Buy tickets for trains in Germany

Germany by train.  There's no check-in, you walk straight from the city centre into the station, glance at the indicator board to find your train & hop on, any time before departure...

 
Buy German train tickets online direct from DB at www.bahn.de...

Buy train tickets for Germany direct from DB

I recommend buying direct from Deutsche Bahn with all the cheap fares shown, no booking fees and print-at-home tickets.

I recommend registering when prompted, so you can log in and check or re-print your tickets at any time.

 

Inter-city train tickets from €19...

Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) high-speed IC and ICE trains are easily the best way to travel between major town & cities all over Germany, in comfort at ground level.  DB's ICE trains travel at up to 186 mph from city centre to city centre, and if you pre-book direct with the operator you can find some really cheap fares.

Train travel within Germany...

  How to buy tickets online

  How to buy tickets by phone

  Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket: Unlimited travel at weekends for €42

  Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket: Unlimited travel after 09:00 weekdays for €44

  Lander tickets: Unlimited train travel in one region

  Bayern Ticket:  Unlimited day's travel Munich, Neuschwanstein, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg

  Railpasses for Germany

  What are German trains like?

  Travel tips: Luggage, food & drink, lounges...

  How to reach Neuschwanstein Castle

  How to reach Obersalzberg & Eagle's Nest

  Escape to Colditz by train

  Useful country information: Currency, dial code, etc

  Recommended guidebooks

  Hotels & accommodation in Germany

International trains to & from Germany...

  Trains from the UK to Germany

  Trains to Germany from other European cities

  Trains from Berlin to other European cities

  Trains from Hamburg to other European cities

  Trains from Cologne & Düsseldorf to other cities

  Trains from Frankfurt to other European cities

  Trains from Munich to other European cities

  Munich to Prague by train not bus

  Berlin-Warsaw Express trains

Information on other pages...

  Train seat numbering plans

  Luggage on trains   

  Left luggage at stations

  Eurail passes &  InterRail passes

  General European train travel information

  Taking bikes   Taking dogs


Useful country information

Train operator in Germany:

DB (Deutsche Bahn), see www.bahn.de for train times, fares & online tickets within Germany.

All-Europe train times    Eurostar times & fares   Berlin S-bahn information    Berlin U-bahn information   Motorail - taking your car

   

Railpasses:

 

Beginner's guide to European railpasses     Buy a rail pass online

Time zone:

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).

Dialling code:

 

+49

Currency:

£1 = approx 1.15 euros  Check current exchange rates

Tourist information:

www.germany-tourism.de   City tours    Recommended guidebooks

Hotels & guesthouses:

Finding accommodation in Germany    German hotels    Tours to Germany

Page last updated:

13 May 2017.


Buy German train tickets online...

How to check times, fares & buy tickets online...

 

Video tutorial:  Using www.bahn.de

 

Do you need to buy tickets in advance?

When does booking open?

Flexpreis or Saver fare?

Credit card no longer necessary as ID for print-at-home tickets...

Tips for using www.bahn.de...

Competing private operators:  HKX, Locomore...

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Buy train tickets by phone...

Tickets by phone in the UK...

Custom-made train travel & hotel arrangements...

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Special regional tickets

These one-day unlimited travel passes are well worth knowing about, even though they're not valid on fast long-distance trains, only on slower regional trains.  If you want a railpass valid on all trains, including high-speed and long-distance ones, see the German Rail Pass section below.

Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket Unlimited regional train travel at weekends = €40...

Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket: Unlimited regional train travel on weekdays after 09:00 = €44...

Lander ticketsA day's unlimited regional train travel in one region, e.g. Bavaria...

Bayern ticketMunich, Füssen (Neuschwanstein castle), Berchtesgaden (Eagle's Nest), Salzburg...

City Mobil:  Urban city transport added to your inter-city rail ticket.

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Railpasses for Germany

InterRail Germany pass (for European residents):  Click to check prices & buy online...

German Rail pass (for overseas visitors)...

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Maps of the German rail network...

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What are German trains like?

InterCity Express (ICE):  Click here for more info ...

InterCity Express high-speed trains, usually known as ICE, are German Railways' front-rank trains, travelling at up to 175mph (ICE1 & ICE2) or 186mph (ICE3).  You'll find information about ICEs on the ICE page.

ICE2 2nd class ICE2 1st class An ICE2 high-speed train at Berlin

ICE1 or 2, 2nd class

ICE1 or 2, 1st class

An ICE2 at Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

InterCity (IC):  Click here for more info...

InterCity trains travel at up to 125mph, usually using a locomotive and conventional carriages.  Some InterCity trains cross borders into neighbouring countries and these will be classified EuroCity (EC) rather than InterCity.

German InterCity train   InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

InterCity trains are now being refurbished with similar seating to ICEs.  Virtual tour of InterCity train...

 

InterCity 2nd class.  You'll also find a few compartment coaches on InterCity trains, and a bistro or restaurant car...

 

InterCity 1st class, often available in both open-plan saloons like this and in compartments.

Seat numbering plans Click here...

There are several types of ICE, for plans of the seating layout on IC, ICE and various other types of train in Germany see the Train seat numbering page

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Travel tips...

  Train composition display on station platform in Germany
 

Train formation poster or Wagenstandsanzeiger, on a German station platform, showing where along the platform each car of a train will stop, so you can be waiting in the right place when your train comes in!

Places not served by the main rail network...

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Guidebooks

Take a good guidebook.  For independent travel, the best guidebook is either the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide.  Both guidebooks provide an excellent level of practical information and historical and cultural background.  You won't regret buying one!

Buy online from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rough Guide to Germany - buy online at Amazon.co.uk

 

Lonely Planet Germany - buy online at Amazon.co.uk

 

Click to buy - Lonely Planet Western Europe

Or buy the Lonely Planets from the Lonely Planet website, with shipping worldwide.    Alternatively, you can download just the chapters or areas you need in .PDF format from the Lonely Planet Website, from around £2.99 or US$4.95 a chapter.

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Tours of Germany by train

 

Custom-made tours of Germany by train...

If you want to tour Germany by train, with all your train reservations and hotels sorted for you to your own specification, contact rail travel specialists Railbookers and they'll create the best rail holiday for you, hassle-free.  Unlike some overseas travel agents, they really do know all about train travel in Italy and right across Europe, and they know some excellent hotels, too.  They take good care of their clients and it's not surprising they get a lot of repeat business, so I have no hesitation in recommending them.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.co.uk

  US call free 1-888-829-4775, see website.

  Canada call free 1-855-882-2910, see website.

  Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, see website

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or see website.

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Find hotels anywhere in Germany

    

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Backpacker hostels: www.hostelworld.com...

www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in Paris and most other European cities at rock-bottom prices.


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