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Germany : DB

German Rail Pass

Explore Germany by train with the flexibility of this great rail pass

  • Travel on the national rail network of Germany
  • Freedom to take multiple train journeys per travel day
  • Issued as a paper document
  • Your choice of a 1st or 2nd class rail pass
  • Children under 12 travel free with Adult
  • Discounted Youth (under 28) passes
  • Multi-person Twin Pass discount for 2 or more passengers traveling together
  • Flexible: choose where you want to go, and when

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The German Rail Pass will take you to iconic cities like Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Frankfurt. The German Rail Pass is the most exhaustive rail pass to travel in Germany, but also to neighboring countries on board selected trains.

With the German Rail Pass you can also travel on DB trains to the following stations:
Basel Badischer Bahnhof (Switzerland)
Salzburg, Kufstein and Innsbruck (Austria)
Liège and Brussels (Belgium)
Bolzano, Trento, Verona, Bologna and Venice (Italy)

With the German Rail Pass you can also take any IC Bus.

Travel where you please whenever you want! Take as many trains as you like, there is no limit on the distance you can travel in a day. The German Rail Pass, to put it simply, offers unlimited travel at a fixed price!

Hop on hop off trains to visit any place you want. The German Rail Pass gives you access to ICE high speed trains, InterCity (IC) and EuroCity (EC). It’s good to know that some trains, including ICE sprinter, international ICE to France, Berlin Warsaw Express and City Night Line need to be reserved in advance. The Things to know section explains everything you need to know about seat reservations.

Enjoy the bonuses which are included in the German Rail Pass. You will get discounted fares for selected hotels, discounted fares to travel on board selected coaches and more.

The German Rail Pass is the key to have a hassle-free trip throughout Germany and beyond!

Customer feedback Family Holiday
« Trains clean and on time. Reservations are important on the longer journeys to avoid inconvenience. »

Rigby G

How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes can be booked for travel in one specific country or you can choose one of a few pre-selected country/region combinations. Extensive travel plans? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering train travel in 33 different countries - including Great Britain.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service selected, passenger type, and the number of rail travel days.

Use our Pass Finder

2. Reserve your seats

Reserve your seats

Taking local and regional trains allows you to explore at will. Simply board with your rail pass and choose any open seat. Reservations are required on most high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. We recommend always checking your desired journey for any specific seat reservation requirements.

Book Seat Reservations

3. Activate and travel

Activate and travel

Your rail pass requires that you activate it by getting it stamped at the ticket window at the departure station on the day of your first train journey. Once activated, you are all set and ready to explore.

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More than just trains

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in German Rail Pass

50% discount on steamer boats on the Lake Constance

  • The German Rail Pass entitles you to 50% discount on steamers on the Lake Constance (German: Bodensee). Lake Constance can be reached by train, for example by travelling from Munich or Stuttgart to Friedrichshafen.
  • The boats are operated by Bodensee-Schiffsbetriebe (BSB) between April and mid-October. BSB has ticket offices in Konstanz, Friedrichshafen, Lindau, Überlingen and Meersburg.
  • More info: www.bsb-online.com (German only)

20% discount on Europabus Romantic Road

  • German Rail Pass holders get 20% discount on the regular fare of the Europabus motorcoach on the ‘Romantic Road’ (German: Romantische Strasse). It runs daily from April to October on the route: Frankfurt/M - Würzburg - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Augsburg - Munich - Füssen. Enjoy medieval towns, vineyards and the famous royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.
  • The motorcoaches are operated by Touring Tours & Travel. We kindly advise to reserve seats about two working days in advance through Touring Tours & Travel, email: incoming@touring-travel.eu, phone +49 (0) 69 719126 261 or fax +49 (0) 69 719126 156.
  • It is recommended to reserve seats about two working days in advance on-line at: www.romanticroadcoach.de

10% discount on rack railways from Bayerische Zugspitzbahn

  • With the German Rail Pass you get 10% discount on the rack railway trains between Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Grainau - Zugspitzplatt.
  • These cogwheel trains are operated by Bayerische Zugspitzbahn. Garmisch-Partenkirchen can be reached by train in less than 1,5 hours from Munich. - More info: www.zugspitze.de

Reduced fare on the Expressbus Nuremberg-Prague and Munich-Prague

  • German Rail Pass holders are entitled to a special fare on the "Expressbus" motorcoach service from Nuremberg to Prague (Praha) in the Czech Republic.
  • Discounted tickets and the compulsory reservations are available at the ticket windows of Prague or Nuremberg. In Czech Republic the special ticket and reservations are issued separately, while in Germany the ticket includes the reservation.

Discount on the trains for pass holders

  • German Rail Pass holders have free access to trains however on long-distance trains such as ICE (Intercity-Express), IC (Intercity) or EC (Eurocity) reservations are recommended during peak travel times.
  • The German Rail Pass exempts the holder from paying a surcharge on German High Speed trains such as ICE (except ICE Sprinter with compulsory reservation and supplement for special on-board service), InterCity (IC) and EuroCity (EC).
  • Reservation is compulsory onboard ICE sprinter, international ICE to France, Berlin Warsaw Express and City Night Line trains and German Rail Pass holders are entitled to a special reduced fare.

A&O Hostels and Hotels: 10% discount on the daily rate

  • The discount is granted for advance bookings only.
  • Advance reservations can be made via the following channels – clients should mention either “rail pass” during the booking process:
    Online via the dedicated bookings link: www.aohostels.com/railpass
    By phone: free call numbers: 0800 225722 (within Germany) or 0800 228807 (within Austria)
    By phone – central reservations ++49 30 80 947 5110
    Note that a valid pass must also be presented upon check-in
    The discount is granted in the following A&O Hostels and Hotels in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic.

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From our travel community

Can we will be travel from munich airport -fuessen -salzburg -venice on a german pass Hello, Can we train from munich airport to Fuessen - Salzburg - Venice on a German pass?

Angela A. | 2017/04/30 answered | 0 Comments
Do i have to buy a rail pass? Hi, we will be travelling from Certaldo > Florence to Munich in September. Do we have to buy a rail pass or can we just pay for reserved train tickets? We will probably catch a few regional trains in Italy and a few in Munich for Oktoberfest. We (...)

Kerri F. | 2015/06/18 answered | 0 Comments
German rails pass or germany/austria I want to travel for 7 days in Germany, except one journey needs to be from Munich to Salzburg in Austria. Do I have to book a Germany/ Austral pass or will the Germany pass allow me to cross to (...)

Andrew B. | 2015/04/20 answered | 0 Comments
Pass or tickets or combination - frankfurt - munich - stuttgart - kaiserslautern - frankfurt Im planning a train trip from Frankfurt to Rothenburg OD Tauber, Munich, Fussen, Munich, Stuttgart, Hornberg, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Pirmasens, Kaiserslautern, Frankfurt. Will a rail pass cover these trips or will I need a combination of pass (...)

Conny M. | 2015/02/04 answered | 0 Comments
How to book for my 7y daughter? My hubby and I are planning a Germany trip with our 7y daughter. We are interested in the 7 days one month twin pass. But, when I click buy bottom, system only show tickets for 2 adults. How can I nominate my daughter who is travelling with us? (...)

Carol Z. | 2015/01/17 answered | 0 Comments

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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (40)
  • Value for money
    Family Holiday | Rigby g. | 2016/10/11
    "Trains clean and on time. Reservations are important on the longer journeys to avoid inconvenience. "

  • Value for money
    Scenic and comfortable | Chye Huat o. | 2016/10/05
    "Ideal way of travelling around Germany if you are visiting the small towns which do not have airports. The trains are punctual and comfortable. The most important thing to remember is to travel light because you have to lug your luggage on to the trains yourselves and some of the older stations do not have escalators. "

  • Value for money
    No problems | Lotars g. | 2015/10/19
    "A short inconvenience booking seats duesseldorf to berlin but no problems "

  • Value for money
    Frankfurt to puttgarden | Julien h. | 2014/08/24
    "We love travelling by train but this 11.05 train was very crowded and had a lot of trouble getting to our reserved seats and then had trouble getting the people out of our seats. The trip was good once we got our seats but when we got to hamburg we didn't notice that they had changed platforms from 8 to 5 so missed our train. Had to stand on the next one. Please keep an eye out for this as very hard to hear the speaker. We wouldn't travel any other way and it is the only trouble we have ever had. "

  • Value for money
    A great travel alternative | Paul h. | 2014/01/29
    "We travelled from Franfurt to Munich, Berlin, East Germany, Koln, The Ruhr Valley and finally Hannover on a Germain Rail Pass 5 day in one month. Trains in Germany are excellent, well maintained, comfortable, well appointed and very reliable most of the time, Staff are good and you can normally find yourself understood with just English. In main cities and on main routes, station and information announcements are made in both German and English usually. As you might expect, there is strictly no smoking on trains and within an increasing number of stations but you can certainly get alcohol on most routes. For those who like a puff, you can still find the occassional yellow marked area in some stations for smokers where you can feel like a modern day leper and indulge your nictotine habit. The rail pass represents excellent value for money as the trips individually are considerably more expensive when purchased seperately in country. "

  • Value for money
    German pass | Gunnar f. | 2014/01/04
    "Value excellent. Would DEFINITELY buy as much rail here as possible as rail in Germany very expensive!!! Only hiccups we had were ... we didn't get our first trip signed off 2nd conductor a bit peeved!! Also accidently got on the wrong type of train in Frankfurt and had to change next stop . "

  • Value for money
    Germany | Paul s. | 2013/12/16
    "the booking and seat reservation process for Deutsche Bahn was easy. the trains in Germany were good and the comfortable. We reserved first class seats. Definitely a great way to travel between destinations in Europe. "

  • organisation | . | 2013/10/19
    "Excellent service, enjoyed using ferry service on Lake Constance "

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