Capitaine Train, the number one challenger of Voyages-SNCF.com to book train tickets in a blink of an eye has finally released its Android App. If, like me, you’ve been waiting for it ever since you first used Capitaine Train’s web version, you might think there’s a whole new world of train-tickets-opportunities. And you’re right.
With the brand new Android app, you’ll be able to search, pre-order, buy and cancel train tickets using SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria, iDTGV and iDBUS (you’ll have to wait for the next update to use German transporters and Ouigo), manage users and keep track of all your bookings. Placement choice will be added in the next update.
The specificity of the Android App is that you’ll get notified 20 min before you leave with all the important info (departure time, seat number etc). Tickets will also by synchronized using your smartphone’s account manager, so that you can access them even when the app is not active.
I’ve made the test: it takes me less than a minute to book a ticket from Paris to Amiens for the weekend using Capitaine Train, VS more than 5 with Voyages SNCF. Plus the design is stylish, clean and beautiful. The reason is that Capitaine Train puts the user’s needs on top of anything: “Every button is placed to make our users’ navigation easier. Preoccupations like branding are just secondary.” declares Emiland.
Capitain Train currently counts 200,000 users, a number that almost tripled between last October and today. Now that they finally reached the Android platform – where Voyages SNCF was previously a monopoly as a distributor – their objective is to grow this user base, in France and worldwide.