DiscoverEU: free travel passes for young people

Are you 18 years old and a legal resident of one of the EU Member States or third countries associated with Erasmus+? Get ready to explore Europe! DiscoverEU is proud to be part of the Erasmus+ Programme family and to contribute to the 2022 European Year of Youth with many more travel passes and opportunities!

DiscoverEU is an action of the Erasmus+ programme giving 18-year-olds the opportunity to travel around Europe. By travelling mainly by rail (there are exceptions to allow those living on islands or in remote areas to take part), young people discover Europe’s stunning landscapes and its endless variety of cities and towns. This journey also gives them the chance to meet like-minded travellers, become more independent and confident as well as explore their EU identity. Young people can apply during the two application rounds taking place each year and the European Union provides the selected ones with a travel pass.

As an 18-year-old resident of the European Union or of one of the third countries associated with the Erasmus+ Programme like Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey, DiscoverEU offers you the opportunity to participate in a travel experience that will enable you to explore Europe’s diversity, learn about its 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.

DiscoverEU free travel pass

When is the next round?

More than 165 000 young people have been awarded a travel pass since the first application round in June 2018. Another round will take place between Tuesday 11 October 2022 at 12:00 (CEST) and Tuesday 25 October 2022 at 12:00 (CEST). An “Apply Now” button will appear on this page on D-Day!

To be eligible, you need to:

  • be born between 1 January 2004 (included) and 31 December 2004 (included);
  • complete the correct identity card (ID), passport or legal residence card number on the online application form;
  • be a citizen or long-term legal resident* of one of the following countries:

–  one of the Member States of the European Union including Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) or
–  one of the third countries associated with the Erasmus+ programme: Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey.

For more information see the Rules section “2. Eligible applicants”

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 a minimum of 1 day and up to 30 days between 1 March 2023 and 29 February 2024.

Note that if you have a disability or a health problem that makes your travel challenging, you will receive assistance and support to help you take part in the action. Check our FAQ C.13 to know more.

Are you too young to participate in this round? Don’t worry! There will be a round in spring as well as in autumn every year.

Can I travel with my friends?

Yes, you can! It really is up to you. You can go solo or add up to 4 friends in your group provided they meet the eligibility conditions above. They will use your application code to submit their own application. Check out our FAQs B.5 to B.11 to know more.

You can also combine travel plans with other DiscoverEU travellers! The DiscoverEU Facebook Group is a good platform to do this. Join the Group now to chat with other participants.

Once you are selected, the Erasmus+ National Agencies will help you connect and learn, with the organisation of pre-departure meetings and travellers Meet-ups.

Share experiences

As a DiscoverEU Ambassador, we will invite you to share your travel experiences through social media tools – Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter – using #DiscoverEU. You may decide to give a presentation at your school or local community. Moreover, you could participate in the #DiscoverEU photo/video #Competition and win great prizes.

I want to know more!

Interested in the previous application rounds? Check the DiscoverEU factsheets to read more about the activities and experiences of some of our young DiscoverEU travellers.

Europe is at your feet. Take the first step.

For detailed information read here: https://europa.eu/youth/discovereu_en


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Cancelled or delayed flight?

If your flight is cancelled or delayed by 3+ hours, you may get a refund of up to €600. Check it out at SkyCop.

Tours and excursions:

Do not have time to think about accommodation and tours, but have you heard about Tourradar? Multi-day tours to every part of the world, for example, Safaris, Treks, Coach trips, Cruises, White Water Rafting, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Kayaking, Overland Trips and many more.

Have a look at Trip Advisor as well when planning your holiday to find out what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to all the local attractions.

Car rental:

You can find the best car rental prices at AutoEurope.com.

For over 60 years, Auto Europe has been a leader in worldwide car rental services and helped over 10 million travellers find the best options when travelling abroad. Through long-term relationships with top suppliers, for example, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, National, Budget, Dollar, Buchbinder and Peugeot AutoEurope offer travellers the best rates at 20,000 pickup locations in over 180 countries worldwide.

Insurance:

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Delivery

Wolt – is an online food ordering and delivery service that takes orders via a mobile app. It was founded in 2014 in Helsinki. Wolt allows any restaurant to sign up as a merchant, mediating the order from the customer, taking care of the delivery and automatic payment by credit card. Get a 15 EUR free coupon for the sign-up.

Learn new skills

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics, for example, Design, Business, Photography, Tech, and More. It’s an online, subscription-based e-learning community platform. Get SkillShare Free Premium Membership for 2 months.