You receive the semester ticket (for prices, see the Fee Regulations) automatically as soon as you have paid the semester fee at your university. The terms and conditions of carriage are summarised in this document.
At all universities, the semester ticket includes a rail ticket Bahnticket, i.e. a reasonably priced arrangement with Deutsche Bahn for regional transport.
In addition, the semester ticket includes the VMT ticket (Central Thuringia Transport Company) for students of Gera-Eisenach Cooperative State University (campus Gera), University Erfurt, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Ernst Abbe University Jena, Bauhaus University Weimar, and the Franz Liszt School of Music Weimar.
In some university towns (Erfurt, Gera, Jena, Nordhausen and Weimar), the semester ticket also includes regional public transport (ÖPNV). The semester ticket is also valid as a ticket for local public transport.
List of semester tickets valid in the individual university towns:
Eisenach: rail ticket
Erfurt: rail ticket, EVAG ticket, VMT ticket
Gera: rail ticket, ticket of the Gera Public Transport Company, VMT ticket
Ilmenau: rail ticket
Jena: rail ticket, ticket of the Jena Public Transport Company, VMT ticket
Nordhausen: rail ticket, Ticket of the Nordhausen Public Transport Company
Schmalkalden: rail ticket
Weimar: rail ticket, ticket of Stadtwirtschaft Weimar, VMT ticket
The current student ID card (thoska) of the respective university in conjunction with a valid photo ID card is valid as semester ticket. The semester ticket is not transferable, and the transport of further persons is not permitted. The non-use of the semester ticket does not constitute a claim for refund. Unauthorized changes to the entries on the student ID card will invalidate it as a ticket! Students are then considered passengers without a valid ticket. Unauthorized changes include laminated, cut, erased, glued, overwritten and foil-laminated ID cards that cannot be removed. The certificate of enrolment is not recognized as ticket.
Advice on thoska:
When you present your thoska card as a valid student ID card, please check beforehand that the validity of the card is still clearly legible and has not expired. Otherwise, you are considered a passenger without a valid ticket and are obliged to pay € 60. Therefore, please ensure in good time that the validity stamp is renewed in the appropriate thoska offices so that it is clearly legible, undamaged and up-to-date.
thoska controls on buses and trains for students in Jena:
Students of the Friedrich Schiller University and the UAS "Ernst Abbe" have to submit their student ID card to the ticket inspectors upon request for the verification of their entitlement to travel. The ticket inspector only reads the eTicket of the student ID card during the control. The validity of the eTicket is displayed electronically. Data on ticket use and personal data of the holder are not stored when a valid ticket is presented.
Should the student ID card (thoska) not be technically readable, the passenger receives a request for proof that he/she is entitled to use local public transport and this document entitles him/her to use local public transport for a period of seven days. When the respective student presents a valid and legible student ID card or a temporary student ID card within this period, the case is closed. Should a valid semester ticket not be presented, the matter is considered as travelling without a valid ticket.
When applying, the fees for the rail ticket can be refunded to:
• students with disabilities who are entitled to transportation according to the law for severely disabled persons in Volume IX of the German Social Security Code (SGB IX); proof is required;
• students who are on leave of absence (Attention: The entire semester fee is refunded.),
• students who can prove that they stay outside Thuringia for at least 21 weeks for study-related organisational reasons, e.g., for writing their final theses, a study-related stay abroad or an internship semester.
According to the fee regulations of the Studierendenwerk, applications must be submitted to the Studierendenwerk at least one day before the beginning of the semester. Please use the Aapplication form for the reimbursement of the Studierendenwerk fee.
Please note: For students of the UAS Erfurt applies:
Exemption from the semester ticket fee
You are entitled to exemption from the semester ticket fee if you complete an internship or the practical part of your thesis outside of Thuringia for at least 21 weeks during the semester (01 April to 30 September or 01 October to 31 March). If you have not yet paid the fee for the semester in question, you may be exempted from paying the semester ticket fee. A copy of the relevant complete internship contract is required as proof (confirmation by the university directly on the application is also acceptable). The exemption is only valid for one semester.
If you do not receive the required proof of an internship in time, you can apply for a refund of the semester ticket fee. Pay the full fee first to avoid late fees when re-registering.
Application for exemption from semester ticket fees
Please submit your application for exemption from paying for your semester ticket using this form. You can submit your application in person to the infopunkt Erfurt of the Studierendenwerk, send it by e-mail to email@example.com or send us the applications with all necessary proofs by post (Studierendenwerk Thüringen, Bereich Erfurt, PF 800243, 99028 Erfurt).
Applications can only be submitted before the start of the administrative semester.
Application deadline: one day before the start of the semester (i.e., by 31 March or 30 September).