(CNN) – A full month of unlimited transportation for just $9.50 is a great deal anytime, but in times of fuel price spikes, skyrocketing car rental rates, and a global cost-of-living crisis, it’s unbeatable.
So pack your bags, because the most accessible travel destination this summer, if we are traveling by transport, is Germany.
The German government today approved the creation of a €9 ($9.50) monthly public transport ticket. It will be launched in June, just in time for the summer trip.
However, local means local, so it cannot be used for long-distance bus or rail travel. In other words, the popular IC, EC, and ICE trains are tax-exempt, although you can combine long-distance travel with regional transport covered by the pass. Trains marked RE are regional and therefore part of the package.
The deal will run through June, July and August as part of the government’s energy aid package, encouraging people to use public transport to get around this summer. The government has invested 2.5 billion euros ($2.6 billion) in the project. Each pass will be valid for a calendar month, so if you buy yours on the 14th, you can still only use it at the end of the month.
But while it was designed for locals, tourists can buy a pass too.
The only catch? You cannot reserve a seat with this pass. But for the price, you’d probably love to ride on the rooftop.
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