The EURAIL Group
will take on the management of the Inter Rail pass products from 01
April 2007.This was decided during the Eurail Full Assembly and Board
meetings held in Stockholm from June 20-21st by the main European
The proposed full integration of the current Inter Rail activities
within the Eurail organisation was one of the main items on the agenda.
It will create a single, unique, international Rail pass organisation
dedicated to the Management, Marketing and Development for rail pass
products both inside and outside of Europe.
The integration opens up a whole new spectrum of opportunities according
to Mr. Rene de Groot, Managing Director of the Eurail Group G.I.E:
“The Inter Rail and Eurail products perfectly complement each other”,
he said. “Both offer excellent value for money combined with maximum
flexibility to discover the wonders of Europe. While Inter Rail is
primarily aimed at European citizens, Eurail is aimed at non-Europeans”.
“Both are existing and successful products in their own right who will
continue to be branded separately. This integration will allow Eurail
Group G.I.E. to take the best elements of each product and introduce new
passes and services in the future that will appeal not only to a larger
audience but will also make travelling by train in Europe even more
exciting”, de Groot said.
Eurail was founded in 1959 to encourage non-European to travel by train
in Europe and has since become associated with ‘value for money’ and
high quality 1st and 2nd Class rail passes for both young and adult
Inter Rail, in comparison, was created in 1972, at the anniversary of
the International Railway Union, for young people up to 21 years only
for travelling in 2nd class for one month of unlimited travel in 21
countries in Europe.
Over the years the Inter Rail offer has been extended with more country
options (currently 34 countries including Turkey and Morocco) and is
there no longer an age limit but the basic concept has not changed:
maximum travel days & countries for the lowest possible price! Not
surprisingly Inter Rail became very popular.
At one stage ‘Interrailing’ was a ‘must’ with every European youngster
who no longer wanted to travel with mum and dad and wanted to explore
the continent on their own with ultimate freedom and flexibility. To
date more than 6.8 million people have travelled with Inter Rail and
dedicated Inter Rail clubs, websites and web logs run by enthusiastic
travellers keen to share their unique travel experiences still flourish
and contribute to keeping the strong brand name of Inter Rail alive.