information which can be stored online with upcoming reservations. You can receive tickets in PDF format or they can be stored on a loyalty card.
Best part, not only can you purchase a ticket for you, but you can book a space for your bike too, something not possible on other booking websites. Here is a link that explains all of the details of how to purchase a spot for your bike.
There is also a very comprehensive FAQ section on taking bikes on trains, complete with visuals on where to find bicycle information on ticket requests as well as on tickets themselves.
Last but not least, there are apps for iPhone and Android that are as easy to use as the main program.
I’m used to spending 15-30 minutes booking one French Rail ticket. I purchased three different tickets for my summer trip using Capitaine Train in under 5 minutes. I still can’t believe how easy it was. So if you are traveling to Europe this summer and need tickets for rail travel, do yourself a favor and visit Capitaine Train. You will be glad you did!