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Germany’s €9 ticket goes on sale nationwide

With just over a week to go before the start of the three-month public transport campaign, sales of the €9 monthly ticket are beginning nationwide, with strong demand expected.

A passenger holds the €9 ticket in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria.
A passenger holds the €9 ticket in front of a train and the Wetterstein mountains in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Angelika Warmuth

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn, as well as several other transport associations, started selling the cheap travel deal on Monday. The ticket is valid from June 1st. 

The ticket was available on the DB Navigator rail app from “the early hours of the morning”, a Deutsche Bahn spokesperson said.

Sales were also due to start in DB travel centres “as soon as they open”, the spokesperson said. 

Some transport operators started selling the tickets last week. In Berlin, the €9 deal was available on Friday. Up to and including Sunday, 130,000 tickets had been sold, about 60 percent of them online, a spokesperson said. 

In Hamburg local transport provider HVV, which has been offering the €9 ticket since Saturday, said it had sold around 56,000 of tickets via the app and online shop in the first 24 hours.

Munich’s local transport provider said it had sold 15,500 tickets between Sunday and Monday afternoon alone, not counting online sales.

Transport associations in Saxony, Thuringia and North Rhine-Westphalia also reported strong demand. 

In Wuppertal, customers were even able to get their hands on the ticket last Wednesday – two days before the German parliament and states gave their official approval to the initiative.

The Bundestag and Bundesrat gave the green light on Friday for the heavily discounted monthly ticket, which is intended to relieve consumers of the rising costs of living for the next three months.

READ ALSO: €9 for 90: Everything you need to know about Germany’s cheap travel deal

It is also hoped the offer will convince more people to leave their cars at home and use climate-friendly transport.

The ticket will be available from June to August, and it can be used on all local public transport in Germany – including buses, underground trains and regional trains. It costs €9 per calendar month or €27 for the whole period. It’s not valid on long-distance transport like high speed ICE trains and Flixbus services.

Those who already have a monthly or annual subscription – known as an Abo in Germany – should benefit from the offer without having to take action.

“Reductions will be made automatically for existing subscriptions, so that only the nine euros per month will be charged,” said the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association.

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

Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) spoke of an opportunity for local public transport and climate-friendly mobility.

The German government is ploughing €2.5 billion into states to fund the reduced ticket, and transport companies can also keep the cash from €9 ticket sales.

But states had argued that they needed more funding to improve public transport. 

At the weekend Wissing said the ticket was “fully financed” for the summer months – and to provide enough buses and trains.

“We have put everything on the table that the federal states need, namely full compensation for the ticket shortfalls during this period,” Wissing said.

“What the states want in terms of more money, we will talk about in the autumn. That’s about the financing of local public transport in the next few years. That has nothing to do with the nine euro ticket.”

Local and regional transport in Germany is expected to be very busy during the three month period, with full trains to tourist destinations expected. 

READ ALSO: What tourists in Germany need to know about the €9 public transport ticket

Vocabulary

Transport associations – (die) Verkehrsverbünde or (der) Verkehrsverbund

Sale – (der) Verkauf 

Passengers (die) Fahrgäste

Climate friendly mobility/transport – (die) klimafreundliche Mobilität

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Germany considers ‘Klimaticket’ to replace €9 public transport offer

Germany could well be heading for more affordable public transport after the success of the €9 ticket.

Germany considers 'Klimaticket' to replace €9 public transport offer

More than 20 million people bought the €9 monthly travel ticket in June aimed at helping people during the energy crisis. 

And now the German government is thinking about introducing a ‘climate ticket’ as a replacement to the cheap transport offer that runs until the end of August. 

According to a draft of the emergency climate protection programme (Klimaschutzsofortprogramm), the government – made up of a coalition between the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP), could offer a “Klimaticket” for use on local public transport. 

The draft plans, which were made available to business daily the Handelsblatt, state that “tariff measures are to be used to permanently increase the attractiveness of local public transport”.

According to the government proposals, “a discounted ‘climate ticket’ as a standardised state local transport monthly or annual ticket for regional rail passenger transport and local public transport” would ensure low-cost rail travel in the future.

Germany’s states are responsible for local public transport. However, the federal government is prepared to “financially support” a “climate ticket”. Details are still being examined, however. For instance, the draft does not indicate how much a ‘climate ticket’ could cost consumers.

A similar ticket exists in Austria.

READ ALSO: Less traffic, more ticket sales: How the €9 offer has impacted Germany

Social rights groups and politicians have been calling on the government to extend the €9 offer, or consider another cheap transport deal, such as the €365 yearly ticket.

Since June 1st, people in Germany have been able to use the €9 ticket to travel on all public transport buses, trains and trams throughout the country. The ticket is not valid on long-distance trains. 

But Transport Minister Volker Wissing and Finance Minister Christian Lindner said that the offer would not be extended due to the tough economic situation. 

According to German media, the Federal Environment Agency is in favour of a successor model after the €9 ticket expires, which could be financed by abolishing climate-damaging subsidies in the transport sector.

Germany is trying to think of ways to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030 in order to achieve climate goals. 

All ministries have to submit proposals to Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). The federal cabinet is expected to approve the climate protection programme in mid-July.

How does the ticket work in Austria?

The Klimaticket in Austria is billed as being a “valuable contribution to the climate of our planet”, according to its website.

It allows people to “use all scheduled services (public and private rail, city and public transport) in a specific area for a year: regional, cross-regional and nationwide”.

The national ticket – the Klimaticket Ö – includes all public transport throughout the whole of Austria, but at €1,095 for a year, it isn’t cheap. However, it is valid on both regional and long-distance transport. 

There are also region-specific Klimatickets which are much more affordable. The Salzburg ticket, for example, costs around €270 per year

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