Connecting Europe Express will depart from Lisbon on 2 September

It will cross 26 countries in 36 days and will arrive in Paris on 7 October

The special European Year of Rail six-coach train ‘Connecting Europe Express’ will start its journey from Lisbon on 2 September. Announcing the route and timetable of the train, the Commission said that it will travel across 26 countries in 36 days.

The train will stop in more than 70 cities and will link the Portuguese, Slovenian and French Presidencies of the Council, arriving in Paris on 7 October.

According to the Commission, the special train will demonstrate the power of rail to connect people and businesses, and the importance of EU infrastructure policy in making this possible.

Crisscrossing the continent, from Lisbon to Bucharest and from Berlin to Paris, the Connecting Europe Express will follow routes that bind us together – whether countries, businesses or people, Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean commented. “While a symbol for connectivity, this train also serves as a reminder that we still have a long way to go and much work to do before rail becomes the transport option of choice for Europeans,” she added.

This project is a joint endeavor of the Commission and the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), European rail operators, infrastructure managers and many other partners at EU and local level. At each of the stops, events and other activities, adapted to local Covid-19 measures, will highlight the key role that rail plays for the society, but also the challenges that rail must still overcome to attract more passengers and freight.

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