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Young people could soon get even cheaper train travel in Europe – here’s why

The governments in France and Germany have announced a plan to provide mega-cheap rail tickets for young people

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Right now is a really, really great time to be exploring Europe by rail. Tonnes of dazzling night train services and mega-cheap, high-speed routes are popping up all the time – after decades of air superiority, we’re currently in the midst of a full-blown European rail renaissance.

And if you’re a young person, rail in Europe is set to get even better. Young ‘uns travelling between Germany and France could soon be eligible for special extra-cheap train tickets.

The initiative, which is a joint effort from the German and French governments, is designed to promote rail travel and help reduce carbon emissions. Exact details of the pricing and age eligibility of the scheme are yet to be announced, though more details are expected after ministers meet in January.

And this is far from the only spectacularly affordable new European rail project launching in the new year. Germany has recently announced it would be introducing a €49 (£43, $49) monthly public transport ticket which would cover pretty much all trains, trams and buses in the country. Not bad, eh?  

So, young people – watch this space! Intra-European rail travel could be about to get a whole load cheaper and more accessible.

Did you see that Germany is relaunching its mega-cheap monthly public transport ticket?

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