Rail ticket Bahnticket
For all universities, the semester ticket includes the rail ticket Bahnticket, i.e., an attractively priced arrangement with Deutsche Bahn for regional trains. Students who do not receive a student ID card from the university or who receive a student ID card that does not entitle them to the usual discounts, especially auditors and visiting students or students enrolled in distance and online degree programs, must therefore pay the full fare for a DB Regio ticket.
The rail ticket Bahnticket is valid on local/regional trains (RE, RB) on all DB Regio lines up to the last stop of the respective train in Thuringia (see also area of validity semester ticket).
The rail ticket Bahnticket is always valid until the last stop of the train in Thuringia. Only if an adjacent state ticket (Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Hesse, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt) is purchased for the onward journey, the rail ticket is valid up to the state border (the state tickets are also valid up to the state border of Thuringia).
The rail ticket Bahnticket is also valid for the following rail operators:
- Abellio Rail
- Erfurter Bahn
- Südthüringen Bahn
- Thuringian Mountain Railway on the valley route Rottenbach - Katzhütte
The rail ticket Bahnticket is not valid:
- for trains of the excursion and special traffic
- railway line Ilmenau main station - Rennsteig station by Erfurter Bahn GmbH (KBS 566)
- railway line Nordhausen - Eisfelder Talmühle (HSB)
- railway line Eisenach - Gerstungen
- for trains of the Cantus-Bahn
- for the Thuringian Mountain Railway (except valley route from Rottenbach to Katzhütte)
- for the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway (HSB)
The rail ticket Bahnticket is not valid on long-distance trains (see below for exceptions).
Bicycles can be taken on local trains in Thuringia without additional costs, as far as train capacities allow.
Travelling with children:
Holders of a semester ticket for Thuringia can travel with any number of their own children or grandchildren up to and including 14 years of age (so-called "family children") on trains operated by Deutsche Bahn and private rail companies. Children between the ages of six and 14 must either carry a child ID or be registered on the DB family card. Details are available here.
IC trains between Gera and Erfurt can be used as regional trains
Since December 2018, three intercity trains have been connecting Gera via Jena, Weimar, Erfurt with Kassel and the Ruhr area, i.e. including Gera into the long-distance network of Deutsche Bahn. The IC trains stop between Gera and Erfurt in Hermsdorf-Klosterlausnitz, Stadtroda, Jena-Göschwitz, Jena West as well as Weimar and are integrated into the frequency system of the RegionalExpress trains (RE 1 Göttingen-Glauchau) in this region, i.e., here RE trains are replaced by IC trains.
The Free State of Thuringia has concluded an agreement with DB Fernverkehr on the recognition of local transport fares in long-distance passenger rail transport. Therefore, the intercity trains in the Gera - Erfurt route can also be used with tickets of the local transport or the Verkehrsverbund Mittelthüringen (public transportation company in Central Thuringia, VMT). Accordingly, the semester ticket Thuringia and the semester ticket PLUS are also valid here.
1. Tickets of IC/EC trains are required for journeys beyond the Gera - Weimar - Erfurt route.
When you plan a trip beyond Erfurt and use one of these IC connections, you will have to pay the connection costs. The thoska card is only valid up to Erfurt on these IC trains, or you travel from Erfurt on the regional trains again.
2. In general, bicycles can be carried on IC trains. In accordance with the regulations in the Free State of Thuringia, transportation is also free of charge, but only after prior reservation of a parking space for a fee.