The Russian government will subsidize preferential fares for family travel on long-distance trains, RIA Novosti told with reference to the press service of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers.
It is specified that the privileges will apply to trips in compartment coaches on long-distance trains of all categories. Families with one child or several children under 18 can buy discounted tickets. The price will be calculated using a special formula: the difference between the cost of a ticket for the selected route in a compartment and 50 per cent of its cost in a reserved seat.
The difference between the regular price and the discounted price will be reimbursed to carriers by the state. It is noted that this measure is intended to support domestic tourism. There are no route restrictions. In addition, the programme will cover both organized tours and independent travel. For this, more than 1.3 billion rubles will be required in 2021, which are already provided for in the federal budget.