1st March 2012
Can you believe it? Forty years ago today, on 1st March 1972, a new product - the InterRail pass - was introduced on a temporary basis to allow young people travel Europe.
It was so popular, it's still with us today. Initially, it covered 20 countries, and was limited to under 21s. Today it covers 30 countries, some of which didn't exist back in 1972, and is open to all ages - though the under 26s still get it for less!
More than 248,000 rail travellers across Europe bought a pass in 2011. InterRail passes today start at €175 for 30 countries, and full information is available through our National Customer Information Centre at 1850 366 222 (option 7) or through our appointed sales agent USIT – online sales and product information is available at www.usit.ie/interrail
Thinking of forty years of InterRail has got us all nostalgic: the thrill of standing at a station in Europe and deciding where to go next; going to sleep in one city, waking up at the crack of dawn in another; the days of the Iron Curtain and pre-Schengen agreements, when crossing borders meant constant stern immigration checks; and and even being robbed on the Berlin to Krakow overnight, a shock which gave way to great memories of a fellow passenger, with no language in common, sharing his vodka to commiserate!
We'd love to hear your InterRail memories and wishes - comment below on trips you've taken, and dream InterRails you still want to do. We've a free InterRail pass* up for grabs for our favourite - time to ride the rails again!
* You can comment from anywhere, but the free pass competition is for residents of Ireland only! Post your comment by 6th March to be in with a chance.