After the 9-euro ticket, local public transport is again expensive and complicated for many people. While the federal government is still discussing a successor, many federal states are already starting to implement it.
After the 9-euro ticket, local public transport is again expensive and complicated for many people. While the federal government is still discussing a successor, many municipalities are already starting to implement it.
Travel across Germany for 9 euros per month? This was possible between June, July and August thanks to the 9 euro ticket. But on August 31, the popular flat-rate ticket for local public transport (ÖPNV) expired. Millions of people now have to buy expensive day, week and single tickets again. Train tickets also cost extra now. There is no longer a nationwide flat rate for regional trains.
But a successor to the 9-euro ticket is planned for at least the next few months. The responsible authorities are still discussing what this should look like.
Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner had repeatedly made it clear that the federal government would not finance an extension of the nine-euro ticket in view of the high costs. Most recently, however, he was basically open to successor offers.
The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), for example, proposes a 69-euro ticket. It should apply monthly and apply to all of Germany.
SPD and Greens are apparently planning a nationwide 49-euro ticket. It should be monthly. At the same time, a regional offshoot is also being discussed. This ticket should cost 29 euros per month and be valid within the federal state.
It is also unclear when the sale will begin and who will bear the costs. According to the current status, the successor will not be available until October 1st. Half of the ideas are to be financed equally by the federal and state governments.
In individual cases there are discount offers, which only apply to certain tariff zones.
The district of Lüchow-Dannenberg in Lower Saxony introduced the 365-euro ticket on September 1st. However, the new ticket is only valid in the Wendland tariff area. However, the special flat rate offer has nothing in common with the 9-euro ticket. If you want the ticket, you must first submit an application. The debit is then either monthly (a good 30 euros per month) or by a one-off transfer (365 euros).
In Baden-Württemberg, the district of Kelheim is expanding the 9-euro ticket for the months of September and October to a limited extent. For 9 euros per month, consumers should be able to take the KEXI express bus through Kelheim, to the train station in Saal an der Donau and in Neustadt.
In Heidelberg, young people under the age of 21 will benefit from a subsidized Maxx annual ticket from September 1, 2022. It is valid in the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar (VRN) and costs the equivalent of 36 euros per year. Owners have to pay three euros a month. The Maxx-Ticket for three euros per month is available to those who have the Heidelberg Pass and the Heidelberg Passes Plus. From September 1st, older people over the age of 60 will also receive a subsidy of a good 200 euros on the “ticket from 60”. The annual ticket costs 365 euros per year instead of the previous 565.20 euros.
In Berlin, the Berliner Verkehrsgesellschaft (BVG) is currently advertising the 10 a.m. ticket. However, commuters currently have to reckon with monthly costs of around 63 euros per month. At the same time, the offer is only valid in the BVG network.