After weeks of preparation, it all begins on Wednesday: for the first time, consumers can use their 9-euro tickets, some of which they bought days ago, for trips on local public transport.
In June, July and August you can drive it all over Germany. There are still some things to consider before you begin.
Where can I buy the ticket in time?
Tickets are and will continue to be available via applications, ticket offices, customer centers and other points of sale of the relevant transport companies and associations. Since Monday, the German Carriers Association (VDV) has its own “9-Euro-Ticket” application, which can be downloaded from the usual platforms and with which it is also possible to purchase monthly tickets. “This means that new customers in particular now have the opportunity to purchase a €9 ticket via the application for which the ticket was not presented in their home region via the application or other digital means,” the association announced.
What is the validity period of the ticket?
Tickets are valid for June, July and August – for the calendar month. Tickets for flexible 4 week periods are not possible, eg from mid-July to mid-August.
What mode of transportation can I use with the ticket?
In principle, the €9 ticket is valid throughout the country on all buses, trams, underground, S-Bahn, local and regional trains – regardless of whether they are from Deutsche Bahn or other providers. Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance traffic cannot be used with ICE, Intercity and Eurocity.
The ticket is also not valid in some sections between cities where passengers with other domestic transport tickets are allowed to board, Deutsche Bahn explained last week. These long-distance trains appear in the travel information as well as the IC with a regional train designation. “The 9-EUR-Ticket is invalid,” a spokesperson for the note said. This recently caused some customers confusion. According to the railways, there are still regional discussions on this topic.
Can a €9 ticket be combined with an ICE ticket?
yes. As Deutsche Bahn mentioned, you can use it to travel to the station on regional transport where you can change to a long distance train. However, a separate ticket is always required for long-distance travel.
Will the checks last despite the cheap tickets?
Yes, according to the carriers, they will continue to check in as normal. If you are found without a ticket, you still pay the so-called increased transfer fee which is usually €60.
Why is the ticket not immediately free?
This proposal actually came from the federal states. Doing simply without tickets (and control) would have greatly reduced the effort, so the argument goes. One of the reasons for asking for some money is that usage can be better analyzed in this way. Who uses buses and trains on which routes when they are much cheaper – this is an interesting question for transport companies.
How crowded is the train?
“We don’t have a blurry idea,” Jörg Sandvoss, head of the regional branch DB Regio, said on the question. According to VDV, 30 million ticket users can be expected per month. But this is only an estimate. The high demand for tickets is an indication: nearly three million tickets have been sold via Deutsche Bahn’s digital channels alone as of Monday. Many experts are already anticipating the first stress test of public transportation for the upcoming long Pentecost weekend.
Are additional trains used?
Several carriers have announced three-month booster trains. Deutsche Bahn, for example, wants to use 50 more trains and increase the number of employees. It added that 250 additional rides could be offered on the vehicles. They should be used mainly along tourist routes towards the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and in the south. But given an average of about 22,000 regional train trips per day, experts doubt whether that will be enough. (dpa)