More than 183,000 non-Europeans enjoyed the freedom of traveling
with a Eurail Pass between January and May 2012.
Eurail Global Pass sales increased by 9.4% and
Eurail Select Pass sales increased by 5.0% compared to 2011.
"Based on the first five months of 2012, we are
pleased to see the surge in sales of both the Eurail Global and
Eurail Select Pass and we hope that this is an early indicator
that consumer travel in general is on the rebound. Eurail pass
holders must clearly perceive the Global Pass and the Select Pass
as a competitive and cost effective product to travel with," said
Ana Dias e Seixas, Eurail Group's Marketing Director.
The original Eurail pass, valid in 13 countries,
was hailed as "the Master Key to Europe" and was the only pass of
its kind from 1959 until 1994 when additional products were
introduced. At present, the Eurail Global Pass is valid in 23
countries and can be used on 138,000 miles of track in today's
European network, whereas the Eurail Select Pass provides
unlimited rail travel through three, four or five adjoining Eurail
countries, with 24 different countries participating in this
Switzerland, France and Austria were the most popular countries
for Eurail Global & Select Pass holders in 2011.
Most Popular Countries in 2011
||Select Pass - 3 countries
There are currently four types of Eurail Passes
offered to suit the travel needs of non-European travelers: the
Eurail Global Pass for travel in 23 member countries; the Eurail
Select Pass, valid in three, four or five adjoining countries; the
Eurail Regional Pass, restricted to small groups of neighboring
countries; and the Eurail One Country Pass, making the perfect
travel companion for exploring a single country.
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