Regional public transportation ticket
For Students in Schmalkalden there is currently no regional train ticket.
The train ticket is valid in trains of regional transportation (RE, RB) on all routes of the DB Regio up to the last station of the according train in Thuringia (valid range semester ticket).
The semester ticket is also valid for the following regional transportation:
Exempted are the following routes and trains:
As long as the bike transport is free for all passengers in the regional trains, this also applies for the train ticket. Students, who have not received a student identification card from their university, or have received a student identification card that does not provide the usual discounts, do not receive a DB Regio train ticket through the university and therefore do not have any right to use the public transportation. This especially applies to guest and side students or students of long distance- and online courses of study.
The semester ticket is always valid until the last train stop in Thuringia. When an adjoining regional day ticket (Länder-Ticket Bayern, Niedersachsen, or Hessen) is purchased for the onward journey, the semester ticket is valid up until the state border (regional day tickets are also valid up until the border of Thuringia). In Thuringia the university institute and Studierendenwerk card thoska is valid as a travel ticket. The paper student ID cannot be used as a travel ticket as it is not printed with 'Semesterticket' and does not fulfil DB requirements for prevention of forgery. Please collect your free Thoska card from the Thoska service office.
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 and Erfurt with Kassel and the Ruhr area, thus integrating the Thuringian towns again into DB's long-distance network. Between Gera and Erfurt, the IC trains stop in Hermsdorf-Klosterlausnitz, Stadtroda, Jena-Göschwitz, Jena West and Weimar and replace here the regional express trains (RE 1 Göttingen – Glauchau).
In addition, the Free State of Thuringia has concluded an agreement with DB Fernverkehr on the recognition of local tariffs for long-distance rail passenger services, i.e. the Intercity trains in the Gera-Erfurt section can also be used with tickets for local transport or the Mittelthüringen Transport Authority (VMT). Therefore, the Thuringia semester ticket and the Thuringia plus semester ticket are also valid here.
When you plan a trip beyond Erfurt and use one of these IC trains, you MUST pay the missing ticket price for the transition to IC. The thoska card is only valid as far as Erfurt in IC trains, and from Erfurt again in regional trains.
Upon placing an application, the following students can receive a refund for the train ticket contribution fee:
According to the fee regulations of the Studierendenwerk, the corresponding applications must be submitted to the Studierendenwerk by the day before the beginning of the semester. Please use the appropriate refund-form for your university location .