The Trainline has released a single API to simplify access to rail bookings for its international business customers.
The B2B arm of the leading digital rail platform Trainline for Business says the move is a significant addition to its international offering.
The Trainline claimed the new API will make Trainline for Business “the most comprehensive platform for rail content” offering “unparalleled breadth of international rail carriers”.
The firm is targeting travel management companies, online booking tools and online travel agencies.
Early partners include fast-growing TMC, Travel Planet, which has already completed integration and will be launching a new Rail booking service using the API content to its customers soon.
Alidad Moghaddam, European director of Trainline for Business, said: “Trainline is committed to building technology solutions that make the sourcing and booking of global rail travel simple, seamless and cost-effective.
“Our new international rail platform will take complexity out of a fragmented global rail landscape, giving businesses, travel agencies and booking agents hassle-free access to rail content across many carriers and countries.
“Our new international solutions are an important growth driver not just for Trainline but also the broader industry; by reducing complexity, we believe more businesses and travellers are likely to opt for rail over air to reduce costs, decrease their carbon footprint and boost productivity on short trips.”
The international API will bring together 87 train companies across 24 countries, with more content due to be added on a regular basis.
Michel Dinh, chief executive at Havas Voyages, a leading TMC, said: “The technology powering the Trainline for Business international API is seriously impressive.
“The platform provides extensive market coverage, functionality and scalability. It helps increase time to market by simplifying the process for integrating new rail content, without losing the features that matter to travellers.”
Tristan Dessain-Gelinet, chief executive at Travel Planet, added: “Thanks to the technology behind Trainline’s international API, Travel Planet will be able to expand its offer in its ‘Click&Control’ platform and allow travellers to access rail providers throughout Europe. This is a big step forward for European train travel.”
Trainline for Business provides rail booking solutions for over 20,000 businesses including large corporate entities, TMCs and SMEs.