The average price per kilometre and per passenger of the TGV increased between 2002 and 2009 twice as much as inflation, according to an audit report reported on Tuesday in the economic daily Les Echos. SNCF contests and explains.
According to this report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the average price per passenger per kilometre (PMvk) index increased by an average of 3.4% per year over 2002-2009. At the same time, inflation averaged 1.7% per year. SNCF explains: “Over the period from 2002 to 2009, average prices increased by 0.5% above inflation; but at the same time, customers travelled more first class and on international routes and consumed more professional products that are more expensive. As a result, average consumption is increasing twice as fast as inflation. Over the period 1999 to 2009, the number of first-class trips increased by 80% while the number of second-class trips increased by only 38%. So when you travel again, do not hesitate to compare the rail transport offers with the car rental offers, which are sometimes cheaper contrary to popular belief.