After lengthy discussions, the federal and state governments finally agreed on the 49-euro ticket. What consumers need to know now.
Berlin – “The ticket from Germany will now arrive, also very quickly.” With these words, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) announced the 49-euro ticket. On Thursday (December 8) the last Financing problems clarified, paving the way for the successor to the nine-euro note. Merkur.de summarizes the most important questions and answers about the new Deutschlandticket.
What is the Germany banknote?
The ticket, which can be used throughout the country, must be valid for local public transport. With an introductory price of 49 euros per month, it is intended to link up with the nine-euro bill of the summer. The savings ticket will likely be a digital subscription, which can be canceled on a monthly basis.
Can you also use the ICE with the 49 euro ticket?
no The ticket will only be valid on local transport. So you can use buses, S-Bahn and U-Bahn and regional trains with it. Regular tickets are still required for ICE and EC travel.
When will the ticket leave Germany?
That has not yet been clarified. According to Scholz, he should get there “very quickly”, but at the beginning of 2023 it probably won’t be. An April start was initially being discussed, but Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey (S.P.D.) raised doubts about it. She does not expect the originally planned introduction of the ticket in April 2023, she did direct RTL evident Thursday night. “It looks like it will probably be May,” Giffey said. That now depends on the negotiations. “I really hope it works out,” she added.
The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), on the other hand, is optimistic. “If all the steps can be implemented as planned, then April 1 is still close as the start date for the Germany ticketthe association announced on Friday (December 9).
How is the ticket financed?
Toward long-debated cost allocation it was agreed that the federal and state governments would each bear half of the additional costs incurred by the companies next year. It had already been agreed that the federal and state governments would each contribute 1.5 billion euros a year for the ticket. It has not yet been clarified how the ticket will be financed in the coming years.
Will the ticket from Germany definitely cost 49 euros?
No, the ticket could get more expensive over time. According to the plans of the Minister of Transport, the “invigoration” in the form of automatic compensation for inflation is scheduled from the second year. (ph/dpa)