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Next round of Free Interrail Travel [DiscoverEU] for those born 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2004 (incl)

  • 15-03-2022 2:51am
    Registered Users Posts: 11,215 ✭✭✭✭

    The next round of #DiscoverEU applications will be open from April 7 to 21.

    Hurray, DiscoverEU is now part of the Erasmus+ Programme family! Get to know the novelties and extend your horizon to more countries than ever.

    Are you 18 years old and a legal resident of one of the EU Member States or third countries associated to Erasmus+? Get ready to explore Europe! DiscoverEU is proud to be part of the Erasmus+ Programme family and to contribute to the 2022 European Year of Youth with many more travel passes and opportunities!

    What is DiscoverEU?

    DiscoverEU is a programme 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. You 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 resident of the European Union or of one of the third countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme like Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey, DiscoverEU offers you the opportunity to participate in a travel experience that will enable you to explore Europe’s diversity, learn about its 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. 

    NEW! As of the first application round of 2022, the selected participants will receive a DiscoverEU discount card with discounts on cultural visits, learning activities, sports, local transportation, accommodation, food etc.

    When is the next round?

    More than 130 0000 young people have been awarded a travel pass since the first application round in June 2018. Another round will take place between Thursday 7 April 2022 at 12:00 (CEST) and Thursday 21 April 2022 at 12:00 (CEST). An ‘Apply Now’ button will appear on this page on D-Day! 

    To be eligible, you need to:

    • be born between 1 July 2003 (included) and 30 June 2004 (included);
    • complete the correct identity card (ID), passport or legal residence card number on the online application form;
    • be legally resident*, at the time of the selection decision, of one of the following countries: 

         - one of the Member States of the European Union including Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) or 

         - one of the third countries associated to the Erasmus+ programme: Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey. 

    * For more information see the Rules section “2. Eligible applicants”

    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 2022 and 30 June 2023

    Note that if you have a disability or a health problem that makes your travel challenging, you will receive assistance and support to help you take part in the programme. Check our FAQ C.13 to know more.

    Are you too young to participate in this round? Don’t worry! There will be a round in autumn as well as in spring every year.

    Quota per country


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,422 ✭✭✭ablelocks

    UK has the third highest allocation, but the lowest take up so anyone who applies is guaranteed to get a ticket

    Ireland has the 5th highest demand in terms of numbers, but because of our smaller population, our allocation of 591 tickets is oversubscribed by 2125%, so the chance of getting a ticket is really slim (even if we picked up an extra 200)

    shouldn't previous demand rates be factored in somehow to the quota numbers somehow?