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InterRail and Eurail: The Rail Passes for European train travel
From Antalya to Amsterdam, Manchester to Milan, from the sands of North Africa, to the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle, and more than 200,000 kilometers of track in between, the rail network is simply the ideal way to travel across Europe.
The joys of train travel are touched upon in other articles across the site, but, suffice to say, that in addition to being a practical way of getting around, it’s also reasonably priced, and a great way of meeting other backpackers, student travelers, and generally like-minded folk. Besides being an adventurous, flexible and environmentally friendly way to travel, a train pass also allows you to arrive right where the action is: in the heart of the city.
A Brief History of Euro Rail Travel
Although it might seem like it’s been around for ever – student travelers and backpackers do it, your friends have all done it, your parents might’ve done it, the Romans (you suspect) probably even did it – the concept of Eurail (or Eurorail) actually started in 1972 with the advent of the European InterRail Pass.
The idea was that under-21s could buy a Pass entitling them to one month’s unlimited 2nd class travel through twenty-one European countries, thus allowing them to travel freely and cheaply within the continent. Fortunately, such an age limit has now been removed, allowing people of all ages to profit from affordable train travel in Europe.
The zone covered by InterRail has expanded to reflect the opening up of the borders of the European community in recent years and its embracing of new members, with recent additions including as Bosnia-Herzegovina. No less than 30 countries can now be visited with an InterRail Global Pass, while 21 can be visited with Eurail Pass.
Throughout its history millions of people around the world have explored Europe using a Eurail or InterRail Pass. InterRail Passes are for Europeans, while non-Europeans require one of the Eurail Passes to train travel Europe.