18 03 2016

Trainline acquires Captain Train to create new leader in digital european rail ticketing

Trainline has announced the acquisition of Captain Train, combining two of Europe’s leading digital rail ticket retailers to create the new leader in the European market.


The combined business will offer customers across the globe
simple access to European rail travel, and will allow Trainline to benefit from the massive growth and transformation that is taking place in the £44 billion European rail industry. The acquisition combines the number one independent rail ticket retailers in both the UK and Continental Europe to deliver a ‘one-stop-shop’ for rail travel across Europe, providing access to 22 countries and 36 train operators across the continent. Passengers will be able to book tickets across Europe with just a few clicks, safe in the knowledge that they are booking at the best available fares. Business customers, including corporations, travel booking tools and travel management companies, will benefit from a consolidated source for European rail information. Trainline is the UK’s number one independent provider of rail tickets and journey planning and the number one independent train travel app in the UK. Founded in 1997 and with £1.6 billion ticket transactions annually, there are 28.8 million visits to the Trainline App and website each month. In March 2015, Trainline was acquired by KKR, a leading global investment firm. Captain Train provides an online booking platform and a mobile app that allows customers to book train tickets without any hassle and at the best price. Captain Train already covers 19 European countries and combines the offers of a large number of rail companies, which allows customers to book a huge variety of train tickets. Jones Day advised Alven Capital SA, Index Ventures and CM-CIC Capital in the sale of Captain Train to KKR-backed Trainline with a team led by Patrick Stafford and Charles Gavoty. Involved fees earner: Patrick Stafford - Jones Day; Charles Gavoty - Jones Day;

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