UK-based train and coach platform Trainline has collaborated with ticketing agency Real Russia to expand its presence in Russia.

As part of the collaboration, Trainline customers will have access to various trans-continental journeys provided by Trans-Siberian Express, as well as the high-speed Sapsan trains that operate between Moscow and St. Petersburg or Nizhny Novgorod.

The partnership has enabled Trainline to work with rail and coach companies across 44 countries worldwide.

Furthermore, Trainline could more than double its total carrier partners to more than 200 during the last year.

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“We look forward to helping more visitors experience the wonders of this stunning country by rail.”

Trainline’s recent partners included Austria’s national rail operator ÖBB and Japan’s JTB.

Trainline International president Daniel Beutler said: “Following the global excitement of the football this summer, inbound tourism to Russia has picked up significantly and we look forward to helping more visitors experience the wonders of this stunning country by rail.”

Last month, the company launched AI-powered disruption voice alerts for rail journeys.

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These alerts can be integrated into Trainline’s voice app, built for the Google Assistant.

Real Russia managing director Chris Watkins said: “We are delighted to partner with Trainline and look forward to working closely on bringing the Russian rail experience to customers in 173 countries around the world.

“Travelling by rail is the best way to experience the beauty and authenticity of Russia.”

Real Russia is primarily involved in creating tailor-made itineraries, especially for the Trans-Siberian routes, as well as arranging visas, accommodation, rail tickets, excursions and transfers.