TUI launches new night trains to Austrian ski resorts
Major German tourism business TUI on Tuesday announced the introduction of the TUI Ski Express in cooperation with GreenCityTrip. From December 23 onwards, new night train services will depart to Austrian ski resorts in Tirol and the Salzburgerland area.
The Ski Express will depart in Amsterdam on Friday night and will also call at Utrecht. The night train will cross the Austrian border near Wörgl, where it will be split into services to Tirol and the Salzburgerland with an arrival time on Saturday morning. Traveller will have the choice between couchette cars featuring non- or semi-private sleeping accommodations. Baggage will be free of charge.
With the announcement of the Ski Express, TUI deepens its cooperation with GreenCityTrip. In May, the two companies announced night trains to six European cities, including Prague, Vienna and Venice. It also means the TUI and GreenCity trip are keeping a close eye on the competition: Sunweb and European Sleeper in June announced winter night train services to the French Alps.
“After the successful start of our cooperation earlier this summer, we are very happy to bring a winter holiday product to the market with TUI. We are confident of its potential”, Hessel Winkelman and Maarten Bastian of GreenCityTrip said.
The Dutch branch of TUI says travellers are looking for comfort and easy of travel, which can be combined with the Ski Express. The company also points to the untapped potential of winter travel by train. According to TUI, only 8 percent of travellers takes the train at present. It also says that of the people interested in skiing holidays, some 87 percent would be inclined to take a night train. The Ski Express will run until March 31.