THE legendary Europe-wide train ticket InterRail has turned 40.
Launched in 1972 to travellers 21 or younger – before the days of mobile phones or budget airlines – it became popular among 1970s and 80s students wanting to discover Cold-war Europe seeking culture, adventure and fun.
In the UK it launched at the price of 27.50 pounds for a one month pass. In 1972, 85,000 people chose to discover Europe via InterRail.
Now the pass is accepted in 30 European countries and was used by more than 250,000 people last year, according to Renfe.
Last year 18,603 InterRail tickets were sold in Spain at prices ranging from €134 for a a five day child ticket to €880 for a one month Senior ticket.