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DiscoverEU – a chance to win a free Rail Travel Pass

By April 10, 2024June 10th, 2024No Comments
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Interrailing through Europe!

Travelling through Europe by train – the opportunities for discovery are ENDLESS!! Remember a bit of forward planning and a budget will help you through the towns, cities, villages, mountains, and seascapes of Europe!

DiscoverEU – a chance to win a free rail travel pass.

DiscoverEU free interrail travel pass is an initiative of the European Union, giving 18-year-olds the opportunity to travel around Europe by rail.

  • Successful applicants will receive a free interrail travel pass(!) allowing them to go interrailing across Europe for one month during the permitted travel window.
  • You can go solo or add up to 4 friends in your group provided they meet the eligibility conditions above.
  • You apply during the two application rounds taking place each year. Next application round is open in October.
  • Young people born between 1 July 2005 (included) and 30 June 2006 (included)
  • If successful, you can travel for a minimum of 1 day and up to 30 days between 1 July 2024 and 30 September 2025

Good to Know!

Free Return Flight Included: Successful applicants who live in Ireland can also receive a free return flight from Ireland to any destination on the Continent of Europe. Afterwards, young people are required to travel by rail on mainland Europe.  NB: These applicants must not book their flights, as the travel agency contracted by the European Commission will take care of their  plane tickets.

If you have a disability or a health problem that makes your travel challenging, you will receive assistance and support.

Some Useful tips!

  • A sturdy rucksack with padded shoulder pads ……….shoulder blisters are not a good luck for anyone ; )
  • Make sure you are insured: Travel & Health
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) EU medical cover (it’s free! )
  • Money: Work a daily budget and try to stick to it as much as possible.  It might be hard to do at first but you will really appreciate having stuck to the budget towards the end of your travel!!
  • Do some research to find out how much it would cost to eat and sleep in each country before you go.
  • First Aid: Include band aids, stomach tablets, sun block etc.

Mobile Phone/ Roaming

Your mobile phone will be an important resource when travelling – for maps, money, communication, research – check if your mobile network provides 4G Roaming when travelling in Europe – if not buy a SIM only from a provider that does. Make sure you bring a charger and if necessary a plug adaptor.

Roaming allows you to travel outside your home country to another EU country without having to pay any additional charges to use your mobile phone.

Before you go!

  • When packing remember that you will have to carry everything on your back. Be sensible
  • You don’t need more than 10kg – you can wash as you go
  • Good walking boots, dark comfortable clothes (less washing), rain gear.

Useful Apps

Safety Issues

  • Keep passport, insurance information, ID, and inter-rail ticket with you at all times.
  • Handy tip— Keep these in a money belt which can be strapped to your body underneath your clothes.
  • Contact home often and give someone a general idea of your travel plans.

Train Journey

  • Book you seats – you do not want to be sitting on the floor for a 9 hour journey!
  • Travelling by train by night cuts your accommodation expenses and allows you to spend your days exploring the city.
  • Be sure you have paid any necessary train supplement or you may be fined.
  • Bring your own food and drink on the train— It’s much cheaper!


  • Get up early and make the most of the day – that means you might not be able to go out every night
  • Don’t feel you have to see every famous sight – just being in a city and wandering around is good.
  • Figure out the cheapest way to get around – most cities has a transport system that has discounts for students.

Other Interrail  Passes

Global Pass: Unlimited Rail travel within & between 30 participating European countries.  Travel during a consecutive period or choose your own ‘flexi’ travel days.

InterRail One Country Pass: If you would like to visit one specific European Country then One Country Pass might be your best choice.


If you do find yourself in a spot of bother and need help, there are Irish Embassies and Consulates abroad.

If you have any questions about interrailing, you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.

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