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Train Travel News and Best Buys Outside the U.S. — May 23

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VIA Rail Canada

  • VIA has settled into an ongoing pattern, with very few changes foreseen.
  • The usual VIA discount approach is through its longstanding Discount Tuesday program. However, discounts have been underwhelming recently, usually 15% off regular coach fares on a few routes. I have not seen any recent deals on the popular transcontinental sleeper service.

Europe and Asia

  • The light rail tram in Bordeaux has opened an extension to the airport. Trips to the city center take about 35 minutes.
  • Neither Eurail nor Rail Europe has a current promotion.
  • Strikes continue to plague European rail and air services. If you are headed there, check the status.
  • The Turkish railway has opened a new high-speed line linking Ankara with Sivas. The 250-mile (400 km) extension runs east from Ankara into a part of central Turkey that few visitors reach, but it greatly benefits locals.

Ed Perkins, editor

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