– The ticket for 9 euros has been settled, on Monday Deutsche Bahn and numerous associations and transport companies will start selling the monthly ticket for 9 euros. This is a great experiment for the industry and passengers – with many unanswered questions.
After approval by the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, the path to the € 9 ticket is clear. From June onwards, consumers will be able to use local public transport throughout Germany cheaper than ever before.
Transport associations and companies have already changed their systems in the last few weeks in order to be able to start selling tickets in good time. What do consumers need to consider now?
When can you buy a ticket?
Deutsche Bahn and numerous transport associations and companies will start selling a 9-euro-monthly ticket on Monday. For example, in the DB Navigator train app, the ticket will be available “from the early hours of the morning,” a train spokesman said. Sales will begin at DB Travel Centers “upon opening”. Some shipping companies and cities have already started selling in the last few days. Verkehrsverbund Großraum Nürnberg (VGN) started selling on Friday via the NürnbergMobil app, the VGN internal app and in the webshop. Tickets can be purchased from Monday at the customer service center and at private points of sale.
How and where can I buy a ticket?
The ticket is to be offered in the respective applications, ticket machines and customer service centers of all transport companies in Germany. The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) is currently working with associations and companies on a common, unified application through which a ticket should also be available. It is still unknown when the ticket application will be ready. However, according to VDV, it should be available for download by June 1.
Will more expensive single or monthly tickets still be offered during this time?
Often, day and group tickets are still offered, even if they are more expensive than the 9 euro ticket. They have different rules for transportation, for example for passengers or bicycles. Even so, many shipping companies are trying to remove confusing purchase options from their offers. It is already clear to Hamburg:
During the three months of the campaign, all HVV monthly tickets and all single tickets over € 9 will be replaced with a € 9 month ticket. Even with BVG Berlin, a normal monthly pass in the ticket app should not be bookable within three months. On the other hand, Deutsche Bahn wants to keep its regular subscription offers during the campaign period from June to August, but then only charges € 9 each month.
Can I buy tickets for all three months at once?
Here it also depends on the specific company, but in general it should be possible. If you cannot find an option with your preferred shipping company, you can switch to other platforms at any time. At Deutsche Bahn, for example, all three special tickets can be purchased immediately.
What if you already have a subscription?
According to Deutsche Bahn and the transport associations, the following basically applies: If you already have a monthly or annual subscription, you don’t need to worry about anything else. “Discounts are automatically applied to existing subscriptions, so that only nine euros are charged per month,” says the transport association Berlin-Brandenburg, for example. The discounts will later be transferred back to the respective customer account.
Is the ticket also valid for holders of work, semester or social tickets?
Yes. According to VDV, your subscriptions and semester tickets are valid nationwide for three months. They should also receive a refund of the difference. In many places, however, it is still unclear in what form and, above all, when the money will be refunded. According to VDV, it may take up to the winter semester to process the relevant bills by the university administration.
Are you tied to a subscription?
no The 9 euro ticket expires at the end of the month and is not automatically renewed. For existing subscriptions, normal terms will re-apply from September 1st.
Are subscribers missing out on some perks?
The advantages of some subscription models, such as taking the bike with you or first class entitlements, remain basically the same for a € 9 ticket. However, they will then not apply nationwide, but only in the usual area of application. However, here too, derogations are possible for individual transport companies.
Do children also need a ticket?
According to Deutsche Bahn, children from 6 to 14 years old need their own 9 euro ticket or another ticket; taking it with you free of charge is excluded with a 9 euro ticket. Children under six usually travel for free.
Can I add a first class?
No, it is not possible. Depending on the network, however, subscribers have the option of upgrading to First Class for an additional fee.
Can you reserve seats?
no Booking options are normally only available for long distance transport. The 9 euro ticket is valid for local transport.
Do you need a separate family dog ticket?
The 9 euro ticket is only valid for its holder. Whether you have to pay for dogs as well depends on the tariff of the local transport association. One allows you to take your dog with you, and the other requires an additional ticket for your four-legged friend.