Westbahn to Join Eurail Group GIE; SNCF to pull out of the Eurail Select Pass
Eurail Group G.I.E. are the organisation who are responsible for marketing the Eurail Pass and they have recently announced that there are going to be some changes to the product, which are going to take place at the start of 2013. First of all, Turkey are going to become part of the program, and this is sure to be a great expansion, as the country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world according to www.goturkey.com.
Unfortunately, in the first year, there are going to be some problems with accessing the country initially, because there are going to be some significant construction works going on in the later part of the year. However, for the summer, everything should be working just fine.
– Westbahn will be the first private railway company to join the Eurail Group railway community in January, offering Eurail Pass holders the opportunity to enjoy its high-speed services between Salzburg and Vienna. Westbahn, a December 2011 start-up enterprise, is offering hourly passenger train service between these two cities: https://westbahn.at/en/
– SNCF, the French national railway company, has decided to withdraw its participation in the Eurail Select Pass as of January 2013. Nevertheless, the French network will still be accessible to customers who purchase the Eurail Global Pass (valid in 24 participating countries per Jan. 2013) or the Eurail Regional Pass (valid for travel in two bordering European countries).
Eurail Select Passes, including France, can still be purchased through December 31, 2012 from authorized sales agents (note that some agents may stop selling this pass around the 27th December). Select Pass holders, who purchase their passes before the end of the year, can rest assured that their passes will be valid on SNCF’s trains for their entire validity period in 2013; however, passes must be validated within six months of purchase.
“Even though SNCF will no longer participate in the Eurail Select Pass product, pass holders will still be able to reach Spain and Portugal by ferry via Italy, receiving a 20% discount from Grimaldi Lines,” says Ana Dias e Seixas, Eurail Group’s Marketing Director. “Furthermore, travelers will still be able to travel in France using a Eurail Regional Pass(2 country combination including France), which can be used in conjunction with a Eurail Select Pass to cover any other country combinations,” Dias e Seixas added.