The 49-euro ticket is intended to be a cheap alternative to the car. It took a long time before the price was fixed, and many passengers would have liked an even cheaper fare. But for some commuters, especially in NRW, it is now even more expensive than expected.
According to the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR), anyone traveling by bike should have to buy an additional ticket. The General German Bicycle Club (ADFC) went on the barricades because of the announcement.
49-euro ticket in North Rhine-Westphalia: bicycle transport costs extra
“With the introduction of the Germany ticket, the VRR will offer a monthly bicycle ticket for 29 euros, which is initially valid in the network area,” says a VRR press release. This means that in the area between Haltern and Grevenbroich (north-south) and between Dortmund and Straelen (east-west) there is an additional charge for taking bicycles with you in NRW.
The ADFC criticizes the measure: “Anyone who wants to strengthen the environmental association must not introduce any extra fees for bicycles.” Instead, the club calls for bicycles to be taken on local transport free of charge in the future. The offer is expected to start in April. In the spring month, many people in NRW like to get on their bikes, for example on the way to work.
When is the additional ticket worthwhile?
According to the VRR announcement, the price will increase to around 80 euros for passengers. If you regularly take your bike with you on the bus and train, you might ask yourself whether the 49-euro ticket is worth it at all. The answer is quite simple. If the person is traveling throughout Germany, then yes.
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However, if you own the Ticket 2000 in the VRR, you can take your bike with you. It currently costs EUR 75.52 in price level A1, EUR 116 in price level B, EUR 153 in price level C and EUR 192 in price level D. But only counts in the respective area of validity. But there is another alternative. A single ticket for a bicycle currently costs EUR 3.80 and is valid for 24 hours in the entire VRR area. Each federal state has a different regulation.