List of free public transport routes

This is a list of zero-fare public transport routes, especially limited zero-fare routes within a wider fare-paying network.

Australia edit

Australian Capital Territory edit

Former Services edit

  • Canberra: ACTION operated the free "Downtowner" route around the city centre from 1991 until 1998.[1]
  • On 4 February 2013, ACTION commenced operating the "Centenary Loop" which was numbered as route 100. It operated around the city centre and parliamentary triangle to celebrate the centenary of Canberra. It ceased operation on 5 January 2014.[2]
  • ACTION operated a free weekday service (Route 101) around the city centre from 2016 until 2019.[3]

New South Wales edit

Former services edit

Queensland edit

South Australia edit

Adelaide has free travel on the following routes:[18][19]

Temporary services edit

Previous services edit

Tasmania edit

Victoria edit

Western Australia edit

Belgium edit

Canada edit

Czech Republic edit

  • Hradec Králové, Czech Republic – all city buses and trolleybuses between the main train station and the new central bus terminal, since 2008 July 5.

Faroe Islands edit

France edit

  • Calais, France – Free bus called the Balad'in runs from Boulevard La Fayette (or more precisely Jardin-des-Plante, in the town centre) to the beach and back every 10 minutes. Three buses operate on Monday to Saturday from 8:55 am and with the last departures at 6:47 pm (beach) and 7:02 pm (town centre).
  • Paris, France has frequent free transport routes that run around the Eurodisney Park and connect to hotels and alternative public transport routes nearby. There is also a free shuttle bus that connects the 'Centre Commercial Belle Epine' to a housing estate owned by Silic (fr:Silic) in the southern district of Orly.[27]
  • Tarbes in France offers a year-long free shuttle bus around the city, linking the main spots.
  • Saint-Fons, in the south of Lyon, offer a free minibus line all around the city
  • All the tramway and buses in Aubagne are free - See Tramway in Aubagne

Germany edit

  • Augsburg has a City-Zone in the city centre where one can use the Tram for free. People can use this opportunity moving within the City-Zone or while entering or leaving it.[28]

Greece edit

  • Marousi, a wealthy northern suburb in Athens, Greece has small municipal bus shuttles (of red colour) which can be used for free by anyone.

Luxembourg edit

  • In the beginning of 2020, Luxembourg will offer free public transit on all routes nationwide in an effort to relieve traffic congestion and prioritize environmental policy.[29]

India edit

Indonesia edit

Malaysia edit

Netherlands edit

  • Dordrecht – bus and ferry, some Saturdays at the end of each year.
  • Noordwijk/OegstgeestLeiden Transferium – The Hague, express bus, running on weekdays during daytime, free of charge as a test during 2004; it was intended for commuters working in The Hague and living in Leiden or beyond who would otherwise travel by car to the Hague, to promote parking at the Transferium and continuing the journey by bus; the aim was to reduce road traffic congestion between Leiden and The Hague. The test was paid by the province of South Holland. It was discontinued in 2005.
  • Renesse (mun. Schouwen-Duiveland), Netherlands – free bus services in the area (in summer only)
  • Amsterdam – Free ferry service on IJ operated by GVB.

New Zealand edit

Norway edit

  • Stavanger – From 3 July 2023, ferries, busses and trains were made free for residents of the municipality of Stavanger.[32]

Russia edit

  • Moscow, Russia -
    • Bus stops near Auchan shopping center are near RightBank (Pravoberezhnaya) street and Sevastopolsky lane +Mytyshi. Thus, the buses half-officially are used by local residents and offices and even have unofficial "A" number and two more form "Real" shopping centers (bought from Metro C&C). At 2020 available at 12 hypermarkets and Auchan city + 1 if you buy something at Leroy Merlin
    • Sadovod +South gate trade area: 6:00-16:00-18:00 free buses to four metro stations each and between the markets (To "Moscow" trade center too). These routes don't have intermediate stops except "Bird market" and stop near Mega trade center (about from 15:00)
    • Stankolit platform area serviced by a variety of free routes because this area is not accessible except by long walking by foot on daytime from November 2002 (tram service terminated, low train service by mornings and evenings, at 21 November 2019 railway service terminated but ability remained and even assigned transfer rule at metro Savelovskaya).
    • During Easter Sundays, the Sunday before and after, buses and some trolleys to cemeteries are free but intermediate stops are cancelled unless they are high passengers turnover, park-and-ride stops, or if there is another cemetery (some unique track routes keep all stops). The system is criticised because it strongly lowers service on regular routes and religions. In Zelenograd district with specific: the routes do not change (except discarding peak hours two-stops branch on route 1 and 2) are free to cemetery and to riders originating at cemeteries (because cemeteries are terminus stops at all routes), otherwise requires a fare
  • Moscow Oblast + Vladimirskaya oblast (90 km-Alexandrov-157 km)
    • Trains on Big Circle Railway road are free at most times due to very low traffic (3 to 6 pairs per day), the fare is required only on some stops that transferring with main directions from the Moscow and part on Kazanskaya railway or Yaroslavskaya railway unless the conductor goes in the train (penalty fare does not apply, the cash offices are the exceptions on this road). Exemptions on this road restricted (valid only if this is a federal exemption, other only if train to Moscow city exist from this platform, and even split later or canceled), horewer about half of this circle is 100% free (but may be charged in time of events, for example 165 km (from Manichino) to Kubinka 1 then to park Patriot +Aprelevka depot train). In Vladimirskaya oblast exemptions valid 90 km-158 km-Sanino for this and 40 km-Alexandrov (also +Balakirevo but direct trains only) to Moscow/MO. Students 50% discount valid in Moscow for all students, but no ISIC accepted, in Vladimirskaya oblast only if purchased two way ticket (as return coupon)
    • Buses to Globus (hypermarket) in Pushkino (earlier to Shelkovo, two routes were diverted later) and Podolsk allow to ride about 20 km for free, and return with small purchase required. Many routes have unique track, and even one unique stops (in city). In additional they have one route from 2 metro stations to Krasnogorsk shop (shared with Leroy Merlin)
  • Football

On the game days only (+4 hours after the end) in 2017/2018 all S-bahn trains (but limited to border of the subject where the match goes +Moscow oblast, Leningradskaya oblast or termini station, for example to Klin is free, to Redkino or Tver not, for Nara is free, Obninsk is not) and metro in Moscow, Saint Peterburg, Kazan, Samara, Ekaterinburg, premetre (tram) in Volgograd are free with Fan ID and ticket. And some bus, trolleybus and tram routes. In additional booking for specialized trains is available.

    • may book
    • must use the assigned trains (game day ± 2–3 days) for free. The most popular trains like Red Arrow and Sapsan remains paid.
    • must register at police/MFC/hotel with 24 hours at 2017, 72 hours at 2018 from arriving if you stay for 2 nights in single city (Russia/Belarus by 3 days)
    • you may book two tickets for one match but from/to the same city, or book only one. The total number is unlimited (in Confederation cup all 3+2 matches or even 3*2+2 if move from Moscow and Saint Peterburg)
    • FAN must check at turnstile and keep the football ticket for return from the game and don't foul
    • these trains go without stops (in 2018 some trains had 3 city concept, in Sochi probably also may disembark at first stop)
    • Aeroexpress trains in Moscow are free with game day ± 2 days any time but only twice to one Fan ID. The full-stops trains to DME, bus 911 to VKO and SVO-SPARTAK shuttle don't drain the counter but free on the game day only.
    • Maximum zero fare were on game day to fans. Adjustment days to Long range trains, aeroexpress trains but not on linked. Also available Aeroflot planes (only 5 rur or US$0.1, Russian games and passport only)
  • Voronezh, Russia - buses with letter "H" (n) were free to anybody and go by their own network and timetable

Taiwan edit

  • Taichung, Taiwan – free bus service within the first 10 kilometers for Easycard or iPASS users

Thailand edit

United Kingdom edit

United States edit

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