TUI launches new night trains to Austrian ski resorts

The large German tourism company TUI announced on Tuesday the introduction of the TUI Ski Express in cooperation with GreenCityTrip. From December 23, new night trains will depart for Austrian ski resorts in Tyrol and the Salzburgerland region.

The Ski Express will depart from Amsterdam on Friday evening and will also stop in Utrecht. The night train will cross the Austrian border near Wörgl, where it will be split into services to Tyrol and Salzburgerland with a Saturday morning arrival time. The traveler will have the choice between couchette cars with non-private or semi-private sleeping arrangements. Luggage will be free.

With the announcement of the Ski Express, TUI deepens its cooperation with GreenCityTrip. In May, the two companies announced overnight trains to six European cities, including Prague, Vienna and Venice. It also means that TUI and GreenCity trip are keeping a close eye on the competition: Sunweb and European Sleeper announced in June winter night train services to the French Alps.

“After the successful start of our cooperation at the beginning of the summer, we are very pleased to bring a winter holiday product to the market together with TUI. We are convinced of its potential,” said Hessel Winkelman and Maarten Bastian from GreenCityTrip.

The Dutch branch of TUI claims that travelers are looking for comfort and ease of travel, which can be combined with the Ski Express. The company also highlights the untapped potential of winter travel by train. According to TUI, only 8% of travelers currently take the train. It also indicates that among those interested in a ski holiday, around 87% would be inclined to take an overnight train. The Ski Express will continue until March 31.

The Ski Express will stop at several seaside resorts in Tyrol and Salzburgerland. Picture: TUI

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