VR has announced that it will reduce the fares for all of its long-distance services on a permanent basis.
The reductions will be an average of 25 per cent, according to Maisa Romanainen, the director of passenger services at the state-owned railway company. “The reductions are permanent. We're not launching a campaign,” she clarified on Tuesday.
Romanainen revealed that the reductions are an attempt to align the fares with the expectations of passengers. “Finns have called for more affordable train fares for some time, and now we are pleased to be able to respond to their wishes,” she states in a press release.
“Our customers consider train a care-free, ecological and comfortable way to travel. The fares, however, have come under criticism in recent years. Affordable campaign fares have increased passenger volumes on our major routes and now we are able to lower prices permanently all over Finland,” she says.
Passengers will be able to take advantage of the fare reductions immediately, according to VR. The railway company also announced on Tuesday it will adjust its discount schemes for children, students and pensioners.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Petteri Paalasmaa – Uusi Suomi
Source: Uusi Suomi