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Private train provider: FlixTrain heads for Sweden and France


FlixBus has recently been on a few rail lines - and wants to continue to grow with this mode of transport. Next year, train stations outside Germany will be served for the first time.

The long-distance bus operator FlixMobility plans to roll out FlixTrain trains outside Germany by mid-2020. In Sweden, connections are to be offered from Stockholm to Malmö and Gothenburg, said the provider.

FlixMobility is best known for its FlixBus lines, which dominate the market for coach travel in Germany. With FlixTrain, travel by long-distance trains is now also available. While regional and freight transport already has a large number of competitors in addition to Deutsche Bahn, long-distance transport is firmly in the hands of the state-owned company: Fliedrain has been the only competitor there so far.

In the trains, the company now presents a high rate of expansion. In addition to the plans for Sweden, next year the opportunities offered by the liberalization of the railway market in France are to be explored, said a spokesman.

"Efforts to secure the wagon material for the expansion plans are already in full swing," states a statement: There are discussions with train manufacturers. In Germany Flixtrain uses discarded, renovated passenger trains of Deutsche Bahn.

Source: spiegel

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