DiscoverEU, an interrail pass for 20.000 European teens

This summer, an incredible opportunity is waiting for all the young 18 years old Europeans.

The EU’s executive branch has earmarked €12 million ($14.7 million) to provide up 30,000 young Europeans turning 18 this year with a free Interrail pass. What does an interrail pass is?

The interrail pass is a ticket for all the European trains which allows you to travel for free in all the EU community. A great opportunity for all the youngster to discover our beautiful country without paying one single euro but also, more importantly, an occasion to better connect young Europeans and raise the awareness of the European identity and its core values.

The measure is a “preparatory action” related to a proposal put forth by the European Parliament that calls for every European to get a free Interrail pass on his or her 18th birthday.


  • being 18 years old as of 31 December 2018 (date of birth between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2000 inclusive);
  • having the citizenship of one of the 28 member states of the European Union and start from one of these;
  • provide your passport or identity card number in the online application form;
  • intending to leave between April 15, 2019 (first departure date) and October 31, 2019 (last return date);
  • planning to travel at least 1 day and at most 30 days;
  • planning to visit at least 1 EU Member State;
  • willing to become a DiscoverEU Ambassador.

How to apply?
Online applications will be open from 29th of November to 11th of December 2018.
Selection will be done by a jury of European Commission officials and winners will be notified in January 2019. Here you can visit the official website.


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