Consumers can buy the so-called 9-euro monthly ticket from Deutsche Bahn from May 23 – provided the Bundestag and Bundesrat agree to the project.

The ticket is then available via the DB Navigator app and all other digital rail channels, the group announced on Sunday. “It will also be available at around 5,500 Deutsche Bahn ticket machines and in over 400 DB travel centers in train stations,” it said.

With the monthly ticket, passengers can travel around Germany on local public transport for nine euros – in all cities and across all network borders. Tickets can also be bought online or at the counter from other transport companies. Many associations have already announced that they also want to start selling on May 23rd.

In June, July and August, the special tickets are intended to enable travel in local and regional transport throughout Germany – for 9 euros a month and thus much less than with normal monthly tickets. This is part of the relief package with which the traffic light coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP is reacting to the high energy prices.

At the same time, it should be a taster offer to win more customers for buses and trains. Parliament and the Federal Council will have to vote on the project next week.

Bavaria is threatening to block the upcoming vote on the 9-euro monthly ticket in the Bundesrat. “If the federal government believes that it can be applauded on the back of the federal states for a three-month consolation and that others should pay the bill, then it has been hugely mistaken,” said Bavaria’s Minister of Transport Christian Bernreiter (CSU) of the German Press Agency in Munich.

If the federal government does not fully compensate for the costs of the ticket and does not significantly increase the regionalization funds as promised in the coalition agreement, it will run into a wall in the Bundesrat.

“Under the current conditions, I don’t see Bavaria being able to approve the law in the Bundesrat. A real relief for the citizens would be a permanent strengthening of local public transport through more federal funds for a better offer,” emphasized Bernreiter.

Instead, the federal government offers “a flash in the pan”, at the end of which there is a risk of significant performance restrictions in view of the permanent problems such as high fuel prices. “Anyone who lets the countries, without which the implementation would not work, run up in the negotiations shouldn’t be surprised if nothing comes out of it in the end.”

With the 9-euro ticket, there is “the unique opportunity to get more people excited about local public transport and climate-friendly rail in the long term,” said Jörg Sandvoß, head of the responsible railway subsidiary DB Regio.

According to Deutsche Bahn, the 9-euro ticket will always be valid from the first to the last day of each month. So if you only access it in the middle of the month, you can only drive around with it for the remaining half of the month.