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Rail Europe Rolls Out Electronic Ticketing for Eurostar

White Plains, New York, July 16, 2008 - Rail Europe offers the ease and convenience of e-ticketing for all Eurostar fares, with the exception of Group fares, between London and Paris. The new e-ticket system means a quicker, more seamless check in for North American business and leisure travelers, as they can now take full advantage of Eurostar’s fast 30 minute check-in times.

Rail Europe first began offering electronic tickets through its Contact Center earlier in 2008 and by the end of this year e-ticketing will be available on http://www.raileurope.com and across all of Rail Europe’s booking channels.

For information on purchasing Eurostar e-tickets, log on to Rail Europe’s web site at

The rail industry is moving towards electronic ticketing and Rail Europe is at the forefront having already introduced it for rail travel throughout France with its innovative new rail product Anywhere Anytime France. The latest move to provide e-ticketing for Eurostar demonstrates Rail Europe’s commitment to making booking rail as easy and efficient as possible. The more cost efficient e-tickets not only allow for more flexibility and last minute bookings, but also eliminate the risk of lost tickets.

“The benefit of e-ticketing is very real as it offers rail travelers the flexibility to book advance or last minute train travel ” says Frédéric Langlois, President and CEO of Rail Europe.

Rail Europe encourages travelers to Europe to stretch their dollar and save time by pre-purchasing their European rail products in North America. Thanks to the ease and convenience of e-ticketing, travelers can pre-purchase through Rail Europe, then pick up their Eurostar tickets at the self-service ticket kiosks located at the Eurostar Stations in London or Paris.

Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, encourages you to make train travel a part of your 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, www.raileurope.com or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245 (Canada).

To book rail for groups of 10 or more, please contact our Group Department at www.raileurope.com/groups

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Photos: High-resolution photos of European trains may be downloaded by the media at http://downloads.raileurope.com/presspix/presspix.html