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Sweden Joins the European Transnational train ticket distribution system

Europe takes a significant step towards unifying railway ticketing with the Open Sales and Distribution Model (OSDM). Sweden is the first country to integrate this innovative system. This marks a major advancement for travelers and railway companies. Find out more in our exclusive article…

A step towards unified ticketing

With the OSDM, a single ticket will soon allow travel across Europe. This will simplify cross-border journeys. By the end of 2024, companies like SNCF, CFF, Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, Trenitalia, and PKP in Poland will adopt this model. This system will facilitate ticket sales and establish multimodal, multi-operator ecosystems. Consequently, it meets the commitments of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER).

An unchanged yet improved user experience

For travelers, the transition to OSDM will be seamless. Ticket purchases will remain familiar. However, there will be the added benefit of combining multiple operators on a single ticket. For instance, a trip from Paris to Lucerne, now requiring two separate reservations, will be integrated into a single transaction. Therefore, this simplification promises an improved user experience without changing booking habits.

Enhanced guarantees for travelers

The OSDM provides additional guarantees, especially in cases of delays or cancellations. It offers compensation and re-routing at no extra cost. By 2030, the system should integrate other modes of transport. This will expand mobility options. Sweden’s adoption of the OSDM, with its competitive and open railway market, will serve as a large-scale test. This paves the way for full integration of railway offers across Europe.

With the OSDM integration, Sweden leads the way towards smoother and more interconnected mobility. This promises simplified and harmonized train travel for all Europeans.