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The 9-euro ticket allows you to travel by bus and train for 9 euros a month. Popular routes such as Hamburg – Berlin and Cologne – Munich are also possible.

Cologne – From June 1, 2022, all local and regional transport by bus and train will be available nationwide for three months for only 9 euros per month. The 9-euro ticket is part of a large relief package from the federal government and is intended to make buses and trains more attractive for people, especially in view of the high fuel prices. At the same time, the 9-euro ticket also opens up unimagined possibilities for long journeys in Germany. Because even popular routes such as Hamburg – Munich or Berlin – Cologne can suddenly be traveled for only 9 euros per month. Particularly practical: local buses and trains from the respective cities are included in the price.

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View of Cologne Central Station with the cathedral, in front of it is a woman with a suitcase in her hand.  (Assembly)
With the 9-euro ticket you can travel throughout Germany – but only in local traffic. (IDZRW montage) © C. Hardt/Future Image/Imago & Westend61/Imago

The 9-euro ticket is to be introduced on June 1st and will then be valid for three months, i.e. until August 31st. With the ticket, all buses and trains in regional and local transport in Germany can be used. Only long-distance traffic, such as the ICE or IC of Deutsche Bahn, is not included.

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But even with regional trains, very long distances can be covered nationwide. If you don’t have a problem with train journeys or multiple changes, you can cover long distances for very little money for three months from June. This is how you get to Berlin, Cologne, Munich or Hamburg with the 9-euro ticket. 24RHEIN uses various examples to show how this could work.

9 euro ticket: from Cologne to Munich

If you want to get from Cologne to Munich with the inexpensive monthly ticket, you can do it in around nine and a half hours if you only use local transport. There are four changes along the route.

  • Departure: Cologne main station – RE5 to Koblenz main station
  • 1. Changeover: Koblenz Hbf – next train: VIA RB10 to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
  • 2nd change: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – next train: RE54 to Bamberg
  • 3. Changeover: Würzburg Hbf – next train: RE10 to Nürnberg Hbf
  • 4. Changeover: Nürnberg Hbf – next train: RE1 to Munich Hbf
  • Arrival: Munich Hbf after a total of 9:21 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Cologne Hbf to Munich Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: from Cologne to Berlin

In around nine to ten hours you can also get from Cologne to Berlin by public transport. Many different routes are possible here. The fastest journey takes 8:40 hours, but there are also seven changes, which could be stressful under certain circumstances. A little more pleasant: With only three changes, you can reach Berlin from Cologne in 9:43 hours.

  • Departure: Cologne main station – RE6 to Minden main station
  • 1. Changeover: Bielefeld Hbf – next train: WFB RE70 to Braunschweig Hbf
  • 2nd change: Braunschweig Hbf – next train: RB40 to Burg (Magdeburg)
  • 3. Changeover: Magdeburg Hbf – next train: RE1 to Eisenhüttenstadt
  • Arrival: Berlin Hbf after a total of 9:43 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Cologne Hbf to Berlin Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Cologne to Hamburg

If you prefer to travel from Cologne to Hamburg, you can do it in just over six hours using local transport. With three changes, the journey from the cathedral city to the Hanseatic city is possible in around 6:20 hours.

  • Departure: Cologne main station – RE6 to Minden main station
  • 1. Changeover: Essen Hbf – next train: RE2 to Osnabrück Hbf
  • 2nd change: Osnabrück Hbf – next train: RE9 to Bremerhaven-Lehe
  • 3. Changeover: Bremen Hbf – next train: ME RB41 to Hamburg Hbf
  • Arrival: Hamburg Hbf after a total of 6:17 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Cologne Hbf to Hamburg Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Munich to Berlin

The popular Munich – Berlin route can also be covered with the 9-euro ticket. This takes around nine hours with local transport and is possible with just three changes.

  • Departure: Munich Hbf – ALX RE2 to Hof Hbf
  • 1. Changeover: Hof Hbf – next train: RE3 to Dresden Hbf
  • 2nd change: Chemnitz Hbf – next train: RB45 to Elsterwerda
  • 3. Changeover: Elsterwerda – next train: RE17 to Berlin Hbf (low)
  • Arrival: Berlin Hbf (low) after a total of 8:47 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Munich Hbf to Berlin Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Munich to Hamburg

From south to north? This is also possible with the 9-euro ticket. However, the connection from Munich to Hamburg requires patience and enough staying power. The journey takes around twelve hours. There are only four transfers.

  • Departure: Munich Hbf – RE1 to Nuremberg Hbf
  • 1. Changeover: Nürnberg Hbf – next train: RE42 to Leipzig Hbf
  • 2nd change: Leipzig Hbf – next train: RE13 to Magdeburg Hbf
  • 3. Changeover: Magdeburg Hbf – next train: RE20 to Uelzen
  • 4. Changeover: Uelzen – next train: ME RE3 to Hamburg Hbf
  • Arrival: Hamburg Hbf after a total of 11:58 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Munich Hbf to Hamburg Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Munich to Cologne

A trip from Munich to NRW? Cologne can be reached from the Bavarian capital by public transport in around 8:35 hours. However, there are five changes on this route:

  • Departure: Munich Hbf – RE1 to Nuremberg Hbf
  • 1. Changeover: Nürnberg Hbf – next train: RE10 to Würzburg Hbf
  • 2nd change: Würzburg Hbf – next train: RE54 to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
  • 3. Changeover: Hanau Hbf – next train: RB49 to Friedberg (Hessen)
  • 4. Changeover: Friedberg (Hessen) – next train: HLB RE99 to Siegen Hbf
  • 5. Changeover: Siegen Hbf – next train: RE9 to Aachen Hbf
  • Arrival: Cologne Hbf after a total of 8:35 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Munich Hbf to Cologne Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Berlin to Hamburg

The shortest connection between the four megacities in Germany is between Berlin and Hamburg. The Hanseatic city can be reached from the capital by public transport in just over four hours. There are three changes along the way:

  • Departure: Berlin Hbf (low) – RE4 to Rathenow
  • 1. Changeover: Rathenow – next train: RB43 to Stendal Hbf
  • 2nd change: Stendal Hbf – next train: RE20 to Uelzen
  • 3. Changeover: Uelzen – next train: ME RE3 to Hamburg Hbf
  • Arrival: Hamburg Hbf after a total of 4:05 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Berlin to Cologne

As in the opposite example, there are several options for getting from Berlin to Cologne by public transport. All take around eight and a half to nine and a half hours, with three to seven changes. There are also the fewest changes on the route from Berlin to Cologne via Magdeburg, Braunschweig and Bielefeld.

  • Departure: Berlin Hbf – RE1 to Magdeburg Hbf
  • 1. Changeover: Magdeburg Hbf – next train: RB40 to Braunschweig Hbf
  • 2nd change: Braunschweig Hbf – next train: WFB RE70 to Bielefeld Hbf
  • 3. Changeover: Bielefeld Hbf – next train: RE6 to Köln Hbf
  • Arrival: Cologne Hbf after a total of 9:41 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a journey from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Berlin to Munich

The Berlin – Munich route can also be reached by local transport in just under nine hours. The Oktoberfest starts on September 17, 2022, a good two weeks after the planned end of the 9-euro ticket, but there are also many reasons for a trip to the Bavarian state capital in summer. The Berlin – Munich route can be covered with three changes.

  • Departure: Berlin Hbf – RE17 to Elsterwerda
  • 1. Changeover: Elsterwerda – next train: RB45 to Chemnitz Hbf
  • 2nd change: Chemnitz Hbf – next train: RE3 to Hof Hbf
  • 3. Changeover: Hof Hbf – next train: ALX RE2 to Munich Hbf
  • Arrival: Munich Hbf after a total of 8:52 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Berlin Hbf to Munich Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Hamburg to Cologne

The route from Hamburg to Cologne can also be easily reached with regional trains via Bremen, Osnabrück and Duisburg. This journey is possible in just over six hours with three changes.

  • Departure: Hamburg Hbf – ME RE4 nach Bremen Hbf
  • 1. Changeover: Bremen Hbf – next train: RE9 to Osnabrück Hbf
  • 2nd change: Osnabrück Hbf – next train: RE2 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  • 3. Changeover: Duisburg Hbf – next train: RE5 to Koblenz Hbf
  • Arrival: Cologne Hbf after a total of 6:14 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a journey from Hamburg Hbf to Köln Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Hamburg to Berlin

Hamburg – Berlin can also be reached in the opposite direction in just over four hours with a 9-euro ticket. With three changes, the route leads via Uelzen, Stendal and Rathenow.

  • Departure: Hamburg Hbf – ME RE3 to Uelzen
  • 1. Changeover: Uelzen – next train: RE20 to Magdeburg Hbf
  • 2nd change: Stendal Hbf – next train: RB34 to Rathenow
  • 3. Changeover: Rathenow – next train: RE4 to Ludwigsfelde
  • Arrival: Berlin Hbf (low) after a total of 4:04 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

9 euro ticket: From Hamburg to Munich

Last but not least, more patience is required for the connection from Hamburg to Munich. Similar to the opposite direction, this journey by public transport takes around twelve hours.

  • Departure: Hamburg Hbf – ME RE3 to Uelzen
  • 1. Changeover: Uelzen – next train: ME RE2 to Göttingen
  • 2nd change: Göttingen – next train: RE1 to Schmölln (Thuringia)
  • 3. Changeover: Neudietendorf – next train: RB23 to Saalfeld (Saale)
  • 4. Changeover: Saalfeld (Saale) – next train: RE14 to Nürnberg Hbf
  • 5. Changeover: Nürnberg Hbf – next train: RE50 to Munich Hbf
  • Arrival: Munich Hbf after a total of 12:19 hours
  • Source: bahn.de; Note: This is just an example for a trip from Hamburg Hbf to Munich Hbf. Different routes are also possible.

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