Eurail Adds New Countries, New Selectpasses and New Regional Passes That Multiply Rail Itineraries in 2005

17-Country Eurailpass Prices Remain Unchanged at 2003 Levels



Oct 28, 2004, 01:00 ET from The Eurail Group

    UTRECHT, Netherlands, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurail will up the ante on
 the range of its popular Selectpasses in 2005.  With new countries from
 Eastern Europe joining the Eurail network, new cards in the pack will include
 Slovenia and Croatia, treated as one country, and Bulgaria, Serbia and
 Montenegro, also treated as one country.  Furthermore, with the addition of a
 new bonus partner, Grimaldi Ferries operating between Italy and Spain, these
 two countries have become "bordering" countries and an eligible combination
 for the Eurail Selectpass.
     Since Eurail Selectpasses allow travel in and between three, four and five
 bordering countries for five to 10 days of travel in a two-month period (with
 15 days of travel available for the five-country pass), the deck of 17 Eurail
 countries and six Selectpass countries (including Romania) can be shuffled any
 number of ways.  With the number of possible Selectpass combinations
 increasing from approximately 450 to almost 750, the possibilities are
 virtually unlimited -- like Europe.
     "As people grow more intrigued with Eastern Europe, Eurail is responding
 with new passes that enable easy forays into exciting new destinations." said
 Eurail marketing manager Rachel Young.  "Linking Italy and Spain for the first
 time with our new bonus partner is another coup, providing Eurail Selectpass
 holders discounted overnight crossings between Civitavecchia and Barcelona and
 Salerno and Valencia."
     With the new Selectpass options, you could revisit one or two old
 favorites in classic Europe, then discover new terrain in Eastern Europe.
 Start in Italy, perhaps, then swing around to Slovenia for a look at Art
 Nouveau Ljubljana, one of Europe's youngest capitals.  Croatia beckons with
 its Dalmatian Coast towns of Dubrovnik, Split, Porec and Trogir, all World
 Heritage Sites.  You could also visit the Adriatic beaches of Montenegro and
 Serbia's proud Belgrade, one of Europe's oldest capitals at 2,000 years, then
 hop over to Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, and on to its post-Communist Black Sea
 resorts.  Or do it all in reverse and fly home from Rome.
 
     New Eurail Regional Passes
     Some folks prefer to explore one or two countries in depth and at leisure.
 The ideal option in this case is Eurail's Regional Pass -- the renamed Eurail
 2-Country Pass introduced in 2004 and allowing one-pass travel in
 Germany-Benelux and in Romania-Hungary.  New member countries in the Eurail
 network are also included in the newly created Eurail Regional Passes,
 Austria-Slovenia/Croatia, Germany-Denmark and Hungary-Slovenia/Croatia, which
 will take effect in January 2005.  Also available are the following Eurail
 Regional Passes: France 'n Italy, France 'n Spain, Greece 'n Italy and Spain
 'n Portugal.  Validities vary from three days up to 10 days of travel within a
 two-month period in First Class (Second Class is also available for most
 passes).
 
     No Price Increase for Eurailpass; Nominal Increases for Other Eurail
     Passes
     In 2005, the price of the classic 17-country Eurailpass for travel from 10
 days to three months will remain unchanged, as it has since 2003.  Other
 Eurail Passes will increase by a modest three to four percent.
     "The market has come back strongly since the 2001 terror attacks, SARS and
 the war in Iraq," said Rachel Young.  "We want to ensure that Eurail retains
 its historic position as one of Europe's greatest travel values, and a hedge
 against currency fluctuation in travel costs, by keeping prices status quo as
 much as possible."
     Eurail Selectpass prices start at $316 per person for two or more people
 traveling together for five travel days to three countries within two months,
 in First Class.  The 17-country Eurailpass starts at $498 per person for two
 or more people traveling together, for 15 continuous travel days, also in
 First Class.  For all Eurail Passes, those under age 26 qualify for the Second
 Class Youth Pass rate.  Children age four to 11 pay 50% of adult fares, except
 in the Youth Pass category.
     The Eurail Group comprises 37 railways and shipping lines, and the 2005
 Eurail offer includes Eurail Passes for travel by train and connecting ship in
 22 European countries, * as well as point-to-point tickets in 26 countries.
 For more information about Eurail and rail travel in Europe, go to
 http://www.Eurail.com.
     All Eurail products are available from travel agents and from our
 authorized North American sales agents: ACP Rail International,
 1-866-9-EURAIL, http://www.eurail-acprail.com; Destination Europe Resources
 (DER), 1-800-782-2424, http://www.der.com; Rail Europe, 1-866-6-EURAIL,
 http://www.raileurope.com; Flight Centre, 1-866-WORLD-51,
 http://www.flightcentre.com and http://www.OctopusTravel.com 1-877-330-7765,
 http://www.octopustravel-us.com.
 
     * The Eurail Pass countries are Austria** (including Liechtenstein),
 Belgium**, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark**, Finland**, France** (including
 Monaco), Germany**, Greece**, Hungary**, Ireland**, Italy**, Luxembourg**, the
 Netherlands**, Norway**, Portugal**, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia,
 Spain**, Sweden** and Switzerland**.
     ** Included in 17-country Eurailpass
 
 

SOURCE The Eurail Group
    UTRECHT, Netherlands, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurail will up the ante on
 the range of its popular Selectpasses in 2005.  With new countries from
 Eastern Europe joining the Eurail network, new cards in the pack will include
 Slovenia and Croatia, treated as one country, and Bulgaria, Serbia and
 Montenegro, also treated as one country.  Furthermore, with the addition of a
 new bonus partner, Grimaldi Ferries operating between Italy and Spain, these
 two countries have become "bordering" countries and an eligible combination
 for the Eurail Selectpass.
     Since Eurail Selectpasses allow travel in and between three, four and five
 bordering countries for five to 10 days of travel in a two-month period (with
 15 days of travel available for the five-country pass), the deck of 17 Eurail
 countries and six Selectpass countries (including Romania) can be shuffled any
 number of ways.  With the number of possible Selectpass combinations
 increasing from approximately 450 to almost 750, the possibilities are
 virtually unlimited -- like Europe.
     "As people grow more intrigued with Eastern Europe, Eurail is responding
 with new passes that enable easy forays into exciting new destinations." said
 Eurail marketing manager Rachel Young.  "Linking Italy and Spain for the first
 time with our new bonus partner is another coup, providing Eurail Selectpass
 holders discounted overnight crossings between Civitavecchia and Barcelona and
 Salerno and Valencia."
     With the new Selectpass options, you could revisit one or two old
 favorites in classic Europe, then discover new terrain in Eastern Europe.
 Start in Italy, perhaps, then swing around to Slovenia for a look at Art
 Nouveau Ljubljana, one of Europe's youngest capitals.  Croatia beckons with
 its Dalmatian Coast towns of Dubrovnik, Split, Porec and Trogir, all World
 Heritage Sites.  You could also visit the Adriatic beaches of Montenegro and
 Serbia's proud Belgrade, one of Europe's oldest capitals at 2,000 years, then
 hop over to Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, and on to its post-Communist Black Sea
 resorts.  Or do it all in reverse and fly home from Rome.
 
     New Eurail Regional Passes
     Some folks prefer to explore one or two countries in depth and at leisure.
 The ideal option in this case is Eurail's Regional Pass -- the renamed Eurail
 2-Country Pass introduced in 2004 and allowing one-pass travel in
 Germany-Benelux and in Romania-Hungary.  New member countries in the Eurail
 network are also included in the newly created Eurail Regional Passes,
 Austria-Slovenia/Croatia, Germany-Denmark and Hungary-Slovenia/Croatia, which
 will take effect in January 2005.  Also available are the following Eurail
 Regional Passes: France 'n Italy, France 'n Spain, Greece 'n Italy and Spain
 'n Portugal.  Validities vary from three days up to 10 days of travel within a
 two-month period in First Class (Second Class is also available for most
 passes).
 
     No Price Increase for Eurailpass; Nominal Increases for Other Eurail
     Passes
     In 2005, the price of the classic 17-country Eurailpass for travel from 10
 days to three months will remain unchanged, as it has since 2003.  Other
 Eurail Passes will increase by a modest three to four percent.
     "The market has come back strongly since the 2001 terror attacks, SARS and
 the war in Iraq," said Rachel Young.  "We want to ensure that Eurail retains
 its historic position as one of Europe's greatest travel values, and a hedge
 against currency fluctuation in travel costs, by keeping prices status quo as
 much as possible."
     Eurail Selectpass prices start at $316 per person for two or more people
 traveling together for five travel days to three countries within two months,
 in First Class.  The 17-country Eurailpass starts at $498 per person for two
 or more people traveling together, for 15 continuous travel days, also in
 First Class.  For all Eurail Passes, those under age 26 qualify for the Second
 Class Youth Pass rate.  Children age four to 11 pay 50% of adult fares, except
 in the Youth Pass category.
     The Eurail Group comprises 37 railways and shipping lines, and the 2005
 Eurail offer includes Eurail Passes for travel by train and connecting ship in
 22 European countries, * as well as point-to-point tickets in 26 countries.
 For more information about Eurail and rail travel in Europe, go to
 http://www.Eurail.com.
     All Eurail products are available from travel agents and from our
 authorized North American sales agents: ACP Rail International,
 1-866-9-EURAIL, http://www.eurail-acprail.com; Destination Europe Resources
 (DER), 1-800-782-2424, http://www.der.com; Rail Europe, 1-866-6-EURAIL,
 http://www.raileurope.com; Flight Centre, 1-866-WORLD-51,
 http://www.flightcentre.com and http://www.OctopusTravel.com 1-877-330-7765,
 http://www.octopustravel-us.com.
 
     * The Eurail Pass countries are Austria** (including Liechtenstein),
 Belgium**, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark**, Finland**, France** (including
 Monaco), Germany**, Greece**, Hungary**, Ireland**, Italy**, Luxembourg**, the
 Netherlands**, Norway**, Portugal**, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia,
 Spain**, Sweden** and Switzerland**.
     ** Included in 17-country Eurailpass
 
 SOURCE  The Eurail Group