Earlier this year, German public transport users were the envy of pretty much everyone, everywhere. In order to promote sustainable travel and help out with the cost of living crisis, Germany’s government introduced monthly tickets for near-unlimited public transport usage that cost just €9 (£7.86, £8.80)! Mental stuff, we know.
That scheme ended in August but in the months since, the German government has been working on a follow-up. And that successor has now been announced: from January 2023, regional transport across Germany will cost just €49 (£43, $48) per month.
Sure, compared to the €9 ticket, the new ‘Deutschlandticket’ might sound expensive – but it still works out really, really cheap. For reference, if you wanted to get a cheap train ticket from Berlin to Hamburg today, using only local trains, it’d cost you at least €35 (£31, $34). With the new pass, you’ll be able to do as many of those journeys as you want for under €2 (£1.75, £1.96) per day.
The new pass is expected to have similar criteria to the €9 ticket in that it’ll be available to visitors but won’t cover high-speed Inter-City Express (ICE) trains. The €49 ticket will be available to buy as part of a monthly subscription that can be cancelled at any time.
The idea, again, is to cut CO2 emissions and help out Germans with the cost of living crisis. In June, July and August, a whopping 50 million €9 passes were sold, covering one billion trips every month and saving 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. And who can argue with those kind of numbers, eh?
The new €49 ticket is set to come into effect in January 2023 and it’ll be re-evaluated by the government at the end of 2024.
In other words, you could be enjoying super-affordable month-long jaunts around Deutschland for at least the next couple of years!
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