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Germany’s €9 monthly travel card to be available from June 1st

The heavily discounted monthly travel card will be available across Germany just in time for the summer holidays.  

Swimmers stand at the tram stop Tivolistraße in Munich.
Swimmers stand at the tram stop Tivolistraße in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Angelika Warmuth

Commuters in Germany will be able to use their local bus, tram, U-Bahn and train services for just €9 a month from June 1st. 

The discount monthly travelcard was included in the coalition government’s financial relief package, which was announced in March and aimed at easing the cost-of-living crisis.

READ ALSO: Who benefits the most – and least – from Germany’s energy relief measures?

It is now set to be more wide-reaching than previously thought, as it will be available nationwide for a period of three months. 

On Monday, SPD MP and transport expert Martin Kröber told RND newspapers: “The €9 ticket must be valid nationwide; otherwise it will disadvantage those commuters who travel across the borders of federal states and tariff associations.” 

As the Bundestag is expected to vote on May 18th or 19th on a bill that has yet to be drafted, June 1st is the earliest possible date for the ticket to be made available to commuters, Kröber said.

The €9 is also set to be valid during the summer vacation months of July and August, with the federal government footing the bill of the estimated €2.5 billion concession.

READ ALSO: What we know so far about Germany’s €9 monthly travel ticket plans

The tickets will only be available via Deutsche Bahn’s Navigator app, online and at ticket counters, rather than at vending machines, as updating the sales equipment to include the new tariff would be too costly for the 90-day offer.

Will there be refunds for monthly subscriptions and semester tickets?

The transport committee have said that season ticket holders will receive credit or a refund for the difference between their subscription price and the €9 monthly ticket. Exactly how this will be paid out is to be left up to the transport companies to determine.

Martin Kröber also told RND: “Students who have purchased semester tickets must also benefit from the refund.” 

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  1. This will be perfect for me, as from June on I get to travel quite a bit around Germany to do with my work.

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German states threaten to block €9 ticket in Bundesrat

Germany's cut-price transport ticket is supposed to go on sale next Monday - but a battle over financing is threatening to torpedo the government's plans.

German states threaten to block €9 ticket in Bundesrat

An feud between the federal and state governments intensified on Monday as state leaders threatened to block the government’s most recent energy package when it is put to a vote in the Bundesrat on Friday. 

The battle relates to the government’s plans for a budget transport ticket that would allow people to travel on local and regional transport around Germany for just €9 per month.

Though the 16 states have agreed to support the ticket, transport ministers are arguing that the low-cost option will blow a hole in their budgets and lead to potential price hikes once autumn rolls around.

They claim that current funding promised by the Federal Transport Ministry doesn’t go far enough.

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“If the federal government believes it can be applauded on the backs of the states for a three-month consolation prize and that others should foot the bill, then it has made a huge mistake,” Bavaria’s Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter (CSU) told Bild on Monday.

The government has pledged €2.5 billion to the states to pay for the measure, as well as financial support for income lost during the Covid crisis. 

Transport Minister Volker Wissing. of the Free Democrats (FDP), said states would also receive the revenue of the €9 ticket from customers who take advantage of the offer. 

“For this ‘9 for 90 ticket’, the €2.5 billion is a complete assumption of the costs by the federal government,” said Wissing on Thursday. “In addition, the states are also allowed to keep the €9 from the ticket price, so they are very well funded here.”

Transport Minister Volker Wissing

Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) speaks ahead of a G7 summit in Düsseldorf.

However, federal states want a further €1.5 billion in order to increase staff, deal with extra fuel costs and to plan for the expansion of local transport in Germany.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Reinhard Meyer (SPD), told Bild that there would be “no approval (on Friday) as long as the federal government does not provide additional funds.”

Baden-Württemberg’s Transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Greens) also warned that “the entire package of fuel rebate and €9 euro ticket could fail in the Bundesrat” if the government doesn’t agree to the state’s demands on funding.

The Bundesrat is Germany’s upper house of parliament, which is comprised of MPs serving in the state governments. Unlike in the Bundestag, where the traffic-light coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Free Democrats (FDP) has a majority, the CDU is the largest party in the Bundesrat. 

What is the €9 ticket?

The €9 monthly ticket was announced early this year as part of a package of energy relief measures for struggling households.

With the price of fuel rising dramatically amid supply bottlenecks and the war in Ukraine, the traffic-light coalition is hoping to encourage people to switch to public transport over summer instead. 

The ticket will run for three months from the start of June to the end of August, and will allow people to travel nationwide on local and regional transport. Long-distance trains like IC, EC and ICE trains will not be covered by the ticket. 

It should be available to purchase from May 23rd, primarily via ticket offices and the DB app and website. 

Some regional operators, including Berlin-Brandenburg’s VBB, have also pledged to offer the ticket at ticket machines.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How to get hold of the €9 travel ticket in Berlin

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