DB’s 9-euro ticket pushes passenger numbers to above pre-corona levels

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has sold 10 million so-called 9-euro tickets in the first month of sales. The temporary flat-fee public transport ticket has also helped in restoring passenger numbers on DB Regio trains.

According to DB, the 9-euro ticket has resulted in – on average – 10 to 15 percent more travellers in June when compared to the period before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the company also points out that demand varies per region, day of the week and time of day. Furthermore, the majority of tickets – some 6,5 million – were sold in the first 10 days in June.

DB noticed that the flat-fee tickets have been particularly popular with wanting to taking their bicycle. In the first two week alone, around 1 million cyclist boarded trains across Germany.

Tickets can be bought online, at vending machines on stations or at travel centres. According to DB, around 52 percent of tickets were purchased online in June. The 9-euro tickets will remain in circulation through July and August as well.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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