(CNN) — Public transport prices on state services across Spain have already been halved in response to soaring energy and inflation figures. Now the government has announced even more discounts of 100%.
From September, travelers will be able to travel for free on various trains of the Renfe public train network.
Spanish 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-haul) will be free from September 1 to the end of September. the year.
The measure excludes single travel tickets or long-distance journeys, according to public broadcaster TVE. Multiple journey tickets include a minimum of 10 return flights.
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“This measure encourages maximum use of this type of collective public transport to ensure daily commuting with a safe, reliable, comfortable, economical and sustainable means of transport, amid the extraordinary circumstances of the steady increase in energy and fuel prices,” the Spanish Ministry of Transport said in a statement.
The Renfe scheme was announced shortly after the Spanish government committed to cut public transport fares by 50%.
Spain is not the only European country that has taken measures to reduce the cost of public transport.
Climate ticket costs only $1,267 (€1,095) per year, which works out to about $3.50 per day.
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Tamara Hardingham-Gill and Ben Jones also contributed to this report