Rail passenger transport and long-distance buses with significant growth in Europe
European rail passenger transport grew significantly in the first three quarters of 2017 by about 4.0%. The major European railway countries in particular increased their volume sold.
In Poland, supply was increased as a result of improved infrastructure and the heavily used, high-speed services offered by PKP Intercity (+11.0%).
In the Czech Republic, this was due to continued supply and service improvements by CD and private providers RegioJet and Leo Express (+7.2%).
In France, this was due to recovering demand for the French state-owned railway SNCF (regained confidence in the security situation following the severe impact of the previous year’s terrorist attacks) and the launch of two new high-speed lines (+5.4%).
In Italy, this was due to increased punctuality and customer satisfaction in regional and long-distance transport services provided by the Italian state-owned railway FS (+3.7%).
In Spain, this was due to a high amount of discount tickets in high-speed transport and quality improvements of the state-owned railway RENFE (+3.3%).
European long-distance bus transport grew in 2017 despite a strong consolidation of providers:
The main driver of this development was the market leader FlixBus. FlixBus launched a Danish domestic network in April 2017 and a Czech domestic network in August 2017. In July 2017, FlixBus took over Hellö, the long-distance bus brand of the Austrian Federal Railway.
In June 2017, Busitalia Fast was launched as the new long-distance bus brand of the Italian state-owned railway FS and cooperation partner Simet with destinations in Italy, Austria and Germany.