Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Why are Germany's trains cheaper than the UK's?

My season ticket from Robertsbridge to London Terminals costs £4236 per annum[1] for 2nd (standard) class. This is due to increase by an estimated 6.2% at the end of 2012.

This ticket of course is valid for one route only.

So why is it that in Germany I could buy a Bahncard 100 [2] for £3138 which allows:
  • Unlimited travel on DB trains (except car trains and ICE Sprinters)
  • Valid at all times
  • Also valid on loads of city local trains and busses
  • Upto 4 children ages 6-14 ride free if accompanied
So how do the Germans do it and how long do we put up with an unreliable and overpriced service?

[1] Although I can get a cheaper rate of £3796 by purchasing a ticket from Robertsbridge to Oxted via London and leaving the system at London - it is an anomaly and valid within the fare regulations. Still more expensive than DB trains though!

1 comment:

  1. I think it's a matter of choice, in Germany the government is trying to get people off the crowded autobahns while here in the UK...