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In Spain the visually impaired and the guide or guide dog all receive a 50 % discounted rate or they can use a one full fare ticket to cover both passengers when travelling on the national rail network. Guide dogs are only allowed on sleeping coaches.
The regional concession scheme is the same as the national scheme: the visually impaired and the guide or guide dog all receive a 50 % discounted rate or they can use a one full fare ticket to cover both passengers when travelling on the national rail network.
The Spanish Railways (RENFE) signed the IUR Agreement on Rail Transport for Blind People and their Guide issued in 1997 and amended in 2005. Visually impaired people residing in and travelling to any of the countries who signed this Agreement are entitled to a free ticket for their guide or guide dog provided that the return ticket is purchased in the country where the disability card was issued. In practice the Agreement does not apply to additional fees such as ‘reservation' or ‘couchette' which must be paid in full for both passengers. Furthermore, a survey conducted by EBU in 2000 revealed that in many countries the Agreement was not well known or was simply ignored by transport operators and authorities.
In theory, it is impossible to benefit from Spanish schemes as a foreign visitor as locally-financed concessions are limited to local residents. In practice, concessions are sometimes granted depending on the willingness of ticket vendors and foreign guide dogs are likely to receive a discounted or free ticket.