Driving at the flat rate price?
Until the 31. August applies the Germany passport: With that you can drive for 299 Euro (youngsters under 26: 249 Euro) for a month all over Germany. If you frequently drive certain routes, want to be spontaneous or plan a tour of Germany with several stages, this offer is right for you: Because it applies to all of Germany and you are not bound to a fixed train on any specific day of the week. But there are also restrictions: long-distance trains such as Interconnex and the Vogtland Express as well as purely tourist trains and special trains are excluded from use.
Those who want to travel by night train City Night Line, pay an extra charge. And since there is no passenger discount, the offer is most likely something for individual travelers. If you only occasionally travel or pre-book, you drive with saver price or DauerSpezial cheaper. And even the BahnCard can be more rewarding for spontaneous travel. For example, you pay for the route Hamburg - Munich and back in the normal price 244 Euro, if you then take a weekend trip, the Germany Pass has been worthwhile. On the other hand, you can use a BahnCard throughout the year. So do it well.
While considering the savings opportunities in long-distance travel, the weekend ticket for now 35 Euro only worthwhile for groups who bring a lot of time, the regional transport regional tickets can be a real alternative. Up to five people can travel from 25 Euro (different depending on the state) through the region for one day. Even children of grandchildren under 15 years travel in unlimited numbers.
In almost all federal states - except in Hesse, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein - there is also the single tariff: Here you can drive alone from 18 Euro. However, the country tickets are only valid for public transport, IC and ICE are excluded from use. Nevertheless, especially on shorter distances the time difference often only a few minutes.
Inexpensive and faster you can reach the destination on shorter routes with the leisure ticket:
The offer applies for example between Nuremberg and Stuttgart or between Hanover and Göttingen and on many other routes from Monday to Thursday and Saturday to 3.00 the following day in the ICE and IC. For 19 to 39 Euro you can travel here and back if both trips take place on the same day.
There is no pre-sale period, but at the counter the cards are more expensive 5 Euro. However: Often, a country ticket is cheaper and the journey does not take much longer. Example Hamburg-Bremen: With the Niedersachsen-Ticket Single you pay only 19 Euro and are only 20 minutes longer per way than with the leisure ticket in IC or ICE. When traveling in a group, the country tickets are even much cheaper.
Across Europe: Interrail
The best-known train offer for foreign countries is Interrail: The Global Pass for a month of free travel throughout Europe is now available for 399 Euro (travelers up to 26 years) or for 599 Euro for everyone else. Even in the first class, Interrail is now possible: for 899 Euro. For express and night trains and ferries are in many places, however, surcharges and reservation obligations. For example, the Berlin-Warsaw route in the Berlin-Warszawa Express will cost 3,50 Euro extra. For night trains, the trains charge between 4 Euro in the seat car and 150 Euro in the sleeping car.
If you do not want to pay surcharges, you have to adjust to slow trains and detours. All in all, Interrail is only worthwhile if you really travel all over Europe in a month - a stressful task that you might be better off with. If you do not want to be on the road all the time or just want to travel to individual countries, there are almost always better offers.
For shorter trips Interrail now offers cheaper tickets. For example, an 22 day variant for 309 Euro (for young people under 26) is available up to 629 Euro (in first class). Anyone who only travels ten days during this time will save between 90 and 140 Euro again. The price includes train travel in all 30 participating countries, including distant states such as Finland, Ireland and Turkey.
In addition, there are the one-country passes: They are valid for one month on 3 to 8 travel days in one European country. The countries are divided into four groups: Passes for France, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden are the most expensive, while Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovenia and Turkey are the cheapest. Three days of France, on the other hand, hit 189 Euro - no bargain.
If you buy individual tickets, they often get away cheaper, eg with SurfundRail International (3 days advance booking, depending on availability from 19 Euro for a single trip) or with the Europe Special from 39 Euro for a single trip to Italy, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Paris.
But it is also worthwhile to look directly at the neighbors: For example, also holds French train, SNCF, cheap tickets for early bookers and for German customers an online offer in German language A France tour of Strasbourg over Paris to Nice and back to Strasbourg is already there from 123 Euro - including all surcharges. And also with the Thalys one comes from 25 Euro to Paris.
Sleepless travel at night?
If you enjoy traveling at night, from 49 Euro you can travel in the City Night Line on 29 to nine European countries. And from 280 Euro on selected routes, you can travel every night for seven days to another metropolis - in a couchette cart with five other Mitschläfern.
A place in a sleeping compartment including breakfast beats already from 455 Euro to book. However, the question is whether you will actually find as much peace in a moving train with stops and possibly noisy passengers as in a hotel.
Riders are looking for
Many offers, such as the economy prices or the country tickets are cheaper in the group. If you do not have one driving with you: Search the internet and share the price. Riders can be found, for example, under http://www.mitbahnen.de/ or http://www.mitbahnzentrale.de/
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