Germany introduces €9 monthly public transport fare
01/06/2022 22:44 in News

German commuters will have to pay just €9 for a monthly ticket for public transport under new measures introduced to tackle inflation, while petrol prices have been cut by up to 30 cents a litre.

The new fare, which is available from June to August and cannot be used for high-speed trains, is valid on local and regional buses, subways and trains across the country.

The measure is subsidised by €2.5 billion of state funds and has already been snapped up by seven million people.

However, there are fears the cheap ticket will push too many people onto a public transport system that could struggle to cope with sudden surges.

And with the summer holidays ahead, trains plying routes to popular tourist destinations risk becoming overcrowded.

Student Anica Burkhardt, 21, had travelled with a friend from the northwestern city of Bremen to Berlin.

They took a long-distance bus, but plan to use the €9 ticket and make the trip on regional trains in the future.

"It's longer, six hours, but cheaper. It's good that fewer cars will be used, but the regional trains are already very full and they will probably be even fuller," she said.

With a long bank holiday weekend ahead, officials are nervously watching key routes

They took a long-distance bus, but plan to use the €9 ticket and make the trip on regional trains in the future.

"It's longer, six hours, but cheaper. It's good that fewer cars will be used, but the regional trains are already very full and they will probably be even fuller," she said.

 

 

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