Since 1 May, consumers have been able to travel across Germany by train for only a 49-euro ticket. But it is even possible for only a fraction of the price.
The 49-euro ticket is a significant saving for people who have to commute long distances every day, want to travel within Germany – or even abroad – or live in cities where fares were previously a lot more expensive. But there are also enough consumers for whom the Deutschlandticket is not worthwhile: Even before its introduction in May, almost half of the participants in an online survey conducted by the Insa Institute for the "Bild" newspaper said they did not want to buy the ticket. For example, if you live in the city of Potsdam or Schwerin, you will save more if you make use of the previous tariffs. And even those who have hardly been dependent on public transport so far will not necessarily switch for just under 50 euros. But there is actually a way to get the Deutschlandticket a little cheaper.
Buy Germany even cheaper: where this is possible
As a rule, the Deutschlandticket is always valid for the current calendar month. So if you don't buy your ticket until the 15th of the month, you are still only allowed to travel with it until the end of the month – the validity is not extended beyond that. So it makes the most sense to always buy the ticket by the 1st of the month at the latest in order to get the most out of it.
At MVG, when you buy the Deutschlandticket, you only pay part of the price for the remaining days of the calendar month. (Symbolic image) © Rolf Poss/Imago
However, there are also exceptions: With some transport associations, the 49-euro ticket can also be purchased on a pro rata basis. So if you don't buy your ticket until 15 June, you only pay part of the price for the remaining 16 days. As the industry portal Travelbook explains, the Deutschlandticket could be bought for less than two euros if you buy it on the last day of the month. But then it is only valid for this day.
Buy Deutschlandticket in the current month: At MVV you only pay a proportion of the price
This is possible, for example, at Munich's MVV. For example, MVG writes on its website: "The amount for the days that have already elapsed in the month of validity will be credited on a pro rata basis." However, there is one condition: customers must buy the ticket directly in the MVG customer centers at the main train station or at Marienplatz, as the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.
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In addition, the ticket must then be used for a full calendar month. It can be assumed that the full 49 euros will be due for the following month at the latest. Up to the tenth calendar day of a month, the ticket can be cancelled so that the cancellation is valid in the following month. Germany tickets can also be purchased from the DB and S-Bahn Munich in the MVV at a pro rata price in the current month.