It’s looking like a great summer to be German. From June, the vast majority of public transport in Germany will cost just €9 (£7.60, $9.55) per month. That’s right: local and regional trains, metros, trams and buses – all for under a tenner. Pretty bloomin’ sweet, huh?
So what’s prompted the German government to get so generous? Well, the aim is to persuade people to ditch their cars, thereby cutting energy use and reducing the country’s reliance on Russian oil and gas. Despite a huge wave of sanctions against Putin’s Russia, Germany (like many countries throughout Europe) still pays Russia millions for its natural resources.
On top of that, the policy is being touted as climate-friendly, and it’ll also help lower-income citizens with rising fuel prices. For Germans who usually travel by car, the hope is that once they’ve tried public transport, they’ll be more likely to use it more regularly. The scheme will be available for three months from June and is expected to cost the German government €2.5 billion (£2.12 billion, $2.66 billion)
Better yet, it looks as if the ticket will be available not just to German citizens but to all public transport customers. So if you’re looking to spend three months on a super-cheap jaunt around Germany, this summer could be the ideal time to do so.
You can find out more about the €9 pass here.
While you’re here: here’s how ‘split ticketing’ could save you hundreds on UK train travel.
Plus: this handy map tool shows all the direct trains you can get from European cities.