For many students living in more or less close proximity of Münster, the semester ticket is equally essential as for those depending on the buses within the city. Nonetheless, many of you may not know the following: The semester ticket is a service offered by AStA! This means, AStA as a general representative of the student body of Münster University negotiates over the extent and costs of the semester ticket with the respective transport services and concludes the necessary contracts.
How do I get my semester ticket?
You can download the ticket through your SelfService and use it either on your mobile device or as a printout (recommended). Postage of the semester ticket and delivery per post is no longer possible.
What do I need to keep in mind when using the ticket?
The ticket is only valid in combination with a valid photo identification or, for international students, with a certified copy of your ID. The ticket needs to be accessible in its original form and cannot be shrink-wrapped or laminated. It is to be presented when entering the bus or upon request by the transportation service staff. If you as a fresher do not have a student ID yet or ever forget to bring your student ID with you, an official photo identification (personal ID,…) is also valid.
When is the semester ticket valid?
The semester ticket including the NRW extension is valid from the official start of the new semester (winter semester: 10/01; summer semester: 04/01).
For freshers, the regional semester ticket is already valid from September 1 for the winter semester or March 1 for the summer semester, even if the print on the ticket states 10/01 and 04/01 respectively. This means, you can already use the regional ticket one month before the semester starts in all areas listed below. You need to bring along your certificate of study (printed out), otherwise, your claim on the advanced validation of your ticket will not become evident!
Where and in which means of transportation is the semester ticket valid?
Can I take another person along with me?
The semester ticket incl. the NRW extension is valid in all means of transportation of all transportation authorities and linked transport systems within North Rhine-Westphalia, plus the city of Osnabrück. This means, all busses, trams, city rails and subways as well as regional trains (regional trail services RE, RB and S) in NRW may be used (exceptions are only very few bus routes not included in the NRW network tariff). Additionally, you can also use your ticket on the following routes:
NRW and surrounding areas:
Münster - Osnabrück
Gronau - Enschede
Rheine - Lingen
Rheine - Bad Bentheim - Nordhorn (only until 30.09.2022)
Lügde - Hameln
Vlotho - Hameln
Ibbenbüren-Laggenbeck - Bünde (Westf)
Lengerich (Westf) - Osnabrück Hbf
Osnabrück Hbf - Halen
Westbarthausen - Osnabrück Hbf
Minden - Hannover
Au (Sieg) - Niederschelden Nord
Betzdorf - Struthütten
Warburg - Kassel
The regional semester ticket (for students enrolling for the first time already valid from 03/01 respectively 09/01!) can be used in and around Münster (City of Münster, City of Hamm, Districts of Borken, Coesfeld, Steinfurt, Warendorf) and in Ruhr-Lippe (Districts of Soest and Unna), as well as on the following train routes:
- Kbs 400, Hamm - Bielefeld - Kbs 406, Münster - Rheda-Wiedenbrück - Kbs 407, Münster – Gronau – Enschede - Kbs 408 Münster - Coesfeld - Kbs 411 Münster (Westf.) Hbf – Dortmund Hbf - Kbs 412 Dortmund Hbf – Gronau (Westf) – Enschede - Kbs 375 Abschnitt Rheine – Osnabrück Hbf - Kbs 385 Abschnitt Münster (Westf.) Hbf – Osnabrück Hbf - Kbs 395 Abschnitt Münster (Westf.) Hbf – Rheine – Lingen (Ems) - Kbs 410/455 Abschnitt Münster (Westf.) Hbf – Hamm (Westf.) – Schwerte (Ruhr) - Kbs 415 Abschnitt Dortmund Hbf – Hamm (Westf.) - Kbs 424 Abschnitt Coesfeld (Westf.) - Reken - Kbs 425 Abschnitt Münster (Westf.) Hbf – Recklinghausen Hbf - Kbs 430 Abschnitt Hamm (Westf.) – Paderborn Hbf - Kbs 431 Abschnitt Holzwickede - Soest - Kbs 433 Abschnitt Schwerte (Ruhr) - Ergste - Kbs 435 Abschnitt Schwerte (Ruhr) – Wickede (Ruhr) - Kbs 437 Abschnitt Unna – Fröndenberg - Kbs 450.4 Abschnitt Unna – Massen (click here for bus and train diagrams
On weekdays from 7pm, weekends and public holidays, you are allowed to take another person or your bike with you on public busses within Münster, Bocholt, Rheine and Hamm for free. Even the night surcharge for the person accompanying you is omitted.
How long is the semester ticket valid?
Furthermore, your ticket allows you to bring one child up to the age of 14 years with you on the ride within the scope of the regional ticket (see 4. Where does the semester ticket apply?).
In trains, your ticket does not allow you to bring a person or a bike with you!
The semester ticket is valid for the respective semester (April 1 to September 30 and October 1 to March 31).
I forgot my ticket!
In case you forgot your ticket and the ticket inspector shows up, you can save the 60 euros fine if you present your ticket and the 60 euros payment request as soon as possible to the bus or train company. You will then only have to pay the processing fee. You can also always save your ticket on your phone as a precautional measure. If you then also have an ID with you, you will not face any of these inconveniences.
I lost my ticket!
In case you lost your ticket, you can download it again through your SelfService.
Is there a ticket for visiting students?
Sadly, visiting students do not receive a semester ticket.
What happens if I am exmatriculated?
Students that are being exmatriculated or were exmaticulated until May 15 (summer semester) or November 15 (winter semester), can no longer use the semester ticket. You will get a reimbursement for the semester ticket fee.
Where can I find bus and train timetables?
You can get bus timetables for Münster at the Stadtwerke Münster (public utility center, at Hafenplatz) or in their “Mobilé” shop (behind bus platform C2 at the central station). An electronic timetable can be found online on the webpages of Stadtwerke Münster. AStA itself does not provide any timetables.
Who will answer further questions?
Contact number for timetable information: “Schlaue Nummer für Bus & Bahn” (“your clever number for busses and trains”):
+49 180 3 / 50 40 30 (9 Ct./Min. via phone, max. 42 Ct./Min. via mobile)
Itinerary information of DB (Die Bahn): +49 800 1 50 70 90 (for free)