I am a PhD student in Ukrain. I am 30 years old. I am going to Bremen, Germany tommorow. Does one know can i use discount tickets in Bremen for public transportation or not?

  • What kind of discount tickets? Student discount? – Traveller Aug 3 at 13:02
  • @Traveller: Yes. Student discount. – R R Aug 3 at 13:02
  • Do you only stay for vacation or are you working on your PhD in Bremen? I doubt there are student discounts regarding public transport for tourists. – GittingGud Aug 5 at 6:47

There are typically no discount tickets for students in Germany.

As student, you get a 'Semsterticket' together with your matriculation documents after payment of your semester fee. This ticket allows you to use public buses and trains for free within the state, except long range trains like IC/EC/ICE.

Since Bremen is a small state on its own, the range of its Semsterticket ticket is extended to about half the area of the state Niedersachsen, and also includes some IC trains between Bremen and Emden / Norddeich.

For more details about where the ticket is valid, see this link (scroll down for english version)


Of course, you do pay for the semester ticket with the semester fees.
At my university, PhD students are not required to be matriculated. For many PhD students, the benefits like free public transport and other student discounts did not make up the fee, so they do not matriculate. So, if you decided against it, you have no ticket.

If you have a Semsterticket, you need to put your photo in it, and in addition, need to have your ID card with you.

  • They do PhD without having done matriculation? – Hanky Panky Aug 3 at 15:50
  • @HankyPanky correct. You need it for bachelor and master, but not always for a doctorate. This depends on university and subject area. – sweber Aug 3 at 16:06
  • Depending on the transport association responsible in the area student discounts, such as a "Semesterticket", are only obtainable if you're enrolled in a university in the district of the association(disregarding the fact that you would have to pay more as you didn't contribute with your semester fees). – GittingGud Aug 5 at 6:46

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