About Deutsche Bahn
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.
Getting to know 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.
Save Money with Super Sparpreis tickets from Deutsche Bahn
|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.
More information about Deutsche Bahn Super Sparpreis
Deutsche Bahn - Schedules and Timetables
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.
With the introduction of the Super Sparpreises there are also some changes for the normal economy price. From the 1st of August 2018 you can book discounted tickets from €23.90 for 2nd class and from €35.90 for 1st class. Savings rates can be refunded for a travel voucher. In addition, a cancellation fee of €10 will be charged.
For travellers who travel more than 100 km with Flexprice or Sparpreis tickets, the City Ticket is included from August. Previously, the City Ticket was only included when booking with a BahnCard. The City Ticket allows the use of buses, subways, trams and commuter trains in 126 German cities—if this is the starting point or destination of the train connection. However, the use of public transport may be limited to the city centre.
Deutsche Bahn offers
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
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
Most Popular Trains to Berlin
Deutsche Bahn Train Types
(ICE) trains are the most comfortable and efficient way to travel by train in Germany. ICE trains are the fastest high-speed trains
on the DB network, capable of travelling at speeds up to 200 mph. ICE trains travel to nearly 180 train stations in Germany. All InterCity Express trains have a restaurant and WiFi on board for your comfort and convenience. Popular routes that utilize ICE trains include: Berlin to Munich
, Hamburg to Frankfurt
and Munich to Cologne
Like ICE trains, InterCity
(IC) trains also travel long distances throughout Germany. While IC trains tend to travel at lower speeds than ICE services, they stop more frequently and reach more train stations in Germany. EuroCity (EC) trains are similar to InterCity services; however, they tend to operate on international routes between major European cities like Berlin to Prague
. These train types are often referred to as Intercity Nights (ICN), EuroNight (EN) and CityNightLink (CNL) trains when offered overnight.
Shorter distance train routes in Germany usually use Regional Express (RE) and Regional Bahn (RB) trains, while smaller destinations outside of major cities are often connected by Stadt Express (SE) or S-Bahn (suburban train) services.
Deutsche Bahn FAQs
A seat reservation is recommended for travelling during peak times when a lot of commuters and business customers are travelling. Seat reservations are included in all Deutsche Bahn first class adult train tickets if a child is also on the ticket then a seat must be purchased. Seats can be can be reserved on Deutsche Bahn trains using the Omio App
Travelling long-distance in DB's first class provides a completely different, more relaxed atmosphere, with a higher level of comfort and service. If you have to work while travelling on the train, a first class ticket is definitely worth the higher price.
On most long-distance train trips, a reservation is required for bicycles, which costs an additional €9 (£8). Also double check before you travel if your
Deutsche Bahn offers food in both the Bordbistro and Bordrestaurant on-board. The menu is varied from Chilli con Carne, to roast pork with dumplings, to a variety of salads.
Depending on the train station, Deutsche Bahn transfer time usually lasts between 4-10 minutes depending on the internal negotiations between individual trains and railway companies. If a Deutsche Bahn train is at least 20 minutes late at thedestination train station, it is possible to use all other trains to reach your destination station.
ICE Trains: Deutsche Bahn's ICE trains have free WiFi in both first and second class.
Deutsche Bahn offers various assistance to passengers with reduced mobility. In order to make a barrier-free journey possible without complications, one should at least one day before the trip the offers avail.
- Mobility service centre: Here disabled persons can book the required service in advance. This works both online and under the telephone number 0180 6512512
- Porters: Train and station personnel help you get started with the trains. Ramps and other devices are available for this purpose.
- Seating: Restricted passengers have extra seats near the train doors. These can be booked in advance as well as all other places.
- Travelling companions and Seeing-Eye Dogs: Wheelchairs are always carried on-board. Accompanying persons receive free seat reservations.
- Services at Train Stations: The larger railway stations of Deutsche Bahn are equipped with various auxiliary functions. Many of them are equipped with elevators. In addition, acoustic signals and announcements facilitate orientation.
Popular Deutsche Bahn Destinations
Train Travel with Deutsche Bahn
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.