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The €9.00 ticket is finally here!
What €9.00 ticket you may ask?
The €9.00 monthly travel ticket that the federal government of Germany has agreed to, as part of a special relief package to help people through the energy crisis.
In short, through the summer months of June, July, and August, you can travel throughout Germany on public transportation for the cost of €9.00.
I’ll repeat it.
Travel ANYWHERE in Germany.
For just Nine Euros – €9.00!
In June 2022!
In July 2022!
And in August 2022!
But I don’t understand?
What do you mean?
What I mean, is that during the summer months of June, July, and August, you can buy a monthly ticket and use it to travel throughout Germany!
On any mode of public transport except for FliXTrains, FlixBus, ICE (intercity-express) trains, ICE Sprinter trains, IC (Intercity trains), Railjet (RJ) trains, Eurocity-Express (ECE) trains, EC (Eurocity) trains, and RE56, RE17, and RE28 trains!
You can however use the €9.00 travel ticket for any other public transportation such as the bus, tram, underground train (U-bahn), local city train (S-Bahn), and any regional train of your choice (Regional Bahn – RB and Regional Express – RE)!
Don’t tell me you can’t imagine why a government that cares would do this?
Look around you!
The cost of living has dramatically gone up!
There’s a global energy crisis!
There’s a war in Ukraine!
But seriously, people have been through so much in the last two years and the government wants to do its’ bit to reduce some of that pain, and to put a little bit of money back into people’s pockets!
The real reason is to reduce traffic.
This is Germany after all.
The only way to ply the steering wheel off the hands of German drivers is either to ban driving all together!
Down with the government!
Or make it worth your while to leave the car at home.
For just €9.00 per month instead.
The other reasons are to be more energy efficient, stimulate the economy by getting people to visit areas that they wouldn’t normally go to, and to put a little bit of money back into people’s pockets!
Oh, that again!
According to the energy relief package, if you live in Germany you might be entitled to €300 energy allowance, three-month fuel tax cuts, Kindergeld bonus, €200 for benefit claimants, climate money payments via tax ID, financial help replacing heating systems more than 20 years old, and of course, cut-price transport for the months of June, July and August 2022!
This is how it works:
You do not have to be a Germany citizen to buy these tickets.
Anyone can benefit from this exceptional offer.
The €9.00 ticket will be available from most local transport providers through Germany, and you can buy this ticket right now.
I live in Berlin.
I bought my ticket last week via the app of the bvg.
In fact, I’ve already bought tickets for June, July & August!
Obviously, you don’t have to do this but I did, so I wouldn’t forget, and find myself in some random part of Germany.
Without a ticket!
There was an option for September, so I investigated to see if it would work there too.
Nope. It doesn’t!
The ticket will be available via channels such as: bvg.de, bahn.de, ticket machines, and ticket desks at most stations.
I highly recommend using the apps, as it’s easier to use and you have a choice of languages!
You can buy this ticket right now.
In fact, I bought mine last week!
Customers who use local/regional transport will be able to buy it anywhere in Germany, via channels such as bahn.de and DB Navigator.
It will also be available from DB Reisezentrum (travel centre) staff and ticket machines at stations.
To buy, Click Here!
If you live in Berlin, use the bvg app, or Click Here!
Holders of a season ticket for local/regional transport will be credited, or refunded the difference between their season ticket price and the 9-Euro-Ticket price.
This does not apply to holders of a season ticket for long-distance transport and BahnCard 100 holders.
If you have a monthly / annual subscription, you will automatically receive notification from your local transport provider who, will give you information about the invoicing process.
They will either refund or reduce your bank order.
You won’t have to do a thing!
Yer having a laugh ain’t ya!
Don’t be greedy now.
Of course not!
The €9.00 ticket does not cover on-demand services (e.g. taxis at stations). These are supplementary local transport services that require a surcharge in addition to a normal fare.
Children under 6 always travel for free.
They do not need a ticket.
If you’re buying the “normal” full-fare train ticket, then children under 15, accompanied by a “normal” farepaying adult, travel for free!
However, for the special €9.00 offer, children aged 6-14 must also have their own 9-Euro-Ticket.
But I wouldn`t recommend it!
The 9-Euro-Ticket does not normally include free bicycle transport.
You would have to buy an extra “normal” ticket for your bike, as bringing bicycles is subject to the relevant transport association regulations!
Please note: Trains are going to get very crowded in the June-August period, so it is not possible to guarantee that there will always be enough room on board for bicycles.
Best to leave it at home and hire a bike, at the location you’re going to!
More information about transporting bicycles is available in German. Click Here!
You don’t usually reserve a seat to use public transportation such as the bus, tram, underground train (U-bahn), local city train (S-Bahn), and regional trains, ‘cos people tend to just hop on, and go!
This summer will be no difference!
Leave early, stay cool, relaxed, and very flexible.
It’s €9.00 per month!
Prepare to travel with the great unwashed ‘cos it is not possible to reserve a seat!
Leave early, stay cool, relaxed, and very flexible.
It’s €9.00 per month!
What did you expect?
Prepare to either travel with the great unwashed or buy the “usual” first class ticket!
The 9-Euro-Ticket is only for travel in second class.
p.s. I travel first class myself these days, but for the summer, I’m going to be brave and travel with the hoi polloi!
Yes, you certainly can!
You can use the 9-Euro-Ticket before starting, and after completing a trip, on a long-distance train.
However, you need a separate ticket for the long-distance part of your journey!
BahnCard discounts cannot be used in conjunction with the 9-Euro-Ticket, as it works like a monthly ticket for local/regional transport.
The City-Ticket is always part of a flexible or saver fare ticket for the outbound or return leg, of a long-distance journey.
But, if I were you, for the months of June, July and August, if it’s not a business trip or terribly important, I’d forget all that, and buy the €9.00 ticket instead!
That’s the beauty of it.
You don’t don’t have to be resident in Germany to buy or use it.
It’s going to be fantastic for those who wish to visit Germany, travel through Germany, who can, or prefer to use public transport!
It’s going to be fantastic for those who wish to visit or travel through Germany, and who can, or prefer to use, public transport!
Let’s do it!
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