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+++ No space on trains for special Euros ticket holders? +++

As confirmed to me by Deutsche Bahn today, 14 December, fans buying the special DB Ticket Euro 2024 for match ticket holders could find no space available for them on the trains they want to book.

That's because for each train there is a set amount of the capacity set aside for holders of discounted tickets and Deutsche Bahn's other discounted tickets (available to all travellers) go on sale up to a month before the Euro 2024 tickets.

DB customer services confirmed to me today that it is perfectly possible that a fan who waits until the special train tickets go on sale on 17 January may find that the quota of discounted tickets for the train they want to book has already been exhausted.

Instead of waiting for 17 January and finding no capacity on popular trains, it may well therefore be advisable to book Saver or Super Saver tickets as soon as they go on sale 180 days ahead of the day of travel (for example: on 18 December for 14 June). Prices, even with an added €4.90 for a seat reservation, will in many cases be within a few euros of the €29.90 price for the special Euro tickets. 

For more ticket details see my Rail page and the Deutsche Bahn website.

+++ 09.11.2023 +++ Ed Sheeran concert to open Euros? +++

According to German media reports, the Euro 2024 party is set to start next summer with a huge pop concert on the grounds of the Oktoberfest in Munich

While there is yet to be any confirmation from Munich City Council, reports say that the concert will take place on 12 June, two days before Germany play in the opening game at the Allianz Arena

And the singer being hotly tipped to be the headline act is Ipswich Town supporter Ed Sheeran.

The Oktoberfest grounds can hold up to 80,000 people for concerts, and local politicians in Munich are already lobbying for ticket prices to be affordable to fans / concert-goers on low budgets.

Organisers had apparently been looking at Munich's Olympic Stadium as a venue for the concert, but left it too late and that is now, it's reported, booked for another concert that night, to be given, it's said, by AC/DC.

+++ 19.10.2023 +++ Free public travel for 36 hours +++

The German FA (DFB) and UEFA have today (19.10.2023) announced that all Euro 2024 match tickets will include free 36-hour travel on public transport, from 6am on the day of the match until 6pm the day after.

While fans who have been to football in Germany before may be used to getting tickets with free public transport, it's normally limited to a few hours before and after the game. The extension to 36 hours is part of the organisers' efforts to make Euro 2024 exceptionally eco-friendly by encouraging more fans than ever to use public transport.

The 36 hours of free travel will also not apply only in the host city, but also to all travel within that city's regional transport network, meaning that it will often cover travel to towns and cities many miles away.

It will cover travel on trains, buses, trams, the underground, the S-Bahn (metro) and even some passenger ferries.

The regional networks where the tickets where the tickets will be valid for the respective matches are:

Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV - covers Hamburg), Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB - covers Berlin), Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (MDV - covers Leipzig), Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV - covers Frankfurt), Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS - covers, you guessed it, Stuttgart), Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS - covers Cologne), Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund (MVV - covers Munich) and Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR - covers Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen and Düsseldorf).

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