NS ticket prices to increase 1.85 percent
Expected 2010 price hike will be 0.6 percent higher than inflation due to higher tariffs charged by rail administrator ProRail.
Utrecht – Train tickets will be 1.85 percent more expensive as of 1 January 2010, according to an NS company press release issued Wednesday.
The increase is 0.6 percent higher than the anticipated inflation in 2010.
NS claimed the increase is due to higher costs charged by ProRail to use its rail network.
ProRail manages maintenance and extensions of the railway network infrastructure, allocates rail capacity, and directs traffic control in the Netherlands.
The expected price hike is not yet definite, according to nu.nl.
The railway company told the online news source “in September, if the expected inflation rate changes or if the increase in fees [from ProRail] turns out differently, then the price of NS fares will adjust as well.”
Railrunner -- a discounted ticket for children between four and 11 years old travelling with an adult -- will also become more expensive in 2010 for the first time in six years, and will increase from EUR 2 to EUR 2.50.
Prices for the discount card (voordeelabonnement) and 'choice days' for seniors are not expected to change in 2010.
Jennifer Evans / Expatica