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Interregio Train near Fulda
Can't be bothered with online booking?
There is still a universal cheap-o ticket for you: The Quer-durchs-Land Ticket. The entire country of Germany for 44 Euro for 24 hours.
- Unlimited train travel from 9 am to 3 pm the following day for a flat rate - even for round trips
- No registering online
- You can buy them from vending machines
- The surcharge of taking up to another 4 people with you is 8.00 per person
- You can only take regional trains - no IC/EC or ICE trains
- It's only for 2nd Class, unless you buy a 1st class surcharge ticket
- You have to wait to start your trip after 9 am
- It's not valid on the weekends (unless your trip started on Friday night)
- Passenger trains usually don't run after midnight, so you might be stuck in a station until 5 am the following morning.
Main Train Station in Essen
The most expensive Bahn AG tickets are the ones you buy after you just barely made it on the train. They will sell you the ticket at full price plus add a service charge for the conductor's service of booking you a ticket.
The next least-expensive tickets are available from the Bahn AG ticket centers (no service charges) or the vending machines. Tickets are always valid the moment you pay for them, because you already told them what day you want to use them (usually starting with the next available train). You can also buy advance tickets out of the vending machines, too.
The price deals start with online booking. You have to register an account. You can pay per credit card or PayPal. After that you can pay as little as 29 Euro for a ticket to anywhere in Germany one way, second class.
Drawbacks: You have to book a specific train that leaves at a specific time. If you miss it, your ticket is null & void.
Modern Train Station
The Bahn AG has made booking tickets more convenient than ever. You can now book your tickets online (even outside of Germany) and save.
You can also book them with your cell phone. It's even possible for you to do this while you just boarded the train - so no more waiting in line.
You will need to verify who you are with an ID (your passport) and your credit card to verify your ticket.
The Deutsche Bahn is now a little user-friendlier than they used to be. It used to be you had to buy a ticket before you got on the train. Now they allow you to buy your ticket from the conductors while enroute. You can pay with cash, bank-transfer via Smartphone or with your credit card.
Waiting to wisk you away...
Just want to see Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and you're not from overseas? Try the InterRail Pass.
An InterRail Global Pass for up to 10 days of travel within a 22-day period costs 374 Euro - for all the countries connected to the InterRail program. That's actually cheaper than a "just Germany" pass for the same period.
3rd Generation ICE Train
It used to be you could buy a Eurail Pass and paid one price for most of Europe with unlimited use for a month. Now Eurail Pass has restrictions. For example, there is no Eurail Pass for just Germany. But you can buy a Germany-Switzerland ticket or a Germany-Poland ticket or a Austria-Germany ticket.
They now restrict you on the amount of days you can travel.
- For example 10 days within 2 months
You can still buy the big Global Pass - which has unrestricted travel, but it's better if you get your calculator out and plan your trips carefully. Sure, it's still romantic to have that Global Pass and you can go "anywhere", but you might wind up paying for travel possibilities you never use.
TIP: The Bahn AG has their own deals too, which are worth looking into.
Inside the 2nd Class Compartment of an ICE Train
Discount Prices to European Metropoles
To compete with the airlines, the Bahn AG is offering discount prices for neighbouring metropoles. You can go to Paris for as little as 39 Euro one way, or Vienna for 29 Euro, or Venice for 19 Euro. The Europe Specials offer special deals to Copenhagen, Vienna, Linz, Strassburg, Paris (with the TVG), Florence, Pisa, Venice, Rome, and Naples.
Restrictions: 3 days pre-departure booking online, no refunds, no changing trains on your way to your destination.
Reserved Parking for Bikes on the Train
My first trip to Germany was as a high-school student on a bicylce, and I will never forget how, one day, we covered an incredible distance by taking our bikes on the train.
It used to be rather uncomplicated, you just bought an extra ticket for your bike. But ever since the Bahn A.G. privatised, everything about the Bahn is complicated. So, I will try to cover most of the details here.
These days, you not only have to have an extra ticket for your bicycle (Fahrradkarte) , you also have to have a reservation for it, too (Stellplatzreservierung) . When you buy the ticket for your bike, the reservation for it is free. If you also want a set reservation for you on the train, you only have to pay 3 Euro, if you have already bought a bike ticket.
When you get the ticket, there is a number printed on it. This is for the wagon number and the bike "parking place" number for your bike. Ask the platform attendent where you should stand, to make getting on the train easier for you.
Don't forget, you always have to book a bike ticket at least a day ahead of time, if not on the net, at least at the local train station.
For express trains, a bike ticket costs 8 Euro.
For regional trains, a bike ticket only costs 3 Euro .
If you want help in booking your bike/train tour through Germany, contact the ADFC (General German Bicycle Club). They will be happy to help you plan your bicycle through Germany.
Phone: (0049-1805) 151415 low cost
You pay full price, the knuckleheads pay ½ price
Weekend or not, if you are travelling as a group with at least 6 people (2 kids = 1 adult). This is valid for any destination in Germany, and any travel class, and any type of train. The only restriction is that you purchase online and at least 14 days ahead of time.
Even if you can't book that far in advance, you can still get 50% discount for groups if you book online, and if you book up to 7 days in advance, you can save 60%.
Other Contact: Fax: (0049-2241) 947799
Phone: (0049-800) 1507090 toll-free
Unlimited state-wide train use for up to 5 people
Just visiting one or two German States? You can buy a daily ticket for all of the trains in the German state for unlimited use for the whole day for up to 5 people. They call these Laendertickets . They only cost from 18 - 27 Euro, depending on which state they are valid for.
Rules & Restrictions
1) They are only valid for one weekday (Monday - Friday)
2) You can only board the train between 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. of the following day
3) They are valid for 5 adults
4) There are no limits to the number of your own (grand)children under 15 years of age
5) They are only valid for 2nd class.
6) They are only valid for InterRegioExpress, RegionalExpress, RegionalBahn, or S-Bahn trains (no IC, ICE trains, or buses, or trams)
7) The price is cheaper if you book online or buy from the station vending machine. Buying in the ticket office or on the train costs extra.
Other Contact: Fax: (0049-2241) 947799
Phone: (0049-800) 1507090 toll-free
VW Lupo - An Economical Rental Car
A car is still one of the most versatile and economical forms of transportation in Europe.
First of all, if you are going to rent a car, I recommend that you choose the most economical diesel you can find. At the moment fuel costs 4.49 US$ per gallon for gasoline (1.03 €/liter) and 3.74 US$ per gallon for diesel (0.93 €/liter), which is mid-range-priced compared to the rest of Europe.
I recommend something like a VW Lupo turbo diesel, because it will offer you the following advantages:
- It only consumes 3-4 liters / 100 km, despite how fast you drive it.
- You can drive up to 170 kmph on the Autobahn (106 mph)
- You can park it in any small space in the city.
- It's in the lower day price range on the agency list.
Shop in Internet before you you rent your car in Germany. Seldom are the package prices from your travel agent less than the ones you book yourself.
Remember, the longer period you book, the better your choices will be, and the more you will save.
Here are some good addresses for shopping and comparing. Sometimes a major rental agency will have a better prices than no-names, because it depends on the length of your trip (in days and in kilometers).
Type: Car/Motor Home
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