60.000 European youths can travel by train for free
For the European Year of Youth in 2022, 60.000 young people will be able to travel around Europe by train free of charge. They can apply for the tickets at the European Commission from today, 12 October.
The chosen participants can use the free rail pass for up to 30 days from March next year. The EU wants to give young people the opportunity to participate in a travel experience of the freedom of movement throughout the European Union, explore the diversity of Europe, learn about European cultural heritage and history, and connect with people from all over the continent.
Called DiscoverEU, the programme is open to EU citizens born between 1 July 2001 and 1 January 2004. The application must be submitted by noon on 26 October. It is not the first time European youth have this opportunity, in total 70 000 young people have been awarded a travel pass since the first application round in June 2018.
More train passes than before
“Over the past 18 months, our young people have sacrificed valuable time and defining moments in a true spirit of solidarity”, said European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas. He refers to the lockdowns and other restrictions during the pandemic. “That is why I am so happy that we can offer more train passes than ever.” He promises even more initiatives for the Year for Youth that the commission has declared.
Interested parties can apply alone or in a group of up to five people. Due to the pandemic, the departure date for a journey with the rail pass next year can be changed until the last minute. Exceptionally for this round, those young people, who were eligible under the two rounds in 2020, which were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, can apply too.
When selected, you can travel for a period of minimum 1 day and up to 30 days between 1 March 2022 and 28 February 2023. Despite Brexit, UK nationals are still allowed to participate in this round of DiscoverEU.