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Renfe offers free rail travel in Spain from September till end of 2022

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If you’re planning to travel to Spain later this year and looking for a cheap way to travel, the country’s national operator, Renfe, is offering free travel on a number of services.

The scheme, announced by Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez on 12 July, comes as part of a set of price cuts made to reduce the impact of inflation and the war in Ukraine on Spanish consumers.

Under the terms of the scheme, all Cercanías (commuter train), Rodalies (commuter routes in Catalonia), and Media Distancia routes (mid-distance regional lines) run by Renfe will be free of charge from 1 September to 31 December 2022. These services had already been discounted to 50% since last June.

For travellers visiting Spain, the free Media Distancia trains offer amazing value, allowing you to hop between cities for absolutely nothing at all.

Unfortunately, the 100% discount does not apply to single tickets, and several types of transport voucher are also ruled out, including AVE vouchers for Spain’s high-speed trains.

However, the 100% discount on multi-trip tickets will make travel much cheaper for anyone looking to travel around and explore the country.

The promotion starts from 1 September.

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