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Rail Europe Presents Anywhere Anytime France

White Plains, NY (July, 2008) - Rail Europe launches a revolutionary way to book train travel with Anywhere Anytime France. Available exclusively through Rail Europe, this innovation is the first pre-paid electronic ticketing system for European train travel. Travel agents simply create an Anywhere Anytime France account for their clients online on to purchase prepaid train trips at a flat fee of $199 for the first trip, with all subsequent train trips costing just $50. Anywhere Anytime France trips include 1st class rail accommodations for the best possible price and with no hidden costs.

When travelers are ready to begin their train journey(s), they log onto their account to let Rail Europe know their travel dates and to book seats for their pre-purchased train trips. Travelers then retrieve and print their ticket(s) at any self-service kiosk located in the train stations in France. Tickets can be purchased up to three months in advance or one hour before train departure, offering spontaneous travel planning for groups of up to 9 or for individuals.

Anywhere Anytime France guarantees convenience, control and flexibility and Rail Europe offers travel agents access to over 4000 destinations in France, allowing them to book their clients on virtually any TGV with available space in France. Anywhere Anytime France is optimal for agents whose clients wish to explore the rich history and culture of multiple French cities.

"Anywhere Anytime France is a totally unique ticketing system that allows travel agents to help their clients to create their own itinerary and plan their train journeys within France in an innovative, easy way, while respecting their budget and time frames," said Frédéric Langlois, President & CEO of Rail Europe.

Rail Europe demonstrates both its leadership and its commitment to making booking rail as easy, efficient and seamless as possible for the travel agent by offering e-ticketing on Anywhere Anytime France and also on Eurostar as per its announcement earlier this month.

Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, encourages travel agents to make train travel a part of their 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 Anywhere Anytime France or any of Rail Europe's wide range of economical railpasses and point-to-point tickets on trains throughout Europe and the U.K., 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).

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