Rail Europe GSA bookings are showing a steady rise in the number of travellers visiting Scandinavia.
According to distributor Rail Europe, the biggest highlight of rail travel in Scandinavia over the past few years has been the Northern Lights. However, booking records show that this year, the launch of the Eurail Scandinavian Pass has encouraged travellers to spend more time exploring the region.
Manager Australasia of Rail Europe, Ingrid Kocijan, says while Scandinavia hasn’t traditionally been the top destination for many rail travellers from Australia and New Zealand, the introduction of the Eurail Scandinavian Pass has certainly encouraged the surge in numbers.
“Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland are not the most affordable countries to visit when one is deciding on a European holiday, especially an extended one,” says Ingrid. “While there is no doubt many travellers would love to see and learn more about these countries, cost will inevitably play a part in their decisions on where to go and what to see or do.
“The new Scandinavia Pass was introduced earlier this year in a bid to encourage more travellers to visit Northern Europe,” she says. “Since its launch, we have experienced almost a 30% increase in bookings.
Agents should note that the Eurail Scandinavia Pass gives travellers unlimited access to all of the four countries’ national rail networks at a fixed price with only seat reservations required on premium high-speed and night trains. However, agents should advise their clients that regional trains also operate routes serviced by premium trains and seat reservations are not required for most of the time.
“Not only does this hassle free Pass provide travellers with unlimited rail travel from the German border right up to the Arctic Circle, it also offers a host of discounts for selected hotels, museums, tour activities, restaurants and other experiences,” she adds. “It’s all about the value adds that agents can pass on to their clients making their travels more cost efficient and fun.”
The Eurail Scandinavian Pass offers a choice of three, four, five and eight days within a one-month period. Prices start at $261 and children under 11 years of age travel for free with an accompanying guardian using the Pass. Adults also usually get a 15% discount with a Saver Pass for groups of up to five people.
Agents are reminded that Rail Europe tickets are distributed by Rail Plus, Rail Tickets, CIT Holidays and Infinity Rail in Australia.