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Delta Increases Air+Rail Connectivity in Europe

Customers can now book direct flights along with ongoing rail connections, all under one ticket, to more than 20 destinations

by Fergus Cole

October 21, 2022

Photo: Courtesy of Miguel Angel Sanz / Unsplash

Delta Air Lines has confirmed it will expand its connectivity with rail service providers to 20 destinations. The Atlanta-based carrier launched its Air+Rail initiative in August 2021, where passengers can book transatlantic flights and connecting rail itineraries to selected destinations, all under one fare.

However, since the service began, travelers have only been able to take advantage of the service when booking a flight to Amsterdam and an onward train journey to Brussels or Antwerp.

Delta has added twenty destinations to the program, covering cities in the U.K., Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland.

Passengers flying to Europe can now book the following journeys under a single ticket:

  • Flight to Brussels Airport (BRU) and rail connections to Rotterdam or Breda
  • Flight to Manchester Airport (MAN) and rail connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lancaster, Preston, Newcastle, Sheffield, or York
  • Flight to Fiumicino Airport in Rome (FCO) and rail connections to four Italian cities, including Florence and Bologna
  • Flight to Zurich Airport (ZRH) and rail connections to seven Swiss cities, including Bern and Lausanne

From April 2023, Delta will also offer rail connections from Geneva Airport (GVA) to coincide with the airline’s revival of its JFK-Geneva route.

Photo: Courtesy of Erik Odiin / Unsplash

“Building more Air + Rail connections into our schedule provides a greater choice of destinations for our customers, including a number of these cities not currently served by Delta or our European partners, such as Bern, Rotterdam and York,” said Alain Bellemare, president-international at Delta Air Lines.

“Expanding our footprint in Europe also makes it more convenient for customers to get to popular city center locations whether traveling for business or pleasure to make the most of their time away.”

Customers can book a ticket with Delta’s Air + Rail program on the airline’s website. In addition, Delta One passengers will also benefit from first class rail tickets for the final part of their journey.

Both the air and rail fares will be included in the same ticket, which makes it an excellent choice for travelers looking to get to cities in Europe that are otherwise poorly served by transatlantic airlines.

This booking enhancement should also remove the hassle of booking train tickets on unfamiliar websites; in many cases, it can work out cheaper too.