Deutschlandticket update: latest information and useful tips on the 49-euro ticket

The Deutschlandticket update: Here you can find the latest information and tips on the 49-euro ticket. You should know these regulations and special features.


  • No price increase in 2024: The price of the Deutschlandticket will remain stable at 49 euros in 2024.
  • There are special features in the individual federal states. Some federal states also have their own offers.
  • Number of local transport passengers increases by 16 per cent thanks to Deutschlandticket.
  • For companies and employees: Deutschlandticket also available in the NAVIT app.

Current information and tips on the Deutschlandticket - the ultimative guide

App or chip card: how and where the ticket is available

The €49 ticket is a monthly ticket that allows unlimited access to local and regional public transport throughout Germany. The ticket is a digital offer and is therefore only available as a mobile phone ticket via app or as a chip card.

How travellers can buy the Deutschlandticket:

  • In the Deutschland Ticket app
  • At Deutsche Bahn in the DB Navigator app or on the website
  • At the Deutsche Bahn counters in the DB customer centres
  • At regional transport companies in the corresponding apps and online as well as in the customer centres as a chip card

Companies can even offer their employees the 49-euro ticket as a job ticket at a discount. Employees can also obtain the Deutschlandticket via the NAVIT app.

Where the 49-euro ticket is valid

The 49-euro ticket is valid nationwide on local public transport. This includes urban buses, trams, underground and suburban trains, and regional buses and regional trains (Regionalbahn, Regional Express, Interregio Express). In addition, ferries can be used with the Deutschlandticket if they are part of the public transport system, for example in Hamburg or Berlin. It is also possible to use airport shuttle buses, such as the Lufthansa Express Bus to Munich Airport.

The Deutschlandticket is valid nationwide on these means of transport:

  • City and regional buses
  • Trams and trams
  • Light rail
  • S-Bahn
  • Underground
  • Regional express (RE)
  • Interregio-Express (IRE)
  • Regional train (RB)
  • Local trains operated by private railway companies
  • Certain public transport ferries (e.g. Hamburg, Berlin)

The 49-euro ticket for long-distance travel

The Deutschlandticket is generally only valid on local and regional transport. But there are exceptions. Travellers and commuters can also travel on these long-distance trains with the 49-euro ticket.

These exceptions apply to some IC and ICE trains

Since 24 November, train passengers have been able to use the Deutschlandticket on three long-distance routes in Berlin and Brandenburg:

  • Berlin Hbf - Elsterwerda (IC)
  • Berlin Südkreuz - Prenzlau (ICE)
  • Potsdam Hbf - Cottbus (IC)

The Deutschlandticket was already accepted on these IC routes:

  • Westerland (Sylt) - Niebüll (on weekdays)
  • Bremen - Emden outer harbour/Norddeich Mole
  • Rostock - Stralsund
  • Dortmund - Dillenburg
  • Erfurt - Gera
  • Dresden - Chemnitz
  • Stuttgart - Constance (Gäubahn)
  • Freilassing - Berchtesgaden

The following applies to all other German long-distance routes: Passengers must purchase a separate long-distance ticket. There is no upgrade function for the 49-euro ticket that allows you to use long-distance transport. In addition, there is no entitlement to use ICE, IC or EC trains in the event of delays on local or regional services. Anyone wishing to change to long-distance transport in this case must bear the additional costs themselves.

Deutschlandticket: This applies to night trains or Flixtrain

In addition, the Deutschlandticket is not valid for journeys with foreign railway companies operating in Germany. These include the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), the SNCF TGV, Thalys and the Berlin Night Express operated by the Swedish railway company Snälltåget. The Deutschlandticket is also not valid on any other night trains. The ticket is also not valid on the Flixbus or the Flixtrain.

Travelling abroad with the Deutschlandticket

When the Deutschlandticket is also valid abroad

As the fare boundaries of two national railways are often not at the actual national borders, but at railway stations, the Deutschlandticket also allows you to travel abroad. In many cases, the fare point of the German transport association is located at the first station on the foreign side, the border station. The German fare - and therefore also the 49-euro ticket - is therefore valid up to the corresponding station in Germany's neighbouring country.

The 49-Euro-Ticket can be used on the following railway lines close to the border in neighbouring German countries:


  • ASEAG line 24 to Kelmis


  • RB66: Süderlügum - Tønder


  • Alsace Express: Mainz - Wissembourg
  • Wine Route Express: Koblenz - Wissembourg
  • Line S1 of the Saarbahn: Saarbrücken - Saargemünd
  • Line MS2 of the Saarbahn: Saarloius - Creutzwald
  • Line 184 of the Saarbahn: Bous - Carling


  • Bus 410 of the Verkehrsverbund Region Trier (VRT): Bitburg - Luxembourg
  • Bus 455 of the VRT: Bitburg - Vianden
  • Bus 460 of the VRT: Gerolstein - Clervaux
  • Trains of the VRT to Luxembourg


  • RE13: Hamm - Unna - Hagen - Wuppertal - Düsseldorf - Mönchengladbach - Viersen - Venlo
  • RE19: Düsseldorf Hbf - Duisburg - Oberhausen - Dinslaken - Wesel - Bocholt / Emmerich - Emmerich-Elten - Zevenaar - Arnhem
  • RB61: Osnabrück - Ibbenbüren - Rheine - Oldenzaal - Hengelo
  • SB58: Emmerich Bf - Nijmegen HAN
  • The D-Ticket is also valid on some bus lines in the Netherlands


  • RE5 of the Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB): Munich - Salzburg
  • RB54 of the BRB: Munich - Kufstein
  • S3 of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB): Freilassing - Salzburg
  • Außerfernbahn: Pfronten-Steinach - Vils - Reutte (Tyrol) - Ehrwald - Griesenau


  • RB23: Züssow - Swinoujscie Centrum (Swinoujscie centre)
  • RB65: Zittau - Hagenwerder
  • RE1: Dresden - Zgorzelec


  • S6 of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB): Zell (Wiesenthal) - Basel Bad
  • DB Regio: Weil am Rhein - Basel Bad
  • DB Regio: Erzingen (Baden) to Trasadingen / Schaffhausen / Thayngen

Czech Republic:

  • Trilex: Zittau - Hradek nad Nisou

The Deutschlandticket can also be used on many other cross-border buses.

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49-euro ticket as a subscription: What you need to know

The Deutschlandticket is always valid for the current calendar month. So if you only buy your ticket during the month, you can only use it until the end of the month. It is therefore worth buying the ticket by the first of the month at the latest in order to make full use of it.

Like the €9 ticket, the Deutschlandticket is a personal ticket and therefore not transferable to other people. Children under the age of six do not need their own ticket and can travel with their parents.

The €49 ticket can be purchased in instalments from some transport associations

However, there are also transport associations where it is possible to buy the ticket in instalments so that you only have to pay for the remaining days of the month. The Hamburg Transport Association (HVV), for example, offers such a service. The ticket can be purchased pro rata via the hvv switch app. However, you should cancel by the tenth of the calendar month at the latest, otherwise the subscription will be automatically renewed and you will have to pay 49 euros the following month. Public transport users can also buy the ticket on a pro rata basis from the Stuttgart Transport Association (VVS) or the Munich S-Bahn if they keep the subscription for at least the following month.

The Deutschlandticket can be purchased for less than two euros by buying it pro rata on the last day of the month. However, it is then only valid for that day.

How to buy the 49-euro ticket individually

Anyone who buys the Deutschlandticket automatically takes out a subscription, which is paid for monthly on an ongoing basis. Individual purchases, as was possible with the €9 ticket, are not normally possible. However, the subscription can be cancelled on a monthly basis. As a rule, the Deutschlandticket can be cancelled with Deutsche Bahn or the transport association by the 10th of the month to the end of the calendar month. Public transport users who only need the €49 ticket for one month can buy the ticket at the beginning of the month and cancel it immediately afterwards. This process is possible indefinitely so that users only buy the ticket for the months in which they actually want to use it.

What applies to existing travelcards

Many public transport users already have a ticket subscription with their transport association. They can switch to the Deutschlandticket if it is a cheaper alternative for them.

However, the switch to the €49 ticket is not always automatic. Ticket subscribers usually have to take care of this themselves. However, this can usually be done online on the internet portals of the transport associations or companies.

The Deutschlandticket is cheaper as a job ticket

It has recently been finalised: there will be no price increases for the Deutschlandticket until the end of 2024. The ticket price will therefore remain at 49 euros per month. However, employees have the chance to get the Deutschlandticket at a lower price. If their employer offers them one.

Employers can provide their employees with the 49-euro ticket as a job ticket. If they cover at least 25 per cent of the ticket price, there is a discount of five per cent thanks to funding from the federal and state governments. This means that employees can get the ticket at a discount of at least 30 per cent. In this case, employees pay a maximum of 34.30 euros for the Deutschlandticket. With this nationwide standardised job ticket model and attractive prices, the federal and state governments hope that employees will increasingly switch to public transport.

A representative Greenpeace survey of German DAX companies shows that more than half of the large companies have already introduced a Deutschlandticket job ticket scheme for their employees.

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Carriage regulations

Taking other people with you

With the €49 ticket, it is not possible to take other people on the ticket. This rule also applies to your own family. However, children up to the age of five can be taken along - this applies in principle on public transport - from the age of six, children need their own Deutschlandticket.


Children up to the age of five are generally allowed to travel free of charge on public transport in Germany and can therefore also be taken on the Deutschlandticket by a parent or other carer. From the age of six, however, children also need their own €49 ticket or another ticket.

Bicycle transport

Bicycles can only be carried free of charge in some federal states. Otherwise, ticket users must purchase an extra ticket for their bicycle. A Deutsche Bahn day ticket for bicycles on local transport currently costs six euros. Travellers with bicycles should contact the relevant transport association to find out about taking their bike with them.

Taking dogs with you

There is usually a charge for travelling with dogs and they are not included in the Deutschlandticket. However, it is not possible to purchase a Deutschlandticket for a dog that is subject to a charge. Dog owners must therefore purchase an additional ticket for dogs for the route used or the respective fare zone. Guide dogs, guide dogs and dogs that are carried in suitable transport boxes are exempt from the obligation to pay. There is also an exception for all dogs: In North Rhine-Westphalia, dog owners do not need an additional ticket for their four-legged friend.

Offers for pupils and students

For school pupils: Note the offers of the federal states

In principle, school pupils also pay the full price for the Deutschlandticket. However, many federal states also offer special, cheaper tickets for school pupils, which may be more worthwhile.

For students: Standardised semester ticket is coming

After lengthy negotiations, the transport ministers of the federal states have agreed on a standardised nationwide solution for students. From the 2024 summer semester, there will be a nationwide semester ticket for 29.40 euros based on the Deutschlandticket.

Students can currently still make use of an ‘upgrade solution’. Students pay a monthly supplement to their semester ticket and thus receive the Deutschlandticket. However, the monthly amount varies depending on the federal state and university. Students should therefore contact the General Students' Committee (AStA) at their university to find out about a possible upgrade and its costs.

Deutschlandticket: What the individual federal states do

Tariff areas, tariff zones, tariff honeycombs: For a long time, local public transport in Germany was very confusing and complex. The many transport associations had their own often complicated fare models and regulations. The Deutschlandticket, with its nationwide usage options and standardised price, has made public transport much simpler. However, it is becoming apparent that there will still be special regulations in individual federal states and regions, for example regarding the carriage of other people, dogs and bicycles.

What the individual federal states are planning - an overview:


  • In the Baden-Württemberg tariff (bwtarif), bicycle transport is free of charge. Exceptions are, for example, the peak times Monday to Friday from 6 am to 9 am.
  • The Stuttgart Transport and Tariff Association (VVS) offers a TicketPlus. For an additional €9.90 per month, the ticket is transferable within the VVS fare zone and can be used by other people. However, the TicketPlus is not available as a mobile phone ticket, but only for holders of the VVS PolygoCard.


  • There is a discounted Deutschlandticket for 29 euros for trainees, students and volunteers.

Berlin and Brandenburg

  • The 29-euro ticket will be available in Berlin from 1 July.
  • If students pay extra for their semester ticket, they can upgrade it to a Deutschlandticket.
  • Cyclists must purchase a bicycle ticket from the Berlin Brandenburg Transport Association (VBB). Dogs can travel free of charge.
  • If you have a so-called transition ticket for 1st class use, you can also use this in combination with the Deutschlandticket throughout the entire VBB area.


  • The so-called city ticket is available for 25 euros for recipients of citizen's benefit.
  • Students receive the Deutschlandticket as a semester ticket upgrade for 16.60 euros.


  • Pupils (with SchulSpezial) and people on low incomes pay just 19 euros for a monthly ticket. Trainees who have a bonus ticket pay 29 euros per month for the Deutschlandticket.
  • The Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (hvv) offers a season ticket supplement for 15 euros. This allows Deutschlandticket holders to take either one person aged 15 and over or three children aged 6 to 14 with them at weekends and on public holidays.
  • Bicycles are free of charge in the hvv area outside peak times. Dogs can travel free of charge at any time.
  • Students can upgrade their semester ticket to a D-ticket for €18.20 per month.
  • If you would like to use 1st class, you can upgrade to a ticket for the entire hvv network for €47.20 per month.


  • For recipients of citizen's allowance, housing benefit or social assistance, there is a social ticket for 31 euros per month. Students have the option to upgrade their semester ticket to a Deutschlandticket.
  • Bicycles, dogs and bicycles can travel free of charge.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

  • Trainees, vocational school students, volunteers, civil servants and senior citizens in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern pay 29 euros for the D-Ticket.
  • At Verkehrsverbund Warnow (VVW), students can upgrade their semester ticket to a Deutschlandticket for 28.40 euros.

Lower Saxony

  • Students have the option of upgrading their semester ticket to a 49-euro ticket for the corresponding difference.
  • Additional tickets are generally required for dogs and bicycles.
  • With the 1st class upgrade, rail travellers pay the surcharge for the distance travelled.

North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Students in NRW can also obtain the Deutschlandticket by upgrading their semester ticket. Trainees and school pupils can purchase the ‘Schülerticket’ (VRS) or the ‘Schokoticket’ (VRR) for 29 euros.
  • Dogs travel free of charge on the D-Ticket in NRW. Bicycles can be taken along for the whole month for a surcharge of 39 euros. 1st class can be used for an extra charge of 69 euros per month.
  • Chip card holders can use KVB rental bikes (30 minutes per journey) or KVB cargo bikes (90 minutes per week) free of charge in Cologne. The same applies to hire bikes from transport companies in the Rhein-Siegkreis district, Bonn and Troisdorf.


  • Train travellers can also use the 49-euro ticket on the route to Luxembourg.
  • The free carriage of bicycles and dogs depends on the transport association; in the Rhine-Moselle (VRM) transport association, for example, carriage is free of charge.


  • There is a Young People's Ticket for students, trainees and volunteers for 30.40 euros per month (365 euros per year). A residence in Saarland is required. For people with proof of eligibility, there is a discounted Fair Ticket for 39 euros per month.
  • Students have the option of upgrading their semester ticket to a 49-euro ticket for the corresponding difference.
  • The Saarland Transport Association (SaarVV) allows bicycles to travel free of charge, although there are time restrictions. Dogs, on the other hand, can always travel free of charge.
  • If you want to travel in 1st class, you have to pay the difference for the respective journey.


  • In Dresden and the Upper Elbe Transport Association, commuters can take a dog or a bicycle with them free of charge for an upgrade of 10 euros, as well as one additional adult and up to four children up to the age of 15. Additional persons can travel with you from Monday to Friday between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. and all day on weekends and public holidays. 
  • In Leipzig, one adult or up to three children can be taken on the D-Ticket.
  • Students receive the semester ticket upgrade for 21.50 euros per month.


  • Within the Central German Transport Association (MDV), dog owners can take their four-legged friends with them free of charge if they fit into a small bag or box. However, this rule does not apply in Magdeburg. Here, an additional children's ticket must be purchased for dogs.


  • As in Saarland, students in Schleswig-Holstein can upgrade their semester ticket to a 49-euro ticket for the corresponding difference. Volunteers receive a reduced Germany Job Ticket for a maximum of 15 euros.
  • Bicycles cannot be taken along free of charge; a day ticket for a bicycle costs five euros.


  • In Thuringia, D-Ticket users have to buy an additional ticket for their bicycle on the tram.

What individual German cities offer

Swap your driving licence for a Deutschlandticket

Cities such as Bonn, Dortmund, Leverkusen and Lübeck are leading the way: Residents there can hand in their driving licence and receive a temporary Germany ticket in return. Some of these offers are aimed at senior citizens, but some are also aimed at a wider group of people. Detailed information can be obtained from the municipal authorities.

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Stefan Wendering
Stefan is a freelance author and editor at NAVIT. Previously, he worked for startups and in the mobility sphere. He is an expert in urban and sustainable mobility, employee benefits, and New Work. In addition to creating blog content, he also produces marketing materials, taglines, and website content, as well as case studies.
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