France is set to launch a cheap monthly rail pass next summer, following the likes of Germany’s Deutschland-Ticket.

Transport minister Clément Beaune told France 2 that the rail pass will allow unlimited travel on TER regional and intercity trains throughout the country and cost around €49.

The initiative aims to mimic Germany’s Deutschland-Ticket, introduced earlier this year, which provides unlimited nationwide travel by rail, tram and bus for €49 per month (£43).

Germany to launch €49 monthly rail pass on May 1

France’s rail pass aims to promote the use of trains, with the announcement coming a few months after the country banned domestic short-haul flights which could alternatively be travelled by train in under two and a half hours.

Beaune added that there will be the potential to include local bus, metro and tram travel within cities.

Meanwhile, Portugal has also introduced a cheap rail pass while Spain extended its free rail travel scheme until the end of 2023 and expanded it to include intercity bus services.