You might be able to travel between France and Germany this summer if you are under 27 years old.
Later this year, 60,000 free train tickets will be made available to young people. Clément Beaune and Volker Wissing, the transport ministers of the two counties, made the announcement on Sunday regarding the rail project.
According to them, the initiative’s objective is to promote travel and foster cultural exchange between France and Germany.
Beaune added that the initiative is in line with France’s goals for the climate and also aims to get more young people to take the train.
The scheme will receive financial support from Deutsche Bahn and SNCF, two national rail services.
What information do we currently have regarding Germany’s and France’s free train tickets?
France and Germany will each have access to half of the tickets. Similar to an Interrail ticket, they will permit young people to travel around while on the train to the other country.
Wissing announced on Twitter that the program will be open to young people under the age of 27. According to reports in French media, travelers who want to take advantage of the program will most likely need to participate in a lottery to win tickets.
Wissing and Beaune also announced the opening of a new TGV train route between Paris and Berlin in 2024, which will connect France and Germany. Currently, travelers must change at a separate station, such as Cologne or Frankfurt, to travel between the two capitals.
Passengers would be able to complete the journey in about seven hours thanks to the new high-speed link.
The new routes, according to the transport ministers, are just another step toward creating a single rail network that connects the two countries.