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50th Anniversary of Interrail


5 decades of European Unity


The iconic Interrail Pass turns 50 in 2022. The first Interrail Passes were sold in March 1972 and started a true travel revolution. 'Interrailing' quickly became a synonym for a unique travel experience. 


For 5 decades, the Interrail Pass has been a symbol of an interconnected and borderless Europe.


At launch, the Interrail Pass enabled youth travellers up to 21 years old to explore 21 countries by train with just one rail pass. The rail pass began as a one-off offer - a 50th-anniversary gift from the UIC (International Union of Railways). 


One of their ambitions was to remove barriers and enable flexible, borderless travel across Europe. 


After the first year's success, it became a permanent offer and since its origin, more than 10 million travellers have enjoyed interrailing across Europe. During its half-century history, the Interrail Pass has continuously developed, anticipating the needs of new generations of travellers. 


Since 1998 the Interrail Pass has been available for travellers of all ages, including attractive offers for families and seniors. Starting with 21 participating countries in 1972, the rail pass today enables travel in up to 33 countries and includes national as well as private railway carriers.


Today, the Interrail Pass is powered by more than 40 participating railway carriers and ferry companies. 


Carlo Boselli, General Manager at Eurail: "In its 50 years history, the Interrail Pass has never lost its relevance. Each year, hundreds of thousands of travellers use our Passes. We advocate for the positive impact travelling can have in the world and the way an Interrail Pass allows for the exploration of Europe in a more environmentally sustainable manner. We inspire our customers to go one stop further and to discover lesser-known destinations." 


An emblem for European unity, the Interrail Pass continues to serve as a bridge for cultural exchange, enabling travellers to get out of their comfort zone and explore the unknown. 


The 50th Anniversary of Interrail kicked off in March with a full month promotion. Several activities are planned throughout the year to highlight this important milestone. Interrail Passes are now on sale with a 10% discount until the 31st of March*. With a mobile Interrail Pass, travellers can activate their passes and change their travel plans at any moment within 11 months after buying their Pass. For a small fee, travellers can select Plus which guarantees a 100% refund and exchange possibility*. This upgrade for mobile Passes can be selected at the checkout stage.


As of March 1st, 2022, Eurail has a refreshing new look with an updated logo, colour scheme, and design. The refresh pays tribute to the brand's heritage while embracing what's to come for rail travel.


Curious to know more about our design refresh and 50th Anniversary activities? Contact our press team for more details.


Small disclaimer: the promotion ends on March 31st 2022, and applies to all One Country Passes and all Global Passes. Click on the link for full terms and conditions.