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In just under 30 years, Deutsche Bahn, or DB for short, has become one of the most reliable train companies in Europe. Their tracks stretch the width and breadth of Germany and with their high-speed ICE trains connecting major cities—as well as international ones such as Amsterdam and Strasbourg—travelling Germany by train is easy with Deutsche Bahn.
Train travel in another country can be daunting, especially if you don’t know what to expect from the train company. To make things clearer, we've compared Deutsche Bahn to the United Kingdom's Cross Country to help you get up to speed.
Like Cross Country, Deutsche Bahn tickets are cheaper the earlier you buy them. Both DB and Cross Country offer a generous baggage policy free of charge. Cross Country offers seat reservation for free whereas DB charges a small fee for 2nd class seats, DB trains have similar facilities to Cross Country including Wi-Fi, on-board catering, charging sockets and toilets.
|Information about Super Sparpreis Tickets from Deutsche Bahn|
|For train travel throughout Germany: from £18 (2nd class) or £27 (1st class).|
|Valid for long-distance travel for ICE, IC / EC and IC bus travel, RE, RB, IRE and S-Bahn travel at the departure and destination.|
|Discounted tickets available until June 30th. Holders of a Bahncard 25 or Bahncard 50 receive a further 25% discount.|
|Super Saver Tickets are valid only for the train selected at the time of booking. In order to also use RE, RB, IRE and S-Bahn at the departure and destination, the corresponding stops must be selected. Exchange and refund of the tickets are not possible.|
|There is also the Super Sparpreis Europe for various European connections, where the start or destination is in Germany. Tickets will be available for the following countries: Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France.|
To keep things simple Deutsche Bahn offers three main ticket types for its customers. Talk about keeping things efficient! To find out which ticket is best for you, take a look at the following options:
2nd class tickets start from €29.90 and 1st class start from €35.90
- Valid only for the train originally booked
- Tickets can be cancelled for a €10 fee
-Valid on long distance ICE trains and regional trains
- 2nd class tickets start from €29.90 and 1st class start from €35.90
- Valid only for the train originally booked.
- Tickets can be cancelled for a €10 fee.
- Valid on long-distance ICE trains and regional trains.
- City-Ticket: Valid on public transport to and from departure and arrival train stations. Available in 120 towns and cities in Germany .
- Prices vary depending on route and travel date.
- Available for any train on the day of your ticket
- Refunds and exchanges are free of charge if done the day before departure.
- Valid on all long-distance ICE trains and regional trains.
- City-Ticket included for journeys more than 60 miles, available in 120 towns and cities across Germany.
Deutsche Bahn's principal hubs are the main train stations of Germany's larger cities, such as Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Dusseldorf. It has rail links to other European countries, including Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Its trains and buses cater for all levels of travel; local commuting, business travel and tourism.
Frankfurt to Munich Trains
Berlin to Leipzig Trains
Frankfurt to Berlin Trains
Berlin to Hamburg Trains
Munich to Berlin Trains
Throughout the year, Deutsche Bahn releases limited “Super Saver Tickets” (Super Sparpreis) that allow for low-cost travel on high-speed ICE trains across Germany. They're pretty popular so you'll have to act fast if you want to take advantage! If you’re looking for a more spontaneous affordable trip then the Quer-land-durch-ticket is the way to go. Find out more about them below:
Super Saver Ticket (Super Sparpreis ticket) Available for a limited time throughout the year Valid only for the train originally booked 2nd class tickets start from €19.90 and 1st class start from €29.90 Limited availability Non-exchangeable and non-refundable Valid on long-distance ICE trains and regional trains
Cross Country Ticket (Quer-durch-Land-Ticket) Day return for up to five people Flat rate: One person=€44, two persons=€52, three persons=€60, four persons=€68, five persons=€76 Available Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–3 a.m. or Saturday–Sunday (and national holidays) 00 a.m.–3 a.m. (the following day) Travellers must provide names and have a valid government-issued photo ID Travellers must travel together Tickets can be bought up to six months in advance Only available for regional trains Non-refundable or exchangeable
Deutsche Bahn has two main subsidiaries. DB Fernverkehr AG operates the InterCity and InterCityExpress trains in Germany. It also operates EuroCity trains throughout Europe. These services are aimed at business travellers and tourists. Passengers can also reserve seats, purchase travel insurance and make use of a courier luggage service.