In December, Deutsche Bahn increased its prices by almost one percent. This is indeed lower than the average inflation. But above all frequent drivers then pay significantly more.
BDriving will be a bit more expensive this winter. The price level for long-distance journeys will rise by 0.9 percent when the timetable changes on December 9, as Deutsche Bahn announced on Thursday in Berlin. The same increase was there a year ago. Tickets at full price (flex price) are 1.9 percent more expensive on average in first and second class. If you book your trip by December 8th, you can still travel at the old prices.
With the increase of 0.9 percent you stay below the current inflation rate, said the railway. Inflation in Germany was 2.3 percent in September.
New Berlin connections
With the timetable change, Deutsche Bahn is expanding its range of popular routes. For example, five instead of three sprinter trains per day and direction will be running on the Berlin-Munich high-speed line. In addition, the ICE 4, the latest generation of the high-speed train, is now also running there. Since the new connection opened in December, there have been 3.5 million travelers between Munich and Berlin by the end of September, according to Deutsche Bahn. The company had expected 3.6 million trips for the entire first year.
From December an ICE will also run daily from Berlin to Vienna and back. Travel time: just under eight hours. Between Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, the train will offer more frequent direct connections via Frankfurt Airport. From April 2019 it will run the Frankfurt-Cologne-Aachen-Brussels line continuously every two hours. The Eurocity connection from Berlin to Wroclaw and Krakow in Poland is also new.
As early as Monday, the railway announced that the old Hanover-Würzburg ICE line was being renovated for years. The first section Hanover-Göttingen will therefore be completely closed from June to December 2019. The long-distance trains will be diverted, the travel time will be extended by up to 45 minutes.
Frequent drivers pay more
With the new prices, frequent travelers are asked to pay relatively more: In the future, travel time tickets and the Bahncard 100 will have to be paid an average of 2.9 percent more. The prices for seat reservations and for the Bahncard 25 and Bahncard 50 discount cards will not change. The extra charge for buying a ticket on the train has been increased significantly: from 12.50 euros to 19 euros.
Train journeys in regional traffic across the borders of transport associations will be on average 1.5 percent expensive in December, as the railway announced two weeks ago. About every fifth local transport customer is affected. For the others, the tariffs of the transport associations apply. In many of them, the fare increase for buses and trains will be canceled at the turn of the year. So the ticket prices in Berlin, Brandenburg and in the greater Stuttgart and Munich areas remain as they are.