Free train travel throughout the EU for those turning 18 (20000 tickets available)

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Posted 8th Nov
InterRail is giving 20000 free tickets for the next summer! All young Europeans turning 18 this year can receive DiscoverEU Passes to travel across Europe!

The European Commission set aside €12 million to give EU 18-year-olds free Interrail tickets for 2020. Many young citizens may benefit from this opportunity to travel across Europe on almost any train. The free ticket programme seeks to offer young people, regardless of social or educational background and including people with reduced mobility, a chance to travel abroad.

With this pass you can travel free of charge by train (and sometimes also by bus or ferry) through European countries from April to October. In exceptional cases, and when no other transport means are available, travel by plane will be permitted. This will ensure that young people living in remote areas or on islands also have a chance to take part.


Who can apply for free Interrail tickets?
You can only apply if you:

have been born between 1 January 2001 (included) and 31 December 2001 (included)
have the nationality of one of the 28 Member States of the European Union;
fill in your ID or passport number on the online application form;
start your journey in one of the EU 28 Member States;
if you are selected, you can travel for a period of minimum 1 day and up to 30 days between 1 April 2020 and 31 October 2020
plan to travel between 1 day and up to 30 days inclusive;
plan to travel to at least 1 and up to 4 foreign country destinations within the EU;
are willing to become a DiscoverEU Ambassador.
How to get a travel pass for next summer:

You can apply as an individual or as a group of maximum 5 people.
If you meet the criteria, then you can apply via the online registration tool.
Respond to a quiz on EU cultural heritage, European Parliament elections and Youth.
The application round will be open online from Thursday 7 November 2019 at 12:00 (CET) and Thursday 28 November 2019 at 12:00 (CET)
Between Wednesday 8 January 2020 and Thursday 23 January 2020, all applicants will receive a notification via email
Requirements:

Motivation to visit at least one European Cultural Heritage site.
Reporting on their travel experiences on social media and making their pictures available for the DiscoverEU anniversary photo exhibition at the European Parliament.
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More can be read here europa.eu/you…_en.

This will only work assuming we are still in the EU when the results are announced as you have to be a EU nation resident when the results are announced.

Lastly the allocation is based on the country's quota - which in the case of UK is around 1500.
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Ahh to be 18 again. Great offer to take advantage of and see some amazing places
An EU bribe.
Thanks op. Great find. Let’s hope we’re still in the EU when it’s announced or I guess some lucky young Europeans will get a share of the places originally allocated for the UK
Edited by: "missmundy" 8th Nov
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Ahh to be 18 again. Great offer to take advantage of and see some amazing places
balsingh45808/11/2019 17:50

Does this not affect it? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/business-49263781


No - what will though is if Brexit happens before the results come out then the British applicants would automatically be disqualified.
Thanks op. Great find. Let’s hope we’re still in the EU when it’s announced or I guess some lucky young Europeans will get a share of the places originally allocated for the UK
Edited by: "missmundy" 8th Nov
For god's sake I'm 24 days too late to be eligible
An EU bribe.
Hey it's only taxpayers money spend spend spend
Waste of €12 million of taxpayers money.
Edited by: "jamie15" 9th Nov
jamie1509/11/2019 04:28

Waste of €12 billion of taxpayers money.


€12 Million
How about if BREXIT then 🚊???
Oh look freedom of movement...
This is a competition not a deal
balsingh45808/11/2019 17:50

Does this not affect it? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/business-49263781


No - on the day after this story:
UK to stay in Interrail scheme after U-turn - bbc.co.uk/new…776
Whitleybomber08/11/2019 20:38

An EU bribe.



While having an extended visit to Spain with my gf we met kids all gassed up on the fumes of Erasmus, an EU funded student exchange program. Worst than a bribe it's propaganda.
Some of the comments here, Jesus Christ Almighty...
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