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Free public transport in the Canary Islands in 2024: details finalized

Multiple public sectors will maintain the ability to travel at no cost on buses and trams throughout the Canary Islands.

The Spanish Government has extended its initiative of free travel, initially aimed at short and media distance trains on the mainland, to include public buses and trams in the Canary Islands. Consequently, residents can look forward to continued free transportation across the archipelago in 2024. Nonetheless, certain criteria must be met to benefit from this initiative.

Pablo Rodríguez, the Canary Islands Government’s Transport Minister from Coalición Canaria, mentioned reevaluating the previously required minimum of 15 monthly trips, acknowledging the disparity in travel needs across different islands, such as the contrast between Tenerife and El Hierro.

As for the specifics of who gets to travel for free, passes designed for youths, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities, along with resident passes, will remain complimentary. Other types of passes and travel cards will retain their existing prices.

Free public transport in the Canary Islands in 2024: details finalized

To retain the free pass, users must complete a minimum of ten trips within 30 days after activating their voucher, a condition that applies regardless of whether the pass is obtained physically or through digital applications.

Reflecting the success of public transport in the region, the Canary Islands have seen a significant 39.4% increase in urban bus ridership in October, outpacing the national average growth of 21.7% and marking the most substantial regional rise.

This surge has brought the total number of urban bus users in the Canary Islands to 8.3 million, marking a 45.7% increase since the beginning of the year and surpassing the national average growth of 23.1%, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE).

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