France Is Launching a New Low-Cost Rail Pass

You'll get unlimited monthly travel on regional and intercity trains for just €49.

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Starting next summer, France will be making it more affordable to make use of the country’s public transit system. A new €49 monthly pass will allow people unlimited travel on regional and intercity trains, according to Euronews.

“It will be simple. French people-irrespective of their age-can buy this pass and have unlimited travel on an intercity or TER for a flat, inexpensive price,” transport minister Clément Beaune said in an interview, according to The Guardian.

The monthly pass will cost €49 (about $52 as of this writing) and account for TER regional and intercity trains, but not the high speed TGV trains. TER is the name of trains operated by the French national railway company SNCF. At the moment, the pass will not include local bus, subway, and tram tickets, but it is reportedly going to be considered for inclusion in the future.

Offering this low-cost pass is part of France’s recent effort to ban short domestic flights between cities where the destination can be reached in two and a half hours or less. The launch of the French pass was inspired by the success of a similar pass successfully launched in Germany in May 2023.

The French pass will not be available until summer 2024.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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