Saturday 10 December 2016

Irish teens could soon be able to travel Europe for free by train

Published 29/09/2016 | 12:36

Irish teenagers may soon be able to travel around Europe by train for free as the European Parliament is looking to introduce a free InterRail pass for EU citizens on their 18th birthday.

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The proposal has been launched by the leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) Manfred Weber.

In his own words, the introduction of the free InterRail pass would enable EU citizens to “discover the beauty and diversity of Europe.”

It is due to be discussed in the European Parliament next week in Strasbourg and it will be funded by the European Commission in co-operation with Member States and rail companies.

An InterRail pass is a type of train ticket that can be used to travel throughout Europe for relatively low cost.

The InterRail Global Pass is valid in 30 countries, such as Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany.

Global Passes start from €181, and can cost as much as €435.

The price varies depending on how many days you wish to travel.

The introduction of a free pass means Irish travellers will have more money for accommodation and activities.

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes is behind the proposal: “I fully support the initiative proposed by the EPP, the group Fine Gael is affiliated to in the European Parliament,” he said in a statement.

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