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Rail Europe Offers Thalys Summer Special: 50% Discount on One-Way Thalys Tickets for Travel Between Cities in France-Belgium-Holland-Germany

White Plains, New York, May 8, 2008 – Rail Europe is currently offering up to 50% off regular priced one-way full-fare tickets, on all routes of the high-speed Thalys trains, connecting cities in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Thalys tickets can be booked on now through September 17, 2008 for travel through September 30, 2008.

Rail Europe’s one-way Summer Special fares* from Paris to Brussels start at $109** US/$CAD (1 st) and $70** US/CAD (2 nd). Paris to Amsterdam Summer Special fares start at $146** US/CAD (1 st) and $90** US/CAD (2 nd).

During a recent visit to Rail Europe’s Head Quarters in White Plains, New York, Jean Michel Dancoisne, CEO of Thalys International stated that, “80% of travelers choose the train over air, for travel between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.” These cities rank among the top cities visited by American travelers to Europe. Dancoisne emphasized the trains’ punctuality rate of 92% and went on to say that Thalys, with its Premier Class services, such as lounge access, on-board meals, plush reclining seats, and wifi internet access, throughout the entire journey, is a popular choice for North American travelers. T he opening of the new European High Speed Lines in 2009, ensures that Thalys sales will continue to rise. Rail Europe reports sales of Thalys train tickets YTD have increased by 6% from 2007 . This increase in sales, at a time when the dollar continues to fall against the Euro, can be attributed to the fact that, more travelers are realizing the advantage of planning ahead, buying here in North America & saving considerably over purchasing their pass or tickets locally in Euro.

Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, encourages you to make train travel a part of your clients European travel experience. The company celebrates over 75 years as a leader in European travel and believes that the spirit of train travel is about enjoying the simple pleasures, respecting the environment and connecting with people, places and cultures.

For more information or to book any of Rail Europe’s wide range of economical railpasses and point-to-point tickets on trains throughout Europe and the U.K., consult a travel agent or log on to Rail Europe’s web site, or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245 (Canada).

* Summer Special fares are subject to availability and are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

** Prices are subject to change; check for the latest prices.

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