60,000 free interrail tickets are up for grabs, but you have to be quick


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Applications are now open for the EU’s free interrail ticket system. 60,000 tickets are available for young people aged 18 to 20, each allowing free train travel across Europe for up to one month.

Extension of the EU interrail program

The program is generally only open to 18-year-olds, but has been extended to 19-20 year-olds as the last two rounds were canceled. This means that EU citizens born between July 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003 can apply.

Any young person who holds the nationality of an EU Member State is eligible, including last British citizens. Indeed, last year’s giveaway, while the UK was still eligible to participate, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to request free interrail tickets

To apply, young people must complete an online application form and take a short quiz on EU Member States. Applications are open until Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Winners will be able to travel free of charge for a maximum of 30 days between March 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023. Participants with a disability or medical condition that may make their travel more difficult will receive support to help them participate.

Young people can also apply as a group of up to four people to the DiscoverEU program. Ticket holders can take ferries and buses to help them travel from one place to another and must visit at least one other EU member state than the one in which they live.

European year of rail

Competition for tickets is fierce, however, with nearly 350,000 young applicants for the 2018-2019 cycle. The three most demanding countries are Italy, France and Spain.

2021 is the European Year of Rail, an initiative to encourage EU citizens to travel by train to tackle climate change and achieve a carbon neutral EU by 2050.

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