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The 9 euro ticket is intended to attract Germans to the bus and train. The starting signal for the 2022 relief package offer will be given in June, how does it work?

Update from April 27 at 12:25 p.m.: At a cabinet meeting on April 27, the federal cabinet decided on the planned measures of the relief plan 2022. With a multi-billion aid package, which also includes the 9 euro note, German citizens are to be helped during the war in Ukraine. Among other things, an energy package of 300 euros, a fuel discount, a Hartz IV subsidy or even a family allowance are planned. What measures of the relief package come when: an overview.

Relief package 2022: Cabinet approves €9 ticket for local public transport (ÖPNV)

First report of April 19 at 2:00 p.m.: Berlin – cheap summer offer: Just in time for the end of the year celebrations, the federal government wants to encourage German motorists to switch to buses and trains with a ticket for 9 euros. The 2022 relief package discount campaign is scheduled to begin on June 1. Baden-Württemberg’s Transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Greens) was certain that the federal states would do their utmost to implement the measure despite all the difficulties. But which bus and which train can you use? And where can I buy the ticket? Many questions still arise for customers of local public transport (ÖPNV) and regional transport. But here are the answers.

Relief package 2022: Government grants Germans a 9 euro ticket for local public transport (ÖPNV)

The 9 euro ticket for bus and train is a central part of the 2022 relief package with which the Federal Government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) is responding to rising energy costs for gasoline and diesel. Prices had already come under enormous pressure at the start of the year. In addition, the Ukrainian crisis then caused a new price spike, which now weighs heavily on many households in Germany. Low-income people are particularly feeling the effects at the gas pump, but also at the supermarket checkout. In order to free commuters from cost pressure, at least temporarily, the 9 euro ticket is now being introduced.

When is the 9 euro ticket for bus and train valid?

The introduction was originally scheduled for May. But since the legislative package still has to remove parliamentary obstacles in the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, the start date has been delayed, as has the energy package of 300 euros and the tank discount for diesel and gasoline. According to Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP), the implementation should certainly take place from June 2022. Then the bus and train ticket can be purchased for three months, i.e. also in July and August – which is why transport experts expect many holidaymakers to also use the offer for their summer trip through Germany.

Will the 2022 relief package 9 euro ticket motivate Germans to switch to buses and trains? © Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

The ticket is still valid for the whole month, but then ends automatically. In other words: if you buy the 9 euro ticket in June, it is valid for the whole month of June, and you have to buy a new one in July. If you want to use the offer for the whole three months, you end up paying 27 euros – significantly less than usual for monthly subscriptions.

Where is the 9 euro ticket valid? Whether IC, EC or ICE – can you use all Deutsche Bahn trains with it?

After a debate between the federal government and the state governments, the monthly ticket at 9 euros should now apply to the whole country. The ticket is valid for all local public transport (ÖPNV), i.e. for buses, trams or metros as well as for regional transport. Validity does not stop at national borders. For example, if you take the regional express from Hamburg to Berlin despite the transfer marathon, you can also take the tram in the capital. But: ICE, IC and EC – i.e. Deutsche Bahn long-distance traffic – are not included in the 9 euro offer.

How and where can I buy the 9 euro ticket?

According to the information, the sale of the cheap tickets should go mainly through local businesses. The 9 euro tickets will be available online or via the Deutsche Bahn Navigator app and at the ticket office. In addition to customer centers, it can also be purchased at ATMs, unlike the first information. Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) ruled out this possibility only two weeks ago, because he felt that the effort for regional suppliers was too great. But it is now clear that transport companies such as the HVV in Hamburg are able to do this without any problems. According to information from the dpa news agency, it should also be possible to buy the ticket in advance in May. In rural areas, unlike cities, the 9 euro ticket should also be available directly on the bus.

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Overall, the extraordinary campaign will be offered during the summer months of June, July and August – what happens after that remains to be seen. “The campaign must not remain a flash in the pan,” says Oliver Wolff, managing director of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV).

What applies to subscribing customers and their subscriptions? Will they have advantages despite the 9 euro ticket?

While the benefits of the cheap offer are obvious to new customers, many existing customers ask themselves the question: what happens to my existing monthly subscription. The offer should be credited with monthly tickets in the annual subscription, we have said it over and over again. Regional transport companies should ensure that customers can easily receive an invoice for the three months. However, so far, many subscribing customers have enjoyed small perks. For example, they can take their partner or their children for free on weekends or public holidays. According to the information, this should continue to be possible, but regional providers must regulate this themselves.

Are there any reviews of the 9 euro note?

Basically, the 9 euro note has a lot of approval in politics. However, some voices warn that it takes more perseverance to persuade people to switch from road to rail in the long term. “The campaign must not remain a flash in the pan,” demanded last week in Berlin Oliver Wolff, director general of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). And the travel association Pro Bahn also noted that accompanying measures were necessary. Full trains threatened in the three months of June, July and August. This can act as a deterrent, especially for new customers. If the federal government is serious, it should make more money available for the railroads to provide additional capacity, the association said in a statement. So far, the rebate campaign has cost up to 2.5 billion euros.

Apart from the 9 euro note: what else is the federal government planning in the 2022 relief plan?

The 9 euro note is just one of many individual measures with which the federal government wants to cushion the rising energy costs for Germans as a result of the Ukrainian crisis. In addition to the cheap offer for bus and train, the Scholz coalition also plans to introduce a flat-rate allowance for energy costs of 300 euros for all employees, a bonus for children, a subsidy for beneficiaries of Hartz IV and a fuel discount. * kreiszeitung.de and 24hamburg.de are provided by IPPEN.MEDIA.

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