Germany To Launch €49 Monthly Ticket For Trains, Buses, and Trams
Early next year, Germany will welcome a follow-up to the 9-euro ticket. The nationwide monthly ticket will offer unlimited travel on regional and public transport for just €49 a month.
Transport Minister Volker Wissing stated that the move was aimed at cutting emissions and helping people to cope with the cost of living crisis.
The ticket, dubbed as ‘Deutschlandticket’ or German Ticket, raises that to €49 or around €1.60 per day.
Where You Can Use The Ticket
The 49-euro ticket is designed to be a follow-up to the wildly successful 9-euro ticket, which was sold 52 million times over the summer. The ticket is valid on buses and trains at a lower cost than normal. It won’t be valid on intercity trains or long-distance trains.
Transport Ministers from 16 different German states have agreed on the new monthly fee. It will be implemented “as soon as possible”, according to an announcement from the Federal Government. This could be as early as 1 January 2023.
Instead of a one-off purchase like the €9 scheme this summer, the new paperless ticket will be offered as a subscription.
What happened to the €9 monthly ticket?
In June, July and August, a €9 ticket was tested that enabled people to travel across train, bus, and tram networks throughout the country.
It was introduced to try and combat rising inflation as a consequence of Russia’s war in Ukraine. The ticket was also supposed to encourage people to take environmentally friendly transport and reduce fuel use.
The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) said that it saved around 1.8 million tonnes of carbon emissions during these three months.
Many people asked for a successor to the scheme but there were disagreements about the price and who would pay the bill for the subsidised ticket. Finally, an agreement was made to introduce the new scheme, charging what was deemed a more sustainable price – €49 a month.
Some states have decided to create their own version of the scheme too. Berlin introduced a €29 ticket that is valid on public transport in the region. The subscription went on sale in October but will only be available until the end of March next year.
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