Contact: Erich Forster, CEO of WESTbahn
Competing with the state incumbent, WESTbahn endeavors to offer better quality on track between Vienna and Salzburg. Our passengers particularly appreciate our friendly stewards who care for them during their journey. WESTbahn´s well-equipped Stadler trains guarantee a relaxed and safe journey with exceptionally high punctuality. Since our operational start in December 2011, WESTbahn has become an integral part of Austrian railway transport. Founded within the framework of railway liberalization in the European Union, we are committed to our high quality standards: On every journey, every day.
Contact: Christian Schreyer, Transdev CEO & President Northern and Central Europe Zone
Transdev provides 11 million passenger trips every day around the world thanks to efficient, innovative and sustainable transportation solutions. Transdev is a major player in the rail sector for more than 20 years and has solid references with 34 networks managed in 5 countries around the world. Transdev is the first private operator in Germany and also runs trains in the Netherlands and Sweden in Europe, as well as in New Zealand. Transdev has a wide range of operations: international and regional long-distance lines, suburban or rural services, tourist lines and night trains.
Contact: Matthias Müller, Managing Director FlixTrain
FlixMobility is a young mobility provider, offering new alternatives for convenient, affordable and environmentally-friendly travel through FlixBus and FlixTrain. We’ve launched the first green long-distance trains in Germany in 2018, with the objective of offering the service in other EU countries following the expected opening of the European rail market. FlixMobility has changed the way over 100 million people have traveled throughout Europe and created thousands of new jobs in the mobility industry.
Contact: Peter Köhler, Leo Express Board Member, Shareholder
Leo Express is a private transport group conducting train and bus transport. It started its activities in 2012 on backbone lines in the Czech Republic. Since 2014 it is active also in Slovakia and since 2018 in Poland. In 2017, Leo Express took over the German company Locomore and resumed its operation on the Berlin – Stuttgart route together with the company FlixMobility, becoming the second largest commercial passenger carrier on the German rail. Leo Express is the first Czech carrier to operate a rail connection outside the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In July 2018 it started operations on the Prague – Krakow railway route, becoming the first passenger commercial carrier on the Polish rail. Since December 2019, Leo Express operates regional connections in the Pardubice Region in the public service obligation and a fast train between Prague and Wroclaw, Poland. This year, the company plans to deploy new Sirius trains for which it is the author of the design.
Contact: Erik Hellners, General Counsel MTR Nordic Group
MTRX is an open access operator primarily on the route between Stockholm and Gothenburg striving to simplify sustainable travel. MTRX has since the start in 2015 been ranked as Sweden´s best train operator for five consecutive years and was 2019 ranked as Sweden´s second most innovative company, behind IKEA and with Netflix on 3rd place. MTRX has been the most punctual operator of all train operators and airlines on the Stockholm-Gothenburg route for three consecutive years. The start of MTRX has created competition on the route with improved service, higher punctuality, lower prices and increased number of departures. The positive development has boosted sustainable travel and been important to drive the shift from air to rail in the Swedish travel market.
Contact: Contact Person: Emma Knight, Group Head of Media & Public Affairs
Stagecoach is one of Britain's leading public transport businesses, helping connect communities for 40 years. Our team of 24,000 people and 8,300 vehicles are part of the fabric of daily life across the UK. We have more than two decades' experience of successfully operating some of the busiest and most important rail businesses in the UK. Stagecoach operated the first privatised rail services in 1996 and worked in partnership with Virgin to jointly run train services on the West Coast inter-city rail franchise. Our impact is about far more than transport - we support the economy, help cut road congestion, protect our environment and air quality, boost safety on our roads, and contribute to a healthier nation.
Contact: Ian Chaplin, Senior Advisor at Omio
Omio is a travel app and platform that allows people to find and book trains, buses and flights in one place. Partnering with over 800 transport operators across Europe, the USA and Canada, Omio is revolutionising the travel planning experience, providing customers with more choice, transparent pricing and easier booking. Omio lets travellers search for any location, including cities, towns and villages, showing the best possible transport combinations while eliminating the need to visit multiple websites to plan an entire trip. The travel start-up was founded as GoEuro in 2013 and rebranded to become Omio in 2019. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, its most recent funding round, totalling $150 million and led by Kinnevik AB, Temasek and Hillhouse, was announced in October 2018. Omio is a brand of GoEuro Corp.
Contact: François Coart, Rail and Intermodal Development Director
Getlink is developing a long-term growth strategy of its activity by providing its customers with high value-added solutions and a unique transport experience across all its subsidiaries. Building on its Franco-British roots and its unique skills, Getlink seeks to operate its business and improve its performance with a perspective of corporate social responsibility.
Contact: Filippo Burello
FromAtoB is a leading online comparison and booking platform for trains, flights, intercity buses and carpools. Rather than comparing the connections and prices on different websites, fromAtoB looks at all available means of transport in real time and presents them clearly, sorted by criteria such as lowest price or shortest travel time. With rail and long distance bus connections, customers can book and buy their ticket through the fromAtoB website or app – it’s easy, fast and free. Our vision is to design the ultimate path from A to B, individually tailored for each traveler
Contact: Aleš Ondrůj, Communications Director
RegioJet is a leading long distance private bus and train operator in Central Europe, mainly in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Hungary. RegioJet's railway network connects Vienna, Ostrava, Košice, Prague and Bratislava through its northern and southern line; it also has a wide network of bus lines across Europe (operated by STUDENT AGENCY under the RegioJet brand). Under PSO contracts RegioJet operate inter-regional trains connecting 2nd and 3rd biggest cities in CR (Brno and Ostrava), regional trains in Ústí nad Labem Region and regional trains in Slovakia on Bratislava – Komárno line. In summer 2020 RegioJet successfully launched direct season night train connection from CZ and SK to Croatia (Rijeka/Split).
Contact: Federico Meda, Italo Chief Industrial Development Officer
Italo is EU’s first private high speed rail operator. Founded in 2006, after the liberalization of Italian railway market, Italo started the commercial operations in 2012 and today, with its fleet of 47 last generation high speed trainsets, operates more than 110 services/day, connecting more than 30 cities and 40 stations. Italo offers journeys that are rich in entertainment experiences and that provide tailored services, with maximum comfort, designed for the needs of all kinds of travellers. In 2019, more than 20 million passengers travelled with Italo.
Contact: Victor M. Bañares
Starting in 2022, ILSA-Intermodalidad will be the largest privately owned passenger rail operator in the Spanish market, bringing an end to the monopoly of the state-owned incumbent and ushering in the new era of competition in Spanish passenger rail. Its trains will serve the entire high speed rail network in Spain connecting Madrid with Barcelona (one of the busiest high speed routes in Europe with more than 7 million passengers per year), Zaragoza, Málaga, Sevilla and Valencia and Alicante - using a brand new fleet of 23 Hitachi/Bombardier high speed trainsets. Just like it has been in other parts of Europe, ILSA expects that competition on the tracks will bring about better quality, reduced fares, new jobs, greater efficiency and modal shift to rail, which will be great news for the environment.