€9 Travel Passes Go on Sale in Germany to Cushion High Inflation

Berlin (dpa) – Germans across the country are able to buy €9 ($9.5) monthly passes for public transport from today, as one of the measures introduced by the government to cushion high inflation.

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn and numerous transport associations have started selling the tickets, which will be valid for travel from July, for a three-month period only.

Some local transport operators began sales last week, even ahead of the final vote in parliament in Berlin on Friday that approved the legislative package.

The package also included a tax cut for petrol and diesel for a three-month period, taking the energy tax to the minimum level allowed in the European Union.

Passengers with the special travel ticket will be able to use it to travel on local and regional public transportation throughout Germany, in all cities and across all network boundaries, but not on the country’s high-speed network.

The offer comes in light of high inflation over the past year and a surge in energy prices linked to the war in Ukraine.

The government has said it will provide the 16 federal states with €2.5 billion to compensate transport providers for the lost revenue.

 

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Germans across the country are able to buy €9 ($9.5) monthly passes for public transport from today, as one of the measures introduced by the government to cushion high inflation.

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