All aboard! European train eTicketer Capitaine Train now available in English

Jul 31, 2013
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Capitaine Train, an online train ticket vendor which recently raised €2,5M from investors Index Ventures in order to continue its growth, announced today that its slick UX and aggregated ticket prices are now available in English (in addition to German & French). Launched last year with the intention of disrupting the gigantic train travel industry in Europe. The aggregator now manages SNCF, Lyria, Thalys, Eurostar, iDTGv and DeutscheBahn train tickets, and I’m sure Trenitalia is just around the corner.

The announcement points out that, for Americans and anglophones visiting SNCF’s ticketing site, there is no English-language option, unless you want to purchase in British pounds. Touching on one of least international-friendly industries in France is a great angle for Capitaine Train, who manages train networks in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, and Monaco – in short, it’s a big network.

For readers who have read both our crticisms and our praise of the app, now is a good time to try it out, for your next trip through Europe. The app is stupidly simple: point, click. Select, buy. done. And the value remains every time you come back – it remembers credit cards, loyalty cards, favorite trips, etc. so you no longer have to run through lists of train departures to find the best price.