but down in Munich, you can not pay the ticket checker on the spot.
pay cash on the spot in Munich (and must
do so if you're not an EU resident) but you can't yet use an EC or credit card. During Oktoberfest -- contrary to popular myth -- there is ride control (though not really on the U-Bahns near the grounds), and there are many police details from neighbouring lands (IT, FR, AT, CZ, PL, NL, GB and others) who will assist and, if necessary, charge people under home laws.
Gosh, Darknight, I actually know you are wrong.
Everyone does. Sometimes the realisation just takes a bit longer.
My husband, with a Jahreskarte... did show up with his Jahreskarte and was told that he could have given it to someone else that day...
Correct. This is why there are two types of annual cards, at least in some cities. Berlin is
one of those. You do
have the ability to get a personal card which covers your ass in case you forget it. You must go in and get a picture card. This is only available for annual cards, not monthlies. Same in Munich, where you can get a transferable slightly cheaper
He appealed and was told, nope. So that's my 1st hand knowledge.
Because he had a monthly, not an Abo
(annual subscription). Monthly cards are transferable and only valid when in the person's possession. If you forget your annual card and are busted, you have until the Abo
expiration to bring the card in and show it at a BVV office. There will most likely be a €7,50 administrative fee (only €5 in Munich). In Berlin there is an understanding this can happen and you get one free ride (no pun intended) a year, for whcih the admin fee will be waived.
I buy my Jahreskarte direct from the nice folk at the BVG and there is no name on it, nor any option to have one (unless I write it in pen).
So you're as wrong as DK, quite a feat. Because you can
get a card which is tied to you and
as an annual Abo
they have additional info on you to match up.
Short & sweet:
1) Berlin and Munich both
offer annual cards, both with identifying information and without.
2) Berlin and Munich both
require immediate payment of €40 if you're caught out UNLESS you're a legal EU resident with
ID on you
3) You can (and often must
) pay the €40 Schwarzfahrer
penalty on the spot.
4) Even if you have the documentation and can later produce the fare card, you will pay an admin fee for your fuck-up. €5/7,50 beats the shit out of €40.
5) Multiple errors (your name is Prof. Airhead and you keep getting popped but keep showing your Abo-Ticket
and paying the admin fees) will not land you in jail
6) Losing your named (as opposed to unnamed, transferrable) Isar-Card (Munich) more than once a year will result in the contract being terminated, and single, annual replacements over multiple consecutive years can also lead to the contract being negated.
All of this info and a lot more can be obtained from:
Berlin: 030 / 19 44 9
Munich: 089 / 41 42 43 44
Yeah, I actually called to confirm all of this shit. Took about 5 minutes total
for both cities.