This year the InterRail Pass, a ticket to budget travel across Europe, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
A favourite travel choice amongst backpackers, students and gap year travellers - InterRail's birthday will be marked by the release of the third edition of "Europe by InterRail" – a guide book of InterRail itineraries written by three train enthusiasts, especially for InterRail pass holders.
The concept of "InterRailing" was first introduced on 1st March 1972, to enable students and backpackers under the age of 21 to explore the European continent. However, what started as a temporary initiative to coincide with the 50 years' jubilee of the International Union of Railways, was so well received that InterRail Passes have been on the market ever since.
Nowadays, InterRail attracts all kinds of travellers with one thing in common - a real sense of adventure. No longer just avalaible to young students, the modern day pass is for "all ages" and travel is is valid for over 30 European countries, offering more freedom than ever before.
Currently, the 'top three' visited InterRail countires are Germany, France and Itally - followed by Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden & Denmark.
Ana Dias e Seixas, Eurail Group's Marketing Director, commented: "Whilst InterRail has long been associated with youths, its clearly evolved into a product for everyone. Travel by rail is romantic, offering a sense of freedom and independence not associated with any other form of transport, and it's this aspect which we hope will continue to appeal to a broad target group for the next 40 years."
In 2011 more than 248,000 passengers travelled with an InterRail Pass; 78.9 per cent were youths under the age of 26, 17.4 per cent were adults and children, and 3.7 per cent were seniors.
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