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8 January 2019

Luxembourg to make all public transport free in world-first

Shortly before the New Year, the Government of Luxembourg announced their plans to abolish all fares on public transport, making them the first country in the world to introduce such a policy.

Currently, commuters only pay €2 for up to two hours of travel, which covers almost any journey across the country.

An all-day second-class ticket on every mode of public transport costs €4. Young people travel for free, and many commuters qualify for an annual “mPass” which costs €150 for all public transport.

The plan to abolish all fares on public transport is expected to come into force in summer of this year, with part of the cost being covered by removing a tax break for commuters.

The move will save on costs associated with the collection and processing of fares, and it is also hoped it will encourage a shift away from private cars and ease traffic congestion, which is especially high in the capital, Luxembourg City.

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