Let the train take the strain was a slogan in 1980s Britain to encourage more people to use the railways. Now Spain has provided an even greater incentive to hop on board the trains - free travel from September 1 until December 31.
President of the Government in Spain, Pedro Sánchez, announced that 100% of all tickets, except for long-distance or single journeys, operated by Renfe will be free including monthly subscriptions and bono tickets for a minimum of 10 return trips.
Sánchez explained that 100% of all non-individual tickets will be discounted, which could mean around 75 million trips of less than 300 kilometres are now free. The objective is to encourage more people to use public transport to save energy in the face of high fuel prices.
If you regularly travel in or around Alicante or Valencia, it has always paid to buy a multi-journey ticket to get discounts of around 50% of the full price of a single journey. Now you can travel for free.
Even if you don’t travel by train for work, you could plan several sightseeing trips to Alicante, Orihuela, Alcoy, Elche, Valencia, Gandia or Xativa, for example, to take advantage of the government scheme. Just check which multi-journey travel card is best for you in terms of type of travel and the length of time it is valid before you buy.
In Alicante province, passengers on three Cercanías lines will be able to benefit from this measure. The Alicante-Murcia which stops in Orihuela, Callosa de Segura, San Isidro-Albatera-Catral, Crevillent, Elx Carrús, Elx Parc, Torrellano and San Gabriel; Alcoy-Xàtiva; and Alicante-San Vicente lines will be free for anyone who purchases a subscription during the last four months of the year.
Article by Sarah Farrell - www.sarahswritestuff.com