SOURCE: Rail Europe

September 29, 2005 14:46 ET

Rail Europe Announces New European Railpasses for 2006; Romania Becomes 18th Eurail Pass Country

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 29, 2005 -- For 2006 Rail Europe will add four completely new European railpasses covering the two-country combinations of France-Germany, France-Benelux, Germany-Austria and Germany-Switzerland. In addition, three new single country railpasses for touring Greece, Poland or Sweden will be offered. The new single and two country passes will be members of the "Eurail" family of products.

Another new development in 2006 is that the Eurailpass will be expanded to cover 18 countries, as Romania is added to the current list of 17*.

Eurail Pass prices for 2006 will increase on average 3% but may vary due to changes in dollar-Euro currency exchange rates. All new passes will be available for purchase starting January 1, 2006.

More choices for rail travel than any other supplier

Rail Europe offers the widest selection of European railpasses of any North American supplier and will continue to sell one-, two- and multi-country passes, including some that were recently rechristened "Eurail" national and regional passes. Passes currently available for sale:

--  1-country passes for: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland,
    France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain,
    Switzerland and the U.K. (as well as separate passes for England and
    Scotland).
    
--  2-country passes for: Austria-Czech Republic, Austria-
    Slovenia/Croatia, Austria-Switzerland, France-Italy, France-Spain, France-
    Switzerland, Germany-Benelux, Germany-Denmark, Greece-Italy, Hungary-
    Slovenia/Croatia, Romania-Hungary, and Spain-Portugal.
    
--  3-, 4- or 5-country Eurail Selectpasses allow travelers to combine
    connecting countries from: Austria, Benelux (counts as 1), Bulgaria/Serbia
    & Montenegro (counts as 1), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
    Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia/Croatia
    (counts as 1), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
    
--  Special combination passes: Balkan (Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia,
    Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro), Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands,
    Luxembourg), European East Pass (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia,
    Austria),  ScanRail Pass (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden), BritRail Pass
    +Ireland (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland).
    
--  Eurailpass for 17 countries (18 in 2006)
    
Rail Europe also combines car rental with railpasses (Rail 'n Drive product) in many single and multiple countries, and even a Greek Rail 'n Fly Pass, mixing air and rail travel.

"With the new 2006 railpasses, our existing lineup of passes and our vast array of point-to-point tickets, we're giving travelers the ability to choose whatever rail product suits their itinerary," said Fabrice Morel, President and CEO of the Rail Europe Group. "In addition to the expanded pass offerings, Rail Europe has also increased point-to-point tickets options on everything from traditional scenic routes, overnight trains and high-speed lines, such as Eurostar and Thalys. Our website has valuable advice and tools to help you plan your rail journey, as well as a revamped online booking tool, which makes point-to-point rail tickets as easy as buying airline tickets."

For more information or to purchase railpasses or tickets, contact a travel agent or Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245 (Canada) or log on to www.raileurope.com (U.S.) or www.raileurope.ca (Canada).

[Editors' note: 2006 passes will not be listed on the website until January 1, 2006 when they may be purchased.]

Photos: high-resolution photos of European trains may be downloaded by members of the press at www.raileurope.com/presspix

Note: Eurailpass currently covers the 17 countries of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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