That actually sounds like a good idea: Strolling through Germany for a whole month for a paltry nine euros by public transport – regional train, bus or tram. In June, July and August this is possible in our northern neighboring country.
This is one of the measures taken by the federal government to do something about the exorbitant petrol and gas prices. The idea: if public transport is unbeatably cheap, many people will do without a car. This relieves the roads, protects the environment and your wallet.
Great chaos feared
The idea has been well received, with 30,000 9-euro tickets sold in the Stuttgart region alone. Only: The financing of the failures and additional expenses for the regional transport companies and the individual federal states is not yet secured. The Bundestag on Thursday and the chamber of states – the so-called Bundesrat – still have to decide on this on Thursday. It is about the sum of 2.5 billion euros.
The federal states are now saying far too little, we need more money. And some fear the great chaos when, for example, Swabia and Bavaria storm the regional trains to travel to the beaches on the North and Baltic Seas.
As a precaution, the federal states of Bavaria and Bremen have already threatened to veto and overturn the prestige project of the red-yellow-green traffic light coalition in the Bundesrat.
That would be a huge slap in the face for the government. So it can be assumed that the bill will be pushed through Parliament.
Individual customers have already asked SBB about the ticket, as Blick says on request. “You cannot buy the ticket at SBB counters,” write the SBB. Because the ticket is not valid across borders, with the exception of the S6 S-Bahn line in the Basel area.
Of course, Swiss people can also buy and use the super cheap ticket for travel in German regional transport. Just don’t forget: the ticket is only valid on the slow train, not on the ICE.
An idea for Switzerland too?
Would something similar to the 9-euro ticket also be an idea for Switzerland? In principle, yes: “The introduction of a heavily discounted ticket such as the 9-euro ticket or the climate ticket from Austria would of course also be conceivable in Switzerland,” replies Alliance Swiss Pass to Blick’s request.
“However, this would again massively reduce the cost recovery ratio of public transport,” it continues. “So a ‘sponsor’ would be needed, specifically the public sector, which would subsidize such an offer and compensate for the additional loss of income.” In short: the same discussion would start as in Germany.
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