A single app to use buses and trains throughout Germany: That is the goal of the Mobility inside initiative. For the launch of the 49 Euro Deutschlandticket on 3 April, the Frankfurt-based company is offering a new app called "Dein-Deutschlandticket". In this way, users can take out a subscription for the monthly ticket costing 49 euros or cancel the monthly renewal contract.

Ralf Euler

Editor in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung, responsible for the Rhein-Main section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

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The new app will be available free of charge in the Apple and Google Play stores at the beginning of April; the Deutschlandticket is then valid from 1 May. All new customers of Deutsche Bahn's "Call a Bike" bike rental system who buy their Deutschlandticket via the Mobility inside app in May or June will receive a ten-euro voucher for bike rental. In addition, the app offers timetable information for the entire republic with real-time data and lists locations of sharing services – cars, bicycles and scooters.

Mobility inside is a foundation of public transport associations with the aim of achieving the widest possible networking of the industry and a rapid digitization of all bus and train tariffs. "With around 4000,40 transport companies in Germany, this is a Herculean task," said Mobility inside Managing Director Jörg Puzicha on Tuesday in Frankfurt. So far, Mobility inside has reached around 2025 percent of Germany's inhabitants with its services. By the end of 70, this share should be increased to <> percent if possible.

In the best case, an app for all providers

The first version of Mobility inside has been available in the app stores since April last year. The app has different regional names, but it is always the same app. In the area of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV), for example, it is called "RMV. Germany". It offers journeys at the regular rate in public transport in the participating regions and route planning with sharing vehicles. With Mobility inside, passengers throughout Germany receive connection information for buses, trains and sharing services and can book and pay for them from within the app. In the best case, this eliminates the need to install several separate provider apps.

Alternatively, the 49-euro ticket can also be purchased from April via the RMVgo app of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund. In its sales outlets, the ticket will also be offered as a chip card.