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


What is DiscoverEU?

DiscoverEU is an initiative of the European Union giving you the opportunity to travel around Europe. By travelling mainly by rail (there are exceptions to allow those living on islands or in remote areas to take part), you will discover Europe’s stunning landscapes and its endless variety of cities and towns. This journey will also give you the chance to meet like-minded travellers, become more independent and confident as well as explore your EU identity. Young people can apply during the two application rounds taking place each year and the European Union awards the selected ones with a travel pass.  


When is the next round?

Almost 50 000 young people were awarded a travel pass since the start of DiscoverEU in June 2018. Another round will take place around November 2019. The dates will be shared here after summer so watch this space!

To be eligible, you need to be 18 years old, have the nationality of one of the Member States of the European Union at the time of the award decision, and fill in the correct ID or passport number on the online application form. All you have to do is to participate in a quiz and answer a subsidiary question. If you are selected, you can travel for a period of minimum 1 day and up to 30 days in 2020 (travel period to be confirmed). Why not seize this chance to experience freedom of movement, better understand Europe’s diversity, enjoy its cultural richness, make new friends and ultimately, discover yourself?

Note that if you have a disability or a health problem that makes your trip challenging, we have special conditions to help you take part in DiscoverEU.


Can I travel with my friends?

Yes you can! It really is up to you. You can go solo or bring your friends along. In fact, you can add up to 4 friends to your group. All members of the group need to be 18 years old.

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.’


What is expected from me?

By becoming a DiscoverEU Ambassador, you are invited to report back on your travel experiences through social media tools like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #DiscoverEU. You could even 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 past 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

#FreeInterrail - A Vision of a Europe for All | Vincent-Immanuel Herr | TEDxOTHRegensburg



Need more information?

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