EU mulls free InterRail passes for 18-year-olds

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STRASBOURG, France: The EU said Tuesday it was exploring the idea of providing all 18-year-old Europeans with InterRail passes allowing them to travel around the continent for free for a month. “The commission firmly backs the idea that this issue should be examined,” Transport Commissioner Bulc told MEPs in Strasbourg, adding that it would encourage young people to use a mode of travel with low greenhouse gas emissions. The travel passes, beloved of young backpackers traveling across Europe, usually cost between 20 euros ($22) and 400 euros ($450) depending on how long they last and which countries they cover. Some 300,000 people use InterRail passes to travel across Europe every year, according to Bulc.

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