Demand for free rail passes in Spain shows no sign of slowing down
Following the extension of the programme to issue free train passes for the Cercanías, Rodalies and Media Distancia trains, Renfe has already issued more 1 million free subscriptions since January 1, the operator has announced.
The means demand has accelerated compared to the previous programme, which began in late August of last year. This year, three quarters of the free train passes issued are for the Cercanías and Rodalies services, with the medium-distance trains accounting for the remainder. The free multi-journey subscriptions are valid until April 30.
On top of that, Renfe issued 11,684 tickets for the Avant and high-speed AVE trains in the first 12 days of the year. These services are not a part of the programme, but a 50-per cent discount is available if travel time is less than 100 minutes. Passes are currently available for lines such as Ourense-A Coruña, Madrid-Salamanca and Murcia-Alicante. On January 23, another 13 high-speed medium-distance journeys will be added to the Avant Passes, as they have become Public Service Obligations.
At the end of the year, Renfe announced that it had issued close to 2.5 million free subscriptions in the final four months of 2022. Passes for the medium-distance services had a share of 28.4 per cent at the time, compared to 25.2 at present.
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