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Lufthansa Express Rail raises stations to 20

Lufthansa is building up the number of train stations in Germany where its passengers can travel “seamlessly”.

In cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa is building up the number of departure and arrival train stations in Germany where its passengers can travel “seamlessly”, from eight to 20.

The number of Lufthansa Express Rail departure stations to Frankfurt Main will gradually increase to 20 as new stations will be added in the towns of Göttingen, Kassel, Erfurt and Aachen, starting in September.

Freiburg and Ulm follow in December and an expansion to Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Wuppertal, Oberhausen and Bonn should be completed by early next summer.

Express Rail is currently available in Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Würzburg. Besides being stations where passengers can depart from, these cities are also destinations in the worldwide Lufthansa network that can directly be booked for travel to.

“Easy booking, simple transfer, direct connection to the world,” summarised Harry Hohmeister, member of the executive board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, responsible for hub management.

“The Lufthansa Premium understanding is to be able to make each customer an individual offer according to their needs, and this cooperation aims to achieve exact that. In addition, Lufthansa is responding to the growing importance of networked mobility.”

Guaranteed connections
“Up to eight” daily connections per departure station “provide a convenient connection” to Lufthansa’s flights in Frankfurt, the airline says. The offer includes seat reservation, Miles&More points and a guaranteed connection.

In the event of an unexpected delay of train or flight, Lufthansa will change to an alternative connection free of charge. Business-class guests travel first class on Deutsche Bahn and have access to the DB lounges.

Check-in and seat allocation for the rail service can be done online via LH.com or mobile via the Lufthansa app. The boarding pass acts as a ticket for the rail connection.

“We want to offer our customers the simplest and most comfortable door-to-door travel chain possible,” added Berthold Huber, board member for passenger transport at Deutsche Bahn. “The seamless transition from rail to air, which enables our cooperation with Lufthansa, ideally complements our portfolio as a provider of networked mobility.”

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