Burning questions about the newly introduced 49-euro ticket keep popping up. Here are the most important questions about the Deutschlandticket:
How can I buy the 49-euro ticket? Where is it valid? Can I take my bike or dog with me with the new 49-euro ticket? These are just a few of the questions that public transport customers have been asking themselves since the launch of the new Deutschlandticket. HEIDELBERG24 clarifies the most important questions at a glance:
1. What is the 49-euro ticket?
The 49-euro ticket, also known as the Deutschlandticket, is the successor to the 2022-euro ticket tested in the summer of 9. After the 9-euro project was well received by the population in the summer of the previous year, it was decided to make rail travel more attractive and therefore to offer a discounted ticket for everyone.
The aim is to encourage more people to switch from cars to public transport with the new low-cost ticket. The interconnected networks are also to be further expanded in the future so that a relaxed rail journey by public transport is possible. The subscription to the 49-euro ticket can be cancelled on a monthly basis, and it is also financed by the federal and state governments, except for the 49 euros to be paid by the consumer.
2. Which trains can I use with the 49-euro ticket?
Of course, it would be the dream if it were possible to travel both local and long-distance transport with the new low-cost 49-euro ticket. But here, too, the new subscription ticket is based on its predecessor, the 9-euro ticket. With the Deutschlandticket it is only possible to use the local trains. This means that long-distance transport such as ICE or IC is not included in the ticket. Therefore, caution is exercised when planning the route.
Long-distance journeys such as ICE, IC, EC, as well as long-distance buses are not included in the Deutschlandticket. But there are exceptions: For example, you can travel with an ICE if the local train is at least 20 minutes late and a connecting train is missed as a result. Here, however, the customer must separately buy a ticket for long-distance transport, which is then submitted to the responsible transport company and refunded.
3. Is the 49-euro ticket available for one month or is it only available as a subscription?
Anyone who buys the 49-euro ticket automatically takes out a subscription. According to Deutsche Bahn (DB), the Deutschlandticket is only available as an annual ticket with monthly payment as part of a subscription. Individual purchases are not possible. But when you buy the 49-euro ticket, you are not necessarily bound to the subscription for a whole year. The Deutschlandticket can be cancelled on a monthly basis, so you don't have to finance it for the entire year.
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There is also no possibility to make a one-time payment for an annual subscription. 49 euros are deducted from the account every month. If you want to cancel the 49-euro ticket, you are bound to a time limit. You have to cancel it with the company where the subscription was concluded. It can be terminated until the 10th of a month to the end of the calendar month.
4. Where can I buy the 49-euro ticket?
Since 1 May, the 49-euro ticket has been available as a monthly cancellable subscription. The Deutschlandticket has been available in advance from most transport companies since 3 April. Customers can take out the Deutschlandticket subscription via the Deutsche Bahn app and website as well as from the respective regional transport companies.
In addition, various companies offer their own apps through which the subscription can be taken out, such as the transport service providers Hansecom and Mobility Inside. In the event of checks, the subscription can then be proven by chip card or mobile phone ticket. Anyone who has pre-ordered the Deutschlandticket and has not yet received it from, for example, rnv, can contact the transport company.
5. Can I take my dog or bike with me with the 49-euro ticket?
Dog owners who have purchased the 49-euro ticket are of course now asking themselves whether their four-legged friend is included in the subscription. In fact, this question is not so easy to answer: Because despite the Deutschlandticket, the rules of the individual transport associations still apply. For some, dogs are free, for others you have to buy an additional ticket and for some dogs are even completely forbidden. As a traveler, you have to inform yourself before the trip.
Also, when taking a bike with you, no clear answer can be given as to whether the bike can be carried free of charge. What applies, as with many other concerns, depends on the respective fare regulations of the individual transport associations and companies, informs Deutsche Bahn. Under certain circumstances, the 49-euro ticket entitles you to take your bike with you free of charge. In other cases, the two-wheeler has to stay outside, for example when the trains are full, and at some times there is an extra fee for this. Here, too, the traveller must inform himself before boarding.
6. Are there any discounts on the 49-euro ticket with an existing job ticket?
The answer to this question is yes if the employer subsidizes the ticket with 25 percent. According to the federal government, it is not necessary for employees who already use a job ticket for their commute to work. Deutsche Bahn (DB) will inform customers who already have a similar ticket about the new offer.
In fact, employers who subsidize their employees with the ticket at 25 percent receive additional support from the federal government in the amount of 5 percent. As a result, employees only have to pay 34.30 euros instead of 49 euros for the Deutschlandticket. The federal government will grant this support until the end of 2024.
7. Are there any discounts on the 49-euro ticket for pupils, trainees, seniors and students?
In some federal states, such as Bavaria, cheaper versions of the Deutschlandticket for trainees and students have already been announced. In other countries, discounts for seniors and pupils are also being considered, and some federal states already have their own variants, such as the youth ticket in Baden-Württemberg. Suggestions are usually based on a variant for 29 euros per month.
Unfortunately, students have currently lost the 49-euro ticket. This is because the fees of their semester ticket are usually already included in the tuition fees. However, in this case, a reduction and Germany-wide validity of the existing semester ticket is currently being discussed. However, students will not be able to accept this offer until the next winter semester and will therefore be left empty-handed this summer.
8. Will the price of the 49-euro ticket remain the same?
The agreed price of 49 euros is only to be used as an introductory price for the Deutschlandticket. As a result, the price can be raised by the Bundestag in the future. Changes in this regard are to be coordinated between the federal and state governments.
The transport ministers are planning an introductory phase of two years for the 49-euro ticket. From the second, the Deutschlandticket could become more expensive. A "dynamization" in the form of automatic inflation compensation is envisaged. (rah)