French city is latest in Europe to make public transport free

(EurActiv, 22 Dec 2023) The French city of Montpellier on Thursday (21 December) became the latest European metropolis to allow all its residents to ride public transport for free.

The entire European country of Luxembourg including its capital of the same name scrapped fares in 2020, after Estonia’s capital Tallinn introduced the policy in 2013.

From Thursday evening, Montpellier residents with a special pass were able to ride trams and buses free of charge in the southern city.

Visitors and tourists will still have to pay €1.60 a trip

Michaël Delafosse, the Socialist mayor of the city of some 500,000 people, promised free public transport when he was elected in 2020.

He started by introducing free rides at the weekend that year, then the following year extended them to all those younger than 18 or older than 65 throughout the whole week.

Delafosse said the initiative was part of a “European commitment to… the climate and purchasing power”.

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