Published on Wednesday, November 21, 2007

International Rail joins with

Rail specialist International Rail is teaming up with in a bid to grow its market share of the Australian, Canadian and US backpacker transport market.

It will provide a global rail search engine to through its own website,

Tom Griffiths, founder of, said: "Rail has unfortunately always been the 'also ran' in the independent travel market, coming a very poor third as a travel option in-country to travel by coach and car.

"The rail industry, to be honest, has also been a pain to work with! A fragmented offering with a lack of quality rail passes aimed at this market through multiple brands, sites and partnerships, we have found it impossible until now to deliver a clean, consistent offering to our users.

“However, International Rail, with their global offering have breathed new life into the rail sector by enabling sites like to place the rail passes neatly alongside their coach, car and plane rivals, finally making it an option which can be considered by all.

“With the resurgence in popularity for European adventures using the Inter-rail pass and a preference by independent travellers to take a train over a bus for long journeys, we expect to see substantial demand for their passes and point to point. For backpackers wanting to save the planet? Well, it also gets the green thumbs up!"

Omid Golshan, vice president of ecommerce at International Rail, added: "The long haul, independent travel market is an extremely important target market for us.”

By Bev Fearis

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