Egypt offers school, university students 90-98% discounts on train tickets

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Oct 2023

School and university students can now purchase heavily discounted train ticket subscriptions that range from 90 to 98 percent, according to a Cabinet statement on Sunday.

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The Egyptian National Railway Authority (NRA) opened the door for students to get 98 percent, 97 percent, and 90 percent discounts on Tahya Misr, dynamic ventilation, and third-class air-conditioned trains, respectively.

The move aims to provide affordable transportation for students of all social classes, ensuring their access to educational institutions throughout the country, the statement explained.

This comes as schools and universities across 27 Egyptian governorates started their 2023/2024 academic year on Sunday.

The following conditions apply:

  • Subscriptions are based on the distance between departure and arrival stations, with a maximum length of 400 km.

  • Student subscriptions are strictly for personal use and cannot be shared with others.

  • Subscriptions are valid for nine months. The subscription cost is calculated based on the distance between the student's residence (as recorded on their national ID card) and the nearest station to their place of study (as recorded in the subscription application).

  • Suppose a student’s program exceeds nine months. In that case, they are granted an additional subscription for a maximum period of three months on the condition that it is for a practical training period.

  • Students who purchased third-class air-conditioned tickets can travel on lower-class trains (dynamic ventilation and Tahya Misr) without additional charges or assigned seats. 

  • If students wish to reserve a seat on dynamic ventilation trains, a reservation fee of EGP 5 is required at the ticket office. A maximum of two trips per day is allowed. Failure to pay the fee will result in the student being considered a passenger without a ticket, and the appropriate fare and fine will be collected, which ranges from EGP 30, 50, and 70, depending on the train.

To subscribe, students must purchase a subscription application form worth EGP 5 from the ticket windows at the nearest train station. A form must then be filled out and approved by the school, institute, or university the student is enrolled in, officially stamped, and delivered to the station's subscription offices, accompanied by two personal photos and a copy of their national ID card.

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