Germany relaunches its mega-cheap pass for public transport
Earlier this year, German public transport users were the envy of almost everyone, everywhere. To promote sustainable travel and address the cost of living crisis, GermanyThe government has introduced monthly tickets for almost unlimited use of public transport which cost just €9 (£7.86, £8.80)! Mental stuff, we know.
That program ended in August, but in the months that followed, the German government worked on a follow-up. And that successor has now been announced: From January 2023, regional transport across Germany will cost just €49 (£43, $48) per month.
Of course, compared to the €9 ticket, the new “Deutschlandticket” could sound expensive – but it still works really, really cheap. For reference, if you wanted to get a cheap train ticket from Berlin at Hamburg today, using only local trains, it would cost you at least €35 (£31, $34). With the new pass, you can take as many journeys as you want for less than €2 (£1.75, £1.96) a day.
The new pass is expected to have similar criteria to the €9 ticket in that it will be available to visitors but will not cover Inter-City Express (ICE) high-speed trains. The €49 ticket will be available for purchase as part of a monthly subscription that can be canceled at any time.
The idea, again, is to reduce CO2 emissions and help Germans cope with the cost of living crisis. In June, July and August, no less than 50 million €9 passes were sold, covering a billion journeys each month and saving 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. And who can argue with those kind of numbers, huh?
The new €49 note is expected to come into effect in January 2023 and will be reassessed by the government at the end of 2024.
In other words, you could enjoy very affordable month-long excursions around Deutschland for at least the next two years!
Have you seen where you can still travel in Europe for next to nothing?
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