Consumers can buy a so-called €9 monthly ticket from Deutsche Bahn from May 23 – provided the Bundestag and Bundesrat approve the project this week. The ticket will then be available via the DB Navigator app and all other digital rail channels, the group announced on Sunday. “It will also be available at approximately 5,500 Deutsche Bahn ticket machines and more than 400 decibel travel centers at train stations,” she added.
With the monthly ticket, travelers can use local public transport nationwide for nine euros – in all cities and across all network borders. Tickets can also be purchased online or at the counter from other carriers. Several associations have already announced their desire to start selling on May 23.
Bavaria criticizes the 9-euro ticket “under the current conditions”
However, the draft traffic light coalition between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP still had to be approved by the Bundestag on Thursday (May 19) and by the Bundesrat a day later. But there are still disagreements about financing. The federal government is financing the project by transferring 2.5 billion euros to the states to offset the loss of income. This is not enough for them.
“If the federal government thinks it can be commended by the federal states for having a three-month consolation and that others have to foot the bill, that is a big mistake,” said Bavarian Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter (CSU). German Press Agency. If the federal government does not fully compensate for ticket costs and does not significantly increase localization funds, you will run into a wall in the Bundesrat.
“Under the present circumstances, I do not see that Bavaria is able to agree to the law in the Bundesrat. The real satisfaction of citizens is the permanent strengthening of local public transport with more federal funds for a better offer.” Instead, the federal government offers a “snapshot”, at the end of which there is the risk of significant performance restrictions.
Because of high energy prices: a 9 euro ticket is part of the relief package
In June, July and August, special tickets are intended to enable travel on local and regional transport throughout Germany – for €9 per month and therefore significantly less than regular monthly tickets. This is part of the relief package that the Traffic Lights Alliance is reacting to as energy prices rise. At the same time, it should be a gourmet show to win more customers for buses and trains.
The €9 ticket offers a “unique opportunity to get more people excited about local public transport and long-term climate-friendly rail,” Jörg Sandfo, president of responsible rail operator DB Reggio, said on Sunday. According to Deutsche Bahn, a ticket priced at €9 will always be valid from the first to the last day of every month. So if you only access it in the middle of the month, you can only drive with it for the remaining half of the month. From the start of the sale on May 23, it will be possible to purchase tickets for all three months at the same time.
The private bus industry has warned of negative effects, especially on long bus journeys. Because of the ticket’s nationwide validity, in addition to its function as a relief for passengers, it is also a “fixed price for long distances,” the Federal Federation of German Bus Companies explained in a statement to the Bundestag. So many people are expected to choose the €9 ticket and not the long-distance bus when planning their trip. And this is after more than two years of canceling passengers due to Corona.
The association explained that bus rentals should also feel competitive from a €9 ticket. “Many class trips, school trips or club trips are no longer carried out by bus, but are planned in such a way that they can also be achieved through regional train services.” In order to prevent bus companies from falling into liquidity problems due to the collapse of fare income, it must be ensured that the compensatory funds reach the companies in May before the start of the promotion period in June.