A worker cleans the new train ICE 3 Neo in Berlin, Germany, February 1, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

The nine-euro ticket offers an unbeatable service: all local and regional transport throughout Germany can be used around the clock and for a month at a time. However, it is rather unsuitable for long distances. You can also get from Munich to Sylt with it, but it takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of changes, so this option is probably more for thrifty punks and less for the rest of the republic.

Customers of long-distance Deutsche Bahn can save money with the “No matter where ticket” for 39.90 euros. It is valid for a route with long-distance traffic – i.e. also for ICEs – within Germany, 2nd class. It is therefore significantly cheaper than many of the normal train tickets. If you book spontaneously, you often pay at least twice as much (2nd class, no BahnCard).

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The big catch with the “No matter where ticket”: The offer is not available directly from Deutsche Bahn, i.e. not on the Internet or at the ticket counters. Instead, the tickets are available throughout Germany in certain stores of the Edeka Group, either at the gift voucher stand or directly at the cash desk.

It is an action in cooperation between Deutsche Bahn and Edeka, which the department store chain should hope to attract customers to the branches.

As a spokeswoman for Edeka confirmed to the Tagesspiegel, customers must check on site or ask whether the offer is available. There is no overview on the internet.

Since an ICE train ticket from Berlin to Munich can cost 80 euros and more, 39.90 euros is a good price. But it can also be cheaper with the conventional booking.

Deutsche Bahn’s “Super Sparpreis” finder lists the cheapest prices per connection. A comparison can be worthwhile before purchasing the “Egal-Wohin-Ticket”.