21 September 2021 | 4 minutes.

Europe By Rail

Eurail provides sustainable, unique travel experiences as a gateway to the cultural richness of Europe.

Photo: Julian Love


Encouraging greener travel across borders with the Interrail pass.

The Interrail Pass remains as relevant and popular today as it did from the start in 1972. With just one pass, travelers of all ages are able to visit up to 33 different European countries.

For almost 50 years, the Interrail Pass has been providing unique travel experiences filled with adventure, freedom, and flexibility while offering a gateway to the geographical, historical, and cultural richness of Europe.

Rail is one of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient ways of traveling. 2021 has been named by the European Commission as the European Year of Rail – with the aim of highlighting the benefits of rail as a smart, sustainable, and safe means of transport.

A variety of activities this year is putting rail in the spotlight across the continent, to encourage the use of rail by both citizens and businesses, and contributing to the EU Green Deal goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.

With an Interrail Pass, travelers are able to make travel decisions that leave a positive impact on the world.

The history of the Eurail and Interrail schemes is interwoven with the history of Europe. With just one rail pass, travelers of all ages have the ability to visit up to 33 different European countries. Eurail, the company behind the Eurail and Interrail Passes, is owned by over 35 European railway and ferry companies, and is based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Interrail Map – 2021
Berlin, Germany. In 1972, the Interrail Pass was introduced by the European railways to enable young Europeans up to the age of 21 years to discover their continent by connecting 21 countries with one pass. Photo: Snälltåget
Malmö, Sweden. Thanks to rail travel, millions of people from around the world have brought home memories as diverse as the countries they’ve crossed. Photo: Snälltåget
Jämtland County, Sweden. Travelling opens minds, brings cultures closer together, and deepens the understanding and empathy for one another. Photo: Snälltåget
Åre Municipality, Sweden. Rail travel empowers travelers to go one stop further from what they already know and spark their curiosity that encourages people to experience the unfamiliar. Photo: Snälltåget
Eurail has been a pioneer in unifying neighboring countries by removing the perception of national borders and promoting train as an efficient and ecofriendly way to travel across Europe. Photo: Eurail

Eurail actively encourages travelers to explore new locations, step out of their routines and transform their trip from something good into something unforgettable. Photo: Eurail
Flamsbana, Norway. Regardless of the length of the trip – be it 3 days or 3 months – trains are not only a viable alternative to planes, but essential in the fight against climate
change. Photo: Michael Meusburger
Flåm Railway, Norway. Travelers are invited to dive deeper into any stop they come across and absorb the diversity Europe has to offer. Photo: Eurail
Norway. From London to Athens, travelers are free to discover Europe’s most beautiful,
interesting and exciting destinations. Photo: Eurail
Germany. In 2020, Eurail launched the mobile version of its Eurail and Interrail Passes, a paperfree, all-in-one digital pass that gives travelers even more freedom and flexibility to discover new landscapes, cities and cultures by train. Photo: Eurail
Stockholm, Sweden. More than 680,000 travelers of all ages and from around the world choose to travel with an Interrail or Eurail Pass every year. Photo: Eurail
Austria. 2021 is the European Year of Rail, highlighting the benefits of rail as a smart, sustainable, and safe means of transport. Photo: Nightjet – ÖBB/Harald Eisenberger
Austria. European initiatives like DiscoverEU or the European Year of Rail are making use of rail travel to support the key goal of reducing the harmful impact of CO2 emissions of the transport sector on our environment and societies. Photo: Nightjet – ÖBB/Harald Eisenberger
Bydgoszcz Train Station, Poland. Initially designed to encourage youth mobility in 1972, the Interrail Pass has since broadened its horizons for European travelers of all ages to discover every corner of their continent by rail. Photo: Eurail
Flamsbana, Norway. Eurail brings together more than 43 European transportation carriers to enable borderless travel. Photo: Michael Meusburger