SilverRail is a technology platform that helps travelers book and manage their train trips in the U.K. Expedia isn’t disclosing financial terms of the deal.
The two companies have been working together since 2010, when SilverRail began advising Egencia (Expedia’s corporate travel brand) on how to break into rail in the U.S. In 2016, Expedia.com started using SilverRail’s technology platform to sell rail tickets in the U.K.
Expedia’s immediate plans for SilverRail aren’t clear but the company has historically used acquisitions to expand its global footprint into as many forms of travel and lodging as possible. As high-speed rail technology advances and consumers shy away from fossil fuel-heavy modes of transportation, it’s possible that rail will become a bigger focus for the company.
“We think SilverRail has a very bright future and we are thrilled to welcome its talented team to the Expedia family,” said Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a statement. “Our primary goal in investing in the online rail revolution is to bring rail supply online, creating an even more diverse and robust product portfolio for our travelers around the world.”