We in the media

Here we collect a curated list of articles, podcasts and more in which we are featured.

Article – European railways are poorly connected

9th of August, 2021

Article in Linkiesta
“European railways are poorly connected”

The article is published in Italian in Linkiesta. This is an independent Italian online newspaper of investigative journalism, in-depth analysis and commentary. In this article, we are listed as a positive step in creating a European railway system.

“Erasmus by Train, on the other hand, is asking the European institutions for free Interrail tickets for students involved in the EU study programme. Those who leave for Erasmus (around 300,000 students a year) often travel by plane because it is cheap and the associations of reference, such as the Erasmus student network, collaborate with airlines to offer discounted flights.

You can find the full article in Italian here.

Blog Entry – We are featured on the German webpage about the European Year of Rail

Blog entry on the German website about the European Year of Rail
“EURAIL – Holiday by Rail in Europe”

The article discusses what Interrail tickets are and how they could be used in context of the Erasmus + exchange programme.

“ The student initiative Erasmus by Train e.V. is working to stop precisely this development. The idea is to combine the Erasmus programme and Interrail for a sustainable Europe. The concrete demand is to make it possible for as many participants as possible in the exchange programme to travel by train to and from their exchange location free of charge. In this way, the Europe-wide initiative wants to contribute to the transport revolution and advocate for the railway as the means of transport of the future.”

You can find the full article in German here.

20th of July, 2021

Our Tatjana was featured in the final episode of a podcast series launched by the Spring 2021 trainees of the European Committee of the Regions. This podcast series aims to raise more awareness for the benefit of the European Railway. Tatjana emphasises that taking the time to travel to and from your exchange location by train turns the journey itself into a part of the exchange experience.

Article – Erasmus students may be entitled to free interrail tickets

Picture by nit.pt

27th of July, 2021

Article in NIT
“Erasmus students may be entitled to free interrail tickets”

The article is published in Portuguese in “NIT” (New in Town), a digital lifestyle platform in Portugal, and presents us and our latest work in their article.

“The idea is to link this programme (Erasmus+) with the Interrail scheme, by offering free Interrail tickets, by the European Union, to all Erasmus programme participants. So that everyone will travel by train and not by plane, as the latter mode of transport contributes to high CO2 emissions in Europe.

You can find the full article here.

Article – Erasmus by Train: what if you went by InterRail to your exchange destination?

Picture by PAULO PIMENTA (publico.pt)

13th of July, 2021

Article in publico
“Erasmus by Train: what if you went by InterRail to your exchange destination?”

The article is published in Portuguese in “Publico”, a daily national newspaper in Portugal, and discusses the experience to travel by train in your Erasmus semester and how we, as Eramus by Train, want to spread the idea.

“More than 75% of the 335,600 students who did Erasmus in 2018/19 opted for the plane. This option, although more economical, is not the most sustainable. Erasmus by Train was born so that students can opt for a more sustainable transport, without thinking about the costs. The idea has already been presented in the European Parliament.

You can find the full article here.

We are feautured in the latest issue of the Ecosprinter, the online magazine of the Federation of Young European Greens. Our Tatjana published an article on transforming transport for true transitioning.

Article – Schengen Visa Info News

14th of May, 2021

Article with Schengen Visa Info News
Erasmus+ 2021-2027 Should Offer Free Interrail Tickets to Meet Sustainability Goals, NGO Recommends

Schengen Visa Info News discusses our recently published position paper on the Erasmus +Guidelines 2021 -2027.

“Erasmus by Train e.V. is calling on the EU to not limit its action to rewarding individual Erasmus students, opting for a more complex journey in terms of organization, but rather to work toward the provisioning of infrastructural and cultural incentives,” the group added.

You can find the full article here.

Article – Erudera College News

14th of May, 2021

Article with Erudera College News
Student-Led Organization Urges EU to Provide Free Interrail Tickets to Erasmus+ Participants

Erudera College News discusses our recently published position paper on the Erasmus +Guidelines 2021 -2027.

“The student organization’s representatives said that the proposed compensation of €50 and four-day individual support for travel costs would be insufficient to make up the difference between cheap flights and other ways of sustainable traveling.”

You can find the full article here.

Blog-Entry – Interview with Jonathan Hassel about Erasmus by Train e.V.

3rd of May, 2021

Blog-Entry with Nachtzug-Urlaub
Interview mit Jonathan Hassel”

Our Jonathan has spoken with Nachtzug-Urlaub, which now published the interview in German and Englisch (You will have to scroll down for the English version) . They spoke about our aims and goals, but also discussed general challenges in setting up a student-led inititiave.

“Embrace the adventure of slower, sustainable travel. As a student, you do most likely have time for a trip like this, and a trip by train with one or two exciting stops is more likely to stick in your memory than a two-hour flight on a cheap airline.”

Article – Erasmus + climate protection: by train through Europe

Picture by Felix Strohbach

14th of April, 2021

Article with Strohbonaut
Erasmus + climate protection: by train through Europe”

Our Tatjana has written an article for Strohbonaut. It is about travelling by train, its opportunities and obstacles and describes 5 sample routes through Europe that can be discovered.
Although the article is written in German.

“However, the issue of sustainability often tends to remain unconsidered. Around 75 percent of the more than 300,000 Erasmus students travelled by plane to their new adventure in 2019. In a context of global warming, rapid biodiversity loss and other climate change-related trends, the air travel behaviour of Erasmus students is problematic.”

Podcast – Change & Perspective

08th of March, 2021

Podcast with Change & Perspective (Kathrin David)
“By train across Europe – the most sustainable way to travel?”

Our Tatjana cooperated closely with the fantastic team of @give.grow.travel and produced a podcast and material for new online courses. The german podcast can alreday be found on most podcast apps by the title “Mit dem Zug durch Europa – die nachhaltigste Art zu reisen?” Stay tuned for news about the online courses.

“Sustainable travel is something you prepare for, something you are open to, and something you can live on for a while because it is such an intense experience.”

Article – ekologiskamag

Article with ekologiskamag
“Erasmus programme: Linking to an Interrail pass could save many emissions”

We would like to give you a little insight into the article that @mysustainableme wrote about us. Thanks again for the great cooperation. For us it is an important step to spread our idea further into the world and to reach and convince more and more people. 

“We are concerned that the high carbon footprint of the Erasmus+ programme increasingly runs counter to the positive contribution to personal development and the participants’ understanding of Europe.”