Spain to offer free rail travel to make it even easier for tourists to explore

The vast majority of Spain's trains will be free until the end of the year in a new scheme that could help Brits travel the sunny country on the cheap.

People visiting the West European country can now whizz across it in the relative luxury of one of its trains for zero cost, reports the Mirror.

As well as being much better for the environment than air travel, sitting on a train and watching the countryside slip by is the perfect way to get to know a country.

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Under Spain's new initiative all short and medium train rides are free with the right ticket.

Giving holidaymakers the perfect opportunity to see Catalonia, Andalucía and the Basque country.

So if you have a week or two of annual leave to use up you can city hop from beach havens to historical cities and then on to the best foodie hot spots.

Earlier this week the country's socialist-led coalition government declared that travel across certain parts of the state-owned rail-network, Renfe, would be free from 1 September to the end of the year.

It comes after a 30% discount on all public transport was announced last month.

The 100% rail discounts will apply to multi-trip ticket journeys on commuter services and medium-distance routes that are less than 300km.

Tourists can take advantage of the discounts – which have been brought in to help the population deal with the cost of living crisis – if they buy multi-journey tickets.

So why not jet off to Barcelona to see the stunning Sagrada Familia before hopping on a train to Girona’s museums and on to the coast?

“I’d like the people of Spain to know that I’m fully aware of the daily difficulties that most people have,” Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said.

“I know salaries cover less and less and that it’s difficult to get to the end of the month.”

The country's Ministry of Transport said the measure would help people get to work safely as fuel prices continue to rise sharply.


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