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SNCF: according to INSEE, train ticket prices have increased


“Dsorry mum, another weekend i won’t be able to visit you. “ This tweet, written by César Bouvet – ecologist at the town hall of Paris – on May 22, is probably one of the many rants against the train ticket prices applied by the SNCF in recent months. Indeed, many Internet users have complained about the increase in prices since the lifting of the last government restrictions linked to Covid-19. In particular – even if it has always been so – when the journey is only planned a short time in advance…

A very widely shared state of affairs or feeling, which, according to numerous testimonies on the Web, prevents many people from finding their loved ones, especially on this Ascension weekend. The SNCF tried to explain itself, saying that prices had fallen compared to 2019, but, according to data from Insee, which reports Le Figaroprices have gone up.

According to INSEE, between April 2021 and April 2022, train ticket prices experienced a real boom, increasing by 14.6% on average. Between January and April of this year, INSEE even calculates an increase of 15.3%.

Over 10,000 queries listed

To achieve these results, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies collected data on the Internet by listing four “previous purchases”, is explained in the study methodology. Thus were observed the prices in force when the ticket is purchased 2 days, 10 days, 30 days and finally 60 days before the trip. More than 10,000 requests have been compiled in this way.

INSEE also specified to Release that from one year to another, there could be more or fewer reduction card holders. “The profiles with and without a card do not have the same weight in the calculation. This parameter was therefore taken into account in the study, like the low-cost offers of the Ouigo type. And yet this did not allow INSEE to come to the same conclusion as the SNCF: namely that prices have fallen.

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SNCF and INSEE do not actually arrive at the same result, because the two entities do not take the same year of comparison. INSEE has made its calculations for 2022 compared to 2021, while the railway company ensures that the difference with 2019 must be calculated, before the health and economic crisis.

“Average prices have fallen by 7%”

“In 2021, there were a lot fewer people on the trains and the proportion of reduced prices was higher, which lowered the average”, explained Jean-Pierre Farandou, CEO of SNCF, during a conference. Press.

“We respect the INSEE figures, of course, but the good year for comparison with 2022 is 2019”, he insisted. “And there, the average prices have objectively fallen by 7%! ” Who is right ? Who’s wrong ? The daily rumble of Internet users on social networks today seems to give INSEE the point…


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