You will receive the semester ticket automatically after you have paid the semester contribution fee at your university ((see: the Studentenwerk Thüringen's rules regarding semester fees). The services that the semester ticket withholds differ from university to university. For all universities, the semester ticket contains your train ticket, which means that you receive an inexpensive arrangement with the Deutsche Bahn for regional transportation. The train ticket is not valid in long distance trains. In regional trains, you can take bicycles with you without needing to pay any additional charge as long as the train capacity allows it.
Whoever lives outside of Thüringen, will have to pay for the trip from their home town to the first train station in Thüringen themselves, but as of that station their Thüringen wide train ticket (thoska or Student Identification card in Thüringen) can be used as a valid ticket.
At several universities (Erfurt, Gera, Jena, Nordhausen and Weimar), you also receive additional discounts for local and inter-city public transportation as well as a regional public transportation ticket.
As a semester ticket, the current student identification card at the respective university combined with a valid photo identification card= your transport ticket. The semester ticket is not transferable and another person is not allowed to travel with you under your semester ticket. Unauthorized changes in the entries on the student identification card will make your transport ticket invalid! The student will then be treated as a passenger without a valid ticket. When the cards are laminated, cut, erased, pasted, overwritten or wrapped in foil which cannot be removed, we consider them to have had unauthorized changes made to them . Certificates of study are not recognized as transportation tickets.
Tips Regarding the thoska card
When you show your thoska as a valid student identity card, make sure to check beforehand that the validity date on your thoska has not yet expired and is still easily legible. Otherwise, you will be considered as a passenger without a valid ticket and will have to pay a charge of 40.00 €. Please make sure, for this reason, to validize your thoska in one of the respective validation terminals and ensure that your card remains intact, updated and is easily legible.