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Seniors ticket for Hesse

Questions and answers regarding Seniors ticket for Hesse

Schülerticket Hessen als eTicket

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Do you have questions regarding the Seniors ticket for Hesse? You can find the answers here.


General information

The Seniors ticket for Hesse is a personal annual ticket for all senior citizens above the age of 65 years. It is valid throughout Hesse and Mainz and is offered in two variants. The Seniors ticket for Hesse costs 365 euros and entitles you to travel by all means of local transport in Hesse on weekdays from 9.00 hours. On weekends and holidays as well in the Hessentag week, it is valid even before 9.00 hours. The Seniors Comfort ticket for Hesse at the price of 625 euros is valid for the whole day on weekdays. It entitles you to travel in 1st class, from 19.00 hours to 5.00 hours daily as well as for the whole day on weekends and holidays, wherein you can take along one adult and any number of children below the age of 15 years.

The offer is valid for everyone who is at least 65 years old.

In principle, yes. Different people can be entered as the payer and the user in the order form. However, in each case, the proof of age must be provided for the user.

The official sale of the Seniors ticket starts on 11 November all across Hesse. The ticket will be valid only from 01.01.2020.

The Seniors ticket for Hesse is valid for all buses, suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams, underground trains (U-Bahn), RegioTrams and regional trains in Hesse and Mainz. It can also be used for night buses and express bus lines.

In order to make the switch to transport associations in other German Federal Land easier, important junctions outside Hesse can also be used using the Seniors ticket for Hesse. Where beyond the state borders the Seniors ticket for Hesse is still valid can be seen from the Overview map of the range of validity (PDF) or from the following list:

  • at the borders of NVV (North Hesse transport association) services up to
    • Warburg (North Rhine-Westphalia) on routes R17, RE11, 120, 140, W3 and W4
    • Hann. Münden (Lower Saxony) along with the Bonaforth, Hedemünden, Laubach and Oberode quarters as well as in the Staufenberg municipality (Lower Saxony)
    • Gerstungen (Thuringia) on routes R6 and 260
  • at the borders of RMV
    • on the routes RB 29 and RB 90 up to "Diez Ost" station in Diez (Rhineland-Palatinate)
    • up to “Niederlaasphe” station in Bad Laasphe (North Rhine-Westphalia)
    • on route 77 to Geisa (Thuringia)
    • on routes 203, 204 and 275 in the Reckenroth municipality
    • on route 191 in the Sauerthal municipality
    • on route LM-33 in the Kaltenholzhausen municipality
    • in the transition tariff zones between VRN and RMV up to
      • Hohensachsen and Lützelsachsen in Weinheim
      • the city of Eberbach
      • centre of Worms (VRN zone 43) in Rhineland-Palatinate
    • as well as in Mainz (tariff zone 6500)

Costs & Buying

A proof of age must be provided once before buying a Seniors ticket for Hesse. This can be done, for example, by producing an ID card or the passport. If you already have a chip card registered on "meinRMV (my RMV)" which includes the proof of entitlement for "65-plus", you can buy the Seniors ticket for Hesse without further verification.

The Seniors ticket for Hesse is available at every RMV outlet marked with the e-Ticket logo, at NVV, through transport company VGG in the VRN zone as well as online through the RMV TicketShop or subscription centre of Kassel transport company (KVG). The order form can be downloaded.

The Seniors ticket for Hesse is designed as an annual ticket, and the binding purchase of the annual ticket is what makes its attractive price possible, among other things. Therefore, there is no monthly Seniors ticket for Hesse. However, it can be bought by means of subscription wherein the entire payment can be made all at once or then every month in twelve instalments. Alternatively, customers can continue to buy the 65-plus-monthly tickets in RMV.

If the ticket has been bought on a subscription basis, it must be cancelled at the latest by the 10th of the last desired month of its validity. The cancellation must be done directly at the outlet or in writing to the company, who has issued the ticket.

For users who have bought it by paying via cash, debit card or credit card and have taken the ticket with them immediately, the Seniors ticket for Hesse is only valid for one year. Therefore, it has no subscription feature and should also not be cancelled. Cancellation before the end of 12 months is also possible. The cancellation must be done at the latest by 10th of the last desired month of its validity. Cancellation of the subscription before the expiry of the first 12 months or cancellation of the annual ticket however leads to subsequent billing. Twice the monthly price is calculated for every month in which the ticket was used. If a subscription is cancelled after the expiry of the first 12 months, there is no subsequent billing. The customer only pays for the months in which he/she has used the ticket.

The Seniors ticket for Hesse is available on subscription basis. If the Seniors ticket for Hesse is bought without subscription, it automatically expires after one year. It must be bought again to continue its validity for another year.

The Seniors ticket for Hesse can be bought even during the year. The validity always starts on the first of a month and continues for 12 months thereafter. It is not possible to start the validity on another date.


Seniors ticket for Hesse and other offers

The Seniors ticket for Hesse is a personal annual ticket for all senior citizens above the age of 65 years. It is valid throughout Hesse and Mainz and is offered in two variants. The Seniors ticket for Hesse costs 365 euros and entitles you to travel by all means of local transport in Hesse on weekdays from 9.00 hours. On weekends and holidays as well in the Hessentag week, it is valid even before 9.00 hours. The Seniors Comfort ticket for Hesse is also valid for the whole day on weekdays. It entitles you to travel in 1st class, from 19.00 hours to 5.00 hours daily as well as for the whole day on weekends and holidays, wherein you can take along one adult and any number of children below the age of 15 years.

The Seniors ticket for Hesse replaces the previous 65-plus annual tickets as well as 65-annual tickets in the RMV. However, the 65-plus monthly tickets are still available.

Yes, a 65-plus annual ticket can be converted into a Seniors ticket for Hesse within the contract year upon request (product change). The change is made in such a way that the new Seniors ticket is issued for twelve consecutive calendar months at the price applicable from the desired month of change. The change request must be submitted by 10th of the previous month.

No, automatic conversion is not possible. Many sales partners in the RMV will actively inform the 65-plus annual ticket customers about the new Seniors ticket.


Terms and Conditions

Anyone wishing to travel beyond their validity area (refer to the Overview map of the range of validity (PDF)) with a Seniors ticket for Hesse needs a valid ticket. RMV tickets are generally valid from the last station in the transport network area till the borders of the transport network area (even if there is no station). Whether a ticket from the last station in the RMV area onwards is required for the respective journey however depends on the respective tariff of the neighbouring area. Please obtain information about this before departure.

Yes, bicycles can be carried along free of cost in the RMV and in NVV round the clock, in VRN from 9.00 hours on weekdays as well as on holidays and on weekends. However, some transport companies prohibit the passengers from carrying bicycles during rush hour, especially in buses. Wheelchair users and passengers with prams always have priority.

The regulations of the respective transport company/ transport network area regarding carrying objects are always applicable.

No. The ticket is person-specific and cannot be transferred.

In the comfort version of the Senior citizen ticket for Hesse, it is possible to travel along with one adult and any number of children under 15 years in the evenings from 19.00 hours onwards and on the weekend. The person need not be a family member. No extra persons can be taken along using this version of the Senior citizen ticket for Hesse for 365 euros.

The Senior citizen ticket for Hesse can be cancelled at the end of a calendar month. In that case, cancellation must be done no later than the 10th of the respective calendar month directly at an outlet or in writing to the company, which has issued the ticket.

In case of early cancellation within the first 12-month period, twice the monthly price shall hence be billed per used month, with the maximum amount not exceeding the annual price. In case of early cancellation after the expiry of the first 12-month period, 1/12 of the annual ticket price shall be billed for each completely used month. The customer shall then only pay for the months in which he/she has travelled. It must be cancelled at the latest by the 10th of the last desired month of its validity. The cancellation must be done directly at an outlet or in writing to the company, which has issued the ticket.

The Senior citizen ticket for Hesse is designed as an annual ticket, the binding purchase of which is what makes its attractive price possible in the first place, among other things. A reimbursement of the fare shall take place for disability-related illnesses lasting for more than 15 consecutive days and for the corresponding duration of recuperation. The incapacity to travel must be proven by means of a certificate of a doctor, hospital or health insurance.

No processing fee shall be levied in the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) for the partial reimbursement.


Validity of the Seniors ticket for Hesse

Basically, hailed shared taxis and dial-a-bus services are part of the means of transport in the transport network area and can thus be used without any extra charge using the Senior citizen ticket for Hesse. However, some companies levy extra charges for enhanced comfort (such as getting a ride until the front door). If extra charges are levied for hailed shared taxis, these shall need to be paid even for journeys with the Senior citizen ticket for Hesse.

With the Senior citizen comfort ticket for Hesse, you need not pay extra charges for the airliner.


The Seniors ticket for Hesse as an eTicket

In case of loss, a replacement card shall be issued, on which the Senior citizen ticket for Hesse is saved. A fee of 10 euros may be charged for this.

In addition to the ticket details, the first and last name (masked), date of birth and gender are saved on the eTicket. Which data is saved on the chip card can be seen at many outlets and ticket machines with the (((e-logo. Most of the NFC-enabled Android smartphones can even read the chip card while on the go using the RMV app via the "eTicket Rhein-Main” option.

Further information is available in our privacy statements regaridng the Hesse eTicket.

The chip card is valid for 5 years. In the case of a subscription, the customer shall automatically receive a new chip card with the Senior citizen ticket for Hesse by post after the expiry of the current chip card.

Common fare provisions for the Senior citizen ticket for Hesse