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Senior Europeans encouraged to explore continent by train

InterRail introduces new 60+ pass to begin in January 2010

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS, December 14, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — After being the number one European train pass for youth travellers for decades, InterRail launches a special pass for 60+ travellers in January 2010, allowing senior travellers to explore the continent by train.

More and more Europeans hop on the train for international travel each year, increasing the number of passengers travelling on a InterRail Pass. Germany, France and Italy continue to be the most popular countries, both for travellers under and above 26 years old. The British are the most devoted train enthusiasts for two years running, online sales state. In fact, more than 50% of all InterRail passes sold between January and September 2009, originated from online booking agents (the French were second and accounted for a further 10%).

There is growing optimism for the Eurail Group with regards to the continued success story known as InterRail; especially considering that during the heat of recession the sales declined by -3.5% only. In light of these positive findings, the current product range has been redesigned to attract more customers from all walks of life (seniors, adults, & backpacking students). Consequently, the Eurail Group announces the introduction of two new passes to begin circulation in January, 2010:

  • InterRail Global Pass valid for 15 consecutive days* (2nd class youth from €279)
  • InterRail Global Pass offering a special tariff for 60+ travellers* (2nd class from €224)

Having 15 consecutive days will give InterRailers the freedom to pick and choose their next destination; as opposed to the amount of days available on the pass, announces the Eurail Group. In the past, it was only the name that was associated with youth travellers and the Eurail Group believes that 60+ passengers will prove to be the ideal candidates for InterRail (based on data received from participating railways). Thousands of adults have already discovered the joys of InterRail and InterRailing seniors are currently present in the Scandinavian market. In addition, their travel behaviour is almost parallel to their juniors:


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Most popular IR countries for under 26

Most popular IR countries for 26 & older

2008

2007

2008

2007

1

Germany

Germany

Germany

Germany

2

France

France

France

France

3

Italy

Italy

Italy

Italy

4

Austria

Austria

Switzerland

Switzerland

5

Switzerland

Switzerland

Austria

Austria

6

Sweden

Spain

Sweden

Sweden

7

Netherlands

Belgium

Denmark

Denmark

8

Denmark

Sweden

Belgium

Belgium

9

Spain

Netherlands

Spain

Netherlands

10

Belgium

Czech Rep

Norway

Spain

(2009 results will be available in March, 2010).


"With the online sales of InterRail One Country Passes steadily increasing and the introduction of two new innovative products", explains Ana Dias e Seixas, Eurail Group’s Marketing Director, "this shows that InterRailing is not only the best choice for today, but also the most sustainable travel solution for Europeans tomorrow."

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For More Information:

Eurail Group corporate website and press room: www.eurailgroup.com
Press Contacts: Ana Dias e Seixas & Ellie Kingswell, email: pressinfo@eurail.nl
Eurail photo library: http://eurail.informationstore.net/

* This offer does not apply to the One Country Pass range