FAQ about the Semesterticket (just german): vgn.de/semesterticket
When will the Deutschlandticket be introduced?
Presumably on 01.05. (as of ´28.02.23).
What will happen to the Semesterticket when the Deutschlandticket is introduced?
After many discussions, (special) meetings and negotiations, the student parliaments of FAU, THN, EvHN and HfM have decided to continue the Semesterticket in the summer semester of 2023.
Where can I get the basic ticket?
The basic ticket can be downloaded from the VGN online shop or the apps "VGN Fahrplan & Ticket" and "NürnbergMOBIL". The basic ticket must be downloaded for use and a picture ID must be carried, the student ID alone is not sufficient, to use the public transportation.
Where can I get the additional ticket ("Zusatzticket")?
The "Zusatzticket" will only be sold via the apps "VGN Fahrplan & Tickets" and "NürnbergMOBIL" in the summer semester 2023. It cannot be sold at vending machines, in buses or in the VGN online shop, otherwise the ticket cannot be upgraded to the Deutschlandticket. The validity of the additional ticket ends on 31.05., but the Deutschlandticket is already valid from 01.05. (see upgrade).
How does the upgrade to the Deutschlandticket work?
All students who have purchased the supplementary ticket will receive a voucher code on 03.04. (or with the purchase if purchased later), with which you can obtain a Deutschlandticket until 30.09. at no further cost. In return, the validity of the Zusatzkarte expires on 31.05.
How do I get 3,000 free minutes for VAG bikes?
If you upgrade to the "Deutschlandticket" in the "NürnbergMOBIL" app, you will receive 3,000 free minutes for VAG bikes (valid until the end of September). This is independent of where you bought the additional ticket, so you can switch to the app for the Deutschlandticket.
Can I also join the 49€-Deutschlandticket after the start of the semester?
The semester ticket is the cheapest way to buy the Deutschlandticket from May-September. For those who only need a public transport ticket from June onwards (e.g. internship), it is cheaper to purchase the Deutschlandticket directly.
Why is the semester ticket being continued?
Many different options were examined. In the end, there were two options:
1) Suspending the semester ticket and thus risking a gap when the Deutschlandticket is introduced after 01.04. and many students having to pay up to 235€ (monthly value mark education tariff) for one (!) month for using public transport.
2) Continuation of the semester ticket at the existing conditions, which we were able to improve significantly from this winter semester onwards (among other things, validity of the basic ticket already from 6 p.m. or Fridays from 5 p.m. and the possibility of suspending the fee in the case of semesters off).
After long discussions, we decided to continue the semester ticket in the summer semester, as did the Munich student representatives with a similar ticket model, with clear majorities. As things stand at the moment, an introduction on 01.04. seems to be almost out of the question; at the moment, 01.05. is being discussed as the start date. Under these circumstances, it would not have been justifiable for many students to be burdened with such high costs for using public transport. In addition, there are still EU legal checks to be carried out, among other things.
Where can I get the basic ticket and the additional ticket?
Both tickets can be purchased in the VGN online shop. To use the basic ticket, it must first be validated and downloaded in the online shop. An additional photo ID is always required. The additional ticket will presumably only be sold online in the 2023 summer semester, as this is the only way to ensure an automatic upgrade to the 49€ Deutschlandticket.
Will students still get the 49€ Deutschlandticket?
The VGN assures that, if the regulations of the federal and state governments allow it, students with an additional ticket will automatically receive the Deutschlandticket from when the Deutschlandticket starts until the end of the summer semester. According to our information, the chances of this happening are very good. (In Munich, for example, this has not yet been clarified).
Do I get the difference to the Deutschlandticket credited?
As students, we pay 4.17€ more (as we pay 49.833€ per month with basic and additional ticket - times 5 months). Unfortunately, there is no legal way to refund this amount.
What does the announcement of the 29€ ticket mean?
We were pleased to hear the CSU's announcement that there will be a 29€ ticket for students (valid throughout Germany) from the winter semester 2023/24. We hope that this is not an empty promise, as it was also promised at the last state election in 2018. We hope that it is not an empty promise, but that it will really be implemented this time. We don't know any more details at the moment.