Will the promised 9 euro ticket for bus and train per month start on June 1st?

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The German government promised a 9 euro ticket for bus and train per month for 90 days as part of the 2022 relief package: Customers should be able to travel by bus and train for 90 days for 9 euros a month. When is the ticket coming?  What will happen to my monthly subscription?

A 9 euro ticket for bus and train – per month: With a state-subsidized discount for tickets, the German federal government wants to free consumers from high energy costs. But the measure from the 2022 relief package caught the federal states off guard. “The proposal came as a surprise, but it’s not bad,” Schleswig-Holstein Transport Minister Bernd Buchholz (FDP).

9 euro ticket for bus and train

How exactly will the 9 euro ticket for bus and train work?

The exact implementation of the 9 euro ticket for bus and train is still controversial. While in principle there is a willingness for the three-month reduction, some federal states want to go even further than the agreement in the 2022 relief package.

The German states want the ticket to be FREE. So what discount can customers expect? And above all: When is the 9 euro ticket for bus and train valid?

UPDATE: This applies to the 9-euro ticket for bus and train

From when is the ticket valid and for how long? June 1 to August 31, 2022
Where is the ticket valid?It is valid nationwide without regional restrictions.
Who is the ticket for?Without restriction to groups of people; Subscription customers will receive a refund
Contents of the 9-euro public transport ticket BahnCard 100 light
3 months public transport ticket for a total of 27 euros = 9 euros per month
Nationwide flat rate for all public transport including all regional trains
only exception: 9-euro ticket not valid on the ICE, IC, EC and Flixtrain
Sale of the “9 for 90” tickets Digital: via the DB Navigator app and the websites & apps of the transport associations and regional transport companies
Stationary: ticket machines and customer centers of transport companies and transport associations

9 euro ticket for bus and train: From when does the public transport discount in the 2022 relief package apply?

On Thursday, March 24, 2002, the German federal government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz surprised many by including the transport relief measure as part of the relief package for 2022. Because of the sharp rise in energy costs, the leaders of the three governing parties of SPD, FDP, and Greens presented a billion-dollar relief package for 2022.

After the prices for electricity, petrol, diesel, oil, and gas have come under severe pressure since the turn of the year and are being driven up further by the effects of the Ukraine war, various measures are now intended to cushion the price shock for Germans. Among them is the 9 euro ticket for bus and train as a discount for public transport.

9 euro ticket for bus and train

9 for 90 tickets: The proposal for public transport from the relief package puts the German federal states under pressure

In addition to an energy price flat rate of 300 euros, a subsidy to Hartz IV or a tank discount, a reduction in ticket prices for local public transport is also being considered.

The idea of ​​the 9 euro ticket for bus and train: For 90 days, customers should be able to travel by bus and train for 9 euros a month. The tickets should be available nationwide as a public transport discount. But the federal states have to implement this.

In principle, there is a willingness to do so in politics. This was signaled by the participants in the conference of transport ministers, which met on Friday the 25th of March for a special meeting chaired by Bremen’s transport senator Maike Schaefer (Greens). But the exact design is not yet completely defined.

► According to information from the dpa news agency, May 1, 2022, or June 1, 2022, was already being discussed as the start date for the discount campaign. But it remains to be seen whether the 9 euro ticket will be introduced across the board.

9 euro ticket for bus and train

Free instead of 9 euros ticket in public transport: federal states bring zero tariffs for bus and train into play

Some federal states want to go beyond the federal government’s proposal for a 9 euro ticket for buses and trains. At the meeting of transport ministers, the temporary introduction of a completely free tariff instead of the 9 for 90 discounts in public transport was suddenly up for debate.

► As explained by Bremen’s Mobility Senator Maike Schaefer (Greens), who recently lowered ticket prices in Bremen, the supporters believe that this has a certain charm: because it would mean that the transport associations would have less administrative work to implement. The idea is: Just get in and go!

Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP), who recently repeatedly sought compensation for the price of petrol, confirmed that this proposal had even been discussed by the coalition leaders during the deliberations on the relief package. But in the end, they agreed on the 9 euro ticket – probably also for cost reasons because the German federal government has to pay for the discount. At least the German states agree on that.

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Where can I buy the 9 euro ticket?

In any case, the ticket should be available online. So you should be able to find it in the DB Navigator app or in your transport association’s app. You should also be able to buy the ticket at the ticket offices of the transport companies. In some regions there are also plans to enable sales from ticket machines. It is not yet clear whether this will be possible nationwide.

Is the 9 euro ticket transferrable?

Here, too, the conditions for the 9-euro ticket have not yet been finally defined. The 9 euro ticket will probably not be transferrable. In other words, you probably won’t be able to simply lend it to your acquaintances.

Does the 9 euro ticket have to be cancelled?

You don’t have to cancel the 9 euro ticket. It expires automatically at the end of the month. If you already have a subscription, the usual tariff will probably be debited from your account again after the three months have elapsed.

Which means of transport can I use with the 9 euro ticket?

With the 9-euro ticket you can use all means of public transport. These are usually:
• S-Bahn
• trams
• subways
• regional trains
• buses
Long-distance trains – such as ICE/EC/Flixtrain – are not included.

Can I also buy the 9-euro ticket if I haven’t previously had a subscription?

Anyone can buy the ticket. It doesn’t matter whether you previously had a subscription or not.

Is the 9 euro ticket only valid for the calendar month or is there also a sliding 9 euro ticket?

According to the current status, the tickets are valid from the first to the last day of a month. In all likelihood there will not be a sliding monthly ticket, for example valid from June 15th to July 14th.

9 euro ticket for bus and train: When does the public transport discount start? A parliamentary working group explores the start date of June 1, 2022

While Germany is still struggling with omicron (the subtype BA.2 of the corona variant and a new omicron symptom after a corona infection) in addition to the Ukraine war, there is still a considerable need for discussion before the start of the 9 euro ticket for bus and train. The situation is similar to the question: When will the 100 euro subsidy for Hartz IV recipients come?

Why the 9 euro ticket is a welcomed relief!

▶ The biggest price differences between the cities are for the weekly tickets. In Munich, adults travel for 17.80 euros, in Berlin for 36 euros. Frankfurt is in the middle with 26.80 euros.

▶ The monthly pass is cheapest in Munich at 57 euros. You have to spend almost twice as much for a monthly ticket in Hamburg (112.80 euros). And consumers in Cologne and Bonn also have to dig deep into their pockets for the tariff. There the monthly ticket costs 105.50 euros.

▶  A day pass is the most expensive in Berlin, Bonn and Cologne at 8.80 euros. In Frankfurt aM, on the other hand, customers only pay 5.35 euros.

Short-haul tickets cost 1.50 euros in Frankfurt – they are only so cheap in Stuttgart and Bremen. In Berlin, Leipzig, Bonn and Cologne, however, you pay 2 euros, according to the automobile club.

▶ In Leipzig children only pay 1.20 euros for a single journey. In Hamburg and Berlin, their transport costs 1.90 euros.

▶ There are also big price differences for single tickets. While customers in Munich pay 3.40 euros for the journey, the ticket in Hamburg costs only 2.40 euros.

Information on the 9-euro ticket in individual transport associations

Berlin – 9 euro ticket at the BVG

The Berlin Senator for Transport Bettina Jarasch (Greens) already declared at the end of March that nine-euro tickets in Berlin will benefit both new customers and subscribers. She also announced that she would use the ticket to advertise local public transport. It is about binding people to the bus and train in the long term. “This is something that we need in the long term: for climate protection – but also to become independent of energy imports,” says Jarasch.

Munich – 9 euro ticket at MVV

For the MVV in Munich, Managing Director Bernd Rosenbusch welcomes the advance to the “tz”: “This is definitely a good idea, since not only the fuel price, but also the public transport is becoming more attractive,” says Rosenbusch. Digitally, the switch can be made quickly, but the innovation can also be done on the machines. Rosenbusch considers the cheap ticket for the S-Bahn to be a big hit. “If we do it well, then we win new customers.”

Hamburg – 9 euro ticket at the HVV

The HVV in Hamburg welcomes the move by the federal government. In a statement it says: “Our customers will benefit from the 9-euro monthly ticket, they don’t have to take action themselves now.” Accordingly, the HVV will be associated with the states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein and the transport companies coordinate the framework conditions for further implementation.

Cologne – 9-euro ticket at the KVB

Above all, the KVB asks existing subscribers not to do anything for the time being. “We are currently preparing our systems so that your subscription can then be billed automatically at a lower price,” says the KVB. “If you have a subscription or a business customer contract with us (e.g. job, major customer or semester ticket), you don’t need to do anything.”

NRW – 9-euro ticket in North Rhine-Westphalia

Both the Rhein-Ruhr Transport Association (VRR) and the Rhein-Sieg Transport Association (VRS) are campaigning for the 9-for-90 discount ticket planned by the federal government to be valid for journeys throughout NRW. This was explained by VRR board member José Luis Castrillo. “I’m assuming such a solution,” says Castrillo. The VRS supports this position, said a spokesman. The state government also shares this position as a minimum, according to the report of the “Rheinische Post”.

Overview of transport associations

The following transport associations and companies could participate in a 9-euro public transport ticket, which offers “9 for 90”:

Baden-Wuerttemberg

  • Heilbronner Hohenloher Haller Nahverkehr GmbH (HNV)
  • Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn GmbH & Co. KG (Bodo)
  • KreisVerkehr Schwäbisch Hall GmbH (KVSH)
  • Heidenheim Tariff Association (HTV)
  • Donau-Iller-Nahverkehrsverbund GmbH (DING)
  • Verkehrsverbund Neckar-Alb-Donau GmbH (naldo)
  • OstalbMobil GmbH (OAM)
  • Stuttgart Transport and Tariff Association (VVS)
  • Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Verkehrsverbund GmbH
  • Verkehrsgemeinschaft Bäderkreis Calw (VBC)
  • Transport association Pforzheim-Enzkreis (VPE)
  • Local traffic office/transport association TUTicket (TUT)
  • Verkehrsverbund Schwarzwald-Baar GmbH (VSB)
  • Regional transport association Lörrach GmbH (RVL)
  • Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar GmbH (VRN)
  • Transport company Hegau-Bodensee Verbund GmbH (VHB)
  • Regional transport association Freiburg GmbH (RVF)
  • Waldshuter Tarifverbund GmbH (WTV)
  • Tariff Association Ortenau GmbH (TGO)
  • Verkehrsverbund Rottweil GmbH (VRR)
  • Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund GmbH (KVV)
  • Verkehrs-Gemeinschaft Landkreis Freudenstadt GmbH (VGF)
  • BW tariff GmbH

Bavaria

  • Stadtwerke Bad Reichenhall KU
  • Stadtwerke Schweinfurt GmbH
  • Verkehrsgemeinschaft am Bayerischen Untermain GmbH (VAB)
  • Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn GmbH & Co. KG (Bodo)
  • Donau-Iller-Nahverkehrsverbund GmbH (DING)
  • Verkehrsbetriebsgesellschaft Passau GmbH
  • Transport Association Greater Nuremberg (VGN)
  • Verkehrsverbund Mittelschwaben GmbH (VVM)
  • Association of transport companies Mainfranken GmbH (VVM)
  • agilis Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
  • agilis Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
  • Regensburger Verkehrsverbund GmbH (RVV)
  • Augsburg Transport and Tariff Association GmbH (AVV)
  • Omnibusverkehr Franken GmbH (OVF)
  • Regionalverkehr Oberbayern GmbH (RVO)
  • Regionalbus Ostbayern GmbH (RBO)
  • Transport association Kissingen mobil (Kim.)
  • Rottal-Inn Transport Association (VGRI)
  • Munich Transport and Tariff Association GmbH (MVV)
  • Bayerische Regionalbahn GmbH
  • Transport Association Region Ingolstadt (VGI)
  • Bayerische Oberlandbahn GmbH

Berlin and Brandenburg

  • Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (VBB)

Bremen

  • Verkehrsverbund Bremen/Niedersachsen GmbH (VBN)

Hamburg

  • Hamburger Verkehrsverbund GmbH (HVV)

Hesse

  • North Hessian Transport Association (NVV)
  • Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar GmbH (VRN)
  • Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH (RMV)

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

  • NAHBUS Northwest Mecklenburg GmbH
  • Local transport Schwerin GmbH
  • Verkehrsverbund Warnow GmbH (Without Mecklenburg Baederbahn Molli GmbH (MBB))

Lower Saxony

  • Transport company Hameln-Pyrmont mbH (public transport)
  • Großraum-Verkehr Hannover GmbH (GVH)
  • Hamburger Verkehrsverbund GmbH (HVV)
  • Verkehrsverbund Bremen/Niedersachsen GmbH (VBN)
  • Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Wilhelmshaven GmbH
  • ROSA fare network
  • Braunschweig region transport association (VRB)
  • Verkehrsverbund Süd-Niedersachsen GmbH (VSN)
  • KVG Stade GmbH & Co. KG
  • CeBus GmbH & Co. KG
  • Transport Association Osnabrück (VOS)
  • Transport Association Bentheim (VGB)

North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Aachener Verkehrsverbund GmbH
  • Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr GmbH
  • Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg GmbH
  • WestfalenTarif GmbH

Rhineland-Palatinate

  • Rhein-Nahe Nahverkehrsverbund GmbH (RNN)
  • Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar GmbH (VRN)
  • Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Mosel GmbH (VRM)
  • Verkehrsverbund Region Trier GmbH (VRT)

Saarland

  • Saarland Local Transport Service GmbH (SNS) (SaarVV)

Saxony

  • Verkehrsverbund Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien GmbH
  • Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen GmbH (VMS)
  • Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund GmbH (MDV)
  • Verkehrsverbund Vogtland GmbH
  • Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe GmbH (VVO)

Saxony-Anhalt

  • Verkehrsgesellschaft Südharz mbH (VGS)
  • Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund GmbH (MDV)

Schleswig Holstein

  • nah.sh
  • Hamburger Verkehrsverbund GmbH (HVV)
  • Active Bus Flensburg GmbH

Thuringia

  • Transport Association Central Thuringia (VMT)
  • Erfurt Bahn GmbH
  • Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund GmbH (MDV)
  • South Thuringia Bahn GmbH
  • Verkehrsgesellschaft Südharz mbH (VGS)

throughout Germany

  • DB Regio AG (incl. BB DB tariff cooperation with NE)
  • Transdev Ltd

Current public transport tariffs in Germany by city (prices in euros)

Short trip (Adult)Single trip (Adults)Single trip (Children)Daily ticket (Adults)Weekly ticket (Adults)Monthly ticket (Adult)Bicycle ticket
Berlin2.003.001.908.8036.0086.002.10
Bielefeld1.702.901.607.5023.5082.601.50
Bochum1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Bonn2.003.001.608.8028.20105.503.00
Bremen1.502.851.458.0023.8067.802.00
Dortmund1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Dresden*2.501.706.5021.9063.602.00
Duisburg1.702.801.707.2028.1575.603.60
Düsseldorf1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Essen1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Frankfurt/Main1.502.751.555.3526.8093.100.00
Hamburg1.802.401.308.1026.80112.800.00
Hannover1.603.001.306.0069.500.00
Karlsruhe2.801.605.6068.002.80
Köln2.003.001.608.8028.20105.503.00
leipzig2.003.001.208.0028.3082.102.00
Mannheim2.701.907.0025.5076.801.90
Munich1.703.401.607.9057.003.00
Nuremberg1.703.201.608.3026.7080.101.60
Stuttgart1.502.701.305.4023.9070.601.30
Wuppertal1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Max2.003.401.908.8036.00112.803.60
Min1.502.401.205.3517.8057.000.00
Difference0.501.000.703.4518.2055.803.60
Average1.732.881.597.3027.1580.602.28

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