The 9-euro ticket is significantly cheaper than a monthly ticket. Nevertheless, thousands bought the expensive tickets in June. How so? Charlotte Raskopf

The nine-euro ticket is a real bestseller: around a quarter of Germans, around 21 million, bought one of the tickets in June. And yet there are travelers who decide against a 9-euro ticket and for a significantly more expensive monthly ticket.

The Verkehrsverbund Großraum-Verkehr-Hannover (GVH) sold 1,800 regular monthly tickets in June, for example, and the Berlin transport company sold monthly tickets “in the mid four-digit range”. But why? Do customers simply overlook the cheaper option or do they consciously choose a different tariff?