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General Terms and Conditions of Business (T&Cs) for the BVG online shop

1 Area of validity

(1) The following Terms and Conditions of Business apply to all ticket orders you place or arrange for through our website, in our online ticket shop, or in our BVG apps, or through third-party providers (hereafter the “BVG online shop”). If you buy online through a third-party provider, subscription tickets are not available and the regulations set out in sections 3.1, 3.2(1), and 4 do not apply. In this case, customer data, ticket delivery, and payment are handled by the third-party provider.

The VBB fares scale (“collective fares scale of transport companies in the Berlin-Brandenburg public transport network”) also applies in the latest version published in the Berlin official gazette. For subscription tickets, appendix 5 (only in German) of the VBB fares scale (terms and conditions for subscriptions) is of particular relevance. When ordering corporate tickets through the BVG’s corporate tickets website, the following terms and conditions apply in addition (postpaid/direct debit subscribers). The regulations set out there take precedence, i.e. sections 3 to 6 (except section 3 paragraph 3.2) of these T&Cs for the BVG online shop do not apply. 

The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), a statutory public body, with the involvement of the payment provider LogPay Financial Services GmbH as stipulated in the following provisions, is your partner under this contract.

(2) Orders can only be accepted by persons aged 18 years and above. In order to order tickets in the BVG apps, customers must have restricted legal capacity at minimum and the consent of their legal guardian to use the BVG apps. 

(3) Customer conditions which contradict or deviate from these are expressly excluded.

2 Conclusion of contract

(1) The customer makes a binding offer on completing the online order process. 

(2) The order process involves the following steps:

In order to order tickets online using digital sales channels, the customer must register for the digital sales channels (apps or website) offered by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) (see section 3.1). After successful registration and confirmation of the T&Cs, the customer can enter the data required for the order (e.g. desired ticket(s), payment method, etc.).

The customer can now review their data (e.g. name, address, payment methods, articles ordered) and make any necessary corrections before confirming the order by clicking on the ‘Complete order’ button.

(3) The order constitutes a binding offer to enter into a contract The BVG will promptly confirm receipt of the order. Confirmation of receipt does not constitute binding acceptance of the order. 

(4) The contract for the ticket ordered by the customer takes effect when the BVG accepts the customer’s order by sending separate email notification or by sending the ticket to the customer. 

(5) The contract for mobile tickets takes effect when the mobile ticket is made available for viewing within the BVG app. 

(6) The purchase price is due immediately. 

(7) The range of available mobile tickets may change at any time without prior notice. Customers are not entitled to the issue of physical tickets for mobile tickets. Restrictions may apply to advance purchases of these tickets. 

3 Registration and prices

3.1 Ordering subscription tickets 

(1) Registration is not required if using the offline BVG order form to order subscription tickets. You will, however, need to register if you use our online order form. The offline BVG order form or the relevant online order form should be used and sent to the BVG no later than the 10th day of the month preceding the month in which the subscription is to start.

It must contain the customer’s first name and surname, date of birth, address, and contract details (email address at minimum). If ordering for minors, this information must be provided for their legal guardian. If ordering for companies, this information must be provided for their legal representative. 

For legal reasons, tickets can only be sent to addresses in Germany (permanent or current address). 

(2) Existing customers can log in online using their registered email address and password and change their data or cancel their contracts. 

(3) In addition, the regulations set out in appendix 5 of the VBB fares scale (subscription conditions) apply. 

3.2.1 Registration in the BVG single sign-on (SSO) system

(1) In order to order tickets through the BVG’s digital sales channels and to use the e-payment service, a one-time registration in the central sales system of the BVG (‘single sign-on’) is required. For this purpose, the customer must provide the following information: 

  • First name and surname
  • Email address 
  • A password with the following requirements:
    • At least 8 characters long
    • Contains at least one upper case letter
    • Contains at least one lower case letter
    • Contains at least one special character
    • Contains at least one number
    • Do not use trivial passwords, e.g: password, password123, etc.

More information on single sign-on (SSO) registration can be found by going to https://www.bvg.de/de/datenschutz/zentrale-anmeldung (only in German).

3.2.2 Registration in a BVG app (online shop)

(1) In order to place orders in our BVG online shop and to use the e-payment service, the customer can register in the BVG app with their single sign-on account after downloading the app. The following information has already been provided:

  • First name and surname
  • Email address 
  • A password meeting the requirements above

The customer may then enter their preferred payment method, account details, credit card details, and a billing address in their customer profile in a selected BVG app.

If information that the customer supplies and that is essential to the contractual relationship (in particular address and payment method) changes, this information must be updated in the personal login area without delay. If the customer does not do so, the BVG or our commissioned agents are entitled to charge the customer any additional costs that may arise as a result.

(2) Orders can only be accepted from customers with a delivery and billing address within the European Union and Switzerland. Customers with a delivery and billing address in Switzerland are responsible for complying with Swiss customs regulations. The BVG shall accept no liability for any costs incurred in ordering from Switzerland.

3.3 Prices  

(1) All prices include statutory VAT as applicable to the product. If the rate of VAT changes, the customer agrees to a corresponding adjustment in prices. 

(2) Only the latest approved and published BVG/VBB fares are valid for tickets.

4 Payment conditions

(1) In addition to the terms and conditions set out above, the following regulations also apply to payment of the selected ticket. The available payment methods are available only to legally competent persons over 18 years of age. 

(2) Payment for subscription tickets is collected by the BVG by direct debit according to the VBB fares scale, appendix 5 (terms and conditions for subscriptions). Other payment methods may be offered in the apps.

(3) The BVG employs the services of the payment provider LogPay Financial Services GmbH, Schwalbacher Straße 72, 65760 Eschborn (also referred to as ‘LogPay’ in the following), to handle e-payments (e.g. webshop, mobile app). 

The payment due for purchased tickets will be collected by LogPay, to whom all due payments, including any ancillary claims and fees, are sold and assigned (notice of assignment). LogPay is the third-party beneficiary of the following provisions. It is also authorised to collect payments in its own name and for its own account. 

LogPay will usually collect the payment due by SEPA direct debit or credit card within five (5) banking days following purchase of the ticket. The breakdown of purchased tickets includes a list of itemised purchases and can only be accessed and viewed by registered customers in electronic form on the webshop.

4.1 Payment methods 

At present, subscription tickets can only be paid by direct debit. The BVG reserves the right to offer other payment methods.

For all other tickets, customers may choose from the following payment methods (the specific payment methods available in the BVG apps may, however, vary): 

  • SEPA direct debit mandate (at present mandatory for subscription tickets) 
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) 
  • PayPal and PayPal Express 
  • Google Pay and Google Pay Express 
  • Apple Pay and Apple Pay Express 

Other payment methods are not currently available. Customers are not automatically eligible to use a specific payment method. The BVG reserves the right to adjust the payment methods offered for each sales channel at any time, i.e. to remove or add payment methods.

4.2 Payment by SEPA direct debit 

(1) Direct debit payments are only possible from bank accounts held in the SEPA area. 

(2) The customer must ensure that the account provided contains sufficient funds such that the SEPA direct debit can be collected. If the payer effects an unauthorised return of the SEPA direct debit or if the direct debit payment at their payment service provider is rejected for reasons for which they are responsible – in particular due to insufficient funds, incorrect or invalid bank account details or if an objection is lodged –, they shall be obliged to ensure sufficient funds or eliminate the cause of the failed payment so that, in addition to the outstanding amount, the charges applied by the payment service provider can be debited on the day indicated on the reminder. LogPay is entitled to claim for further damages. 

(3) If the SEPA direct debit payment method is chosen, customer personal information (first name, surname, address, date of birth, and email address) and bank account details must be provided so that their payment for a purchased ticket can be unambiguously verified. On selecting this payment method, the customer, by agreeing to these General Terms and Conditions of Business, authorises LogPay to deduct payment from their account within the European Union by SEPA direct debit. At the same time, they instruct their payment service provider to honour the direct debit collected by LogPay. Customers are advised that they may request a refund of the charged amount within eight weeks, starting with the direct debit date. The terms and conditions agreed with their payment service provider apply in this case. If the customer is not the account holder, they shall ensure that the account holder has consented to the SEPA direct debit payment. 

(4) The customer is obliged to provide notification of all bank account details required to use the SEPA direct debit method (in particular the account holder and the International Bank Account Number (IBAN)) and enter them on the designated form in the shop system or the app. When using the SEPA direct debit payment method, the customer will receive pre-notification of the direct debit date and amount from LogPay. This pre-notification will be supplied to the customer at least two (2) days prior to the direct debit payment. The pre-notification is sent electronically together with the order confirmation to the given email address. 

(5) The customer waives their right to obtain a written SEPA direct debit mandate. They consent to this waiver applying to their payment service provider, the creditor’s payment service provider, and the creditor. The customer consents to these parties being informed of the waiver. If the waiver no longer applies or is ineffective, the customer is obliged to submit a written mandate without delay. This can be done by sending an email to sepa@logpay.de and requesting a SEPA direct debit mandate form. The customer will then receive the form for the SEPA direct debit, which must be completed, personally signed, and returned to LogPay by post. If the customer is not the account holder, they are obliged to inform the account holder of the mandate reference number. 

4.3 Payment by credit card (not for subscription tickets) 

(1) Payment for tickets purchased using credit cards is only possible with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Other credit cards are not accepted. 
The customer’s following credit card information is collected during the order process: 

  • Surname and first name of the credit card holder 
  • Credit card type (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) 
  • Credit card number 
  • Credit card expiry date 
  • Credit card security code number 

This information is passed to LogPay servers for the purpose of collecting payments. 

(2) The LogPay system checks the credit card details provided by the customer for correctness and any restrictions placed on the account by the respective credit card provider. If the customer is not the cardholder, they shall ensure that the cardholder has consented to the charge. The customer shall also ensure that the credit card entered is not blocked and has sufficient remaining credit. Should authorisation fail for any reason, the customer will be informed accordingly. 

The time at which payment is debited from the customer’s account is set out in the credit card agreement between the customer and their payment provider. 

(3) If the customer’s payment service provider supports the ‘3D Secure’ system (Verified by Visa/MasterCard® SecureCode™), this system will be used for added security and to prevent credit card fraud. These safeguards are not applied if the customer’s payment service provider does not support the ‘3D Secure’ system. 

(4) The customer must ensure that the payment due can be applied to their credit card. If the customer effects an unauthorised chargeback, or if the direct debit payment is rejected for reasons for which they are responsible, they shall be obliged to ensure sufficient funds or eliminate the cause of the failed payment so that, in addition to the outstanding amount, the charges applied by the payment service provider can be debited on the day indicated on the reminder. LogPay is entitled to claim for further damages. 

(5) Payments made for the purchase of tickets will appear on customers’ credit card statements as total amounts in euros. Registered customers can access and view itemised information on the total amount via the webshop. 

4.4 Payment with Google Pay (not for subscription tickets) 

Customers who wish to pay using Google Pay need to have added a payment method to their Google Wallet. To pay with Google Pay, the customer selects Google Pay as their payment method in the BVG online shop. The customer can review their order prior to payment. The purchase must be confirmed before payment is initiated. On successful payment, the customer is issued their ticket via the BVG online shop. An error message is displayed if payment is unsuccessful. 

4.5 Payment with Apple Pay (not for subscription tickets) 

Customers who wish to pay using Apple Pay need to have added a payment method to their Apple Wallet. To pay with Apple Pay, the customer selects Apple Pay as their payment method in the BVG online shop. The customer can review their order prior to payment. The purchase must be confirmed before payment is initiated. On successful payment, the customer is issued their ticket via the BVG online shop. An error message is displayed if payment is unsuccessful. 

4.6 Payment by PayPal (not for subscription tickets) 

Customers who wish to pay using PayPal need a PayPal account in which they have saved their payment and delivery information. The customer must select PayPal as the payment method. They are then redirected to the PayPal website, enter the required information, and confirm the payment. On successful payment, the customer receives a purchase confirmation. A payment rejection is displayed if payment is unsuccessful. The customer’s offer to purchase can only be accepted once the payment has been successfully processed by PayPal. 

5 Cancellation

For the contract types set out in section 312(2) of the German Civil Code (BGB) , in particular those relating to the purchase of tickets for travel (contracts relating to the carriage of passengers (section 312(2)(5) of the BGB)), there is no right to cancel. 

6 Delivery

6.1 Mobile tickets 

(1) Mobile tickets are made available in accordance with sections 2(5) and (6).

In order to prevent misuse, the BVG reserves the right to delay the provision of mobile phone tickets for viewing by at least 60 seconds. If the provision is delayed, the BVG will inform the customer in advance. 

6.2 Retention of title 

All tickets supplied remain the property of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe until payment has been received in full. In the event that goods are resold, the retention of title shall cover a claim for the purchase price (extended retention of title). 

7 Liability

The BVG shall be liable for damages resulting from injury to life, limb, and health, for damages resulting from a breach of duties, fulfilment of which make due performance of the contract possible and on which the other party can normally expect to be able to rely (material contractual obligations), and for other damage resulting from a wilful or grossly negligent breach of duty in accordance with statutory provisions. Liability for claims in accordance with Product Liability Law shall remain unaffected. Liability for damage claims, irrespective of legal reason, is excluded.

The customer is aware that they may incur costs for the use of the products made available to them in accordance with these T&Cs. This, in particular, concerns costs for processing payment transactions and necessary telecommunications (e.g. data transmission via mobile networks). The BVG and its associated service providers shall not assume any costs incurred by the customer directly or indirectly from the use of the products provided in accordance with these T&Cs. This, in particular, applies to transaction costs incurred by the customer’s credit institutions or credit card clearing houses as a result of debits or credits, as well as to all of the customer’s telecommunication costs. 

8 Final provisions

8.1 Applicable law 

The laws of Germany are applicable, to the exclusion of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

8.2 Place of performance and place of jurisdiction 

The place of performance is Berlin. Insofar as the customer is a registered trader or a legal entity under public law, it is agreed that the exclusive place of jurisdiction is the registered office of the seller. 

8.3 Severability clause 

If one or more provisions in these General Terms and Conditions of Business should be wholly or partly invalid, or lose their legal validity, the validity of the remaining terms shall not be not affected as a result. 

8.4 Information on dispute resolution 

The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution at  https://ec.europa.eu/

To settle disputes arising from the carriage of passengers by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), we have undertaken to participate in a dispute resolution procedure run by a consumer arbitration board. In such cases, our passengers may contact the following arbitration board: 

söp Schlichtungsstelle für den öffentlichen Personenverkehr e. V.
Fasanenstr. 81 
D-10623 Berlin

Telephone: (030) 6449933 0 
Email: kontakt@soep-online.de
Internet: https://soep-online.de

We do not participate in consumer dispute resolution procedure in any other cases. Please contact us directly with your questions and issues if this applies to you. 

Last updated:  18 March 2024