This summer, France and Germany will give away free train tickets to people under the age of 27.
“To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, 60,000 tickets will be made available free of charge,” say the two countries’ transport ministers, Clément Beaune and Volker Wissing, in a joint statement. The program has been created both as an effort to encourage cultural exchange between the two countries as well as to combat climate change by encouraging train travel as opposed to flights which emit large amounts of emissions.
Half of the tickets are set to be available in France and the other half in Germany, and most likely will be distributed via a lottery system. Each country’s respective national rail service – Deutsche Bahn and SNCF – will be financially responsible for the program.