Semester Ticket

Nowadays, being mobile is very important. Every student of Paderborn University receives a Semesterticket with which they can travel all around North Rhine-Westphalia.

Information on how the upgrade model to the 49-EUR-Ticket (Deutschlandticket) works can be found below in the FAQ - Semesterticket section (here).

The Padersprinter Advent timetable applies from 30.11.2023 to 24.12.2023. Travel times may vary.

You will receive your semester ticket digitally only. Click here to get directly to the application and to the detailed instructions.

The application is only possible as soon as the re-registration for the corresponding semester was successful (visible in PAUL under Meine Daten > Persönliche Daten > Semesterstatus).

If you have any technical questions or problems, please contact the IMT. If you have general questions about the semester ticket, we will be happy to help.

For convenient use of the semester ticket, we have developed an app that you can download here:

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Please carry your student ID and ID card with you at all times.

Area of Validity of the UPB Semester Ticket

The Semester Ticket is valid in NRW on these modes of transportation:

  • trams
  • subways
  • buses
  • local trains, (RB, RE, S-Bahn) even if they do not belong to DB Regio (Eurobahn, NordWestBahn, Abellio)
  • night buses in Paderborn (in other cities, night buses might fall under different tarif regulations, it might therefore be possible that you have to pay an extra fee or that the semester ticket is not valid there)

Outside of NRW the Semester Ticket is only valid

– on these train routes:

  • Höxter-Lüchtringen – Holzminden
  • Lügde – Hameln
  • Vlotho – Hameln
  • Ibbenbüren-Laggenbeck – Bünde (Westf)
  • Lengerich (Westf) – Osnabrück Hbf
  • Halen – Osnabrück Hbf
  • Westbarthausen – Osnabrück Hbf
  • Au (Sieg) – Niederschelden Nord
  • Betzdorf – Struthütten
  • Gronau – Enschede
  • Wehrden – Bodenfelde – Göttingen
  • Warburg – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe (RE11/17)
  • Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Kassel Hbf (in den Zügen der RT, HLB, DB Regio, KHB)
  • Hameln – Hannover Hbf (S5)

– on buses on these routes:

  • City area of Osnabrück
  • Alstätte – Enschede (bus line T88)

FAQ - Semester Ticket

You can get your ticket via the IMT Serviceportal or Deutsche Bahn webshop. You can find a detailed guide on how to do this here.

The application is only possible as soon as the re-registration for the corresponding semester was successful (visible in PAUL under My Data > Personal Data > Semester Status).

The semester ticket is valid not only as a printout but also as a PDF file that is being displayed on a smartphone or any other electronic device (such as tablets, laptops, etc.). In any case, the semester ticket is only valid in combination with a photo ID.

To ensure a comfortable experience with the digital semester ticket, we have coded a dedicated app which you will find here:

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Please note: The AStA assumes no liability if the ticket in the app is not accepted by the transport companies or if the app malfunctions. Therefore, always carry your semester ticket with you in printed form or as a PDF file as a backup.

Every enrolled student of Paderborn University receives a semester ticket. In combination with your Student ID, it will enable you to take local buses and trains across the entire state of North Rhine-Westphalia (no ICEs and no first-class seating!). Furthermore, it is valid on selected routes outside of NRW (see above). Please note that in using the semester ticket, you automatically accept the terms and conditions of each respective transit company. For NRW and the route to Hanover, you can find these here; on route to Kassel the terms and conditions of the NVV are valid; and on route to Göttingen you will automatically accept the terms and conditions of the NWB.

No, that is not possible for most cases. There are a few exceptions. You can find these exceptions, as well as how to apply for a refund, below.

The semester ticket is valid for the entire semester, i.e. during the winter term from 1 October to 31 March and during the summer term from 1 April to 30 September. It is valid 24/7, even during the semester break.

For newly enrolled students/first semester students, the semester ticket is already valid on certain routes one month before the start of the semester, i.e. from September 1/March 1. The regular semester ticket must be applied for and can be used in conjunction with a valid certificate of study. These include the bus services in the districts of Paderborn and Höxter, the rail services of DB Regio NRW (only on these routes) as well as the route Hameln – Hannover Hbf (line S5) and the route Wehrden – Bodenfelde – Göttingen (line RB85).

 

If you have difficulties with the staff of the Deutsche Bahn or if you are fined, please write us an email with the day and train/bus on which the incident occurred, if applicable the ticket and your semester ticket as PDF. We will then take care of it.

Yes, exchange students can use the semester ticket as soon as they have paid the semester fees and proven health insurance. The semester fees need to be transferred into the specific university account. Please remember to state your matriculation number!

As of winter semester 2021/22, the semester tickets need to be downloaded online. They will not be dispatched through the post and cannot be picked up personally.

You can use all the night buses in Paderborn and most of the night buses in the Rhine-Ruhr area (VRR) without paying an additional fee. Some night buses in other areas of North Rhine-Westphalia have special rates and may afford an extra fee. In some areas, the semester ticket may not be valid for night buses at all, as for example in Bielefeld.

No, that is not possible. In general, the ticket is only valid for the person whose name is printed on the semester ticket.

The only exception are children under these conditions in the following areas:

You are allowed to take any number of children under the age of six without paying an extra fee. However, on the route from Warburg to Kassel this is limited to a maximum of three children under the age of six. In addition, children below the age of 7, who are not yet attending school, are entitled to cost-free transportation throughout NRW until their first day of school (the school year usually officially starts on August 1st of any given year).

Additionally, in the rail transport from DB Regio NRW (see map) you are allowed to take a maximum number of three children between the ages of 6 and 14 with you without any additional fees. These same conditions also apply for the entire VPH area (Paderborn/Höxter), as well as on the routes Hameln – Hannover Hbf (rail line S5) and Wehrden – Bodenfelde – Göttingen (rail line RB85). In the other transit areas any additional persons over the age of six are not allowed on your semester ticket.

No, you will have to pay an extra fee. In most cases, it costs approximately 5€.

An exception are folding bikes, which can be transported without any extra cost. The same holds true for e-bikes and e-scooters. This explicitly applies only to foldable e-scooters and e-bikes. This regulation is valid in the entire NRW area as well as on the trains to Hanover and Göttingen. Moreover, on the train to Kassel you can also transport a regular bike without any additional cost. However, please note that if the train is too crowded, baby strollers and wheelchairs are prioritized.

No! If you want to protect your semester ticket from dirt or other harm, you can put it in a transparent folder. You can get one for free at the AStA Service (ME U 205).

For newly enrolled students/first semester students, the semester ticket is already valid on certain routes one month before the start of the semester, i.e. from September 1/March 1. The regular semester ticket must be applied for and can be used in conjunction with a valid certificate of study (student ID or immatriculation certificate). These include the bus services in the districts of Paderborn and Höxter, the rail services of DB Regio NRW (only on these routes) as well as the route Hameln – Hannover Hbf (line S5) and the route Wehrden – Bodenfelde – Göttingen (line RB85).

 

If you have difficulties with the staff of the Deutsche Bahn or if you are fined, please write us an email with the day and train/bus on which the incident occurred, if applicable the ticket and your semester ticket as PDF. We will then take care of it.

You can upgrade your semester ticket to the Deutschlandticket for a small fee. This will allow you to use the comforts of your semester ticket outside of NRW.

 

In the Online Ticket Shop of the Bahn (www.ots-nrw.de) your semester price is stored, and when you book a ticket and enter your university and matriculation number, you will be shown the price of 9,38€. You pay this price and can then use the ticket outside of NRW at Deutschlandticket conditions throughout Germany – for this ONE MONTH that you have booked. If you want to book another month, it will cost 9,38€ again. It is not an subscription for students, but always only for one month bookable, if desired.

 

This is a temporary solution for the current semester only. How it will continue and whether there will be a cheaper solution for students after that is still unclear.

If the scanner of the train staff shows your ticket as invalid, please show the picture of the ticket (swipe twice in the app) in connection with your student ID and ID card. This often happens on routes outside of NRW. Please persevere, your ticket is valid in any case.

Bridge construction completed – PaderSprinter returns to its usual route

When the new bridge at Bahnhofsstraße is opened for traffic at the beginning of June as one of the main routes into Paderborn city center, the PaderSprinter buses will also take this route again for the corresponding lines from 01.06.2023 when operations start.

Lines 2, 28 and 58 cross the bridge

Lines 2, 28, 58 and N6 will return to their regular route. For lines 2 and 28, this means continuing to the right after the “Barkhauser Straße” stop on Bahnhofstraße to the “Almeweg” stop, then continuing via the “Pontanusstraße” and “Klöcknerstraße” stops to the “Hauptbahnhof”. The return trip follows the same route in reverse order.

After the “Heinz-Nixdorf-Wendeschleife”, line 58 serves the stops “Damaschkestraße”, “Technisches Rathaus”, “Pontanusstraße” and “Almeweg” to the stop “Barkhauser Straße”. In the opposite direction, the route runs after the stop “Barkhauser Straße” via Almeweg, Pontanusstraße, Westfriedhof, Technisches Rathaus and Damaschkestraße to the Heinz-Nixdorf turnaround loop. The night bus line N6 runs from “Hauptbahnhof” via the stops “Klöcknerstraße”, “Pontanusstraße” and “Technisches Rathaus” to “Westfriedhof” and serves all these stops in reverse order in the other direction.

The night bus line N6 was only indirectly affected by the bridge closure, but its rerouting as a result of the changed traffic routing is now also being reversed.

Return to the old schedule as well

The return to the usual routing also means that the timetable will be adjusted again. The buses will start 3 minutes later than during the construction phase, including at the individual stops.

Up-to-date information on the timetable and tickets can be found at www.padersprinter.de and in the timetable app. The PaderSprinter customer center can be reached at Westernmauer 18 in Paderborn (Monday to Friday 08.00 to 18.30 and Saturday 10.00 to 16.00) or by telephone at 05251 – 6997 222 (Monday to Sunday 06.00 to 22.00) for queries.

Semester Ticket Refund

The semester ticket is an obligatory part of the semester fee. In exceptional cases, however, a (partial) refund can be applied for. This is possible if one of the following cases applies:

  • Students with disabilities who are entitled to cost-free public transportation according to the SGB IX. An official and valid disability ID, including a public transport pass, suffices as proof to apply for a refund of the semester ticket.
  • Students can apply at the Studierendensekretariat for a vacation semester (e.g. for a semester abroad or internship). Once this application has been confirmed, you are entitled to apply for a semester ticket refund. Please note that the application for a refund must be submitted before the start of your vacation semester. If your application is approved, you are no longer entitled to use the semester ticket.
  • Students who will cease to stay enrolled: Should you conclude your current study program, this rule applies until the end of the second month of a new semester. In this case, a partial refund will be granted only for the complete months that students won’t be enrolled for anymore. In case you don’t re-enroll for a new semester, the deadline for application is before the new semester commences. Once the exmatriculation process is completed, you are no longer entitled to use the semester ticket.
  • In addition, you can get a partial refund for the regional semester ticket, if you can prove that you have spent or will spend at least four months of the semester in question outside of the area of validity of the regional semester ticket (for an overview of the area of validity, please consult the map enclosed in the below mentioned form). In this case, the partial fee for the NRW semester ticket is due nonetheless. Proof can be issued by authorities, employers, universities or – in case of sickness or injury – hospitals. In order to apply for this partial refund, you are asked to submit this form to the AStA social office until 1 March (for the current winter term) or 1 September (for the current summer term) at the latest. We will then let you know until one week before the end of the semester at the latest, if your application is sufficient. Once your application has been confirmed, you must then upload the filled-out form to PAUL (“Study”>”Study Organisation”>” STS Erstattungsantrag Schwerbehinderung / Aufenthalt außerhalb Regioticket”). Please note that subsequent refunds for past semesters are not possible!

All of the abovementioned applications (e.g. application for semester ticket refund, application for vacation semester etc.) have to be submitted via PAUL (“Study”>”Study Organisation”). If you have any further questions regarding the refund, please contact the AStA social office directly.