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Trains - Deutsche Bahn

 

Deutsche Bahn — Germany’s train system — can be accessed in English here.

Similar to plane travel, the train system now has several categories of ticket prices, the most expensive being the most flexible. By specifying a train and route ahead of time, you can get from here to there for as little as €29 in each direction — be aware that there is a service fee to exchange your ticket, and this can only be done at the latest on your original day of travel. As expected, there are only a limited number of seats available for the really cheap tickets and it is almost impossible to get this discount on a Friday.

If you travel often, it is worth learning about the discount cards, BahnCard25 and BahnCard50 — for a yearly fee you can get either a 25% or 50% discount on your ticket, including on the cheap tickets.

There are lots of helpful discounted tickets for weekend and family travel on DB like the regional day tickets (Länder-Tickets) for Baden-Württemberg and the Weekend Tickets (Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket). These are only for use on the slower local trains (no IC, EC, ICE, TGV etc) but are a cheap way to see the region.