Public transport: ticket sales start €9: what you need to know now

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Start selling a 9 euro ticket: what you need to know now

Advance sales of a 9 euro ticket for local and regional transport have begun in Hamburg. Photo: Daniel Bockwoldt / dpa

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The €9 ticket is set, associations and carriers see themselves well prepared for the start of sales. It’s a great experience for the industry and passengers – with many unanswered questions.

After approval in the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, the way for a 9 euro ticket became clear. From June, consumers will be able to use local public transport throughout Germany at a cheaper rate than ever before.

Associations and carriers have already changed their systems over the past few weeks so they can start selling tickets in time. What should consumers think about now?

When can you buy the ticket?

Most transport associations and Deutsche Bahn want to start selling on Monday. In the DB Navigator train app, for example, a ticket will be available from “the early hours of the morning,” a train spokesperson said.

Sales at DB Travel Centers will begin “as soon as they open”. Several carriers and cities have already started selling this weekend. In Wuppertal, those interested can buy a ticket on Wednesday before it is approved by the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.

How and where can I buy the ticket?

The ticket will be presented in the respective applications, ticket machines and customer centers of all carriers in Germany. The Confederation of German Carriers (VDV) is currently working with associations and companies on a single unified application, through which the ticket must also be available. It is still not clear when the tickets app will be ready. However, it should be available for download before June 1, according to VDV.

Will expensive single or monthly tickets continue to be offered during this time?

Day and group tickets are often offered, even if they are more expensive than a €9 ticket. They have different transport regulations, for example for passengers or bicycles. However, many carriers are trying to remove confusing purchase options from the offer. It is already clear for Hamburg:

Within three months of the campaign, all monthly high-voltage tickets and all single tickets costing more than €9 will be replaced by the monthly ticket of €9. Even with BVG in Berlin, the regular monthly ticket in the tickets app should not be bookable during the three months. On the other hand, Deutsche Bahn wants to maintain the usual subscription offers during the campaign period between June and August, but then only deducts 9 euros in each of these months.

Can I buy tickets for all three months at once?

Here, too, it depends on the individual company, but in general it should be possible. If you cannot find the option with your preferred carrier, you can switch to other platforms at any time. With the Deutsche Bahn, for example, all three special tickets can be purchased instantly.

What happens if you already have a ticket subscription?

According to Deutsche Bahn and transport associations, the following applies in principle: if you already have a monthly or annual subscription, you don’t have to worry about anything else. The transport association between Berlin and Brandenburg, for example, says, “Reductions are made automatically to existing subscriptions, so that only nine euros are incurred per month.” The discounts will subsequently be transferred to the respective customer’s account.

Is the ticket also valid for job holders, class tickets or social media tickets?

Yeah. According to the VDV, your subscriptions and your semester tickets are valid nationwide for three months. They must also be compensated for the difference. However, in many places, it is still not clear what the form will be and, above all, when the refund will be made. According to VDV, it may take up to the winter semester for the university administration to do the relevant accounting.

Are you restricted to subscribe?

The €9 ticket does not expire at the end of the month and is not automatically renewed. For existing subscriptions, the usual terms will apply again from September 1st.

Do subscribers lose certain benefits?

The benefits of some subscription models, such as taking your bike with you or first class benefits, remain the same with the €9 ticket. However, they will no longer be applied nationwide, but only in the usual field of application. Here, too, there can be deviations for individual carriers.

Do children also need a ticket?

According to Deutsche Bahn, children between the ages of 6 and 14 need their own €9 ticket or another ticket; It is excluded from taking it with you for free with a ticket of 9 euros. Children under the age of six generally travel for free.

Can I add first class?

No, this is not possible. Depending on the network, subscribers have the option to switch to First Class for an additional cost.

Can you reserve seats?

Not usually booking options are only available for long distance transportation. A 9 euro ticket is valid for local transportation.

Need a separate ticket for the family dog?

A 9 euro ticket is only valid for its holder. Whether dogs have to be paid additionally depends on the tariff of the local transport association. One allows you to take your dog with you, while the other requires an additional ticket for your four-legged friend.

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