Austria has shown the way: With the climate ticket you can use all participating public transport nationwide. In Austria, this ticket has been valid since October 21, 2021 and costs three euros a day. A nationwide public transport ticket for nine euros a day is now planned in Germany. In Austria you pay around 90 euros a month for the climate ticket. The German version is significantly more expensive at three times the price – around 270 euros per month.
However, the German version of the climate ticket differs significantly from the Austrian model. In Germany, for example, you should only be allowed to travel with the ticket on regional transport. The ticket will therefore not be valid for the national high-speed train ICE. The fact that the ticket should only be valid regionally is a source of criticism. According to the editorial network Germany, such a limited validity is impractical. Criticism also hails from the SPD. “The nine-euro ticket must be valid nationwide,” said SPD traffic expert Martin Kröber in the Bundestag. “Otherwise it will disadvantage those commuters who travel across the borders of federal states and tariff associations.”
According to a report, the German Bundestag is scheduled to vote on May 18 or 19 on a corresponding draft law, which is currently being processed. The Federal Council will vote on May 20th. Because of the necessary legislative process, June 1st is the earliest possible date. This means that the nine-euro ticket is also available during the summer holiday months of July and August.