SOCHI, February 4. /ITAR-TASS/. With less than four days to go before the start of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the Russian Railways company announced that tickets for commuter trains connecting Olympic venues will be free of charges for the whole duration of the global sports event.
The company’s press-service said the so-called regime of “Open Doors” will be available for all Olympic guests and visitors starting on February 6 and will be in force until February 23. Commuter trains connecting the Sochi International Airport with the Olympic venues will be also free of charge, the service added.
The overall service capacity of commuter trains during the Sochi Olympics is estimated to reach the figure of 7,000 passengers per hour, the press service added.
The privilege of free-of-charge travels on commuter trains was earlier granted to Olympic volunteers and people with special accreditation for the Games.
The free-of-charge trips on trains from the Sochi Airport to the Olympic venues may pose a serious competition for taxi drivers working in the Black Sea resort city. A taxi driver said in an interview with Itar-Tass on Monday that a taxi ride from the Sochi airport to the Olympic Park would cost on average 800 rubles ($23).