Discover EU: Free interrail trip (at least 20`000 tickets)

The European Commission is launching a new call for applications for DiscoverEU travel passes. All 18-year-olds in the EU have until 28 November 2019 to apply, giving them the opportunity to discover Europe between 1 April 2020 and 31 October 2020.

What is DiscoverEU?

DiscoverEU is an initiative of the European Union that gives you the opportunity to discover Europe through learning experiences. Traveling predominantly by rail (there are exceptions to allow those living on islands or in remote areas), you will discover Europe’s stunning landscapes and its variety of cities and towns. Young people can apply during the two application rounds which take place each year. Successful applicants are awarded a travel pass.

As an 18-year-old citizen of the European Union, DiscoverEU offers you the opportunity to participate in a travel experience that will enable you to take advantage of the freedom of movement throughout the European Union, explore the diversity of Europe while traveling, learn about European cultural heritage and history, and connect with people from all over the continent. Furthermore, DiscoverEU enables you, as a young person, to develop life skills of value to your future, such as independence, confidence, and openness to other cultures.

When is the next round?

Almost 50 000 young people have been awarded a travel pass since the first application round in June 2018. Another round will take place between Thursday 7 November 2019 at 12:00 (CET) and Thursday 28 November 2019 at 12:00 (CET). An ‘Apply Now’ button will appear on this page on D-Day!

To be eligible, you need to:

  • Have been born between 1 January 2001 (included) and 31 December 2001 (included);
  • Have the nationality of one of the Member States of the European Union at the time of the award decision;
  • Complete the correct ID or passport number on the online application form.

Then you will need to participate in a quiz (unless you apply as a group member).

If you are selected, you can travel for a period of minimum 1 day and up to 30 days between 1 April 2020 and 31 October 2020.

Note that if you have a disability or a health problem that makes your trip challenging, DiscoverEU has special conditions to help you take part in DiscoverEU.

Can I travel with my friends?

Yes, you can! It really is up to you. You can go solo or bring your friends along. In fact, you can add up to 4 friends to your group.

You can also organize meet-ups and combine travel plans with other DiscoverEU travelers! The DiscoverEU Facebook Group is a good platform to do this. Join the Group now to chat with other participants.

What is expected from me?

By becoming a DiscoverEU Ambassador, you are invited to report back on your travel experiences through social media tools like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #DiscoverEU. You could even give a presentation at your school or local community. Moreover, you could participate in the #DiscoverEU photo/video #Competition and win great prizes. Get inspired and check the pictures and videos of the previous rounds.

Why is Interrail unique in Europe?

Together with the railway and ferry companies involved, Interrail prides itself on being a symbol of European harmonization. Interrail aims to provide all travelers with a life-changing experience that authentically reflects an interconnected, united Europe. By providing a borderless travel experience in as many as 30 European countries, Interrail enables travelers to meet and connect with people from different backgrounds, new cultures, and uncover more about the abundant history, diversity and shared values of Europe.


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