I used to ignore Germany as a travel destination and venture off into the big wide world instead. But after having seen a lot of the latter, I realized that the former is actually quite alluring.
Beautiful nature, fairy-tale towns, romantic castles. All types of landscape from the sea to the Alps. Plenty of history and hiking. You can even visit a life nuclear power plant.
If you have always thought of visiting, wait no longer! Because Germany will never be as affordable again as this summer.
In an effort to shift to more environmentally friendly public transport and to compensate citizens for rising fuel costs, due to the war in Ukraine, the German government has come up with the following radical solution:
In the months of June, July and August 2022, a monthly ticket to use public transport in all of Germany will cost only 9 euros per month.
That’s one ticket, valid for a whole month, for the whole country (which is still quite a huge country, even after losing a bit of territory in the last two world wars).
The ticket will cover all regional trains (which, despite their name often go through several states), all public buses, all trams, metros, and even ferries where those are part of the public transport system. – Not covered are long-distance trains like the ICE bullet train, small touristic train lines, and private buses or ferries. Also not covered is first class, but let me tell you a secret: First class doesn’t get you anywhere one minute faster than second class.
Honestly, apart from Luxembourg, this is probably the best transport deal you are getting anywhere in the world. Actually, considering the difference in size between Luxembourg and Germany, it is the best transport deal in the world, period.
And apart from transport, Germany is very affordable to travel anyway.
There are plenty of friendly Couchsurfing hosts, and it’s perfectly legal to sleep outside, in parks or forests. In some states, like Bavaria, that right even enjoys constitutional protection (see chapter 131 of this article). And yes, that also applies to foreign citizens.
As does the 9-euro ticket. You don’t even need to pre-order or do anything complicated. No, in Germany, the country of efficiency, you simply go to the first ticket-vending machine after entering the country, whether by land, air or sea, and obtain the generous transport voucher.
Even more efficient would have been to make it completely free, of course, but then the police couldn’t arrest people without a ticket any longer, and the prisons would suddenly be very empty. Seriously, for lack of real crime in Germany, there are thousands of people in prison after having taken the subway without a ticket. (And you thought your country has a prison problem. Well, unless you are from Norway. Or the Netherlands. Or the Dominican Republic.)
The only thing to keep in mind: There might be more passengers than usual this summer. So, bring some patience and a big book. And try to travel during the week, not only on weekends, when everyone will want to go to Neuschwanstein or Rothenburg.
I would avoid the tourist hot-spots anyway, because Germany is beautiful almost everywhere. Not having to pre-book any trains or seats, just hop on a train, follow the Rhine or the Neckar river, and get off when you see a beautiful castle (every 4 km) or a beer garden (every 7 km). Or whenever you want.
Enjoy Germany and maybe see you this summer!
In the meantime, you can read up on Germany or get inspired by stories of train travel on this blog.
Jamás he cruzado el Atlántico, tampoco el Pacífico, debería avergonzarme? Tentador, 9 euros imagino que es el costo desde algún lugar de Europa.
Es el costo de viajar dentro Alemania por un mes, con todos los trenes, buses, et cetera.
I agree with you concerning Germany, except for the weather!
But it will be summer!
Honestly, in summer, I find it perfect. Warm and plenty of light, yet rarely unbearably hot.
Oh that is a good a deal… although I always though train prices in Germany were quite reasonable. They were when I left in 2019 anyway, I don’t know if they’ve gone up so much since then.
I think they are okay, if you book ahead or if you travel as a group, because then there are really good discounts.
But 30 cents per day, that’s really unbeatable.
Is it only available to German citizens or to anyone?
To anyone and everyone.
(Which is mentioned in the article.)
Couldn’t find a proof of it in English in any official article.
That’s a great news!
Interestingly, I didn’t find anything about that either, neither allowing it, nor limiting it. Almost looks like they don’t want to advertise it to too many people.
But the way the tickets will be sold, through regular ticket vending machines (or apps), means that everyone will be able to get one.
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But beware: There are exceptions. It matters which sub of DB is running the train (e. g. DB Regio).
In some towns, you even can use ferries and cable cars with the ticket (e. g. Dresden) in some you can’t. So probably it’s the best to ask some local students since they mostly know how to travel on low budget.
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