Which ticket do you need to get to the Hessentag?

A U-Bahn at the main station in OberurselI’ve talked about the different kinds of tickets available in the RMV area before, some of which are available in advance and others only on the day you use them.

But for the Hessentag, there will be two additional rules in force that may help some visitors, and it affects the Tageskarten.

Obviously the usual tickets are still valid, but:

  • if you have a ticket to one of the concerts, then in most cases this will be valid for travel to and from the concert by public transport, regardless of when you travel (but do check the conditions on the ticket as there are some exceptions!)  So apparently if you decide to come to Oberursel for the day, then you can use the ticket to get here, get to your concert, and get back home again.  But as I understand it, not for trips between locations within the town otherwise.
  • the day ticket – Tageskarte – for adults allows you to take someone with you, ie. two people can travel on one ticket.This only applies if the destination code is 5100 or 5126, ie. Oberursel, and is in one of the tarifs 1-7.

However, if you already own a weekly or monthly ticket, or you buy one for the event because you are here for more than one day, then the two-for-one rule does not apply.  The RMV have confirmed to me that the normal rules apply here, so with a Wochenkarte, Monatskarte or even Jahreskarte if you have one, you can take one adult and either all of your own children or a maximum of three other children with you after 7pm.  (This applies to children between 6 and 14 years old, children 5 and under travel free anyway).

That said, the rule – called the Mitnahmeregelung – is valid for the entire day at weekends and on Pfingstmontag (Whit Monday), so if you have one of these tickets then for half of the Hessentag you do not need to pay to take people within those limits with you.


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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