Belgian railway unveils 'low cost' winter tickets
13 April 2005, BRUSSELS – The Belgian rail service SNCB has announced new cut price tickets for certain routes.
13 April 2005
BRUSSELS – The Belgian rail service SNCB has announced new cut price tickets for certain routes.
Tickets will be available to winter sports areas for EUR 99 and certain return tickets, for journeys crossing the language barrier in Belgium, will cost only EUR 5.
The first promotion, to be launched from 23 December 2005 to 17 March 2006, will be a night train every weekend between eight Belgian towns and four winter sports resorts in Austria.
Tickets will be available for EUR 99 from mid-September this year, rising later to EUR 119.
The trains will leave Ostend every Friday at 9pm and will arrive in Innsbruck the next day at midday.
They will stop at Bruges, Ghent, Brussels North, Brussels South, Leuven, Liege and Verviers.
Coming from the other direction, the trains will leave Austria on Saturday evenings and arrive in Ostend on Sunday at midday.
Every train will take one thousand passengers and their luggage. SNCB spokesman Marc Descheemaeker said if the service proved a success, SNCB would consider opening up the offer on different routes.
In another initiative, SNCB has decided to celebrate Belgium's 175th birthday by offering passengers cheap tickets if they travel to another language zone.
The return tickets will cost EUR 5 (EUR 7 for first class) but they must be used on the same weekend.
SNCB hopes 200,000 passengers will take advantage of the offer.
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Subject: Belgian news