Germany : DB

German Rail Pass

  • Unlimited travel in Germany and extra trips to Brussels, Prague, cities in Austria and Italy on selected trains.
  • Discount for 2 people travelling together with the Twin Pass.
  • Children up to 11 travel for free.
  • Youth (12 - 25) discounts available

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Overview

The saying is as old as the hills. Why not see the hills where it just may have originated ? The German Rail Pass from Rail Europe gives you unlimited train travel from three to ten days. Plenty of time to frolic around the many rooms of the Schloss Neuschwanstein near Fussen, or marvel at Wartburg Castle built in 1067 AD.

And what would coming home to the castle every night be without a cold beer waiting ? Sample the finest of the local breweries in Germany without having to worry about airports or driving. Perhaps most of all, the history of Germany demands to be shared.

Rail Europe can help you plan a thoughtful itinerary that lets you travel through the footsteps of times past. And don’t forget the Black Forest and Rhine Valley. There may be a lot to see when you travel in Germany, but there’s really only one way to efficiently see it all.

With the German Rail Pass you can also travel on DB trains to the following stations :
Basel Badischer Bahnhof (Switzerland)
Salzburg, Kufstein and Innsbruck (Austria)
Liège and Brussels (Belgium)
Bolzano, Trento, Verona, Bologna and Venice (Italy)

With the German Rail Pass you can also take any IC Bus.

Please note : Children under 6 years old travel free when sharing an adult travelers accommodations.


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How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes are available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 country combinations for extensive travel on the national rail networks. Going for an extended trip? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering rail travel in 31 different countries.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service, First or Second, selected and the number of rail travel days.

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2. Reserve your seats

Reserve your seats

Traveling on local and regional trains provides you with an opportunity to freely explore. It’s easy to get on a train with your rail pass and find an open seat to enjoy the journey in. Seat reservations are required on many high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. It’s always a good idea to research the journey you are interested in and check for any specific seat reservation requirements.

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3. Activate and travel

Activate and travel

Your rail pass requires that you activate it by getting it stamped at the ticket window at the departure station on the day of your first train journey. Once activated, you are all set and ready to explore.

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Rail pass benefits

More than just trains

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in German Rail Pass

Trains

  • Travelers with a German Rail Pass do not pay supplement on ICE, ICE Sprinter, IC, EC trains or City Night Line trains (only if the pass covers the entire route)** Reservations, however, are strongly recommended during peak travel times and are mandatory on all night trains.
  • The pass and German TCV tickets cover the S-Bahn service
  • Travel on the DB Operated Trains (reservations are an additional cost)
    International trains to/from Liège and Brussels
    DB-OeBB EuroCity trains to/from Kufstein, Innsbruck, Bolzano/Bozen, Trento, Verona, Bologna, Venice.

Private Rail Road

  • Bayerische Zugspitzbahn - 10% reduction on round-trip tickets to Germany’s highest mountain, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Ferries and Cruises

  • 20% discount on boats of the Koln-Dusseldorf Rheinschiffahrt AG Line (KD Rhine Line) on :
    The River Rhine between Cologne and Mainz
    The Mosel River between Koblenz and Cochem am Mosel.
    A supplement is needed for the hydrofoil. (Ships with cabins are not included).
  • On the Lake of Constance a 50% reduction on all boats operated by Bodensee Schifffahrtsbetriebe
  • 25% off Spree and Havel river boat trips in Berlin (routes C, H or S) with Stern und Kreisschiffahrt GmbH

Buses

  • A 20% discount on the following Europabus routes :
    "Romantic Road" route,(Frankfurt am Main-Wurzburg-Augsburg-Munich-Fussen)
    It is strongly recommended to reserve seats about two working days in advance by contacting :
    Deutsche Touring GmbH, Am Römerhof 17, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    Phone : +49 69 719126 261 ; Fax : +49 69 719126 156
  • Travel on the DB IC Buses (reservations are an additional cost) :
    Berlin Sudkreuz-Copenhagen
    Berlin-Wroclaw-Kraków
    Dusseldorf-Eindhoven-Antwerp-London
    Stuttgart Airport–Vukovar (Croatia)
    Frankfurt-Hahn-Trier-Luxemburg
    München-Ljubljana-Zagreb
    München - Milano
    Munich - Split / Pula (Croatia)
    München-Prague
    Nurembourg-Mannheim-Heidelberg-Strasbourg-Paris
    Mannheim-Nurembourg-Prague

Hotels

  • 10% discount on the daily rate at A&O hotels and hostels in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and other German cities.

Attractions

  • City Circle Sightseeing : 20% discount on a ticket for the Berlin Basic City Circle Yellow bus tour.
  • 25% discount on a night ticket to the TV Tower Alexanderplatz ( Berlin TV Tower)
  • Free CityCard or WelcomeCard in the following cities Augsburg, Erfurt, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Mainz, Münster, Osnabrück, Potsdam, Rostock, Trier, Wiesbaden and Würzburg
  • Discounted price on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus in Hamburg.

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FAQ

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. How do I create a Rail Europe account ?

  • Q. Can I change seats after the train departs ?

  • Q. Why do some German station names have extra characters in the station name ?

  • Q. How can I tell whether or not I have a reserved seat on board ?

  • Q. When I board the train, can I sit anywhere I want ?

  • Q. Where can I find specific information regarding the services offered on the train I'll be taking ?

  • Q. My credit card has been declined. What should I do next ?

  • Q. I want to refund my rail pass. How do I proceed ?

  • Q. Once on the train platform, how can I find my car ? Is there a difference between where first and second class carriages are located or how they look on the outside ?

  • Q. If my train tickets have been lost or stolen, how do I request reimbursement through the Rail Protection Plan™ ?

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