FlixTrain offers new destinations in Germany and first train to Switzerland

FlixTrain announced an expansion of its network in Germany on Wednesday, which for the first time has a cross-border connection to Switzerland. It includes three new lines with 12 new destinations: Stuttgart – Hamburg, Berlin – Wiesbaden and Berlin – Basel (Switzerland).

The three new lines will be launched in the coming weeks, starting with Stuttgart – Hamburg from May 19. The connection to Wiesbaden starts on June 2nd, and the cross-border train to Basel on June 23d. In addition, the private rail operator will increase the number of journeys on the Munich – Cologne – Hamburg and Hamburg – Berlin – Leipzig routes from the beginning of June.

Criticism of discount campaign

In the announcement, FlixTrain CEO André Schwämmlein jabbed at the flat fee public transport ticket that will be introduced recently in Germany this summer, saying “The immature 9-euro ticket threatens to completely overcrowd trains throughout Germany in summer. With us, everyone has a seat, can easily stow their luggage and doesn’t have to change trains – regardless of whether they’re going to work, on vacation or to visit family.”

“If you want to inspire people to travel sustainably, you need an attractive public transport offer – not short-term discount campaigns. That’s why we’re expanding our offer despite cheap tickets subsidised by the state at short notice.”

Train operation

FlixTrain has a different business model than most train operators, cooperating with and outsourcing operations to independent rail transport companies, such as Schienenverkehrsgesellschaft (SVG) from Stuttgart to Hamburg, and Netzwerkbahn Sachsen (NES) from Berlin to Wiesbaden as well as from Berlin to Basel.

FlixTrain itself does not own the rolling stock, meaning that by cooperating with these rail transport companies, it can expand its offer relatively quickly.  Next to operations in Germany, FlixTrain also runs trains in Sweden since May 2021.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor RailTech.com

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