The European Commission took its first steps towards implementing a scheme that will give 15,000 teenagers a free Interrail pass once they turn 18 at the start of 2018. This proposal has now come to fruition and the DiscoverEU initiative will open for applications in June.
From June 12-26, 2018, young people who are 18 years old on July 1, 2018, will be able to register interest for the free pass as an individual or as groups of up to five people. A selection will then take place by a jury of European Commission officials, which will start on June 27.
Winners will be notified in early July. The pass will afford those successful the right to a pass valid between July and September 2018 that can last up to 30 days.
Their journey must start in one of the EU’s 28 member states and they can travel to between 1 and 4 cross-border destinations. The train ticket, worth up to €510 for a month’s travel, grants holders the chance to journey across 30 countries in Europe at almost no extra cost on 32 rail networks.