Europe has a large train network that is not only used for daily commuting, but for traveling in different European countries. The continent prides itself on having the most significant and largest railway companies in the whole world in terms of revenue which include; Deutsche Bahn and JSC Russian Railways.
Deutsche Bahn AG is the most significant train company in both Europe and the world with a revenue of $43.28bn. The train company operates in 150 different countries with four main destinations in Germany. It operates 33,300km within Germany with 40,000 trains on daily basis. While on the other hand, JSC Russian Railways Company is the most significant company in Russia. According to IFRS statements, the train company accrued $ 23.5billion in 2014.
Railway companies in Europe
The most important train companies in Europe are the following :
Eurostar is a high speed train company in the UK. The company has been in the business since 1994 and boasts of being the only high speed train. The train connects UK to Belgium and France and passengers can have the experience of a life time when they travel through the tunnel Channel.
With Eurostar, you can travel to over 100 destinations in Europe including Germany, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Calais, Lille, Switzerland and Netherlands. Travelling by Eurostar is convenient, comfortable and faster than flying.
SNCF is a French national railway company. Started in 1938, it not only operates train services for people and freight but maintains and signals rail infrastructure as well.
SNCF railway network has nearly 20,000 mi of route of which 9000 mi are electrified lines and 1100 mi are high speed. With its high speed train TGV, you can travel to South Korea and several European countries.
Deutch Bahn is a German train company having its headquarters in Berlin. This transport company is the second largest in the world and the busiest and largest in Germany. The railways carry around 2 billion passengers every year. Deutch Bahn train company was started in the year 1994.
Intercity Express (ICE), the high-speed train covers major cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Zurich while you can also travel to Austria and France. The company also operates intercity trains that connect several parts of Germany. Deutch Bahn's regional Express train is for you if you hate driving or are looking to explore the beauty of Germany.
Flixtrain is a subsidiary of the German bus company FlixBus. It was created following the acquisition of the German railway company Locomore and to manage partnerships with the Czech railway company LEO Express, Westbahn and with KVB (Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG). The train company was officially launched in March 2018.
FlixTrain network covers the fast train connections in Germany. FlixTrain offers cheap and convenient trains between Berlin and Stuttgart, Cologne as well as Hamburg Cologne.
Trenitalia is the primary train operator in Italy. Railway company has established in 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail transport tickets in Italy as well as some international connections to France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with both regional and long-distance trains.
Trenitalia tickets might be bought online, in the stations or from about 4.000 physical travel agencies including those outside Italy.
Italo has launched in 2006, the founders are also from Italy: Luca di Montezemolo, Diego della Valle, Gianni Punzo, and Giuseppe Sciarrone.
The first route was on April 28, 2012, after the liberalization of the Italian market, in continuous evocation, today Italo already carries more than 20 million passengers.
Italo offers 4 class of service which refers to trip ambiances: Smart, Comfort, Prima, Club Executive. Italo currently operates more than 30 stations in 25 cities as low-coster and high-speed train operator.
Renfe is the national train company of Spain. Company's train network covers up to 12000 km. It serves the country's largest cities by TGV: Madrid, Barcelona, Valence... Renfe-SNCF collaboration has helped to connect also with French cities like Barcelona - Marseille or Madrid - Toulouse.
Renfe in a few figures:
2017 turnover: 3.6 billion euros.
More than 4 million travelers between France and Spain in 2018.