WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rail Europe here and subsidiary DER are
taking a page from airlines on pricing. The rail travel purveyors
introduced lower "book-early" fares year-round for
advance-purchase, one-way tickets on some rail routes in Europe.
The lower fares, available for a limited number of seats per
train, are discounted from 40% to 70%, and bookings can be made as
far in advance as 60 days and a minimum of 14 days before
As with airlines, the new fare system is tiered; when the
allotment of lowest fares for each train is sold out, the next
highest level of three tiers of fares applies.
The advance-purchase tickets are available -- in second class
only -- on Artesia day trains between Paris and Milan and on TGV
trains between Paris and Geneva, Switzerland, and between Brussels,
Belgium, and several French cities.
Similar fares are also available on Artesia night trains between
Paris and Italian destinations Milan, Venice, Rome or Florence, in
couchette sleeping compartments.
Travel agent commission is 5% to 7% on the discounted