transports urbains à 9 eurosThe Berlin subway is part of the 9-euro ticket valid for one month in Germany (Photo: Luc Citrinot)

The Germans are in the starting blocks: indeed, to reduce the country’s energy consumption – and in particular to reduce oil consumption – the German government has decided on an exceptional measure. The country is launching a 9-euro ticket valid for all public transport in the country. It will go on sale on May 23.

The ticket will apply to all urban transport companies and all regional trains. This excludes the long-distance trains ICE, IC or EC of Deutsche Bahn

. This also applies to long-distance buses.

The ticket is valid for one month with one important restriction. It can only be used in the month of purchase. For example, any ticket purchased in June, regardless of the day, will be valid until the 30th of the month. However, it can be used every day.

Such an offer should also attract business travelers. Let’s imagine a traveler going to a conference in Frankfurt and then visiting a subsidiary in Stuttgart. For 9 euros, he or she could theoretically use Frankfurt’s public transport system every day. Then take the RE regional train from Frankfurt to Stuttgart. And then use the public transport system in the Baden-Württemberg metropolis again. The only drawback is that the journey from Frankfurt to Stuttgart by regional train would take more than three hours – instead of the normal average of one hour and 20 minutes. The 9-euro ticket is currently available from June to August.

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Luc Citrinot