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Christmas Gift from DB: A more expensive ticket! Rail travel will be more expensive in December

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Nice gifts for all rail travelers! Just in time for the end of the year, Deutsche Bahn (DB) is increasing fares. If you travel by train starting December 12th 2021, you will have to pay a more expensive ticket!

All this mean that your Christmas gift from DB is a more expensive ticket. At Deutsche Bahn, prices will rise again in December – especially for commuters and customers who want full flexibility. The company points to the high inflation. In comparison, train travel remains cheap.

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According to DB information from Friday, they will rise by an average of 1.9 percent on December 12th. Tickets at the so-called super saver price and saver price will be available unchanged from 17.90 euros and 21.50 euros respectively. On the other hand, the flex price and the prices for route season tickets will rise by an average of 2.9 percent. Bahncards will also be 2.9 percent more expensive. Find out more about your soon to be expensve ticket bellow:

Why is DB opting for more expensive ticket

The railway spoke of a moderate price adjustment and pointed out that general inflation is currently 4.1 percent. “In a long-term comparison, rail travel remains cheap,” emphasized the company. Even after the price increase in December, a long-distance journey costs about as much as in 2012. For Bahncards 25 and 50 it is the first increase in seven years.

Ticket prices have not risen that much for a long time. The railway is in financial distress, not just since the trains ran almost empty through the country in the pandemic. But the tickets cost more.

The price premium, averaging 1.9 percent overall, is the highest since 2012. After that, there were also some zero rounds. In 2020, long-distance transport prices fell by ten percent after the federal government cut VAT. This should encourage more people to take the train instead of getting into a car or plane.

The state company is doing badly financially. In addition to problems in international business and in freight transport, the corona crisis was a heavy burden. In the first half of 2021 alone, the highly indebted group posted a loss of 1.4 billion euros.

  • Deutsche Bahn fares will rise by an average of 1.9 percent on December 12th.
  • The railway spoke of a moderate price adjustment and pointed out that general inflation is currently 4.1 percent.
  • In the first half of 2021 alone, the highly indebted group posted a loss of 1.4 billion euros.

Nevertheless, the goal remains to double the number of long-distance passengers by 2030 compared to 2015. This should help Germany achieve its climate goals in transport. In return, billions flow into trains, the rail network and additional employees.

The railway has not yet announced a price increase in regional transport for this year. There, however, the railway only makes the prices for trips outside of transport associations, which affects around every fifth customer trip.

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Reasons why DB is increasing prices starting December 2021

1. Deutsche Bahn points to inflation

The railway spoke of a moderate price adjustment and pointed out that general inflation is currently 4.1 percent . “In a long-term comparison, rail travel remains cheap,” emphasized the company. Even after the price increase in December, a long-distance journey costs about as much as in 2012. For Bahncards 25 and 50 it is the first increase in seven years.

2. Highest surcharge since 2012

The price premium, averaging 1.9 percent overall, is the highest since 2012. After that, there were also some zero rounds. In 2020, long-distance transport prices fell by ten percent after the federal government cut VAT. This should encourage more people to take the train instead of getting into a car or plane.

3. Deutsche Bahn in crisis

The state company is doing badly financially. In addition to problems in international business and in freight transport, the corona crisis was a heavy burden . In the first half of 2021 alone, the highly indebted group posted a loss of 1.4 billion euros.

Nevertheless, the goal remains to double the number of long-distance passengers by 2030 compared to 2015. This should help Germany achieve its climate goals in transport. In return, billions flow into trains, the rail network and additional employees.

4. Prices in regional transport remain stable for the time being

The railway has not yet announced a price increase in regional transport for this year. There, however, the railway only makes the prices for trips outside of transport associations, which affects around every fifth customer trip.

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Other than an expensive ticket, you can expect these 3 things from DB in 2022

1. Ticket on the cell phone

From the new year onwards, passengers will also have to be prepared for the fact that they will no longer be able to redeem paper tickets on the train. If you then get on spontaneously, you still have ten minutes to book a ticket on your laptop or mobile phone after departure.

2. 3G Corona rule

On the other hand, there are no new obligations to provide evidence as additional corona protection for the time being. The federal government said on Friday that the introduction of a 3G rule in ICE and Intercity will not be pursued further at the current state of the pandemic – i.e. a ride only for vaccinated, convalescent or negatively tested people with appropriate evidence. The so-called ‘3G rule’ (geimpft, genesen, gestestet – vaccinated, recovered, tested)

3. The risk of a strike

Meanwhile, the risk of strikes for passengers has still not been completely eliminated; the wage conflict continues to smolder. The railway did come to an agreement with the train drivers’ union GDL after the summer strike. But now the competing railway and transport union (EVG) would like to renegotiate its tariff. She decided on claims on Friday, including a corona premium of 1500 euros. Negotiations could start next week.


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