According to the decision of the European Commission, within the next two weeks, starting from June 12, any 18-year-old citizen of one of the EU countries will be able to order a free ticket for Interrail trains. You can place an order on the European Youth Portal, filling out the appropriate questionnaire and correctly answering five questions on three different topics. This ticket, valid from July 9 to the end of September, will allow young Europeans to travel for a month across Europe by train and visit at least one and a maximum of four countries.
The only requirements for candidates are the citizenship of one of the 28 EU member states, and the age limit is 18 for July 1. To conduct this action, Brussels will spend € 12 million, and the total quota will be 15 thousand people. Tickets will be allocated to each country depending on the demographic situation, and thus the share of Spain will have 9% of their total number – that is, more than 1300 lucky travelers will travel.
If, suddenly, a country does not gain the number of project participants, the remaining tickets, the cost of each of which is € 255, will be distributed among the rest of the countries. While the “Brekzit” has not yet been implemented, British citizens can also rely on free trips. The aim of this project is to provide opportunities for future students who may participate in the Erasmus program in the future, to learn more about other countries and cultures. At the moment, Spain sends nearly 40,000 students to European universities as part of this program.