Spain will offer multi-journey train travels for free starting in September

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(CNN) — In response to rising energy prices and inflation, public transport prices for state-owned services across Spain have been cut in half. Further discounts have been announced by the government at 100%.

Passengers will soon be able travel on various public trains Renfe-operated trains for free starting in September.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced that multi-journey tickets for trains operated by the network’s public services Cercanías, Rodalies and Media Distance (equivalent to local and medium-distance journeys) are to be free of charge from September 1 up until the end of the year.

According to TVE, the measure does not include single-journey tickets or long-distance travels. Multi-journey tickets must include at least 10 return trips.

Environment and money saving

The Spanish Ministry of Transport stated in a statement that the measure “encourages to the maximum use of this form of collective public transport to ensure the daily commute with a safe and reliable, comfortable and economic means of transportation, despite the extraordinary circumstances of the steady rise of fuel and energy prices.”

After the Spanish government had committed to a 50% reduction in public transport fees for state-owned transport, Renfe was announced.

Spain isn’t the only European country taking steps to reduce transport costs.

Last month Germany launched a €9 ($9.50)Unlimited monthly public transport ticket which can be used to travel anywhere in the country. This deal is part of an energy relief package that the government has approved. It will be valid until August 31st.
Late 2021, Austria implemented aHighly discounted “climate ticket”, This promotion is valid for all modes of public transport within the country. It aims to encourage people not to drive.

Klimaticket costs just $1,267 (€1,095) a year, which works out to around $3.50 a day.

Top image credit: María José López/Europa Press/AP

Tamara Hardingham Gill, Ben Jones and Ben Jones contributed also to this report

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