Huge Discounts on Travel for Young Adults in Spain

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 23, 2024 09:30 AMNews
Aerial view of a busy street in Barcelona with taxis, a tourist bus, and street vendors
Exploring Spain with massive travel discounts. Source: unsplash

In early June, the Spanish government announced the continuation of the 'Plan Verano Joven 2024,' a summer travel discount scheme for young adults. The initiative, now in its second year, offers substantial discounts on train, bus, and Interrail travel within Spain and Europe. Eligible participants must be between 18 and 30 years old.

The plan provides a 90% discount on all standard, medium-distance train services, and state-run bus services. There is also a 50% discount on Avant single tickets and high-speed rail services, up to a maximum of 30 euros off per ticket. Additionally, a 50% discount is available for the Global Flexible Interrail pass, which offers 10 days of discounted rail travel over two months, but only when purchased through Renfe.

These discounts apply to tickets bought between July 1 and September 30. This year, the scheme is available to all young people born between January 1, 1994, and December 31, 2006, who are legally resident in Spain, regardless of nationality. Last year, the plan was only open to young Spanish citizens and those from EU countries.

To take advantage of these discounts, potential beneficiaries must register on the specified website at least 24 hours before purchasing their first ticket. Registration can be done using the Cl@ve system or by entering personal details such as name, surname, and ID number (DNI, NIE, or passport number). After registration, a code is sent to the user's mobile phone or email, which must be used when purchasing tickets. This code consists of the registered ID number plus additional characters and is valid throughout the discount period for all transport modes included in the scheme.

Fraudulent use of the discount code, which is personal and non-transferable, can result in fines of up to 750 euros for rail services and up to 200 euros for bus transport if the beneficiary does not match the passenger. Users who accumulate more than six improper uses of the code may also have their discount privileges withdrawn, according to the Ministry for Transport.

The primary goal of this scheme is to encourage young adults to use safer, more reliable, comfortable, economical, and sustainable transportation options for their summer leisure trips instead of private cars. It also aims to enhance their learning experiences, foster a sense of independence, and strengthen interpersonal relationships, helping them to 'feel more European.'

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