- IATA/ICAO Code:
- Airline Type:
- Full Service Carrier
- Dubai International Airport
- Year Founded:
- Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
- United Arab Emirates
Despite not belonging to any of the so-called ‘big three’ airline alliances, Emirates can certainly be said to be one of the world’s most well-connected carriers. As well as having agreements in place with partner airlines across the globe, it also works with several different European train companies to streamline onward travel.
German state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn is no stranger to airline partnerships, given that, earlier this year, it joined the Star Alliance. This followed the establishment of existing partnerships with Vueling Airlines, easyJet, and German flag carrier Lufthansa. It also has an agreement with Emirates.
According to the Dubai-based UAE flag carrier’s website, customers traveling on Emirates’ flights to and from Frankfurt can easily add a German train ticket to their booking(s) as part of a single itinerary. You simply have to input your German start/end point of choice, and the journey planner formulates a train-plane combination that leaves sufficient time to transfer and check in at Frankfurt.
Equally, Emirates passengers also have the option to add a Deutsche Bahn ticket as a separate component of their booking via the Rail&Fly scheme. This offers more flexibility, as it can be used when flying with Emirates to or from Düsseldorf, Hamburg, and Munich, in addition to Frankfurt. The tickets, which are valid on DB’s whole network, cost €27 ($26.37), but are free to business/first class passengers.
Emirates’ partnership with Deutsche Bahn offers passengers various options when it comes to onward connections. Photo: Jake Hardiman | Simple Flying
For passengers traveling to and from Austria, Emirates has a similar agreement in place regarding journeys on the country’s ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen / Austrian Federal Railways) network. For seven major cities, passengers can directly integrate a train journey into their itinerary when booking their Emirates flights between its Dubai (DXB) hub and Vienna International Airport (VIE).
It is worth noting that, when making such bookings, the train ticket will reflect the passenger’s class of travel on their corresponding Emirates flight. This means that business and first class passengers get first class train tickets, which come with the ability to make use of ÖBB’s lounges at larger stations.
The seven major cities for which corresponding train tickets can be booked as part of an Emirates booking are Bregenz, Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg, and Saint Polten. Connections are protected in the event of delays.
The tickets are also valid the day before a departing flight, and the day after arriving, for easier connections. Photo: Jake Hardiman | Simple Flying
Over in Spain, Emirates has forged a partnership that allows passengers flying into Barcelona and Madrid to connect onwards to “more than 25 cities on the modern and fast Renfe network.” When making such integrated bookings, Emirates provides passengers with a reference number that allows them to print the ticket for the rail leg of their journey. Once again, all connections are protected.
Finally, Emirates also has a partnership with French state-owned rail operator SNCF. Unlike the Spanish connections, which require passengers to travel from Barcelona and Madrid’s airports into their city centers to catch a high-speed rail connection, Paris CDG has its own on-site mainline station.
Paris CDG Airport has a dedicated TGV Air counter for onward rail connections. Photo: Jake Hardiman | Simple Flying
This enables direct connections via TGV high-speed trains to and from 19 French destinations. Passengers beginning their journey by rail can collect their ticket at their departure station by presenting their Emirates ticket and form of ID. Meanwhile, passengers arriving by air can transfer at Paris CDG’s TGV Air counter.