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35.000 free train tickets to the youth

For the second time in 2022, as part of European Year of Youth, 35.000 free tickets are being distributed to young Europeans to let them have the chance travel around Europe. Young Europeans can apply via the European Youth Portal between 11 and 25 October 2022, the EU Commission announced recently.

Young man listening to the music on the train
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What is DiscoverEU?

DiscoverEU is an action of the Erasmus+ programme that gives you the opportunity to discover Europe through learning experiences. Travelling 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. You can apply during the two application rounds which take place each year. Successful applicants are awarded with a travel pass.

As an 18-year-old resident of the European Union or of one of the third countries associated to 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.

As of 2022, the selected participants will receive a DiscoverEU discount card with discounts on cultural visits, learning activities, sports, local transportation, accommodation, food etc.

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 the official 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 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 to 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 minimum 1 day and up to 30 days between 1 March 2023 and 29 February 2024.

Fore more information click here.

The winners will be able to travel around Europe for 30 days between March 1, 2023 and February 29, 2024. They will also enjoy discounts on many other activities. A new application round is planned for March 2023.

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