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Slow start of the 9-euro ticket in Rhein-Main

From today you can travel with the 9-euro ticket. In the morning, our reporters report in unison from the train stations in the region: “Not busier than usual.” We stay tuned.

As of today, the 9-euro ticket is valid nationwide.  Photo: Sascha Kopp

As of today, the 9-euro ticket is valid nationwide.
(Photo: Sascha Kopp)

MAINZ / WIESBADEN / DARMSTADT / WETZLAR – The time has come: The 9-euro ticket is the start of the largest experiment in local public transport for decades. Up until just before the start, seven million of the special tickets had already been sold, with which one can travel throughout Germany in regional traffic (i.e. not for ICE, IC or EC) in June, July and August.

The VRM will also be there – and will provide you with reports, interviews and impressions from on site this Wednesday, June 1st, on the big live day. For ten hours we are very close to the action in Darmstadt, Wetzlar, Mainz and Wiesbaden. And you can be part of it: via our news portals, on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.

First impression: everything as usual

Whether Darmstadt, Wetzlar, Mainz or Wiesbaden: Up to 8 a.m. there was not a large rush to public transport at any of the train stations in the VRM. “No more than usual,” our reporters reported in a joint session in the morning. The usual commuter and school traffic could be seen at the train stations in Darmstadt, Mainz and Wiesbaden, and in Wetzlar, VRM reporter Tobi Manges even reported an empty platform.

The tram stop at Mainz main station on the first "9-Euro-Ticket-Tag".  Photo: Sascha Kopp

The tram stop at Mainz Central Station on the first “9 Euro Ticket Day”.
(Photo: Sascha Kopp)

Video reports from Darmstadt, Wetzlar, Mainz and Wiesbaden

During the course of the day, we will keep reporting live via video, how the launch of the 9-euro ticket will affect the venue. Here you will find the live broadcast and then the recordings.

Here is our first impression in the morning:

Use the play button to start the stream. Full-screen playback is also possible. If the stream doesn’t work or you want to watch the stream on a SmartTV, you can also find it here on YouTube.

All information about the new 9-euro ticket can be found in our dossier.

Anyone in Germany can use the 9-euro ticket to travel on all buses, trams and subways, as well as in 2nd class on the S-Bahn and local and regional trains. However, the ticket is not valid for long-distance travel with ICE, Intercity and Eurocity, the green Flix trains and long-distance buses.

These are the nine longest routes for the 9-euro ticket.  Photo: Comparison.org

These are the nine longest routes for the 9-euro ticket.
(Photo: Vergleich.org)

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This article was originally published on June 1st, 2022 at 4:00 am.