Austria: An Increasingly Popular Choice Among Eurail Pass Travelers

By Eurail Group G.i.e., PRNE
Monday, February 7, 2011

UTRECHT, Netherlands, February 8, 2011 - If you were going to only visit one European country this year, what
would it be? In a continent teeming with diversity, new statistics show that
Austria, home of Mozart, Sigmund Freud and Maria Von Trapp, is gaining
popularity among Eurail riders as a one-stop destination for arts, culture,
and breathtaking beauty.

While traversing through multiple European countrysides and cityscapes
will never go out of style, key travel trends for 2011 indicate that shorter
jaunts to the continent are becoming more in vogue among international

Eurail Group G.I.E., in cooperation with their member railways, is
catering to this current shift in consumer behavior by increasing their
single country product offerings for those interested in shorter European
getaways, making a quick trip to Spain, Denmark or the Benelux countries
easier and more accessible.

The Eurail Italy Pass proved to be the most popular choice in 2010 with
more than 64,000 passengers while Eurail's Spain Pass ranked second with more
than 14,000. But 2011 may witness a rise in rail travel to Austria, which
rounded out the top 3 most popular Eurail One Country Passes last year.

The Eurail Austria Pass offers the opportunity to travel through one of
Europe's most diverse and breathtaking terrains in record time. You can now
easily ski the Tyrolean Alps, tour Salzburg's majestic lake region
(immortalized in the opening scenes of The Sound of Music), and stroll
through Vienna's royal gardens all within the same trip. And with prices
starting at approximately $27 per travel day (depending on options selected),
this Austrian adventure can be more affordable than ever.

During 2010, Eurail Group witnessed a large number of Eurail Pass holders
choosing to explore their selected destination with the One Country Pass.
Eurail Group predicts that in 2011, more than 100,000 travelers will use this
category of passes alone.

"Eurail offers the best way to experience the European continent,
enabling pass holders to hop from city centre to city centre at their own
leisure whilst absorbing the ever-changing landscapes. Passengers will surely
discover the flexibility that only the Eurail Pass can provide by jumping on
and off the trains with ease" states Ana Dias e Seixas, Eurail Group's
Marketing Director. "Plus, it's the most economical and convenient way to
discover Europe, thanks to the unlimited train travel available."

More about Eurail Group G.I.E.

The Eurail Group offers a wide range of rail passes to suit all
itineraries. Eurail Passes are available from the following authorized sales
channels: ACP Rail International (,
B.V. (, Flight Centre (;
Rail Europe North America (, Rail Europe (rest of
the world: and STA Travel (

Eurail Group corporate website and press room:

Press Contacts: Ellie Kingswell & Ana Dias e Seixas, E-mail: pressinfo at, Tel: + 31(0)30-7516-500, Eurail photo library:, China: Eddie Yang, e-mail: eyang at, Tel: +86-10-5879-7656, India: Shilpa Sethi, e-mail: shilpa at, Tel: +91-11-4166-9576, Japan: Harue Nakagawa, e-mail: hnakagawa at, Tel:
+81-3-3222-0775, Korea: Monica Kang, e-mail: maxcom1004 at, Tel: + 82-2-553-4696, USA: Brigitta Kroon-Fiorita: e-mail: bkroon-fiorita at, Tel: +1-917-720-1281

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