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Further updates

Are you one of our DiscoverEU travel pass winners from November 2019? If you’ve put your travel on hold due to COVID-19, don’t worry, we have extended the travel period until 31 August 2021. Wait until our team contacts you to guide you through the next steps! You can still Discover our EU!
For more info, click here.

Wondering about the next round of applications? As soon as the conditions across Europe allow, we will do our best to put DiscoverEU back on track and offer new chances to win a travel pass! Continue to follow our social media channels in the meantime - we will keep you posted! 

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Are you 18 years old and a citizen of the European Union? Get ready to explore Europe!


What is DiscoverEU?

DiscoverEU is an initiative of the European Union that gives you the opportunity to discover Europe through learning experiences. Travelling predominantly by rail (there are exceptions to allow those living on islands or in remote areas), you will discover Europe’s stunning landscapes and its variety of cities and towns. Young people can apply during the two application rounds which take place each year. Successful applicants are awarded with a travel pass.

As an 18-year-old citizen of the European Union, DiscoverEU offers you the opportunity to participate in a travel experience that will enable you to take advantage of the freedom of movement throughout the European Union, explore the diversity of Europe while travelling, learn about European cultural heritage and history, and connect with people from all over the continent. Furthermore, DiscoverEU enables you, as a young person, to develop life skills of value to your future, such as independence, confidence, and openness to other cultures.  

When is the next round?

Around 70 000 young people have been awarded a travel pass since the first application round in June 2018. Another round will take place between Thursday 12 March 2020 (12:00 CET) and Thursday 26 March 2020 (12:00 CET). An ‘Apply Now’ button will appear on this page on D-Day! 

To be eligible, you need to:

  • Have been born between 1 July 2001 (included) and 30 June 2002 (included);
  • Have the nationality of one of the Member States of the European Union at the time of the award decision;
  • Complete the correct ID or passport number on the online application form.

Then you will need to participate in a quiz (unless you apply as a group member).

If you are selected, you can travel for a period of minimum 1 day and up to 30 days between 1 July 2020 and 28 February 2021.

Note that if you have a disability or a health problem that makes your trip challenging, you will receive assistance and support to help you take part in DiscoverEU. Check our FAQ C.18 to know more.

Can I travel with my friends?

Yes you can! It really is up to you. You can go solo or add up to 4 friends in your group provided they meet the eligibility conditions above. They will use your application code to submit their own application. Check out our FAQs B.5 to B.11 to know more.

You can also organise meet-ups and combine travel plans with other DiscoverEU travellers! The DiscoverEU Facebook Group is a good platform to do this. Join the Group now to chat with other participants.

 ‘There is a whole world out there. Pack your backpack, your best friend and go.’


Share experiences

As a DiscoverEU Ambassador, we will invite you to share your travel experiences through social media tools - Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter - using #DiscoverEU. You may decide to give a presentation at your school or local community. Moreover, you could participate in the #DiscoverEU photo/video #Competition and win great prizes.


I want to know more!

Interested in the previous application rounds? Check the DiscoverEU factsheet to read more about the initiative and the experiences of some of our young DiscoverEU travellers.



Europe is at your feet. Take the first step.


Inspiring TedX video from Vincent-Immanuel Herr

Need more information?

If you have a question about DiscoverEU, please check the responses in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. If this page does not provide the information you need, please get in contact directly with us by clicking on "Ask us!" We aim to reply to all enquiries within five working days.
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