GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)

For those who don’t receive a free School Card!

If you are a pupil, FSJler, FÖJler or Bufdi (during gap year usually taken to do voluntary work in the social sector) you can now drive without School Card authorisation with buses or trams with a monthly fee of 15,00 € only within all GVH zones! Stay mobile in Hanover and the region and get a super favourable tariff package - for all full time students from the 1.class to the age of 22.

What is the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

You are pupil and you have no School Card authorisation? Or maybe you‘re doing a gap year to do voluntary work in the social sector (FSJ, FÖJ, Bufdi)? Get your personal GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) now! Your card for the entire region! As of 01.01.2018 the new GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) replaces the Saving Card for pupils (SparCard Schüler) whereby not only the price is reduced but the scope of services is extended as well!

You pay 15,00 € per month and you can drive unlimitedly within the card zones in the entire GVH tariff area. You may as well use the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) in your free time and during the holidays.

The GVH Saving card (GVH SparCard) is personalised and can only be used with a customer card which is available at the GVH service points or the GVH customer centre. 

This requires a passport photograph and - from 15 years of age - a certificate of your school (e. g. from the school secretariat) or your FSJ, FÖJ, Bufdi employer concerning the authorisation. The appropriate forms for proving can be found here (only available in german language).

How to get the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) from vending machines, you can see here:

FAQ: We compiled all questions on the new GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) here:

Who can profit from the new GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

The GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) is for students from general and vocational schools, who has NO School Card authorisation (schools within the GVH transport area) – up to 22 years of age. The proof of entitlement is the GVH customer card.

 

New: The GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) applies also to participants of the year of voluntary social service (FSJ, FÖJ, Bufdi) (with an age limit of 22 years).

I am a student in the 11., 12. or 13. grade. Can I use the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

Yes, provided that the other regulations are fulfilled, which means you are student at a general and vocational school within the transport area of the GVH and you have no GVH School Card authorisation and you are under 22 years of age.

Are „SPRINT“ participants of vocational schools entitled to use the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

Yes. Both, participants of SPRINT classes and the SPRINT dual measure are in principle entitled to use the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard).

I am an apprentice – may I use the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

No, the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) may only be used by pupils of general and vocational schools within the transport area of the GVH, who have no GVH School Card authorisation and are furthermore aged up to 22 years as well as of participants of a voluntary social year “FSJ”, Voluntary ecological year "FÖJ", Federal Voluntary Service "Bufdi" (with an age limit of 22 years). Apprentices can use the GVH Mobile Card Education (GVH MobilCard Ausbildung) instead.

What if I turn 23 within the validity month of the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

As from the 23. Birthday, the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) may not be used anymore.

Is a GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) subscription available?

No, the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) is not available as subscription, it must be purchased every month anew.

Is the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) as well valid within the regional tariff?

It is valid from the tariff zones „H1“ to „R“ (that means it is not valid in the outer rings of the regional tariff).

Is it possible to extend the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) by a journey to e. g. Celle? And if so, how?

No, an extension by the outer rings of the regional tariff is impossible.

What does the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) cost?

Do I need a customer card? Where do I get one?

Yes, you need a customer card. It is available in all GVH service points as well as customer centres of the GVH transport companies.

Who will certify that I am entitled to use the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

For pupils it is possible to obtain a certification from school, for FSJ volunteers, FÖJ volunteers or Bufdis it can be done by the corresponding supporting organisation of the FSJ, FÖJ or Bufdi.

I have a Saving Card Pupil (SparCard Schüler) for 1, 2, 3 zones, which is valid until the middle of January. Can I still use it until then?

Yes, the Card can still be used; as well within the entire tariff area zone „H1“ to zone „Region“, that means within the entire GVH area, regardless of the original inscription on the card.

I am already using the Saving Card Pupil (SparCard Schüler) – do I have to prove the authorisation from 01.01.18 anew?

No, the current customer card, where the authorisation was once proven, is still valid with the old customer card.

I have the GVH Mobile Card Education (GVH MobilCard Ausbildung) as an annual subscription and from the 01.01.2018 I am entitled to use the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard). What should I do?

In this case, the subscription can be cancelled ahead of time.

This cancelation must be submitted not later than the 10th of the cancelation month at the subscription office. The prove of entitlement for the use of the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) must be attached to the cancelation.

I still have proof of authority forms („Berechtigungsnachweis SparCard Schüler“) – may I still use them?

No. As of 01.01.2018 you can use the new forms for the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) only.

How long will my customer card for the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) be valid, which I have since 2017 or in case I will certify it after 01.01.2018?

Customer cards of 2017 are valid until the registered day of validity. Recertificated customer cards after 01.01.2018 are valid according to the certified time of validity on the proof of entitlement, maximum one year. A further extension period of one year is possible.

Do I need a passport photograph for the customer card?

Is the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) as well valid in the 1. class, when I travel by train? May I use the 1. class, when I pay in addition?

No. The GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) is only valid in the 2. class. A use of the 1. class and a transition into the 1. class during the der ongoing journey is not possible – even not by extra payment.

Can I take another person or my dog with the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) without charge?

No, the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) may only be used by the entitled person himself. If you want to take your dog, you still need a GVH Single Ticket for children aged 6-14 (GVH KinderEinzelTicket) or the GVH Mobile Card (GVH MobilCard) for 1 zone.

I like to take my bike with me– do I have to pay extra surcharge?

Nothing there has changed:

You can take your bike within the framework of the tariff provisions free of charge during certain hours. If you take your bike during the so-called off-times in vehicles of the railway operating companies, you need (regardless of the number of passed tariff zones) an additional valid GVH Single or Carnet Ticket (GVH Einzel- oder SammelTicket) for the price of one zone or an additional GVH Mobile Card (GVH MobilCard) for the price of one zone for each bike. All information on taking bicycles can be found here.

Can I give the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) to other persons? (like my siblings?)

No, the GVH saving Card (GVH SparCard) is not transferable, as well not within family members.

Where can I get the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

The GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) is available at all vending machines, selling points and in case of regiobus as well at the driver.

Is the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) bound to the calendar month?

No, the first day of validity can be chosen freely.

What if I lose the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard)?

In the event of loss of the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) a reimbursement of the purchase price is not possible.

Can I return the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard), if I don’t use it the whole month?

Is there a kind of „emergency sale“ of the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) inside the train in case of vending machine disorders?

Do I have to present the usage authorisation during the purchase process, e. g. in the bus?

Can I submit a warranty claim?

When using the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) the GVH guarantee applies.

I bought a GVH U 21 annual Card (GVH U21-JahresCard) in August 2017. The new GVH U 21 card (GVH U21-Card) is much cheaper. Can I change my card?

The GVH U 21 Card (GVH U21-Card) costs after 01.01.2018 15,00 € only; can I use it as well from Monday to Friday before 02.00 pm?

I have a GVH School Card (GVH SchulCard) for 1, 2 resp. 3 zones. Is it possible to extend my GVH School Card (GVH SchulCard) with a GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard) by the tariff area?

No, persons who are entitled to use the GVH School Card (GVH SchulCard) are not also entitled to use the GVH Saving Card (GVH SparCard). The GVH School card (GVH SchulCard) can still be extended with GVH tickets at the one zone price, the GVH Weekly Card Education (GVH WochenCard Ausbildung) or the GVH U 21 Cards (GVH U21-Cards) by the tariff area (H1 to zone region).