The cheapest ticket for a single journey on all vehicles of public transport company De Lijn will become 25% more expensive as of 1 April, as the price of the 'm-ticket' goes up from €2 to €2.50.
The Government is equalising the fare across the different ticket types, the Flemish council of ministers approved in principle on Friday, reports the Belga News Agency.
In practice, this means that the 'm-ticket' – which can only be purchased in De Lijn's mobile app – will have the same price as the SMS ticket and the traditional ticket, which both already cost €2.50 (plus an additional operator fee of €0.15 for the SMS ticket).
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In its advice as part of the framework of the poverty test, the Flemish Network against Poverty regrets that single tickets are becoming half a euro more expensive, as the higher rate discourages travellers with a small budget from occasionally taking the bus.
For other ticket types, the prices will only change slightly: the 10-rides ticket (in the app or as a card) will cost €17 instead of €16, and the prices of some Omnipas tickets for 25-to-64-year-olds will go up slightly.
The prices of social season tickets and season tickets for young people and senior citizens will remain unchanged, limiting the rate increase to €1.90.