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Deutsche Bahn hooks first corporate client for low-cost Deutschland ticket

DB says it is in talks with more than 1,000 companies about corporate deals. 2023, Deutsche Bahn AG / Dominic Dupont

Retail and tourism group REWE will offer its 150,000 employees the new Deutschland ticket for their public transport needs, Deutsche Bahn announced on Wednesday. REWE is the first corporate client to make use of the new flat-fee pass offer, which is the successor of the 9-euro ticket that was available last summer.

The Deutschland tickets went on sale on April 3 and became valid on May 1. The passes are are better known as the 49-euro tickets, a reference to the monthly fee. REWE employees, as part of the framework agreement with DB, will pay 34.30 euro per month instead. The German operator says that talks with more than 1,000 other companies for use of the ticket are currently ongoing.

The 49-euro ticket, like its predecessor, seems to be a success. In the first three days after launch, 250.000 passes were sold through DB alone. The 9-euro ticket, which was available in June, July and August of last year, sold 52 million times.

Like the nine-euro ticket, the Deutschlandticket is intended to provide financial relief to citizens in view of the sharp rise in energy prices. At the same time, the goal is to also increase the attractiveness of public transport compared to taking the car. The Deutschland ticket is available in the form of a subscription. The subscription does not have a fixed end term but can be cancelled on a monthly basis. The 49-euro ticket is valid in second class only. Children aged 6 years and over also need a ticket, which can be used in regional trains, commuter trains and other forms of local public transport. Germany’s long-distance ICE trains are excluded.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Former Chief Editor of RailTech.com

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