The UK will no longer be part of the Interrail scheme from next year.
The UK’s train operators have made the decision to pull out of the Interrail scheme, which allows for unlimited train travel across Europe for a fixed price.
According to a statement from the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the industry, British trains will no longer participate in the scheme that allows passengers to travel within Europe on a single ticket.
The Rail Delivery Group have confirmed that British people will still be able to purchase an Interrail pass, the Eurostar from London and travel across mainland Europe by train.
The membership will no longer be valid from 1 January 2020.
It will also pull out of Eurail, a parallel scheme for non-EU visitors.
The change will have little effect of UK travellers heading to Europe, who will still be able to travel through EU countries. However, they will not now be able to start their trip from their home station, instead having to start from the Eurostar at London St Pancras.
A European traveller will not be able to visit the UK using Interrail. They will instead be able to buy a BritRail pass, which provides unlimited train travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales. This will be around the same price as the current Interrail pass, which covers both the European continent, including the UK.
The Interrail scheme was launched in 1972, providing people up to the age of 21 the ability to travel to 21 countries for a fixed fee. Last year, over 300,000 Interrail passes were sold.