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travelFUSION Travel Comparator Launches in Europe

[London, ENGLAND] If users say when and where they want to go within Europe, travelFUSION -- launched Monday -- offers a list of options by plane, train, coach, ferry and automobile, complete with fares.

The new travelFUSION service brings together timetable and pricing information from British Airways, TheTrainLine, Swiss Air Group, P&O Stena Line, and coach operator National Express. It not only helps travelers find exact times of departure and arrival, but enables them to book their tickets as well.

Moshe Rafiah, chief executive officer at travelFUSION, commented that integrated transport planning is finally with us.

"For the first time travelers can benefit from a complete and personalized solution -- comparing all the transport options, the different travel operators, the costs and times of travel -- just a click away from booking the best journey," said Rafiah.

travelFUSION follows the huge success of the Railtrack rail travel planner which was one of the first Web-based services in the U.K. More recently, TheTrainLine -- backed with a substantial awareness campaign -- has presented similar information which is now also shared by travelFUSION.

There are reportedly over half a million place names in the travelFUSION database, together with a smart route planner designed to optimize each journey between A and B in Europe.

For example, the site gives car travelers from the U.K. directions to Dover (the main port for travel to France), an appropriate ferry timetable, directions to Paris, plus the total cost of the trip.

The company behind the venture is TravelFusion Limited, a U.K. e-commerce Internet start-up that was founded in December 1999.

TravelFusion Limited has plans for extending its travel comparator by introducing a new service named cityFUSION in the near future. cityFUSION will tell travelers how to get from A to B by all available transport options in a city -- as well as providing information about "what to see, and where to eat, shop and party."