Anyone who has applied for his or her railcard will receive it within 8 to 10 days. Travellers will then be able to use it for a maximum of two journeys per month – or one outward and one return journey, as SNCB spokesperson Bart Crols specified – for a period of six months.
The government decided in June to offer all residents free train rides. The measure is intended to give a boost to the Belgian tourism sector. Its launch was postponed twice for fear of overpopulated trains.