• Switzerland edition
 
SPONSORED ARTICLE
InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe

Published: 29 Feb 2012 12:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Feb 2012 12:02 GMT+01:00

You don’t have to be a gap-year graduate to jump on board and enjoy the InterRail experience today. Travelling around Europe by train can be appreciated by everyone – whatever your age.

For the past four decades, the image of the InterRail holiday has captured the sense of fun, freedom and adventure. Launched exactly 40 years ago, on 1st March 1972, the concept of exploring Europe on train was targeted towards the student armed with a backpack on a budget. 

But nowadays there’s no age limit and you’re just as likely to meet a married couple or a pair of pensioned pals en route. Everyone can take advantage of the 30 countries to choose from and create a personalised itinery to suit their style of holiday. 

Friends Lorraine Busow, 42, and Jackie Spaans, 39, from the UK mixed scenery and shopping on their holiday from Oslo to Lisbon with stops in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris and Madrid along the way. 

“We booked our trip really quickly and easily and it was just the two of us across Europe,” says Lorraine. “As soon as we got onto the train in Norway – that was it! The fjords – they just take your breath away. But we also like city life and everything that’s different. Otherwise – why bother taking a holiday?”

The diversity of Europe offers something for everybody and the train is the perfect way to discover the continent in comfort. “Your train window is your own private cinema,” Lorraine adds. “The best thing with InterRail is that when you arrive you are in the heart of the city. Your hotel is on the corner, check in and the city’s all yours. All you’ve got to do is enjoy yourself.”

A Christmas getaway with a seasonal slice of culture was in store for Dutch couple Ron Smits, 50, and his wife Miep, 48 as they journeyed with friends from Amsterdam to Basel via Berlin and Salzburg. 

“We love everything to do with winter,” Ron says. “And for that you need to be in Switzerland. We planned to be there for Christmas and I’ve never seen anything like it. Basel’s inner city was one merry Christmas crib - fantastic!

The German capital provided a contrasting backdrop. “Berlin has its own story and history,” Ron adds. “You feel that when walking around. It affects you.”

A surprise present to celebrate her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary was a memorable trip for Julie le Guen, 24, from France. Their journey began in Paris and took in Venice and Rome before finishing in Istanbul. 

“Travelling through Europe was just unforgettable,” she says. “The idea was to see the wonders and reach the place where Europe ends and Asia begins. My mother and I often reminisce about all the small squares and lanes in Venice. And of course we visited all the sights in Rome. My parents are architecture fans so there was plenty for them to look at.”  

Lorraine, Ron and Julie all travelled using the InterRail Global Pass, which offers the ultimate in freedom and flexibility. In addition, the InterRail One Country Passes gives you the opportunity to explore a particular country of interest. InterRail Adult Passes are for travellers aged 26 and over and are available in first and second class. A reduced tariff applies to the InterRail Global Pass for travellers aged 60 and above.  

To date, over eight million people have travelled with an InterRail Pass. Speeding between cities, towns and villages, across and between borders, rail travel in Europe is often considered a better option to car or air travel. Today, with growing concern about climate change, energy-efficient trains are also seen as the “greener”, virtuous alternative.

And you can reach your destinations in good time. High-speed trains can exceed 300 kilometres per hour and connect major cities more efficiently than ever before. London to Paris - a distance of 495 km - now takes just under two hours and twenty minutes, as does Paris to Strasbourg. Madrid to Barcelona takes only two hours, thirty-eight minutes and Frankfurt to Salzburg is less than six hours away. 

With over 40,000 railway stations in the InterRail network, the opportunities for discovery are endless. Taking you from quaint villages to bustling cities all over Europe, via stunning scenery and breathtaking landmarks, InterRail offers a unique experience to all its customers.

Article sponsored by Eurail Group

For information on the InterRail pass range and where to buy click here

The Local (news@thelocal.ch)

Don't miss...X
Left Right
Today's headlines
Lausanne woman among Mali plane crash dead
The Air Algérie plane was en route to Algiers. Photo: Farouk Batiche/AFP

Lausanne woman among Mali plane crash dead

A communications officer from Lausanne is listed among the 118 people on board the Air Algérie plane which crashed in Mali on Thursday. READ  

Resting Wawrinka drops in on Swiss Open
Wawrinka recovered from illness shortly before Wimbledon. Photo: Andrew Yates/AFP

Resting Wawrinka drops in on Swiss Open

Stan Wawrinka confirmed on Friday that he is fit and ready for the final leg of the ATP season, starting with the Masters 1000 event in Canada. READ  

Swiss swimmer attempts river Rhine record
The Rhine flows through Basel. Photo: Michelle Kinsey Bruns

Swiss swimmer attempts river Rhine record

A man from Graübunden is attempting to swim the length of the river Rhine from its source to its mouth, a journey of 1,247 kilometres. READ  

Deal reached on Geneva airport construction
The agreement means Geneva airport's building work can go ahead. Photo: eguidetravel.com

Deal reached on Geneva airport construction

Environmentalists and residents groups have withdrawn their opposition to the renovation of Geneva airport’s east wing after an agreement was reached regarding the number of planes that may use it. READ  

New rules put damper on national day fireworks
Communes don't want to pay for fireworks training courses. Photo: Takashi Nishimura

New rules put damper on national day fireworks

Celebrations on Swiss National Day on August 1st may be more muted than usual this year after the government ruled that anyone running a fireworks display must undergo a costly training course. READ  

Youzhny sets up quarter- final clash in Gstaad
Mikhail Youzhny celebrates after winning last year's tournament. Photo: Alain Grosclaude/AFP

Youzhny sets up quarter- final clash in Gstaad

Top seed Mikhail Youzhny began his title defence at the Swiss Open tennis tournament in Gstaad on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Frenchman Kenny De Schepper. READ  

EU rejects Swiss bid to rejig free movement deal
EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

EU rejects Swiss bid to rejig free movement deal

The European Union on Thursday formally rejected Switzerland's request to renegotiate their freedom of movement accord so as to take into account a Swiss vote earlier this year to limit immigration, EU sources said. READ  

Strong franc eats into Roche first-half profits
Photo: Roche

Strong franc eats into Roche first-half profits

Pharmaceutical giant Roche on Thursday said its first-half profit fell by seven percent to 5.6 billion francs ($6.2 billion), hit by the strength of Switzerland's currency. READ  

Residents flee as river Emme floods village
Rega helped evacuate homes in the area. Photo: Rega

Residents flee as river Emme floods village

Rega, the Swiss air-ambulance service, evacuated residents of Schangnau in the canton of Bern on Thursday morning as the river Emme broke its banks. READ  

Students race futuristic boats in Lausanne
Students must design a boat that can travel the furthest distance using the least energy. Photo: Hydros

Students race futuristic boats in Lausanne

More than 100 students from six countries are competing in an eco-friendly boat-building competition on Dorigny beach in Lausanne this week. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Tech
Hackers exploit 'holes' in Swiss online banking systems: IT experts
Sport
Video of Bern football player's spectacular own goal goes global
Tech
Switzerland stays on top of innovation rankings for fourth year
National
Roger Federer and Lindsey Vonn play tennis at Jungfraujoch (VIDEOS)
Business & Money
Competition commission launches probe into Swiss car leasing 'fiddle'
Health
Down's syndrome cases in Switzerland more than double
National
American family files hefty lawsuit over deadly Swiss balloon crash
Features
Graubünden's panoramic Bernina Express celebrates rail history
National
Study rates Zurich as world's fifth most expensive city for expats
National
Swiss-based human brain project directors hit back at research critics
Business & Money
Switzerland gets the edge on EU with China free trade agreement
National
Entries for new Swiss national anthem competition swell over 200
National
Zurich-based helicopter firm denies role in Schumacher medical leak
Culture
Montreux Jazz Festival debuts live internet streaming of concerts
Features
Tour of Bern’s historic fountains tells story of Switzerland's capital
National
Swiss media lament football team's 'cruel' and 'bitter' defeat
International
The Local expands its reach with the launch of new website in Denmark
Sport
Jubilant press hails hat-trick hero Shaqiri as 'Swiss Messi'
National
New website study reveals inequality in Swiss disposable income
Travel
Switzerland’s largest ski area 4-Vallées breaks up over lift dispute
National
VIDEO: Zurich Zoo launches contest to name newborn baby elephant
Business & Money
CEO-to-worker pay gap grows at biggest Swiss firms: union study
Culture
VIDEO: Swiss performance artist plans naked stroll at Art Basel
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

2,199
jobs available