At Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), 130,000 of the 9-euro monthly tickets have already been sold up to and including Sunday – around 60 percent of them via digital channels, as a BVG spokesman announced on Monday on request. More recent figures were not initially available.

The BVG had already started selling tickets on Friday after the Federal Council had cleared the way for the special tickets. The tickets have been available from Deutsche Bahn and most other transport associations since this Monday.

According to the Pro Bahn passenger association, rail customers cannot hope for significantly more trains during the 9-euro ticket campaign. “There are no trains that are somewhere on the heap,” said the Berlin-Brandenburg club chairman Peter Cornelius RBB24-Inforadio on Monday.

“There will be no additional material.” It is only possible to distribute the existing trains differently. Additional staff is also difficult. “You won’t be able to overturn everything.”

Railway companies expect many passengers, among other things, on day trips. “How crowded it will be – I don’t know,” said Cornelius. “We will probably have the first practical experiences on the Pentecost weekend.”

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With the special tickets, passengers can travel throughout Germany in the valid month for 9 euros on local public transport. The monthly tickets can be booked for June, July and August.