The long-distance buses that are part of the State concession network will be free throughout the year 2023, as confirmed by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, during an appearance in the Congress of Deputies.
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This is a measure that is already in force from September 1 to December 31, but which is currently limited to a 50% discount on the price of tickets for some bus routes for frequent passengers.
The measure is aimed at companies that operate this type of state-owned bus routes throughout Spain and that had season tickets and multi-trip tickets before the measure came into force.
Thus, for example, recurring users of lines such as those linking Madrid and Segovia, Guadalajara and Madrid, Teruel and Barcelona, Zaragoza and Castellón de la Plana, Jaén and Madrid, Gijón and León, Irún and Tui or Logroño and Soria, can purchase passes or tickets for 10, 20 or 30 trips to travel at 50% currently, a bonus that will now go to 100%.
Fruit of an agreement with the PDeCAT
The free buses have been agreed by the Government with the PDeCAT in the framework of the negotiations to support the approval of the General State Budgets (PGE), which are voted this Thursday in the Congress of Deputies.
According to data from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, at the beginning of 2022 the network had a total of 4,088 stops that are distributed among 2,399 towns belonging to 1,837 municipalities of the national geography. The total length of lines is 68,861 kilometers, with an average of 894.3 kilometers per concession.
This new measure complements the one already announced on the Cercanías and Media Distancia trains, which will also be free for frequent travelers during the next year, with the previous payment of a deposit of 20 euros, which will be returned if the subscription is used.
Regarding this measure in the railway field, the minister has detailed that it will mean a saving of more than 350 million liters of gasoline and will prevent the emission of one million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2023. The Ministry has also calculated that a family four members will save on average between 1,800 and 3,000 euros.