60,000 free train tickets for young French and Germans
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, France and Germany have decided to launch “a binational ticket” for young people in the summer, of which 60,000 copies will be free.
To encourage “train travel within the two countries”, France and Germany will introduce a “binational” ticket in the summer of 2023, the two governments announced following a council of Franco-German ministers in Paris this Sunday, January 22.
“Travel and exchange are at the heart of Franco-German reconciliation and friendship! I am pleased to announce, together with my counterpart Volker Wissing, three important and concrete initiatives between France and Germany,” said French Transport Minister Clément Beaune.
#Elysée Treaty | Travel and exchange are at the heart of Franco-German reconciliation and friendship!
— Clement Beaune (@CBeaune) January 22, 2023
These train tickets celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, which sealed reconciliation between the two countries. On that occasion, Clément Beaune, in a joint press release with his German counterpart, announced that “60,000 tickets will be made available free of charge, under conditions to be defined shortly”.
France and Germany have pledged financial support for this system set up by SNCF and Deutsche Bahn (DB).
In addition to the “binational” ticket, the two governments have decided to open a direct high-speed rail line Paris-Berlin in 2024, as well as to launch the night train serving this destination at the end of 2023.
SNCF and Deutsche Bahn have been jointly operating high-speed trains, TGV and ICE, between France and Germany since the opening of the first section of the Paris-Strasbourg high-speed line in June 2007.