€9 ticket: what passengers need to know
What should customers who already have a subscription do? Where can I get the ticket? Questions and answers about the 9 euro ticket.
Berlin. Travel through Germany on local transport, take the subway, S-Bahn and bus through Berlin – all for just nine euros a month. This will be possible for three months from June. For the Berlin-Brandenburg region, Morgenpost outlines the most important questions and answers about the €9 ticket.
What is a 9 euro ticket?
The €9 ticket aims to get all Germans across Germany cheaply via local transport for a period of three months. The campaign starts on the 1st of June. Interested parties will have to pay €27 for the entire campaign period until the end of August. However, it is also possible to purchase the ticket for selected months only. The cheapest public transportation ticket is due to the relief package decided by the federal government due to high energy prices.
Where can I get a 9 euro ticket?
According to the federal government, carriers are still working on distribution channels. According to the Ministry of Transport, it is also planned to create a common online platform, through which it is possible to book a ticket digitally. At the same time, customers can also purchase the ticket through the classic sales channels at the counter and at the machine. It can be assumed that purchasing via the Deutsche Bahn app and the usual digital sales channels of regional transport associations as well as Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) will be possible.
What should passengers who already have a BVG or VBB subscription do?
The Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) states that regular customers of public transport in the region should also take advantage of the reduced offer – without extra effort. Regarding existing subscription customers of domestic transport, the Federal Ministry of Transport says: “Your subscription will be automatically reduced to nine euros by the carrier or the difference will be settled in the following months. At the same time, all the benefits of subscribing to the applicable transport union or carrier are preserved. “.
S-Bahn Berlin has indicated that existing customers should not cancel their subscriptions. BVG said that existing subscribers do not have to do anything to participate in the promotion. From June, July and August the price for the three months will be reduced to nine euros per month.
Will a €9 ticket make buses and trains noticeably full?
This can be assumed, and the carriers themselves assume this as well. “We expect the €9 ticket to be used more frequently and more passengers to use public transport,” VBB spokesperson Joachim Radones said when asked by Morgenpost. At the same time, the spokesperson appealed to passengers to carefully plan travel routes in advance, see current driving information and, if possible, not drive at peak times and possibly choose less frequent destinations.
“Maybe not everyone has to go to the Baltic Sea for the first weekend,” he suggested. However, capacity bottlenecks are to be expected in the VBB, especially with connections to the popular voyage areas of the Baltic, Spreewald and Elbsandstingberg/Dresden. BVG also said it is assuming greater demand for “classic trekking routes”.
How do carriers respond to additional demand?
Many carriers say you do what you can. VBB, which speaks on behalf of service providers in the region and is also requesting additional offers from Deutsche Bahn, Odeg & Co. In consultation with the federal states, all carriers in the region are “trying in everything they can to offer the draft ticket 9 euros within the range of their possibilities and capabilities”.
It is already tangible that there will be more trains to the Baltic Sea. However, the scope of the capacity increase is limited, VBB spokesperson Radünz said. Cars and staff are already missing, and the infrastructure is already “relatively exhausted”, especially at key travel times. Summer is generally a time of travel and a time of construction site. So VBB also anticipates bottlenecks due to construction activities.
What do passenger representatives ask for?
The passenger association Pro Bahn Berlin-Brandenburg has already called on the federal states to request additional train services as soon as possible in order to avoid frustration and disappointment among travelers. Trains and staff will have to be contracted with private providers. DB Regio and Odeg should use their reserves of rush hour traffic to provide additional trains to weekend cruise destinations.
Pro Bahn expects the €9 ticket to be accepted with enthusiasm. Therefore, long-term consideration should be given to how to create an attractive long-term offer. The association cited the “climate ticket” in Austria as an example.
For €1095, all public transport including long-distance trains can be used. This alternative may have to be adapted to German conditions: “Maybe four federal states for €1095, including ICE/IC in the selected countries?” Suggest Pro Bahn.
What does cheap local transportation offer for other mobility services?
Other mobility companies, such as car-sharing companies or the long-distance bus maker, are also monitoring preparations for the launch of a nine-euro ticket. The Free Now platform, which organizes taxi rides and car rentals as well as car, bike and e-scooter sharing, said users will not only be able to use a €9 ticket in Berlin, but also in other cities in Germany that offer special offers in the app. From the company’s point of view, the €9 ticket “raises overall awareness of alternative forms of mobility”.
The company Flixtrain, whose trains are exempt from the €9 ticket, is already seeing capacity bottlenecks on public transport and regional trains. “Here, FlixBus and FlixTrain will always provide added value with guaranteed seats,” a spokesperson said.
At the same time, the company has appealed to politicians to find long-term solutions to get people excited about environmentally friendly transportation in the long run. More investments in rail infrastructure make sense here. Right now, a nine-euro ticket is just a flash in the pan, worth billions, and an expensive one-time effect.