Senior Europeans Embrace InterRail Freedom

By Eurail And Interrail, PRNE
Thursday, December 16, 2010

60+ InterRail Global Pass Gaining Rapidly in Popularity

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, December 17, 2010 - Eurail Group G.I.E., the organisation dedicated to the marketing and
management of the InterRail product range report that the introduction of the
InterRail 60+ Global Pass has been well very received by consumers in 2010.

The introduction of the InterRail 60+ discount delivered a
substantial combination of growth and increased profitability for the member
railways during the first three quarters of 2010. "Since introduction of the
Senior Pass at the beginning of the year, we have analysed that 3.6% of
InterRail Global Passes sold already account for the 60+ demographic"
comments Eurail Group's Managing Director, Rene de Groot. "This shows that
this type of pass is becoming a 'hit' with people who have the time to
explore Europe by rail at leisure and in comfort and, who often retrace the
trips they made by InterRail when they were youngsters".

Eurail Group G.I.E. further reports that the InterRail Global
Pass sales have risen by 11.4% compared to the same period in 2009. 76.7% of
the current InterRail Pass holders represent youth travellers who have been
synonymous with InterRailing for almost four decades. Children and adults
over the age of 26 account for the remaining 19.7%, which proves that
InterRail is beginning to appeal to all ages.

Rail travel continues to be the 'Green choice', while the
implementation of new Highspeed connections in Spain, France and Finland will
not only have a positive impact on reduced travel times, but on the
environment also. Renfe's AVE Long Distance trains in Spain have the ability
to reach average speeds of 300 to 350 km/h: this means that pass holders can
travel between Madrid and Barcelona 52 time per day and cover 638 kilometres
within 2h.38. Trenitalia's fleet of 'Red Arrow Frecciarossa' trains which run
on High Speed tracks (between Turin, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples
and Salerno) reach commercial speeds of approximately 300 km/h. Non-stop
connections between Milan and Rome can transport pass holders 68 times per
day, bridging the distance of 575 kilometres within 3hrs. "We are aware of
the fact consumers are keen to travel from A to B in the quickest time
possible" says de Groot. "Therefore, we predict that the expansion of our
shareholders network and their exceptional services will be a very positive
advantage for future InterRail Pass holders".

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Eurail Group corporate website and press room:

Editors Notes

InterRail Passes are available from and all
participating railway companies

Press Contacts: Ana Dias e Seixas & Ellie Kingswell, E-mail: pressinfo at, tel: +31(0)30-7516-500, Eurail photo library:

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