The Slovenia Times

High prices - a bump in the road for Slovenian public transport

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When it comes to public transport, Slovenia has a ticketing system that is easy to use but not affordable, shows a report by Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe that ranked 30 European countries.

Slovenia ranked 14th, in the middle of the pack, but scored only 18 points out of 100. It earned points for a simple ticketing system, free travel for seniors over 65 and a moderate VAT rate at 9.5%.

Slovenia has an electronic ticketing system that allows users to book all public transport tickets on one card and to switch from bus to train in the same journey. The system is easy to use but does not offer any discounts when purchasing tickets for different routes or for city transport in different cities.

Ticket prices are based on the length of the journey, with the lowest price at €1.3 for a trip under 5 kilometres and the highest at €13 for more than 150 kilometres travelled. Monthly and yearly tickets are calculated from the price of a single-journey ticket.

Students can book a subsidised €200 yearly ticket that is valid for all public transport except in cities, where they also enjoy large discounts. Seniors over 65 and people with disabilities travel for free.

Tickets are 75% off for everyone for both trains and buses on weekends and holidays.

Despite many social discounts, Slovenia cannot compare to Luxembourg, where all public transport is free. In the Greenpeace report Luxembourg came in first with 100 points, followed by Malta with 86 and Austria with 81 points. Bulgaria came in last place with zero points, just after Greece and Croatia with 2 points.

In the ranking of public transport in capital cities, Ljubljana took 14th place, scoring 79.8 points. Some points were deducted for the high full price of long-term tickets and for a lack of social discounts for individuals with low income.

Ljubljana has adopted the Viennese concept of the "365-Euro-ticket", where a yearly ticket for city buses will set a citizen back €365. Seniors over 65 and people with disabilities can travel for free, while students enjoy a 70% discount.

Around Europe, the cities of Tallinn, Luxembourg and Valletta share first place in the ranking with 100 points. Amsterdam, London and Dublin ranked at the bottom of the list with around 40 points.

In the EU public transport tickets are taxed with 11% VAT on average, while in Slovenia the tax rate is 9.5%. "At the same time the VAT on cross-border airline tickets in the EU is 0%, which keeps the price of polluting transport low, while climate-friendly transport remains expensive," the report noted.


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