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European Railway: Deutsche Bahn customer cannot book cross-border tickets in Europe

Rail transport: The Austrian Federal Railways are the market leader for night train connections in Germany. More routes and more comfortable trains: This is what the two railway companies are announcing. But booking international tickets is still too cumbersome for travelers. Deutsche Bahn would not be able to cross the Alps by train without the help of the Austrians. If you board the ÖBB Nightjet 295 at Munich Central Station shortly after 8 p.m., you will be over the Brenner Pass before midnight and can order a caffè around half past nine the next morning in a bar near Roma Termini station and bite into a cornetto alla crema . The 13-hour journey is a classic among night train fans. The connection has now been partially interrupted for three months - and of all times in the summertime. Trains will run non-stop from next Sunday. If you wanted to criticize Deutsche Bahn, you could joke that they have, well, overslept the trend towards night trains that has been going on for several years. But that's not entirely true. Because it was a conscious decision to withdraw from the night train business, that was in 2016. The dilapidated rolling stock and the gigantic losses incurred by the night trains, which were hardly used to capacity, prompted the company to do so. Even then, experts considered the step to be a big mistake - and indeed, after a short time, the railway corrected itself, albeit hesitantly. The largest German state-owned company and politicians cannot get the glitches under control. The network is ailing, the trains are always late. What could help? From then on, she relied on the cooperation with the Austrian ÖBB. They maintain night train routes between 25 major European cities, many of them in Germany.

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    Such challenges can be frustrating for travelers and may hinder the convenience and efficiency of cross-border train travel.

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