Germany’s beloved unlimited public transportation pass will soon be back in a new, slightly pricier avatar
Remember we told you about the amazing monthly € 9 travel pass for Germany that allowed you to use public transport from June until August 31, 2022, to thoroughly explore the country. It could be used on all forms of public transport – buses, U-Bahns, S-Bahns, trams, and local and regional trains – and offered unlimited usage on these throughout Germany.
It worked out really well for summer travellers and locals who used it extensively in Germany, and it made headlines across the world as one of the coolest government initiatives ever. The experiment was deemed a success, and over 52 million tickets were sold. The country reported a boom in domestic travel, lower pollution levels and fewer traffic jams, and the locals, reeling under a financial downturn, saw the € 9 travel pass as a boon.
It was not feasible to keep it at € 9 however – that scheme over three months cost the German government about € 2.5 billion – but there was obviously a need for something like it. So Germany is bringing back the unlimited public transportation ticket. The Deutschlandticket – the successor to the € 9 scheme – has been approved, and is all set to be released in 2023.
The Deutschlandticket comes, however, at a higher price point of € 49. Again, travellers will be able to use it for one calendar month on most forms of public transport in the country, which includes buses, trams, U-Bahns, S-Bahns, and local and regional trains, taking as many rides as they want. As before, it cannot be used to travel on long distance trains such as the ICE or IC trains, or on buses and trains from private companies such as Flix. It might be five times the price of its predecessor, but € 49 is a fraction of what travellers used to pay.
Reports reveal that the Deutschlandticket will most probably be available from the first quarter of 2023 until the end of 2024.