The right to delay compensation applies to all journeys using Västtrafik’s tickets, with some exceptions.
If your journey is delayed, you are entitled to a price reduction:
- 50 per cent of the fare for the journey if the delay is longer than 20 minutes,
- 75 per cent of the fare for the journey if the delay is longer than 40 minutes
- The full fare for the journey if the delay is 60 minutes or longer.
The right to compensation for delay assumes a sufficient margin to change vehicles during the journey, the connection time will normally be five minutes but can be both shorter and longer. When you search for a journey in our travel planner on the website, in our apps or by calling our customer service number, you will only be offered journeys with the approved connection time. To be eligible for delay compensation you must also not have received compensation for alternative transport when a delay is anticipated.
Compensation for alternative transport where a delay is anticipated
If there are reasonable grounds to assume that your journey will be more than 20 minutes late, you are entitled to compensation for the reasonable costs of alternative transport (e.g. taxi) to your final destination for your planned journey using a Västtrafik ticket. If there are no taxis available, you can travel using a private vehicle. Maximum compensation is SEK 1,200 per passenger, upon presentation of original receipt.
Sharing a taxi or other form of transport with other passengers can allow you to receive compensation for a greater distance. The maximum amount is per person, so two people could travel by taxi for a fare of SEK 2,400.
If you apply for compensation for travel by taxi or your own car, you are not entitled to any more compensation for the delay.
If you travel using a private vehicle, you will receive compensation according to the Swedish Tax Agency norms for tax-free mileage allowance plus compensation for any congestion charges or parking fees. The maximum sum is SEK 1,200 irrespective of how many people travel in the car.
Long-term service disruption
A journey is not classed as delayed if Västtrafik announces a timetable change at least 72 hours before the original departure time. You are not entitled to delay compensation in this case.
Application for delay compensation and expenses claims
To receive any delay compensation, you must file a claim to do with the trip and apply for delay compensation. This can be done verbally via Västtrafik's Customer Service by calling: +46 (0)771-41 43 00 or in writing by means of an application form, which you will find in our stores or by ordering one from Västtrafik's Customer Service. You may also apply for delay compensation digitally, by completing a form on our website or via other digital channels such as email.
You must apply for delay compensation no later than two months after the journey was - or should have been - completed. Two months is always a reasonable time. Västtrafik will accept later applications for delay compensation and expense claims if, in Västtrafik's opinion, it would seem reasonable due to your personal circumstances such as sickness or the like.
Nonetheless, Västtrafik will not accept applications for delay compensation and expense claims that are submitted more than three years after your journey was - or should have been - completed.
If several of you have travelled together by taxi or private vehicle, the names, addresses and personal identity numbers of all the passengers must be provided on the application form. The application form also indicates what other information you need to submit with your application as evidence of your expenses.
Payment of delay compensation
The compensation is paid individually to each person, either in cash or in the form of a voucher. If you choose to be paid with a voucher, you will receive at least SEK 50 in compensation, even if the actual amount should have been lower.
If you are travelling using a Resplus ticket, responsibility for the different sections of your journey lies with different public transport authorities, which each have their own rules. There are therefore no common rules on delay compensation for Resplus. If a journey using Resplus is delayed, you must contact the public transport authority responsible for the delayed section.
Information about delay compensation for journeys using Öresundståg tickets can be found at www.oresundstag.se.
When does the right to delay compensation not apply?
You are not entitled to delay compensation if you are travelling by transportation service, national transportation service, school transport, pre-booked hospital trip or booked transport (chartered service). You are also not entitled to delay compensation if you are travelling on vintage trams or sightseeing buses, where the primary aim is not transport and separate tickets are required. Delay compensation does not apply if a group is travelling together and not everybody is able to travel on the same departure.
In the event of major service disruption, replacement services are usually provided. If you anticipate that you will be delayed by at least 20 minutes, you can choose transport other than the replacement service and receive delay compensation of a maximum of SEK 1,200.
Request for review
If you are not satisfied with a decision made on delay compensation, you can request a review of the decision. A review request must be made in writing and state the reasons why the decision should be reviewed. Your review request must be submitted to Västtrafik no later than three weeks after Västtrafik informed you of its decision on compensation with regard to your application for delay compensation.