Germany is looking into launching a nationwide transit pass, similar to what many cities around the globe already have for local transportation. It would be good on regional bus, train and tram networks, tho not intercity trains and trams.
The idea was born out of an experimental 9-euro ticket that was introduced this summer that turned out to be a runaway success. Part of that was because it made things easy for travelers because they did not have to get several tickets at often confusing fare rates.
“With the 9-euro-ticket we showed: simplicity is better,” Transport Minister Volker Wissing said after a meeting with representatives from Germany’s 16 states. He added it would be paperless and could be bought for a single month or as a rolling pass.
The new pass’ proposed cost would be approximately 48 Euros a month, although that price point has been called too expensive to be effective by some groups.
There is no timetable for when it might be implemented.
There is already such a thing in Switzerland. It’s the Swiss Travel Pass and it is good for all trains and local trams, even boats. The Swiss Travel Pass is an easy way to get around Switzerland and is especially convenient for visiting travelers to Switzerland.