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How to buy Sparpreis Europa Schweiz Ticket Online With Stopover City

One single Sparpreis Europa Schweiz Ticket could be used for journey up to maximum 2 stopover cities (a.k.a via point cities) as long as your stay at the stopover city is less than 48 hours. For example, I have to travel from Hinterzarten, the mysterious Blackforest in Germany to Interlaken, the beautiful village in Switzerland. At the same time, I would like to have a short one night stopover at Lucerne for the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge built during 14th century. What I need to do is just buy one single ticket to cover the entire journey. The best thing is that, you can set up to 2 stopover cities, just make sure each of the stopover do not exceed 48 hours. Great saving, isn’t it? 🙂 Do purchase your Sparpreis Europa Schweiz Ticket earlier possible, as it is promotional ticket, first come first serve basis. You can buy it as early as 90 days ahead. Here is the step by step guide on how you can buy Sparpreis Europa Schweiz Ticket with stopover (via point) city:

1. Login to Germany railway service provider website, www.bahn.com by selecting the country. Click “Further search options”.
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2. Key in your start and destination cities. Click the “Enter stopovers”.
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3. Key in your stopover city name, and the stopover duration. Make sure the duration is not more than 48 hours. If you have second stopover city, just click again “Add another stopover”. Select your preferred train departure date and time. At transfer time, select “At least 15 minutes” to make sure  you have enough time to walk over to your next train’s platform. Also, key in the number of passengers. Click “Search” button at the bottom right of the page.stopover3

4. A list of available times shown. Click the “>” arrow button to expand each of the travel time for details and pick a time you prefer. Under “Saver fares” column, click at the ticket price, eg. “58.00 EUR”.
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5. Look for “Sparpreis Europa Schweiz” read the at the conditions. At the previous screen, below “Saver fares” and “58.00 EUR”, click “Purchase” button.
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6. Key in the age of the travelers. Age is important as it impacts ticket fares. Click “Refresh” button.
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7. Here you can see at the Passenger column, it displays the travellers’ age as you stated previously. Click the “Purchase” button again.
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8. Here is the list of different ticket types. Click “Continue” button.
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9. Sign up or login, select option “Credit card”.
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10. Key in your credit card information. Do read the terms and conditions of online ticket. Please bring your credit card along with your self print ticket when you take the train. It is needed for train conductor to validate your ticket manually. Passport is not a valid ID when comes to ticket validation.
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InterCity-Express ICE Train

Germany, a country well known of its engineering, have the most complete and leading train system in the world. There are a few types of train available in Germany. This article outlines one of the most frequently used, high speed train type, namely ICE (InterCity-Express).

ICE is managed and operated by DB (Deutsche Bahn) and it operates on more than 40000km of railway networks. ICE has more than 30000 trips daily, with estimation of 40 millions passenger capacity. It connects all major cities in Germany, such as Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin. ICE is considered the fastest train in Germany, where the top speed can easily exceed 300km/h. It is also a deluxe class of transportation, ensuring comfortable and pleasant journey. ICE train is equipped with air conditioner, children play area, snack bar, toilets, luggage area, disable facilities and most importantly, WIFI! Free wifi is provided along the journey on train. This is really convenient for travelers, especially for those who need to plan their journey. Luggage areas are fitted with racks and locks. However, users need to pay to use the lock. It is like the trolley at supermarket or airport, where you need to insert a coin to release the lock. The train carriages can be categorized to first and second class. Trains carriages often labelled with the number “1” for first class and “2” for second class at the exterior of carriages. It is design in such a way so that passengers can easily identify the classes of carriage to avoid confusion and ensure smooth boarding.

InterCity-Express ICE Train
InterCity-Express ICE Train

ICE train also connects Germany to other Euro zones, including Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherland and France. Some example of ICE routes:
– Frankfurt to Munich, Hamburg and Cologne
– Berlin to Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt
I started my Europe trip at Austria (Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt), to Czech Republic (Prague), to Germany (Fussen, Blackforest) and my trip ended at Switzerland (Lucerne, Interlaken, Zurich). I traveled to all those countries and cities by train, except for Czech Republic. No train option was available, so I took a bus tour.

Welcome aboard ICE train, and have a pleasant journey 🙂

How to buy Bayern ticket Online Step by Step

Bayern promotional train ticket a.k.a Bavaria ticket could be purchased online at bahn website, at ticket machines or at ticket counters. Do take note that purchasing train ticket at ticket counters, where there is staff attending, charge 2 Euros extra. Here’s step by step guide to buy Bayern ticket online with credit card:

1. Go to www.bahn.com and select the country you are in, for example, USA. Key in your departure and arrival cities, date and time. Uncheck “Prefer last connections” and check “Local transport”. Select number of passengers and click “Search” button.BayernTicket1

2. A list of available times shown. Pick a time you prefer, under “Saver fares” column, click at the ticket price, eg. “23.00 EUR”.
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3. Look for “Bayern-Ticket” and pay attention at the conditions stated. Go back to the previous screen and click “Purchase” button right below “Saver fares” and “23.00 EUR”.

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4. Again, a list of saver fares tickets shown. Pick “Bayern-Ticket” by clicking at the “Continue” button.BayernTicket4

 

5. Sign up or login, then select “Credit card” option and key in your credit card information.

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6. Pay attention at the terms of purchasing an online ticket. Do bring along printed hard copy of the Bayern ticket and your credit card during train ride for validation purpose. Passport is not accepted as identification document.

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German Train Tickets – Europa-Spezial

Europa-Spezial Ticket

1. Cross country promotional price ticket

Saver fare ticket for cross border train trips to or from Germany, for specific train route and specific time, fixed upon ticket purchase. In other words, if you miss the specific train, you will need to buy another ticket again. The key of Europa-Spezial ticket, at least part of the route has to be DB route. Do check DB Bahn website online to check for availability.

2. Ticket fare

For second class ticket, starts from 39 Euros.
For first class ticket, starts from 69 Euros.
Try to buy this ticket earliest possible, as this is limited saver fare ticket, could be sold out any time.

3. Validity documents

For ticket purchased online with credit card, both ticket and credit card has to be present with passenger, serve as identification document, needed during ticket validation. Train conductor validates the ticket during train ride. Since the ticket has already printed the particular route and time, validation at ticket validation machine is not required.

4. Validity train types

Valid for high speed trains! Yes, valid for high speed trains! For example, ICE, IC, EC, CNL.

Europa-Spezial Ticket

Europa-Spezial Ticket

German Train Tips

1. Buy your ticket earliest possible to get the best deals

Buying train ticket on the exact day of travel cost you much more than when you buy it in advance. You can check at www.bahn.com for German train advance purchase. Plan your travel early, look into details of itinerary and pick the most suitable train ticket type. There are various promotional train tickets available, but the trick is buying it early. Example of promotional train tickets in Germany: Bavaria/Bayern ticket, Quer Durchs Land ticket, and Europa Spezial ticket. Click in to each of the promotional ticket link and get to know the detail terms and usage conditions.

2. Cost saving with transit ticket

1 single ticket can be used to stop by 2 cities apart from your final destination city. Buy transit ticket at www.bahn.com as long as one of below terms is met:
a.) start point in Germany, or
b.) end point in Germany, or
c.) traveling within Germany.
Set up to 2 via points (stop by a city with transit time less than 48 hours), it counted as 1 single ticket price. This works even if your route cross Germany neighboring countries, eg. Austria and Switzerland.

3. Cost saving with group ticket

Traveling in group provides you great saving. Promotional tickets mentioned above, comes with group ticket price. For example, Bayern ticket cost 27 Euros for 2 person, for additional travelers add only 4 Euros each, up to 5 person. Make sure you state the number of travelers when you purchase your ticket.

4. Buy the right train ticket, and board the right train

Make sure you buy the right train ticket and also board the right train. You are liable to pay penalty fares for below conditions:
a.) travels without a ticket
b.) travels with invalid ticket, not matching the terms and conditions stated in the ticket, including date, time, route, destination and train type.
c.) stays in first class area with standard ticket
Train conductor randomly picks passenger and checks their ticket on urban and suburban routes, which normally train stops frequently. Be sure to validate your ticket prior to or during train rides at ticket validation machine. For long distance trains, train conductor checks and validates all passenger’s ticket.

Ticket Validation Machine
Ticket Validation Machine

5. Bring along your hard copy ticket for validation

If you buy ticket online at www.bahn.com, be sure to bring along printed hard copy ticket to board the train, for validation by train conductor. Also, bring along credit card which you used to buy ticket online, it is needed for validation purpose as identification document/ID. Take note that passport is not a valid identification document/ID for train ticket validation. Refer to above mentioned promotional ticket links for validated train ticket photos.

6. Be at train station on time

Train is on time, so be early or at least on time at train station. Exceptional case is flood at small village area, replacement bus is provided. Prepare backup train schedule/itinerary, just in case you miss your train or unexpected train delay.

7. Take early train if possible

Start your train travel earliest possible, especially during weekend to avoid the crowd at tourist spots. For long distance travel, avoid arriving final train destination after 6pm, or at the very least, book hotel with receptionist available till late at night.

German Train Tickets – Quer-Durchs-Land

Quer-Durchs-Land Ticket

1. One day train pass within Germany

Quer-Durchs-Land ticket valid for one day with coverage of entire Germany. It valid only on regional trains, look for symbols RB, S-Bahn, RE, IRE. NOT permitted on high speed trains, eg. IC, ICE, EC, RJ, CNL, etc. This ticket is almost similar to Bayern ticket, but valid whole Germany.

2. Ticket fare

Only second class ticket available, not possible to upgrade to first class. From 44 Euros per person, and second to fifth person only 8 euros supplement each. Maximum up to 4 additional accompanying travelers allowed. The number of accompanying passengers has to be locked down during ticket purchase. Quer-Durchs-Land ticket is fixed price ticket, it does not sell out, so no need to rush to buy ticket early.

3. Validity times

Ticket valid from 9am onward until 3am the next day, for weekdays.
For Saturday and Sunday, ticket valid all day, from 0am to 3am the next day.

4. Validity documents

Printed train ticket and credit card which payment was made are required for ticket validation by train conductor during train ride.

Quer Durchs Land Ticket
Quer Durchs Land Ticket

German Train Tickets – Bayern/Bavaria

Bayern/Bavaria Ticket

1. Regional train pass within Bayern state

Bayern ticket is one day regional train pass within Bayern a.k.a Bavaria state, eg. München(Munich), Füssen(Fussen).It also covers some border areas of Bayern state, eg. Salzburg in Austria. It provides you unlimited access to local trains, S-bahn, buses and trams for a day. This ticket is especially good for travelers who plan to cover most area within Bayern, including countryside.

2. Ticket fare

Bayern Day Ticket
For second class ticket, starts from 23 Euros, add 5 Euros for each additional passenger.
For first class ticket, starts from 34.50 Euros, add 16.50 Euros for each additional passenger.
Do note that maximum up to 4 additional passengers allowed. This also means traveling in group of 5 person giving you great saving as low as 8.6 Euros per person for second class ticket.

Bayern Night Ticket
For second class ticket, starts from 23 Euros, add 2 Euros for each additional passenger.
For first class ticket, starts from 34.50 Euros, add 13.50 Euros for each additional passenger.
This is fixed price, free seating ticket, it does not sell out, so there is no need to rush for buying or secure a ticket early. The ticket can also be used in such a way that partial passengers joining the group at the route along the way. Number of travelers has to be locked down during ticket purchase. Buy your ticket online at www.bahn.com. Buying ticket at ticket counters from train staff charge 2 Euros extra. Buying from ticket machines or online thru internet has no extra charge.

3. Validity times

For weekdays, Monday to Friday, ticket valid from 9am onward until 3am the following day.
For weekend, Saturday and Sunday, ticket valid all day, from 0am to 3am the following day.

4. Validity documents

Hard copy of the train ticket is required. For those who bought ticket online, do bring along the credit card you used for ticket payment. Both hard copy ticket and credit card are mandatory as identification document/ID for ticket validation by train conductor. Ticket bought online has date printed already, so there is no need to validate/stamp ticket at ticket validation machine anymore. Ticket validation is performed manually by the train conductor after train departure during your train ride. Ticket bough online has itinerary printed on ticket too, which can be ignored, as Bayern ticket allows you to take unlimited train ride within a day within Bayern state.

5. Validity train types

NOT valid on high speed trains, for example, ICE, IC, EC, RJ, D, NZ, TGV, CNL, EN.
Valid on regional train only, for example, RE, IRE, RB, S-Bahn, ALX, BOB.

Bayern/Bavaria Ticket
Bayern/Bavaria Ticket