The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

Public transport costs rising faster than those of personal cars

According to Statistics Netherland, the rising costs of public transportation in the Netherlands have overtaken those associated with owning and driving a car.

Even though operating a car in the country costs 10 times more than using public transportation, since 2009 public transport costs have raised 30%, while car operating costs have raised by 25%. Though the rise in public transport costs has been relatively steady over the past decade, the last year has seen a spike in costs attributed to the low costs VAT increase from 6% to 9%.

The compared data used in Statistics Netherlands study defines public transportation costs as ticket prices for the train, tram, subway bus, and taxi, while car costs covered the purchase, maintenance, fuels, parking, insurance, and motor vehicle tax.

The rising costs associated with public transportation are the fastest rising in Europe.