Slovenian Railways train in Ljubljana, Source: Depositphotos

Slovenia also introduces country-wide public transit ticket

Slovenia also introduces country-wide public transit ticket

It looks like Germany’s pioneering example is spreading around Europe and finding fertile reception

Starting on 1 June, Slovenia will introduce a public transport pass, which will grant its user access to all transit modes, except for those in cities. However, according to the country’s Environment Ministry, the pass will also integrate urban public transit by the end of the year as well.

With this announcement, Slovenia is set to become the fourth country in Europe, after Luxembourg, Germany and Hungary, that will make public transit a state policy in a bid to promote it to the wider public as a better alternative to private cars.

How will it compare to other European passes?

Passengers will pay 70 euros for a monthly pass and 560 euros for a yearly one. A transferable pass will be available at 90 euros for the monthly and 720 euros for the annual pass. Shorter duration passes will also be available at 15 euros for a one-day pass, 20 euros for a three-day pass and 35 euros for a weekly pass.

It’s evident that the Slovenian monthly pass will be more expensive than its German and Hungarian counterparts (at 49 and 25 euros respectively), however, it will have the advantage of being transferable.

The new pass will allow seamless travel across the country with different modes of transport and providers. Public transport in cities will be integrated with the next phase, with a timeline depending on the budget for 2024.

The measure is building on previous steps in Slovenia, such as a subsidized country-wide annual pass for students excluding inner-city buses. Children from the age of 6 to 15 will be eligible for a 50% discount on all tickets if they do not already hold a subsidised pass.



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