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In Germany, for the first time in 17 years, the train fares have dropped. Deutsche Bahn’s Intercity Express, Germany’s national railway company, will become 10% cheaper for long-distance travellers ie anyone taking more than a 50-kilometre-long trip.
This splendid measure comes in to curb climate change and encourage more people to take the trains. While flying is easier, travelling by trains means a lesser carbon footprint and makes for smarter, responsible travel. It is a powerful way of choosing to be pro-environment. The rail company has been able to lower the fares because of climate protection measures initiated by the government that cut the VAT on trains from 19% to 7%.
The company even hopes to increase their footfall by 5 million and is also reducing the prices on their special offers, additional services and the fee for transporting bicycles. This does not, however, extend to short-distance travel and public transport, which will still become a bit more expensive in Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Brandenburg and the Rhineland areas.
Here is how you, as a traveller, can do your bit for the environment and try to become a zero-footprint traveller.
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