|My Carné Joven a.k.a. European Youth Card|
Just last week, the official, plastic card came in the mail and will last me through the year 2021 (when I turn 31...terrifying).
In this post I want to explain how you, too, can go about getting a European Youth Card, assuming you’re probably a language assistant like me. Apart from the biggest advantage of getting 20% off the price of train tickets on Spain’s Renfe network (and 25-60% off in, for example, France), other bonuses include small price markdowns at stores, gyms, and other services.
How to get oneThis is how I got mine in Andalucía (southern Spain), but beware that, since Spain is such a decentralized country, your experience may vary from region to region, so double-check the links below for requirements specific to your region.
1) Gather together a filled-out application (Anexo I in Andalucía), a copy of your NIE and your original card, six euros, and—just to be safe—your carta de nombramiento stating that you’re a language assistant (or whatever other documentation you have to prove you’re residing in the region).
2) With all of the above from #1, apply for the card at your local youth office: provincial capitals in Andalucía like Sevilla, Córdoba, Jaén, etc., have an Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud; outside the capitals, every city should have an Oficina de Información Juvenil; and if you happen to have a bank account with CajaSur, CajaSol, Unicaja, Caja Granada, or Caja de Jaén, you can also apply there and get a joint debit card/European Youth Card.
3) Run to the closest bank, pay the six-euro
You’re good to go! Your provisional card functions the same as the official card, which should come in the mail in a week or so. Now go out and start saving money!!!
Links to regional carné joven websites* Andalucía
* Balearic Islands
* Basque Country
* Canary Islands
* Castilla-La Mancha
* Castilla y León
* La Rioja
* the European Youth Card’s website
* the national government’s page
Have you gotten your carné joven yet? Have you had much luck saving money while traveling across Europe with a youth card? Talk about it in the comments below!