Spain Sees Rise in Rail Travel

The number of passengers opting to travel by plane within Spain in February fell by 12.2% compared with the same month of 2011, while the number opting to travel by train grew by 2.5%, according to the latest figures from the National Statistics Institute. Bus journeys also experienced an increase of 1.2% over the same month last year.

All types of transport experienced increases in February with the exception of air travel. Sea transport increased by 16.1% and road transport (coach) increased by 1.2%.

Particularly noted was the 4.8% year-on-year increase recorded for long-distance train journeys, among which includes the high-speed trains (AVE). The regional distance trips were down 3%, while commuter trains carried 2.7% more passengers.

Cinco Dias reported that 396.9 million passengers used public transport in February, which is 0.5% more than in the same month the previous year.

Urban transport increased 0.7% in February and was used by 245 million travellers. Specifically, the metro in Spain registered an increase in users of 2.3%, with increases in Bilbao (0.7%), Madrid (3.3%), Valencia (1.8%) and Barcelona (1.2%). Urban transport by bus decreased by 0.4% year-on-year, with more than 143.2 million travellers in February.