Your order

FLASH SALE: Get 50% off selected Passes for Interrail’s 50th anniversaryShop the sale now →


DiscoverEU FAQs


Want to know more? Get answers to the most frequently asked questions below, or visit the European Youth Portal to find out more.

tip-image COVID-19: For more information about the impact of the coronavirus on your trip, please visit the DiscoverEU help.start website.
What is the DiscoverEU programme?

Discover EU is an initiative of the European Union which offers young Europeans the opportunity to travel across Europe by train. Funded by the European Parliament, the project aims at supporting 18-year-olds to become more independent, develop soft skills and embrace European values.

How is Interrail involved in DiscoverEU

All DiscoverEU winners who choose flexible travel for their trip are awarded an Interrail Global Pass. The Pass is valid to travel for 7 days of their choice during a period of one month. With this Pass, DiscoverEU participants can travel by train between and within 33 European countries. 


Eurail and its partner MCI were selected through a public tender process to deliver large-scale travel services within the framework of the DiscoverEU initiative. 

How can I take part in DiscoverEU?

Please visit the European Youth Portal for more information on how you can apply for the DiscoverEU initiative. 

Will reservations also be free?

Reservations, if needed, will not be covered by DiscoverEU Interrail Passes. Because reservations are requested by the railway companies, and not Interrail, travellers need to make reservations separately.


You can reserve your seats via by following the instructions sent in your order confirmation email.


Trains requiring compulsory reservations usually offer a higher level of speed, service and amenities compared to standard trains. You can also choose to reserve seats for trains where bookings are not compulsory. It's the best way to guarantee your seat - especially if you're travelling in a group or along popular routes. We recommend to make seat reservations in advance.

Am I eligible to participate in DIscoverEU?

DiscoverEU travelers have to be 18 years old and are citizens of one of the member states of the European Union. Please visit the European Youth Portal to find out more about the rules of the DiscoverEU contest.

Will there be a new round of applications?

Please check the European Youth Portal for information on the next round.

Where can I get more information?

Please visit the European Youth Portal to find out more or go to the DiscoverEU help centre.

I have a different question. How can I get in contact?

Please enquire about DiscoverEU via the European Youth Portal for details and contact information.


Embark on an adventure like no other


Over the last 40 years, Interrailers have enjoyed a unique travel experience associated with adventure, freedom and flexibility.


Interrail creates a gateway to the geographical, historical, and cultural richness of Europe. Rail travel allows both new travellers and seasoned adventurers to immerse themselves in the different cultural fabrics that make Europe such an exciting place to explore.

Embark on an adventure like no other

Are you a journalist? For information about Interrail's involvement in DiscoverEU please e-mail