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The Deutschlandticket

Unlimited nationwide travel for €49 a month

The 'Deutschlandticket' costs just €49 a month and gives you unlimited travel across Germany using all forms of local and regional public transport. 

If you are reading this before the end of June, you can get travel for the rest of the month at the pro rata rate, i.e. you will be charged only from your start date to the end of the month. You will, however, also be charged the full €49 for July (as you have missed the 10 June for cancelling effective 30 June). You must then cancel by 23:59 CET on 10 July to have the ticket expire on 31 July (and not automatically renew for August).

How to buy

Download the HVV app (despite this being the app from the Hamburg Transport Operators Alliance [HVV], the ticket covers the whole of Deutschland, as the name implies)

Set up your details and buy the Deutschlandticket (set the first date you'll need the ticket as your start date, e.g. 14 June, as shown here). PayPal seems to work best as payment method. The 'Buy now' button is a slider. Slide the arrow across.

Cancel Deutschlandticket by not later than 23:59 CET on 10 July (it remains valid up to 31 July). Confirm that you want to cancel. (The screenshot below shows cancellation prior to 10 June).

You now have a Deutschlandticket valid until 31 July. (The screenshot below shows one cancelled by 10 June).

The 'Deutschlandticket' normally costs just €49 a month and gives you unlimited travel across Germany. But as you can see, by buying it as above, you need only pay pro rata for your first month.

* Exceptions
The only mode of transport excluded from the Deutschlandticket is intercity express travel (i.e. ICE, IC and EC trains). Otherwise, you can use it for all forms of transport (buses, trams, suburban trains, underground, etc.), including, if you don't mind the more leisurely pace of regional mainline train connections, for travel all around the country. From Cologne to Dortmund, for instance, it only adds about 20 minutes to the journey time. 

For longer trips, using the Deutschlandticket can add several hours to the journey and involve multiple changes. From Berlin to Dortmund, for example, it adds around 3 hours. For those journeys, you may prefer to pay the regular fare for an express train (ICE, IC or EC). 

You can compare the two options using the journey planner on the Deutsche Bahn website

To see the trains covered by the Deutschlandticket set 'Transport mode' to 'Local only'. To see the express trains, set the mode to 'All'.

All-important timing!

Just like arriving into the box to meet a cross, timing is all important here! The Deutschlandticket is an ongoing monthly subscription: sign up too early or cancel too late, and you'll end up paying for months you don't want!

To stop the Deutschlandticket automatically renewing for the following month, you must activate the cancellation process by not later than 23:59 CET on the 10th of the current month. So, to stop it renewing for July, you must do this by 10 June. Or to stop it renewing for August, you must do it by 10 July.

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