Starting May 1st, the Deutschlandticket will be available for 49 euros per month, allowing travelers to use public transport in Germany, with some exceptions on long-distance trains. There are various ways to purchase the ticket: through a local transport provider, online, or using an app. However, the official iOS software for the Germany ticket is missing some functions, which HanseCom – the provider of the app – admits in the package leaflet. Currently, the Deutschlandticket app only supports SEPA direct debit, debit or credit cards, and PayPal, but not Apple Pay. Users need to enter relevant details for each payment option.
An alternative to the official app is to use a local transport provider’s app, which may offer more convenience for iPhone users, such as the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) app that can transfer the Deutschlandticket to the Apple Wallet. The subscription is cancelable at the end of each month but is valid for the calendar month purchased. It is noteworthy that consumer advocates have criticized the Deutschlandticketholders’ potential disadvantage concerning passenger rights.
Update: Currently, the Germany ticket is only available for subscription on the BVG app for June, not May. Payment options are limited to direct debit, while the official Deutschlandticket app accepts PayPal and credit cards, making it a more convenient option for users who wish to purchase a ticket before May 1st.