Strong demand for €49 tickets after sales start
250,000 Deutschlandticket for 49 euros, giving access to almost all forms of public transport for a month, were sold in the first three days, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure announced on Tuesday. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to RailTech.
The long-awaited Flat Fee Ticket went on sale on 3 April at Deutsche Bahn (DB) visitor centers or through the DB Navigator app. A quarter of a million tickets have been sold through DB alone, and the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure praises the success of the new campaign. The initiative comes after a successful €9 ticket that was available in June, July and August last year. At the end of the campaign, 52 million tickets were sold.
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Like the nine-euro ticket, the Deutschlandticket is intended to provide financial relief to citizens in the face of soaring energy prices. At the same time, the goal is also to make public transport more attractive than using a car. Deutschlandticket is available as a subscription for €49 per month. The subscription does not have a fixed end date, but can be canceled monthly. Germany’s long-distance ICE trains are excluded.
The ministry also pointed to a forecast by the German national road association VDV, which says Deutschlandticket will attract about 5.6 million new customers. Deutschlandticket can be used from May 1st.
In accordance with the orders of the ministry, Deutschlandticket must be offered digitally: via an app or on a chip card. Transport companies that are currently unable to provide such a digital ticket have the opportunity to temporarily issue it as a paper ticket with a QR code, but must switch to digital format by December 31 this year.
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