Belgian railways increases its fares
Belgian Railways (NMBS) has increased its fares by an average of 5.9 percent.
BRUSSELS --The price of a monthly or annual season ticket went up by 6.25 percent from midnight on 31 January. Belgian Railways says that the fare rises are necessary to compensate for inflation and rising energy costs.
The price of special multi-journey tickets has also gone up.
The price of a ten-journey Go Pass ticket for passengers under 26 years has risen by 8.7 percent to 50 euros.
The ten-journey Rail Pass has gone up by two euros and now costs 73 euros.
The Union of Train, Tram and Bus Users (BTTB) has slammed the price increases.
The BTTB says that the fares have gone up while the quality of the service offered by NMBS remains bellow par.
BTTB’s Jan Vanseveren told the VRT "punctuality on the railways has hardly improved.”
"Furthermore, during the cold snap it was apparent that NMBS provides passengers with too little information. Many passengers were not given any information while they remained stranded on platforms or in trains."
However, Belgian Railways maintains that train travel in Belgium is still cheaper than in neighbouring countries.