‘Discover Europe’ program: 60 thousand free train tickets for young people from the EU

The European Union’s free train ticket program “Discover Europe”, which can be used by young people across Europe, has started.

Young people between the ages of 18 and 20 can apply for the program, and 60 thousand tickets that will provide free train travel for a month are waiting for their owners.

The scope of the project, which has only been open to young people over the age of 18, has been expanded to include 20-year-olds. The reason for this change was the failure of the program to be implemented in the last two years due to Covid-19.

Free travel tickets are also open to British youth

In order to benefit from free tickets, young people must meet two conditions. These are primarily limited to being a citizen of the European Union and born between 1 July 2001 and 31 December 2003.

In addition, UK youth who left the European Union at the beginning of the year will be able to benefit from the program for the last time. The British, whose rights normally expire at the beginning of the year due to Brexit, are included in the program as they cannot use their tickets in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Application deadline is October 26

Young people who must submit their application via an online form will also need to pass a short test on European Union countries.

Tickets can be applied for until October 26, 2021. Winners will be able to travel free for a maximum of 30 days between March 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023. Participants with a disability or health problem that may complicate their travel will also benefit from support to help them participate.

Young people have the right to participate in the “DiscoverEU” program in groups of up to four people. In the programs where it is compulsory to go to another country from the European country they live in, ferries and buses will also be allowed for travels that cannot be made by train.

Most applied countries

Finally, the most popular countries for the program held in 2019 were Italy, France and Spain. A total of 350 thousand young people applied for tickets across Europe.

The European Union, which has declared 2021 as the European Railway Year in the fight against climate change, aims to reduce the carbon neutral rate to zero by 2050. For this reason, young people are encouraged to use more trains on their journeys.

Those interested in the project can apply at the European Youth Portal.

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