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Short and medium distance train journeys in Spain free for four months

Spain follows Germany and Austria in offering discounted rail travel to combat cost of living and climates crises

Juliana O'Rourke
10 August 2022
Cycles and scooters are common sights on Spain`s short and medium distance services
Cycles and scooters are common sights on Spain`s short and medium distance services


Short and medium distance train journeys in Spain will be free of charge for four months from September.

All commuter trains and mid-distance regional lines covering journeys of less than 300km run by the national rail operator Renfe will be free from 1 September to 31 December.

The offer is geared toward helping Spanish nationals with season tickets. However, travellers from other countries can also take advantage of the discount if they purchase multi-journey tickets. All multi-trip ticket journeys (10 or more) on commuter trains or mid-distance routes are covered, including many routes between major tourism hot spots, for example Léon to Madrid, Granada to Málaga, Córdoba to Seville, Madrid to Toledo, Barcelona to Tarragona, A Coruña to Santiago, and Valencia to Requena Utiel.

“This measure encourages to the maximum the use of this type of collective public transport to guarantee the needed daily commute with a safe, reliable, comfortable, economic and sustainable means of transportation, amid the extraordinary circumstances of the steady increase of energy and fuel prices,” said the Spanish Ministry of Transport.

A 50 per cent discount on Renfe train tickets had already been introduced in June in an effort to help out commuters. 

Germany and Austria have also launched transportation deals to dissuade travelers from using their cars. The former’s deal is part of a statewide energy relief package, and the latter’s is in the form of a heavily discounted “climate ticket” on various modes of public transportation.

Hopefully, other countries will follow suit. 

Compiled from sources including Euronews, The Points Guy and Renfe.

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