Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that young people in the country will be able to benefit from a 50% discount on Interrail passes around Europe, as well as plans for a ‘Spanish Interrail’ pass.
The plan is for the discounts to be available for those aged between 18 and 30, from 15 June to 15 September this year. It is expected to be approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Interrail is a single train pass that allows for rail travel across most European countries and it is available for various time periods, including up to one month.
Details of how to apply for the passes or when they will be available has not yet been announced, but more information is expected during this week.
During a political rally in Murcia at the weekend, Sánchez also revealed plans for a new Spanish Interrail pass, so that young people can get the chance to explore Spain further and make it more affordable.
Sánchez said that there are many young people who know ‘Europe better than their own country’.
The Spanish Interrail pass will make it easier for young people to travel through Spain with a 90% discount on state-owned trains and buses and a 50% discount on high-speed trains. ‘We are going to have Interrail in Europe and in Spain,’ Sánchez said.
With these plans, the Spanish government aims to not only help young people to travel and discover new places, but also help the tourism and cultural sectors and promote thousands of national destinations, as well as collaborate with the development of rural Spain.
‘Spain is the second most visited country in the world, but it is full of unknown treasures for many Spaniards. That is why we are going to help our young people to get to know Spain better. Travelling through its interior this summer,’ said Sánchez.
The Interrail pass was created in 1972 and some 600,000 tickets are sold every year to customers of all ages, according to service statistics. Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 already benefit from a 25% discount on the general price and the Spanish government’s new plan will mean they can now get the passes at half price.
The Interrail network consists of 40,000 train stations in 33 EU countries.
Por los jóvenes, el turismo y la cultura.— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) May 6, 2023
Vamos a financiar el 50% de @Interrail para que los jóvenes de 18 a 30 años viajen este verano por Europa.
Además, 90% de descuento en trenes y autobuses del Estado y 50% en Alta Velocidad.
¡Para recorrer y disfrutar de España! pic.twitter.com/prUhysIit1