From tomorrow 7 April at noon until 21 April at noon young people living in Erasmus+ programme countries will be able to apply for one of the 35,000 free travel passes through the DiscoverEU, Commission’s action allowing 18-years-olds to explore Europe mostly by train.
In addition, recipients of the travel pass will also receive a DiscoverEU discount card, giving access to more than 40,000 discount possibilities on public transport, culture, accommodation, food, sports and other services available in all eligible countries.
In order to increase the learning dimension of the DiscoverEU experience, Erasmus+ National Agencies will facilitate information meetings and meet-ups to prepare young travellers for their journey and to create a peer-to-peer learning experience. Through these meetings, DiscoverEU aims to promote discussions on sustainability, culture and European identity, among others. Inclusion is particularly in focus. Participants with disabilities or health issues can be accompanied on their journeys. Apart from the travel costs, additional individual help is also provided.
The Commission encourages sustainable travel by rail. Exceptions are made for those who have difficulties reaching mainland Europe to start their train travel. Therefore, special arrangements are available for young people from outermost regions, Overseas Counties and Territories, remote areas and islands.