Luxembourg has become the first country in the world to abolish fares on public transport so passengers travel free.
Citizens, expatriates and visitors can now enjoy permanent free travel throughout the Grand Duchy.
Public transport in the country became free from 1 March in a move that will affect approximately 40% of households and save each one about €100 per year. The measure is part of a wider plan to reduce congestion in a country where cars account for 47% of business travel and 71% of leisure.
Luxembourg’s transport system costs £430m (€500m) annually, with fare revenue of £35m (€41m) meeting barely 8 per cent of the total.
The Grand Duchy is thriving economically but has severe problems with traffic. Luxembourg has more cars per capita than any other country in the European Union. Buses are used for only 32% of trips to work, followed by trains, which account for 19%.
The transport minister, François Bausch, said: “Systematic and continuous investment is a sine qua non-essential condition for promoting the attractiveness of public transport.”
All public transport will be free-for-all except first-class travel on trains and certain night bus services.
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