The federal government’s relief package, worth billions, will gradually reach people in Germany from June 1st. From Wednesday not only the tank discount applies, but also the 9-euro ticket. Millions of Germans should benefit from it. But the relief is short-lived. At least the umbrella organization of transport companies is announcing price adjustments for autumn.

Across Germany with the 9-euro ticket? This is possible from June 1st. Millions of people have already bought their tickets for June. This allows them to use all local public transport and regional trains of Deutsche Bahn (DB Regio) for a month for nine euros.

Munich travelers can then use the 9-euro ticket to go to Augsburg and use local public transport (tram and bus) there.

The inexpensive monthly ticket is valid from June 1st, costs 9 euros and can be booked for the months of July and August for the same price. The ticket is only valid in second class on all S-Bahn, regional trains (RB) and regional express trains (RE). Long-distance travel by Deutsche Bahn (IC, EC, ICE) or long-distance and local transport by private providers such as FlixTrain or FlixBus is not permitted.

The aim of the 9-euro ticket is to get more people excited about buses and trains in local public transport.

The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) is rather critical of the desired result. He does not believe that many Germans will permanently switch to bus and train from September. “I see the ticket quite positively. But I don’t have great expectations that it will lead to a massive changeover,” said VDV President Ingo Wortmann of the editorial network Germany.

Wortmann warned of higher prices after the three months in which the ticket is valid because the federal government refuses to compensate for rising fuel prices. The transport companies would be under pressure, and users would have to bear the costs.

“In the medium term, we will have to transfer the missing funds to fares or limit the offer,” Wortmann added. “The ticket prices will continue to rise – not directly on September 1st, but in the next price rounds.”

The umbrella organization of German transport companies has around 570 members. These include over 480 transport companies from all over Germany. The most important members include, for example, the Munich transport and tariff association, the Hamburg transport association, the Cologne transport company, the Berlin transport company, Deutsche Bahn Regio and the Stuttgart transport and tariff association.

Prize rounds usually take place in September, October and November. Most adjustments will then be made by December 15 or the beginning of the new year. Also in view of the rise in inflation, price increases in local public transport seem inevitable.

According to the infrastructure atlas of the Heinrich Böll Foundation from 2020, Hamburg commuters paid the highest price for a monthly ticket (Hamburg AB) in local public transport at 111.20 euros (today: 114.30 euros). For comparison: In Munich, users paid half the price at 55.20 euros (today: 59.10 euros).

In Berlin, the monthly card again cost 84 euros (today: 86 euros), in Frankfurt am Main 91.80 euros (today: 94.50 euros).

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