Germany, the country of cars, has been switching to public transport for at least three months. This has been made possible by high gasoline prices and a huge discount on public transport, as from the beginning of June until the end of August 2022, the 9 euro ticket is planned at the center of the federal government’s aid package. We show you what you need to know about the savings ticket.
The most important points for the 9 euro ticket
- Validity: throughout Germany, but only in local and regional traffic, not in long distance traffic
- Period: scheduled for June, July and August 2022
- Price: 9 euros per month and person, so in total 27 eurosif you want to take the whole offer with you
- Start of sales: From mid to late May, there are differences depending on the type of purchase and the region
- Buy with mobile: through the DB Navigator application and through the applications of regional transport associations
- Online shopping: tickets will also be sold on the betterweiter.de website
- Buy on site: sales are planned at vending machines and at customer service points of transport associations
- Validity: Monthly ticket, from 1 to 30 June, from 1 to 31 July and from 1 to 31 August
Ticket 9 euros: reservation and purchase
It is not yet possible to register, book or buy a 9 euro ticket. But preparations are in full swing, after all, cheap local and regional transport tickets are already on the way June 2022 it can be used.
- Buy online or through the app: You will be able to buy the 9 euro ticket online and through applications without queuing. The DB Navigator app is the best way to do this, but the 9 euro ticket can also be purchased through the apps of regional transport companies and associations. Examples are MVG Fahrinfo Munich, HVV App Hamburg or BVG-Fahrinfo App Berlin. Without an application, you can simply purchase your ticket through the Besserweiter.de website of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV).
- Buy on site: But even those who do not have a mobile phone and manage without internet access will be able to buy a ticket for 9 euros. The points of sale are ticket machines and customer centers of transport companies and transport associations. In Munich, for example, it is expected to be available from 22 May on all MVG touchscreen cars. Also sold at MVG customer centers and MVG ticket partners.
- 3 months at a time: Since many users probably want to take the entire campaign period with them, it is planned to have a one-time purchase that covers all three months for 27 euros.
9-Euro-Ticket: How to get a free monthly ticket
Where can I buy a 9 euro ticket?
The 9 euro ticket must be available through the DB Navigator app, ticket machines and customer center.
Where is the 9 euro ticket worth?
The ticket is valid for regional traffic, but not for Deutsche Bahn long distance traffic – ie. not for ICE, IC or EC.
When is a ticket worth 9 euros?
The 9 euro ticket is offered in June, July and August. It is valid until the end of the month in which it was purchased. The monthly ticket is not automatically extended.
What happens to an existing subscription?
According to VDV, there should be a “loyalty bonus” for monthly ticket subscribers, for example. Subscribers do not have to worry about anything. The € 9 monthly ticket must be reimbursed – through a direct debit reduction or refund.
Use the 9 euro ticket correctly
Yes, pay only 9 euros and then get ICE from Hamburg to Munich with the whole family? Sounds nice, but it does not work with the 9 euro ticket. The following points are important:
- Personal: The 9 euro ticket is personal, ie a 9 euro ticket is required for each family member from the age of 6 (young children travel for free).
- No long distance traffic: If you want to look for hair in soup, you may be upset that the 9 euro ticket is not valid for long distance traffic. In other words, you can not use ICE, IC, EC and ECE with it. However, you can use it for local and regional transport, e.g. S-Bahn and U-Bahn, trams, buses, regional trains and even ferries, for example to Hamburg or Berlin.
- Across Germany: However, the 9 euro ticket is valid throughout Germany, but only in the region. So you can travel regionally to Berlin, Hamburg and Munich with the same ticket and it does not matter where you bought the ticket. With a little change and a little effort, you can travel all over the country with a ticket.
- Plan correctly: Of course, you do not need to travel by bus and train all day just to use the ticket. It is also worth it if you do not start using it from the first day of the month. Note, however, that it is only valid from June 1st and that the promotional period ends on August 31st.
- No subscription: The 9 euro ticket is a monthly ticket available for June, July and August 2022. So you need to buy three tickets if you want to cover the entire period. A purchased ticket does not become a subscription and you do not have to worry about any subsequent costs or cancel the ticket. At 27 euros for three months, the price per person remains manageable.
Ticket 9 euros: avoid mistakes
The € 9 ticket is a big deal and it is safe to assume that public transport will skyrocket despite the summer frost. However, there are some things to keep in mind to avoid problems:
- Subscribers: If you already have another public transport subscription, you should not simply cancel it. Providers offset promotional prices against existing subscriptions. This means that you will be reimbursed the difference and will have no disadvantage. This is even a little more convenient than for new customers, because those who already have a subscription practically already have a 9 euro ticket in their pocket. Terms such as transport regulations or first class entitlement do not change for subscribers to their tariff area. Outside this area, the 9 euro ticket is then automatically valid as a second class ticket without additional rules.
- Bad purchases: 9 euros for a whole month is a strong price. Transportation associations state that the most expensive monthly or single tickets are not available during the campaign period, so that customers do not accidentally buy more expensive tickets. However, day and group tickets will continue to be offered because they have different withdrawal rules. If the worst comes to the worst, you need to compare prices and find out for yourself which option is cheaper in your case.
- Bicycle transport: Apparently, getting a bike is not included in the 9 euro ticket. In these cases you have to buy additional tickets.
Ticket 9 euros Berlin, Hamburg, Munich
If you do not want to get the 9 euro ticket through the DB Navigator app or the VDV website Besserweiter.de, you should keep an eye on current information from regional transport associations.
- Berlin: The Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg states that the 9 euro ticket can be purchased through both applications (BVG Fahrinfo-App, BVG Ticket-App) as well as on site at points of sale. The scheduled start date has not yet been announced.
- Hamburg: Hamburger Verkehrsverbund HVV has its own 9 euro ticket information page. Digital purchases through the HVV app, HVV switch app or online store are recommended. A pre-sale is planned this way, but exact dates are not yet known. However, HVV also mentions offline sales channels like ticket machines.
- Munich: The Munich transport company informed in a central website for the current ticket status 9 euros. The plan is to sell tickets through the MVG Fahrinfo Munich app. As a paper ticket, you can purchase the ticket offline on MVG machines with touch screens, the scheduled start is May 22nd. Other points of sale are the MVG customer center and the MVG ticket partner.
Are there any other discounts?
9 euros per month is an interesting offer for nationwide public transport. Anyone can use it. However, there are no additional discounts for children, students or seniors. Important to know: The 9 euro ticket is a second class ticket. For example, you are not allowed to use first class on regional trains. Exception: If you have a Class 1 regional subscription, you can use it for three months at a reduced price in your tariff area.