Delta Expands Rail Program Throughout Europe — See Where You Can Catch a Train

Passengers can book flights and train tickets under a single booking with Delta's Air+Rail program.

Delta’s Air+Rail links connect flights at Brussels, Manchester, Rome and Zurich airports

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Traveling to Europe just got a whole lot easier for Delta passengers as the airline has expanded its Air+Rail program.

Effective immediately, Delta passengers flying to Brussels, Manchester, Rome, and Zurich will be able to book onward train tickets to nearby cities through Delta, the airline announced Tuesday. Geneva will be added as another Air+Rail city when Delta launches a route there from New York's JFK in April 2023.

Launched in August 2021, the program allows travelers to add train tickets to their Delta flight reservations to Europ in a single booking. The initial phase only connected passengers flying into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to the Belgian cities of Antwerp and Brussels.

The new train destinations bring the total to 20 European cities: Breda and Rotterdam in the Netherlands; seven cities in the U.K.; four cities in Italy, including Bologna and Florence; and seven cities in Switzerland, including Bern and Lausanne.

"Building more Air+Rail connections into our schedule provides a greater choice of destinations for our customers, including a number of these cities not currently served by Delta or our European partners, such as Bern, Rotterdam, and York," Alain Bellemare, Delta’s President – International, said in a statement. "Expanding our footprint in Europe also makes it more convenient for customers to get to popular city center locations whether traveling for business or pleasure to make the most of their time away."

To book an Air+Rail journey with Delta, passengers need to search Delta's site for flights to or from one of the 22 European cities serviced by the program. Itineraries marked with an "Includes Train" badge include — you guessed it — train journeys. Those traveling in Delta One, the airline's business-class cabin, will automatically be upgraded to a premium carriage on the train, while all other ticket holders will be booked in the standard cabin.

The displayed price for the itinerary includes fares for both the flight and train ride all under the same booking reference number. Passengers will, however, have to check-in separately for their flight and train ride. Flight check-in starts on or via the Delta app 24 hours prior to flight departure, but train check-in starts 72 hours before the train's departure.

Travelers can check-in and receive a digital boarding pass on, or they can visit a ticket booth at the train station for a printed ticket. And in the case of a flight delay, don't sweat it — your train ticket is valid for 72 hours after the original departure for that very reason.

While greater accessibility to Europe is exciting, it's worth noting that travelers aren't able to earn SkyMiles for the train portion of the trip.

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