Compagnie des Wagons-Lits was established in 1872 and has long set the standard for overnight rail transport in Europe, especially in the luxury transport sector. For many years, the company ran its own luxury trains, the most famous being the Orient Express and the Blue Train.
In 1931, at the height of its success, the company was running a record number of 2,268 rail cars. Based in Europe, Compagnie des Wagons-Lits quickly expanded into various other countries, primarily in Africa and Asia. For a long time, it enjoyed a monopoly of the rail catering market in Italy and Austria.
Nowadays, the name “Compagnie des Wagons-Lits” is laden with history and is associated with travel and luxury. Therefore, the team at Newrest Wagons-Lits strives to be worthy of the name by carrying on the long-standing company tradition of delivering world-class passenger service.
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