Bad news for train commuters: It may actually be cheaper to commute by car

Train tickets to increase: NS worried

Yup, that’s right, train prices are on the increase come January, and NS are also worried that this means more people will ditch the train and drive instead. (If you’re here to look for cheaper train tickets, this is the perfect time to check our train ticket guide out!)

By how much!?

In January there will be an increase in the low VAT rate from 6% to 9%, so quite a jump. Both the train tickets themselves and the train subscriptions will increase, so train tickets definitely WILL be affected. There is an increasing concern by NS, who thinks that the increase in fairs will be enough for people to take their cars instead. I’m actually guilty of being one of those people who on a longer trip has now ditched the train journey and drives, as it’s much cheaper, especially if there is a few of you.

Not only will an increase in VAT affect it, but NS can add inflation to their tickets, which is predicted to be around 1.8%. So far the inflation will only affect second class tickets, so it may even be worth buying first class now…

So it’s not looking good all round. We’re expected to have a 3% VAT increase and a 1.8% inflation increase on our train tickets. Car anyone?

What do you think about this increase in tickets? Let us know in the comments! (Don’t worry, we ain’t too pleased about it either)

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Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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