TripAdvisor has announced the launch of rail itineraries into its flight meta-search engine, TripAdvisor Flights. The move makes TripAdvisor the first travel website to integrate rail providers with flight options across a global network. The new service will initially offer rail fares in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
“With the integration of rail itineraries into TripAdvisor Flights, we now offer travellers not only a comprehensive flight search on the Web, but also an easy way to compare train options,” said Bryan Saltzburg, General Manager of New Initiatives at TripAdvisor. “This is especially helpful when planning a trip through Europe, where there are more high-speed rail options now than ever before and hundreds of millions of travellers opt for train travel each year.”
When travellers conduct a flight search on TripAdvisor, the site will now display rail itineraries alongside flight choices for relevant routes. In some cases rail is priced even cheaper than air travel, such as London to Paris, or Frankfurt to Brussels. Travellers can then filter the search results according to their travel needs and click to complete the booking on the air or rail website of their choice.
In addition, travellers can access all of TripAdvisor flights tools, including the innovative Fees Estimator, to compare the true cost of their flight and train options.
Rail itineraries for continental Europe are available starting today through the TripAdvisor Flights meta-search engines in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Italy, German and Spain, with itineraries in additional countries scheduled to launch on future dates. Travellers can also shop rail itineraries when conducting flight searches through the free TripAdvisor mobile apps for the iPhone, Android, Nokia, Windows Phone 7 and Palm smartphones, the iPad, and through the TripAdvisor mobile website.