EU to reopen applications for free interrail tickets for young people

EU to reopen applications for free interrail tickets for young people

Looking to plan a holiday but not sure you've got the budget for it? Good news! If you're an EU citizen aged 18 you'll soon have the chance to win up to one month of free train travel, as the DiscoverEU free interrail competition reopens this autumn.

DiscoverEU launches competition for young people in Europe

The DiscoverEU initiative first launched in 2018, and was designed in order to provide travel and mobility opportunities to young people across all Erasmus+ Programme countries, and has proven especially successful in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, over 165.000 people have won a free travel pass through the scheme.

18 to 20-year-olds will be able to apply on their own or as part of a group of up to five people. The 35.000 lucky winners will be able to travel for a period of between one and 30 days between March 1, 2023 and February 29, 2024.  

Applications for free interrail tickets to open October 11 

The competition opens at midday on October 11, and runs through to midday on October 25. In order to be eligible, applicants must have been born between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2004, and must be an EU citizen or a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, or Turkey. 

This year’s round of applications will also see winners receive a DiscoverEU pass which offers discounts on a number of various cultural and sports activities, public transportation, accommodation, and food

Too young to enter the October round? Don’t worry! The competition will reopen next March for those who turned 18 in the first six months of 2023.

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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