According to the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), interest in the nine-euro ticket is, as expected, high in the capital. “We started selling through all of our sales channels yesterday immediately after the decision in the Federal Council – apps, ticket machines as well as customer centers and sales outlets,” said BVG spokesman Jannes Schwentu on Saturday at the request of the German Press Agency.
“By midnight, almost 35,000 people had already bought a nine-euro ticket from the BVG.” Almost three quarters used the BVG apps for this.
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The start of sales was originally planned for Saturday, but the BVG had brought it forward after the decision of the Federal Council. The 35,000 tickets on Friday were bought within just twelve hours. The transport companies have not yet given figures for Saturday. The S-Bahn also gave no information.
According to Schwentu, the BVG also expects high demand for the weekend and the days and weeks that follow. The ticket is valid from June 1st. According to the BVG, tickets for July and August have already been purchased. “As expected, the nine-euro ticket for June has been the most common.”
At the start of sales, the BVG once again pointed out that subscription customers do not need an extra nine-euro ticket. At the BVG alone, this affects around 870,000 passengers.