Words by Smiley Team
In an effort to tackle the cost of living crisis affecting many countries right now, Spain is making certain train journeys completely free.
Yep, people don't have to pay a penny.
This is an addition to a decision made last month, where the Spanish government gave a 50% discount on all public transport including trains, metro and buses and trams. Now, the country has announced four months of free train journeys, from September to the end of 2022.
“I’d like the people of Spain to know that I’m fully aware of the daily difficulties that most people have,” said Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister of Spain. “I know salaries cover less and less and that it’s difficult to get to the end of the month. I am going to work my skin to the bone to defend the working class of this country.”
This new 100% discount applies only to certain journeys but is still a huge win for those who might be struggling financially as the cost of living rises. The discount is usable for commuter trains (cercanías) and medium-distance routes (media distancia) that are less than 300km.
“This measure encourages using public transport to guarantee a safe, reliable, comfortable, economic and sustainable means of doing the daily commute amid the extraordinary increase of energy and fuel prices,” said the Spanish Ministry of Transport, in a statement on the subject.
While the price reduction is mainly aimed at those who live in Spain and generally purchase season tickets, or commute regularly to work, this is something that tourists can take advantage of with some research.
This venture will be covered through a new windfall tax on banks and energy companies. The money from this will not only finance the free train tickets, but boost youth scholarships, and fund the building of 12,000 new homes in Spain.
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