According to Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing, the new 49-euro ticket should also be recognized in France. France is planning a national ticket that is similar to the Germany ticket, the FDP politician told the Funke media group and the French newspaper Ouest-France.

“I would have a lot of sympathy for the fact that we mutually recognize our national tickets,” said Wissing. Germany and France could start and other European countries could follow suit. “However, that would be a complex undertaking that will take time.”

The Germany ticket for 49 euros per month has been valid since May 1st. It entitles you to travel on all local and regional buses and trains nationwide. The ticket is intended as a subscription, but can be canceled on a monthly basis.

Criticism of the ticket, according to which it makes little sense in the country, was rejected by Wissing. “Depending on the region and daily driving time, consumers can save up to 4,000 euros per year by using the car and public transport together. Because of the longer commuting distances, the CO2 savings potential here is many times higher than in the cities.” It is unrealistic to enable nationwide close public transport cycles like in big cities. Therefore, car and public transport must be thought of as combined.