BERLIN, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Prices for short-distance public transportation vary strongly across Germany's cities and regions, according to figures published by the German automobile club (ADAC) on Wednesday.
With 109.2 euros (122.4 U.S. dollars) per month, people using public transportation such as buses or trams in the city of Hamburg have to pay the most for a monthly ticket, according to ADAC.
Public transport in the city of Munich on the other hand is the cheapest throughout Germany. A monthly ticket for the city area of the Bavarian capital only costs 55.20 Euros, almost half the price of a monthly ticket in Hamburg.
The average price for a monthly public transport ticket in German cities was 77.50 euros in 2019. In Germany's capital Berlin prices were slightly higher than the average with 81.00 euros.
According to ADAC's regional branch of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the high price differences could be caused by differing "ambitions of urban policy", investments to eliminate capacity bottlenecks and a "partially ailing transport infrastructure".
It would be necessary "that public transport is an attractive offer, also in terms of price" in order to reduce the traffic burden in the inner cities and to establish environmentally friendly forms of mobility, said Ingo Meyer, chairman of ADAC Hansa, the automobile club's regional branch for Hamburg.
Prices of public transport in Germany have risen by 79 percent since 2000, according to the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Despite Germany's commitment to decarbonize its transport sector, prices of local public transport have risen more than twice as fast as the cost for the purchase and maintenance of cars, which only rose by 36 percent.
"Such a pricing system" would "undermine all efforts" to shift inner city traffic to a more sustainable way as well as to lessen the traffic burden in the cities, criticized Roman Suthold, mobility expert at the ADAC in North Rhine-Westphalia, the high prices of public transport in numerous German cities.
The high prices "will certainly not make the switch from car to public transport more attractive", added mobility expert Suthold.