The 9-euro ticket is a real success, but it also has its downsides. Now the industry association of private bus companies is reporting with a shocking message: the sales of Flixbus and Co. have plummeted – and the successor to the 9-euro ticket would like to have a say.

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9-euro ticket: bus companies are sounding the alarm

Pay nine euros, travel by bus and train throughout Germany: the 9-euro ticket is cheap, fairly unbureaucratic and so far a great success with passengers. Although buses and trains are sometimes jam-packed, at least some travelers can overlook this because of the low price of the ticket. But the temporary subsidy for local public transport also causes problems.

The industry association of private bus companies has asked its members about passenger numbers. According to their own statements, Flixbus and Co. are in June significantly fewer passengers entered. It is said that more than 70 percent of the companies surveyed are said to have lost more than 60 percent.

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According to the industry association, it should not be the goal of a “cheap public transport ticket financed by taxpayers” to promote “environmentally friendly means of transport” take each other’s passengers away. Rather, the common goal is to successfully promote climate protection and the turnaround in traffic.

The industry association is calling for a possible successor to the 9-euro ticket inclusion of own interests. The current losses in passenger numbers could be “neither intended nor desired by politicians” (source: Spiegel).

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9 euro ticket: What’s next?

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It is currently still unclear whether there will be a successor regulation for the 9-euro ticket. As of now, the subsidy is ongoing out at the end of August. Several transport associations are currently pushing for a quick solution. Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Finance Minister Christian Lindner and other top politicians are critical of a seamless continuation.