The €9 ticket is intended to ease public transport users throughout Germany. A special group of travelers are travelers. What travelers need to know now.
BERLIN – The so-called “9 for 90” ticket, as part of the federal energy relief package*, will provide a little financial relief to public transport users in a few weeks. Whether in the Berlin Transport Authority (BVG), Hamburg Verekersverbund (HVV) *, in Munich (MVV), Leipzig (LVV) or the Rhine-Main region including Frankfurt (RMV) – in total 60 transport associations across Germany The ticket known as the 9-Euro-Ticket can be purchased and is valid. But what does this mean for passengers who, for example for professional reasons, cross the boundaries of various transport associations every day?
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HVV 9-Euro-Ticket: Every third Hamburg worker travels to the city
This number is not insignificant. A current study by Hamburger Weltwirtschaftsinstitut (HWWI) on behalf of Hamburger Sparkasse puts the number of passengers who commute daily from neighboring federal states to the capital of 1.9 million inhabitants at 321,000. This corresponds to about a third of all people employed in Hamburg, so the population of the city of Hamburg Munster in Westphalian (316000). Many of these travelers use transport on the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV), whose tariff area also extends to parts of Lower Saxony*, Schleswig-Holstein* and to the border with Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The Hanseatic city of Bremen is less than an hour away by train. In total, HVV has a daily passenger volume of 2.4 million passengers. The question arises not only for travelers in HVV and neighboring associations is where they should buy their ticket and whether it is just a single ticket purchase. Or is a 9 euro ticket required per transport union? Then, travelers will not only need a ticket of more than €9, but they will also pay multiples of €9.00 per ticket.
€9 ticket: HVV, VNB, NAH.SH – Where can I buy a €9 ticket?
In any case, a ticket for 9 euros can be purchased online. In addition to purchasing via the HVV Hamburg website or any other association, this also includes the option for customers to purchase the ticket via an application from the relevant transport association. Most associations have at least one app on display, which can be used to sell tickets, provide schedule information, or plan routes.
In addition to other tickets, a €9 ticket will also be offered at HVV and elsewhere via the ticket option. This is done over a period of 90 days, divided into three periods of 30 days each. HVV press office said a sale of the machines is being prepared. It is doubtful whether the 9 euro ticket sale will be shown nationwide in the machines. Likewise, the question of whether the €9 ticket will also be available for purchase at selected service points has not been resolved. Buying a ticket online via the association’s website is definitely the safest option.
Buy a €9 ticket via the app: users should take this into account
In addition to the regular HVV app, the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund also operates the HVV Switch app, which brings together several mobility offerings – including car-sharing services, bike rental services and e-scooter providers – that operate in the network. Other transport associations, such as HVV, will also maintain many applications. The best way for users of local public transport to find out about these other applications and whether the additional applications of the association also offer a 9 euro ticket is to visit the official website of the local public transport association or contact a service point in their tariff space.
Ticket sale is secured via the association’s regular main website and app, if the association has more than one app. In the case of second applications and vending machines, it is not clear if this is the case, and to what extent the sale is being offered. The same applies to sales at service points.
€9 ticket: when does the sale start? HVV, VNB and NAH.SH plan presales
It is not yet clear when the sale will start. The fact is that a ticket priced at €9 will be available by June 1, 2022 at the latest, because this is the date on which the ninety-day period in which the designed ticket can be used as a monthly ticket begins. The ticket will then be available for €9.00 per month. In total, the cost of 90 days is 27.00 euros if the public transport user decides to take full advantage of the total possible period.
But several associations such as HVV, VBN (Verkehrsverbund Bremen / Niedersachsen) or NAH.SH (Nahverkehr Schleswig-Holstein) have already announced the start of presales*. This means that the ticket will be available before June 1, 2022. The associations write on their websites exactly when it will be announced.
€9 ticket: Are there time limits on validity?
Many associations operate with time restrictions on their monthly and daily tickets. The Hamburger Verkehrsverbund has what’s known as a 9am ticket, which is only valid from 9am. Employees who must be at work at or before 9:00 AM and use the bus and train to travel cannot use the 9 AM ticket. There are also time restrictions in other associations. There should be no limitation on the monthly ticket of €9 which will be applied from 1st June 2022. The ticket will therefore be valid around the clock.
€9 ticket: This mode of transport can be used with the monthly ticket – are long-distance flights possible?
With a ticket of € 9, you can use all the local transport that the respective companies operate in the tariff zones. These include suburban trains, regional trains, underground trains, buses, and specific transportation such as ferries scheduled in the port area of Hamburg. It does not matter which company is providing the means of transportation.
NRW commuters can use British National Express trains, in Baden-Württemberg * Dutch carrier Abellio, on the Lower Rhine, Weserbergland or the North Sea NordWestBahn and passengers in Schleswig-Holstein can use the AKN. It is important that transportation is local transportation. ICE, IC and EC trains, long-distance trains from private providers (Flixtrain), trains from foreign companies (eg Thalys) or night trains (eg the Berlin-Malmö route via Hamburg) are exempt from the €9 ticket.
9-Euro-Ticket: Do I need multiple tickets if I change transport union?
No, only one ticket is required. The reason for this is that the €9 ticket will be valid in all areas and with the same conditions in all 60 transport associations in Germany*.
€9 ticket: What should I consider a business or subscription ticket holder?
Some companies either pay in full or in part for a business ticket – which has a different name depending on the union. Users of a business card, called ProfiTicket at HVV, benefit from the reduced €9 ticket just like all other public transport users. Because this applies not only to new customers, but also to existing customers, and this includes not only subscribers of regular monthly tickets, but also users of business tickets, monthly tickets of interns and holders of classroom tickets.
Existing subscribers do not have to be active in Hamburg, announced an HVV spokesperson*. For three months, monthly ticket holders will be charged only €9.00 per month. The type of subscription and the amount of the regular price are irrelevant. *24hamburg.de, kreiszeitung.de and merkur.de are provided by IPPEN.MEDIA.