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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