Railroad increases long-distance prices by 1.9 percent

Railroad increases long-distance prices by 1.9 percent

German rail customers will have to pay more for their tickets again from mid-december onwards. Long-distance tickets without a train connection will become 1.9 percent more expensive at the flexpreis – the former normal price.

On average, prices will rise by 1.3 percent, the company announced in berlin on friday. This will be the first time in two years that the fare has been increased by a significant amount; the last major increase for second class was three years ago .

"Part of stable profitability is also that we adjust prices," said birgit bohle, head of long-distance traffic, explaining the move. She promised customers more travel comfort and more punctuality in 2017. "The ICE fleet will be fully equipped with WLAN by the end of the year," bohle promised. In the second class, however, the data volume will be limited. The limit depends on tests.

The price increase for the timetable change on. December is well above the rate of inflation, which was 0.7 percent in september. The railroad is asking regular customers in particular to pay more: route time tickets are becoming 3.9 percent more expensive, the bahncard 100 is increasing in price by 2.4 percent in second class and 2.9 percent in first class. However, the price of the bahncards 25 and 50, which 4.6 million customers carry in their wallets, will remain at 62 and 255 euros respectively.

"There will be 19-euro promotions again in 2017," bohle announced. With the help of such promotional fares, the railroad has been able to attract many occasional riders and further increase its passenger numbers this year. The cancellation fee for returning a ticket will also be 19 euros; it will increase by 1.50 euros.

For the first time, the railroad introduces different rates for the flex fare on certain weekends, for example at whitsun. Then, for example, the train journey from frankfurt to munich will generally cost 103 euros, 106 euros on fridays, and 100 euros on the following sunday. This innovation will be tested from january to december 2017. The railroad wants to achieve a more even distribution of travelers on the trains.

In recent years, the company had held back considerably on price increases for long-distance services. This was due not only to favorable fuel prices for car drivers, but also to strong competition from low-cost airlines, car-sharing companies and long-distance buses.

Last year, tickets only became more expensive on the new high-speed route erfurt-leipzig/halle. Two years ago, there was a price increase only in the first class, but since then, the reservation is also included there.

Just two weeks ago, the railroad itself announced that it would largely discontinue its own long-distance bus service at the end of the year. Bohle spoke of a market environment that continues to be very difficult, but at the same time referred to upcoming investments by the railroad, for example in new trains and in the modernization of the existing fleet. By 2030, the railroad’s long-distance service will invest twelve billion euros.

Regional rail fares rise by 1.9 percent at timetable change. However, this only affects about one in five journeys on the regional trains. Those who travel within transport associations pay the tariff set by the associated municipalities.

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