Want to know more? Get answers to the most frequently asked questions below, or visit the European Youth Portal to find out more.
- What is the DiscoverEU programme?
DiscoverEU is an initiative of the European Union based on a proposal from the European Parliament. The aim of the initiative is to offer around 12,000 young European citizens a free travel experience in Europe, enabling them to take advantage of the freedom of movement in the European Union and discover Europe’s richness and diversity.
- How is Interrail involved in DiscoverEU
As a general principle, young people will travel by rail under the DiscoverEU initiative. Using an Interrail Pass will be one such way in which eligible applicants can explore Europe using the rail and ferry networks of up to 31 participating countries.
- How can I travel for free?
- 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 Interrail.eu 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 citizen of one of the 28 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 third round of applications?
The application period is currently closed. The European Commission will open a new round of applications in the summer of 2019 (the specific dates will be announced later).
Keep an eye on the European Youth Portal for new announcements.
- What is the timeline for DiscoverEU?
Registration is now closed.
Registration open: 29 November 2018 (12:00 CET)
Registration close: 11 December 2018 (12:00 CET)
Evaluation committee: End December 2018
Notification of award decision: 10 January – 17 January 2019
First departure date: 15 April 2019
Last return date: 31 October 2019
- Where can I get more information?
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