Can you use the 9-Euro-ticket for your summer vacation?

  • Online marketplace Traum-Ferienwohnungen has examined for which holidaymakers the journey with the 9-Euro-ticket into the summer vacations comes into question
  • Most attractive for vacationers from Hamburg and Munich

Bremen, 20. Mai 2022. As part of the “energy cost relief package” initiative, all citizens will be able to purchase the 9-Euro ticket, allowing them to use nationwide public transport for three months starting June 1st. The promotional period falls right in the middle of summer holidays, which can make for a cheap summer getaway. Online marketplace Traum-Ferienwohnungen examines whether travelling in the coming summer months with the 9-Euro ticket is a viable option for most German holidaymakers. To do so, we determined the seven most popular domestic travel destinations for the summer 2022 holiday season for each of Germany’s twelve largest cities and analysed their accessibility with the 9-Euro ticket.

36% of holidaymakers could reach their destination within five hours, 13% within three hours

Holidaymakers from Munich would have to put up with the longest travel time when travelling to Sylt – although a travel time of around 15.5 hours with six transfers does not seem very attractive regardless. Hamburg residents would need around 14 hours to travel to Oberstdorf in the Allgaeu or Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Nevertheless, Munich and Hamburg are among the luckiest in terms of accessibility to their top summer travel destinations.
The top German destination for Munich residents is the region around Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which can be reached non-stop in less than 1.5 hours via the regional express. Oberstdorf in the Allgaeu, the second most popular region for Munich residents, can be reached in less than 2.5 hours.
Hamburg residents in particular can benefit from their proximity to popular hot spots: Hamburgers need an average of just 2.7 hours to travel to their top 3 summer destinations. Sylt, the undisputed number one, can be reached from Altona train station in three hours without having to change trains. The journey to Luebeck Bay, the third most popular holiday destination, works particularly well with the 9-Euro ticket: you get off in Scharbeutz after about an hour. The Dithmarschen region is also well connected with a travel time of just under two hours.
Travelling with the 9-Euro ticket is also an option for Berliners: the five most popular summer destinations, all in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, can be reached in less than five hours and there are hardly any disadvantages compared to faster connections.

However, not all summer holidaymakers are able to travel there and back by public transport and some people will unfortunately fall by the wayside. For Frankfurt residents, none of their destinations can be reached in less than seven hours. Cologne residents need at least six hours to reach their summer destinations.

Leipzig and Dresden are not far from Saxon Switzerland: the journey to Koenigstein takes about 2.5 hours from Leipzig and about an hour from Dresden. As the closest destination, the Mueritz is still within reach at five and 5.5 hours, respectively. To take the train to the top travel destination for both cities, Ruegen, holidaymakers would have to spend significantly more time, around seven and eight hours.
For holidaymakers from Dortmund and Essen, the train journey to their favourite destination, the East Frisian Islands, is an option: the journey to Norddeich (Norden) takes around 4.5 hours. Cuxhaven at 4.5 hours and Dangast at 5 hours are also easily accessible from both cities.

The destinations per city summarized: