The €9 ticket from the 2022 relief package must be valid nationwide from June. But it could also be available in May.
BERLIN – As part of the 2022 relief package, the €9 bus and train ticket aims to support citizens of Germany in the midst of the Ukraine war and, ideally, encourage many to switch to local public transport. The Federal Cabinet on Wednesday (April 27, 2022) approved the multi-billion dollar relief package for 2022, which aims to end rapidly escalating costs in times of record inflation.
Pre-order the €9 ticket: where and when the monthly ticket can be pre-purchased before June 1
While the €9 ticket promises an inexpensive local transfer, trade unions still see unresolved issues – especially since the €9 monthly ticket won’t be valid until June, but may be available in some places as early as May. But where to pre-order or buy a 9 euro ticket, and when does the pre-sale of the 9 euro cheap monthly pass start before June 1st?
And is there still something in the way after the decision of the politicians in Berlin, and is the criticism of the 9-euro card for the federal states going unheeded because of the funding?
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“I expect that crowded trains will be cleared and stations closed due to congestion,” EVG President Klaus Hummel said Wednesday on the sidelines of his union board meeting in Fulda on the €9 ticket from the 2022 relief package. Not ready to receive clients who are ready for the summer months. According to Hummel, buses and trains are already operating within their capacity on routes that attract tourists. It is already clear that rail companies will need additional staff on trains and on the sidewalks for the coming summer months.
As the union warns, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wessing (FDP) sees a €9 ticket for planned buses and trains as an incentive for permanent use of buses and trains. Helps save energy and perfectly adapts to the times. He said on the sidelines of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting that countries could benefit from this by attracting more users permanently. “We can generally benefit from this because we are bringing people closer to a climate-friendly, eco-friendly and ultra-modern means of transportation.” As part of the 2022 relief package, a fixed price of energy is also planned, which is intended to benefit taxpayers.
From when and for how long will a 9 euro ticket from the 2022 relief package be valid?
Now that the €9 ticket from the 2022 relief package has been approved by the Federal Cabinet, the draft has yet to be passed by the Federal Council. It is not yet possible to estimate whether this will happen silently. In addition, rail companies could still oppose the draft. The coming days will show how the discounted monthly ticket will finally be offered. However, when the ticket 9 euros is available, it is almost certain: the period from June 1 to August 31, 2022 is planned.
How long a €9 ticket from the 2022 relief package will actually be valid has been clear since the first draft: Olaf Schulz’s government’s plan (SPD) states that a single ticket must always be valid until the end of the month. If you want to use the full period, you must purchase a total of three tickets, each priced at €9.
The plans from the relief package are currently still drafts: the Bundestag and the Bundesrat will not make a decision on the draft legislation until May. In addition to the €9 ticket, the Cabinet also approved a €300 flat energy price, a children’s bonus, a corona bonus for Hartz IV recipients and a tank discount for diesel and petrol.
€9 bus and train ticket: this applies to subscription customers
While a 9 euro ticket is available in principle to every citizen of Germany, subscribers of transport associations are currently wondering how they will benefit from the action from the 2022 relief package. The good news: subscribers should also receive a 9 euro ticket bonus. How exactly this is done is still part of the planning. Currently, it is possible that subscribers will not have to do anything to enjoy the benefits of the €9 package.
Two possible scenarios are for subscription customers to receive a credit or refund to make up the difference. It should also be loud for class tickets work week give a solution. 24 Rain He quotes the Cologne carrier as follows: “If you have a business customer subscription or contract with us (for example, a job, a main customer, or a class ticket), you don’t need to do anything. We are currently setting up our systems so that they can then Pay your subscription automatically at a lower price.
Pre-order and pre-sale of a 9 euro ticket: where and when can a 9 euro ticket of the 2022 relief package be purchased before 1 June?
It is now clear that a 9 euro ticket should be valid nationwide – but only on local and regional transport. In the coming summer months, travelers will be able to conveniently use trams, S-Bahn trains, or regional trains, among other things. However, long-distance traffic is excluded: therefore the €9 ticket from the 2022 relief package is not valid at ICE, IC or EC.
Where to buy a bus and train ticket is still part of the planning, but it will probably be possible to buy a 9 euro ticket digitally. The DB Navigator of the Deutsche Bahn or the regional transport associations’ applications are available for this purpose. For example, Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) has announced that advance sales of a €9 ticket could start as early as May 20, 2022.
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Many cities such as Hamburg, Cologne and Munich already offer information about the €9 ticket. Other cities have announced that discounted bus and train tickets will be available through their local transport association apps. On the other hand, those who prefer an analog ticket of €9 also have a similar option: it is planned that customer centers and ticket machines will offer the cheap ticket.
€9 ticket already in May: this is how you get the previous monthly ticket from the 2022 relief package
Anyone who will be buying tickets for local public transport in the coming weeks can find a €9 ticket in the wallets of the transport associations before June 1. There is a simple reason for this: like do you I mentioned, single ticket machines will be converted into a €9 ticket in the last week of May. Rail companies may want to face so many customers on June 1st. On the other hand, technical difficulties can be expected in this way.
However, since tickets for €9 are valid on the first day of every month, tickets cannot be used in May. It is expected in the coming weeks that politicians and railway companies will still have to deal with the outstanding problems. Union president Klaus Hummel warned that “the Traffic Light Alliance project wants to achieve good things, but the consequences have not been taken into account” and demanded that a contact be opened. (with articles from dpa)