In times of working from home and lockdowns, citizens spent significantly less money on public transport at the beginning of the corona pandemic. On average, private households spent a total of around 24 euros per month on bus, train and taxi services in 2020. This also includes long-distance traffic, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday.
Compared to the pre-corona year 2019 with almost 33 euros per month, the expenditure of private households for buses, trains and taxis in 2020 fell by around nine euros per month on average. This corresponds to a decrease of around 27 percent.
E-mobility, transport policy and future mobility: the briefing on transport and smart mobility. For decision makers
For the car, the expenses added up to 185 euros per month.
This included the costs of fuel, spare parts, maintenance, parking and MOT fees, road tax and insurance, as the statisticians explained. Spending on cars also fell compared to the pre-Corona year 2019, by eleven percent or 23 euros.
Destatis points out that around two months after the introduction of the nationwide nine-euro ticket, a debate has started about permanent successor offers for local public transport:
“Suggestions such as a nationwide valid climate ticket for 69 euros per month or an annual ticket for 365 euros make it clear that costs are a decisive criterion.”