Spain - Article 9

Rail

 

National Rail Travel
Regional Rail Travel
Urban Rail Travel
Transnational Rail Travel
Visiting Spain
 

 

National Rail Travel

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.
 
 

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Regional Rail Travel

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.
 

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Urban Rail Travel

No information

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Transnational Rail Travel

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.
 

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Visiting Spain

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.
 

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