Go on vacation with a 9 euro ticket: what train drivers need to know – travel and vacation

Travel to your holiday destination for €9: The special ticket of local public transport can, of course, be used for travel, especially since the ticket period from June 1 to August 31 falls exactly in the summer holiday season. And so it should be a tempting prospect for some: travel by Regio rather than by car or ICE. Only: a trip to the holiday destination, which is unbeatable in terms of price, can have its drawbacks. We explain what travelers should pay attention to.

What is important when planning a trip?

It is easy to find purely regional connections. In the booking portal for Deutsche Bahn, reiseauskunft.bahn.de, or in the “DB Navigator” app, check the “Local Transfers Only” box in the input mask. Only connections that can be used with a €9 ticket are shown – this is also shown as the first booking option. This applies to flights from June.

Depending on the route, sometimes more or less paths leading to the destination are shown. Some pointers on how to choose the right one:

Allow longer transfer times

You could say that the more changes, the higher the risks – especially if there is little time to change a train. Trains can be very full at peak times, especially on routes that are heavily used by tourists, and delays can accumulate quickly because they take longer to get up and down at individual stations. It is possible that the connecting train has already disappeared.

When planning your trip, you should keep this in mind, and if in doubt, prefer trips with slightly longer transfer times. Or at least make sure you can still catch the next trains if you miss the train. advice: Transfer times can be specified on the train reservation page under the Intermediate Stops tab.

Be careful on the tourist routes at peak times

Demand is high: Deutsche Bahn sold more than 1 million tickets worth €9 at the beginning of this week. In the summer months, regional trains can be cramped, with day commuters crowding on the weekends, especially on routes to the coast or to local entertainment districts. If you want to switch to such a train with your bags, you might look down the drain. “On the main tourist routes, the trains can be so crowded that you can’t get on,” says Karl Peter Naumann of the Pro Pan passenger union.

What applies to bikes?

By bike, long distances with regional trains through various associations are not without pitfalls. For several reasons:

  • You may not be able to continue at all. Deutsche Bahn never tires of stressing that cycling cannot always be guaranteed.
  • Taking the bike with you is not included in the ticket 9 euros. In some associations, bicycles can be cycled for free at certain times, but they are often expensive. An option for cyclists who ride multiple grids and don’t want to get caught up in the fog of individual tariffs: the Bahn Bicycle Day Pass. It is valid online and costs 6€ for a day.

What about the kids?

Children up to the age of six generally travel free by train. After that, they need their €9 ticket. In many associations, customers can take children up to 14 years old or other adults for free at certain times using their subscription card. The feature remains for the three months in which the subscription costs only €9. But only in your own association.

How about serving food?

While most ICE trains have a bistro on board, regional trains only have snack machines on board – if at all. Therefore, passengers are advised to stock up on adequate supplies.

Travelers should also not blindly trust what is on display at train stations during transfers. Small train stations in particular often have neither a supermarket nor a snack bar. “It should be possible to get a drink at most train stations, but sometimes it’s more difficult to eat,” says Karl-Peter Naumann.

What is the comfort level on regional trains?

Unlike long-distance trains, seats generally cannot be reserved on regional trains. So you have to hope to get a free seat. Especially for families with young children, it can be quite uncomfortable.

If you have a first-class subscription card, don’t forget: it’s only valid – whether it’s a bike or a child – within your own network. So if the train crosses the boundary of the network, then in reality it means: to go to the second class.

Can luggage be accommodated?

yes. Karl Peter Naumann says that some regional trains are also designed for large amounts of baggage, especially on tourist routes, for example towards the coasts. However, according to the railways, the rule applies: normally, a maximum of one piece is allowed per passenger. Permission: 1 passenger – 1 suitcase. There is room for luggage in the shelves and under or behind the seats, but not in the aisle.

Strollers can also be taken on the train. However, it can be crowded at peak times. That’s why Deutsche Bahn recommends taking models and foldable wagons with you, especially during holidays, weekends and bank holidays.

It’s helpful to know when a regional train is bursting at the seams: When it comes to boarding the train, strollers — as well as passengers with limited mobility — take priority. The NRW Consumer Advice Center points this out. (dpa)

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