Germans say goodbye to summer of €9 travel tickets


Germany's summer of low-cost travel is over as transport chiefs call a halt to their cheap fares experiment.

For three sunny months, passengers have packed on to platforms and concourses to take advantage of a single monthly ticket costing €9 (£7.50; $9).

In all, 52 million of the tickets, which allowed them to use any regional or local public transport an unlimited number of times, have been sold.

But the offer ends at midnight on Wednesday, to the dismay of many.

"It's one of the best ideas we've had," said Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

And the scheme, reckoned to have cost more than €2.5bn in federal government subsidies, has, it seems, been a political and social success.

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