With the nine-euro ticket, you can use local and regional transport throughout Germany for one month, whether you board a regional train (RB), a regional express (RE) or all public transport vehicles. It is to be expected that many day tourists will use the Pentecost offer for a trip in the area, including people with children, dogs and / or bicycles. We answer the most important questions.
Children under the age of six can travel for free
Everyone under the age of six does not need a ticket and travels for free. Older children, on the other hand, need their own nine-euro ticket or their own different ticket. The railway regulation, which is well known to many families, according to which children up to the age of 14 travel free with a companion, does not apply to the nine-euro ticket. This rule is intended for long-distance traffic, but the nine-euro ticket is an offer for local and regional traffic.
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9-Euro ticket: Taking dogs is regulated differently
Dogs are taken on many excursions, but a nine-euro ticket for the animals cannot be purchased. Whether you need a separate ticket depends on the respective association. At VBB in Berlin and Brandenburg, for example. the following: A reduced ticket must be purchased for each dog, provided that the animal is not small and is transported in a “suitable container”.
The same is true in Baden-Württemberg, where the local transport portal bwegt.de refers to the size of a cat as a guide for dog owners: If the dog in the state is no larger than a domestic cat, it can be taken in a closed container below the seat or fits on the luggage rack.
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Bicycles are generally not included in the 9-euro ticket – and the question is whether there will be room at all
Passengers with a ticket of nine euros can not always take their bike with them for free. As with dogs, the respective local rules must be observed here as well. For Berlin and Brandenburg, this means that an extra ticket must be purchased for each bicycle.
In Baden-Württemberg, on the other hand, you only have to pay to take bicycles with you at certain times: Monday to Friday between 06.00 and 09.00 and on extraordinary routes.
A special case can be student, trainee or semester tickets. They now count as 9-euro tickets, and if they allow bicycles to be taken with them, these can still be valid. This is at least the case for the corresponding tickets in Berlin and Brandenburg – but not in the whole of Germany, but in the respective spatial scope.
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Bicycles are not allowed on all trains. Wheelchairs, walkers and prams always have priority and there is no right to take them with you. Instead, the laws of physics apply as usual: when it is full, it is full. Whereby these laws are traditionally interpreted more generously in some regions, such as Berlin, than in others.
There will be congestion on the train
It will most likely be full. Buses and trains are still busy at Pentecost – and the nine-euro ticket sold well even before the start. The ticket had been purchased seven million times on May 31st. Deutsche Bahn therefore points to full trains throughout the period when the nine-euro tickets are sold: From June to August, the recommendation is to rent a bicycle at the departure station instead of taking your own bicycle in the passenger compartment clamp – or not getting on the train at all .
Deutsche Bahn offers its own bicycle rental, also via an app. It is called Call a Bike and according to the company can be used in 80 cities and municipalities.