The 9-euro ticket is sometimes a complicated thing as a package deal for travelers. Because not all trains for which local transport tickets are valid can be used with the 9-euro ticket. This affects international connections, for example, but also for many intercity lines with so-called recognition of local transport tickets.
At the start of the 9-euro ticket, however, it turned out that Deutsche Bahn sometimes sells 9-euro tickets for such connections, as Lukas Iffländer, the deputy federal chairman of the Pro Bahn passenger association, pointed out on Twitter. Despite the offer, using the ticket is risky and counts – depending on the line – as a fare evasion.
A Railjet is also offered for 9 euros
Although Deutsche Bahn is now aware of the problem, it was still possible to purchase 9-euro tickets for invalid routes on the morning of June 3rd. For example, the journey from Berlin to the airport with the IC 2175/RE52175 (from 10:26 a.m.) is offered on the bahn.de website including the special offer for 9 euros. A single journey costs 3.80 euros. The offer can also be seen with the DB navigator. Customers only find out that the 9-euro ticket is not valid after clicking on “Show details”.
The customer only finds out that the journey from Berlin to the airport with the IC 2175/RE52175 with the 9-euro ticket is not possible with a click on the detailed link.
Such a ticket can even be purchased for the Railjet of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The RJ 257 as RE line 27 departs at 4:57 a.m. and can be booked to Elsterwerda with a 9-euro ticket.
This Railjet should not actually be offered for 9 euros either.
However, this does not apply to all connections. For the Bremen-Norddeich Mole IC line, only the NDS local transport tariff or the long-distance transport tariff is offered. The connection Rostock-Stralsund (IC and ICE) can only be booked according to the Germany tariff. However, these trains do not operate as regional trains, despite local transport recognition. The 9-euro ticket is also not offered on the Regionalexpress 32 (Ulm-Oberstdorf). This is a regional express train operated by DB Fernverkehr. The ticket is not valid there, although the train does not have an IC number but is served by Intercity carriages.
Deutsche Bahn still in negotiations
When asked by heise online about this situation, in particular what the passenger is threatened with, there was no concrete answer. It was further pointed out that the tickets are not valid. According to the response from Deutsche Bahn, the 9-euro ticket is currently only recognized in sections on two intercity lines, which are also regional trains. Letmathe-Dillenburg (IC line 34) and on the Gäubahn (Stuttgart-Singen-Konstanz). Negotiations are still ongoing for the other lines, according to Deutsche Bahn.
This procedure is not acceptable for the Pro Bahn passenger association. Lukas Iffländer says heise online: “If the ticket for a connection is offered for sale via bahn.de and the navigator, it must also be valid there. Otherwise, passengers will become dodgers through no fault of their own.” Pro Bahn is still pushing for a solution, because “people who, for financial reasons, have to buy their tickets monthly or weekly or are not allowed to issue a direct debit [werden] so out of the question.”
Incidentally, there is no indication that the 9-euro ticket is not valid on otherwise approved trains, including on train destination displays. At Berlin Central Station, for example, there is a general reference to the validity of local transport tickets in certain sections.
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