So last weekend, I took my first hop journey with the €9.00 travel ticket through Germany!
Because ANYONE can.
Travel ANYWHERE in Germany.
For just Nine Euros – €9.00!
In June 2022!
In July 2022!
And in August 2022!
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)!
If you knew me at all, you wouldn’t be so surprised.
In fact, to put the cherry on the cake, not only will I be in England and Spain, and concluding my quest of learning to drive!
But when I’m not doing the above, I will use every weekend to go to one different German city.
You heard that right.
I thought about this.
I could use the 9-Euro-Ticket to go anywhere in Germany, but you know what?
I don’t want to do that!
What I do want to do, is to go to interesting places that I’ve always wanted to visit, briefly passed through, or that some of my German friends thought would be a good fit for me!
In that wise, I’m going to the following places:
My first stop was Görlitz.
I’ve never been to Görlitz before, but the lovely people at Visit Görlitz offered to show me around, and they were fabulous!
If you follow me on social media, you would have already seen some of photographs, and all of the comments in the British-German forums.
I’ll write all about it next week!
I planned to take the 07:41 train to Görlitz, but I overslept!
Not only that, but I also missed the NEXT connection by 3 minutes!
Not to worry, we’ll take the following train.
In one hour.
We eventually took the 10:41 train from Berlin-Lichtenberg to Cottbus, which was a dream!
The train arrived at 10:15, and was a double-decker, so there were plenty of seats for everyone!
On getting to Cottbus however, all hell let loose!
We had to switch trains on the opposite platform and had just five (5) minutes to do so!
But the new train only had one deck, and there were a gaggle of at least fifty (50) school kids who blocked up the doorway, and almost created mayhem!
Thankfully, we managed to get seats, but some people ended up sitting on the steps!
Best to ditch the suitcase, and leave as early as you can.
And don’t bring your bike, ‘cos you won’t get on!
This is how the 9-Euro-Ticket 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 a few weeks ago, via the app of the bvg.
Just in case!
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!
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 a couple of weeks ago!
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?
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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