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Eurail has been closely monitoring the rise of “slow travel,” which has become one of the most significant travel trends for 2024. Specifically, as this trend continues to gain momentum, train travel has emerged as the ideal means of embracing slow travel. This offers your clients unhurried journeys through Europe that allow them to immerse themselves completely in the destinations at every stop.

The record-breaking sales of the Eurail pass in 2023, when more than one million passes were sold for the first time in the company’s history, are a testament to the power of slow travel. In the US, in particular, sales increased by 39 percent year over year.

Eurail’s Response to ‘Slow Travel’ Trend

In response to this trend and the desire for extended stays, Eurail has collaborated with its rail network partners to introduce a range of updates for the upcoming year. These include new cross-border routes, partnerships with rail carriers and itineraries created to help your clients explore the continent at a leisurely pace. Some highlights include the reintroduction of the OBB Nightjet routes, connecting Brussels and Paris to Berlin. You can now book clients on this route three times a week with the European Sleeper and OBB Nightjet.

Other developments include the restoration of cross-border rail services between Lithuania and Latvia, connecting Vilnius and Riga via Siauliai, allowing clients to travel from Poland through all three Baltic countries. Additionally, OBB Nightjet has launched a state-of-the-art night train featuring the first mini cabins designed for solo travelers, connecting Vienna, Innsbruck and Hamburg. A new cross-border train linking Subotica and Szeged has also been introduced, enhancing accessibility between Belgrade and Budapest.

In addition, the Berner Oberland Railway (BOB) is now fully included in the Eurail Pass, enabling your clients to discover and explore the Jungfrau region, including Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen and Wengen, all with just one pass.

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