Belgians spend only 1% on public transport
According to the latest European statistics study by Eurostat, the average Belgian only spends 1,1% of its ‘consumer’ budget on public transport. It’s a low share compared to the French (2,4%), the Dutch (2,3%), the British (4,2%), or even the European average (2,6%). Three Belgians out of four also see public transport as too expensive, but compared to the rest of Europe, it’s only moderate.
As is the case every year, the European Statistics bureau, Eurostat, publishes its yearly budget study. While this year’s research shows that housing investment in Belgium (24,3%) is about the same as in France, Denmark, or Finland, it also shines a light on the particularly low amount spent on public transport.
All statistics taken into account, Belgium is in the bottom three in terms of public transport spendings. Out of its ‘consumer’ budget, the average Belgian only spends 1,1% on public transport. It’s lower than the European average (2,6%), and it’s also lower than its close neighbors like the French (2,4%), the Dutch (2,3%), or the Germans (2,4%).
Only the Slovenians and the Luxembourgers spend less on public transport than Belgians. At the other end of the scale, the British (4,2%), the Bulgarians (4,2%), and the Irish (3,8%) are spending the most to get around on public transport.
Cheaper public transport
The Belgians’ relatively low investment in public transport finds its source in the low price. Indeed, the average public transport monthly cost in Belgium hovers around 50 euros. On the other side of the Channel, that price is multiplied by three.
On a worldwide scale, London is the most expensive city in terms of public transport. Brussels sits between Helsinki and Rio de Janeiro, but it is still cheaper than Paris or Berlin. That being said, three Belgians out of four still believe that public transport is too expensive, according to a February RTL study.