German minister of transport Volker Wissing

German 9-euro ticket successor is a fact: launch next year

German minister of transport Volker Wissing BMDV

A country-wide ticket called ‘Deutschlandticket’, will be the successor of the 9-euro ticket, the Federal government and the German states have decided. Minister of transport Volker Wissing announced the ticket in a tiktok-style video, saying the agreement is “the biggest reform ever for public transport in Germany”. 

As part of the third relief package due to rising energy prices, Germany decided on a successor to the 9-euro ticket, which was a great success last summer. The Federal Government and the German states jointly agreed on a long-term successor solution in a meeting of transport ministers on October 13.

Already called the 49-euro ticket in many German media, that is indeed the mentioned price announced by the ministry. However, it does also say that 49 euros per month in a subscription is one possible offer, meaning that the pricing might change or that multiple options would be available.

The simpler, the better

In contrast to the 9-euro ticket, the Deutschlandticket will be offered paperless. “I am pleased that the way is clear for a simple, paperless ticket valid throughout Germany. The aim is now to introduce the ticket as quickly as possible – if possible by the turn of the year”, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing said about the decision of the transport ministers’ conference.

Just like the 9-euro ticket, the new subscription should be valid for local public transport throughout Germany. This means it can be used on all local and regional buses and trains, including tram, metro and S-Bahn in all of Germany. Long-distance trains remain excluded from the ticket.

“The successor ticket will lead to an enormous modernisation push and help us to attract many people to public transport and win back passengers. We will overcome the complex fare structures. Spontaneous transfers will be easier than ever before. For me it is clear: simple is better”, said Wissing.

Who is paying?

The Federal government has taken the initiative in the question of financing the 9-euro successor ticket, but the exact details still have to be decided. “We are willing to put 1.5 billion euros on the table to work out a successor solution”, said Wissing. At the meeting of transport ministers on October 13, the federal states said they were ready to spend the money. But they would need more money from the state for more buses and trains to handle extra passengers. The financing is set now to be clarified at the next Prime Ministers’ Conference between the federal government and the states taking place from October 19th to 21st, 2022.

In the meantime, Berlin is going one step further. A regional 29-euro ticket from October to December 2022 was introduced. This can be used in the AB area within Berlin. The capital also wants to introduce a more differentiated pricing model for the ticket. “There are many people in Berlin who cannot raise 49 euros a month,” said senator Bettina Jarasch (Greens). “Therefore, I will develop a concept of how we can use the 49-euro ticket in Berlin to introduce socially differentiated offers that will then also apply nationwide.” Berlin’s mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) also wants this for the capital. “For Berlin, social differentiation remains our goal: bus and train for no more than one euro per day”, she said.

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Author: Esther Geerts

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