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Introducing Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the main rail transport provider in Germany, offering a number of different international and national train services across a number of different lines. From the high-speed ICE network connecting cities such as Berlin and Munich together, to the localised Regionalbahn trains, connecting villages and towns together on one line. Deutsche Bahn is broken down into 3 different categories of travel: DB Regio, which looks after local public rail transport, DB Fernberkher, focusing on the long-distance rail traffic, and DB Cargo, which is exclusively freight trains. With Deutsche Bahn carrying over 5.5m customers a day to 5,681 stations on 40k trains, it is one of the most expansive train networks in Europe, and also one of the busiest.

Deutsche Bahn train tickets, ticket types, timetables and travel information can be found using our journey planner. For more information on the types of trains, you can travel on, how to book the right ticket for your trip, as well as where you can travel to on the DB network, keep on reading!

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Travelling with Pets

Small pets may travel for free, so long as they are in a suitable travel box.

Large pets, however, must have a special ticket to allow them onto a train.

Contact Information

Customer relations: 0044 (0) 8718 80 80 66

 

Cycle Policy

Bikes are allowed on most trains, with ICE a general exception.

IC and EC trains have bike carriages, but you must reserve a space.

WiFi

Free WiFi is available on all ICE trains.

Travelling with Kids

Travelling with Kids

Kids under 6 travel free on all trains in Germany.

Kids under 14 travel free with a parent, or at a 50% discount if alone.

Luggage

Luggage

There are no luggage restrictions for any Deutsche Bahn train.

Deutsche Bahn Trains

Intercity Express (ICE)

The high-speed service in the Deutsche Bahn train fleet, the Intercity Express trains are the fastest way to travel between the major German cities, as well into neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Belgium. Reaching a top speed of 205mph, the ICE trains carry passengers in complete comfort, providing WiFi, quiet zones, family carriages and a snack bar. If you are using the train journey to conduct business, ICE trains have amplified mobile service, allowing passengers to make phone calls with no worries about reception disruption. A train from Berlin to Munich can take just 6 hours when compared to airline travel is relatively the same, and with the comfort of the ICE trains, travelling by train is the smarter option. The same goes for travelling abroad. Train times between Cologne and Brussels are under 2, which is a fantastic alternative to flying, and with tickets starting from under 50 Euros, it’s cheaper too!

Intercity (IC)

This is the most common service for connecting German towns and cities together. While not using high-speed trains, the Deutsche Bahn IC trains have all the same services as the ICE trains, with some even being double-stacked carriages to increase customer capacity. Some popular routes using Intercity trains include Cologne to Munster, Hamburg to Bremen and Frankfurt to Heidelberg.

Eurocity (EC)

The Deutsche Bahn Eurocity service runs in a similar fashion to the Intercity network, however, it also includes international travel, providing train journeys to Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic. While not high-speed, the Eurocity trains still travel well over 100mph, and with few stops to the destination, it makes it a cheaper and faster alternative to flying, while also allowing you the opportunity to see some of the fantastic views and landscapes of central Europe.

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Regional Express (RE)

The Regional Express connects passengers in smaller towns and villages with bigger cities in the region on one fast rail line. These trains are not high-speed, but with few stops, it is one of the key commuter services for those looking to head into the major cities for work.

Regionalbahn (RB)

This is the slowest service that Deutschebahn provides, and is primarily used for moving between towns and villages within specific regions. Making stops at most, if not all, stations between the start and end point, RB trains provide those looking to make a connection to a faster train or bring in commuters from elsewhere as a final connection to their journey.

Stadtschnellbahn (S-Bahn)

This is the metropolitan service that provides train routes for those living in the outer regions of a major city, such as Munich, Frankfurt or Bremen. When using the S-Bahn, passengers can also connect using buses, trams and metro links to move around, making travelling in the city much easier.

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Deutsche Bahn Tickets

When booking train tickets with Deutsche Bahn, you must understand the different classes and types of tickets you can buy, and find out which is best for you.

Sparpreis: This is the most common type of train ticket you can buy with Deutsche Bahn. It is the cheaper of the two train ticket types, however, is less flexible, as you can only use this ticket for the specific train you have booked for. Also, the price of a Sparpreis ticket can rise depending on demand for that particular train route, meaning that booking in advance is highly recommend for the best price. Despite being the cheaper of the two ticket prices, you can still book a first class seat, with all the benefits you get with that class.

Flexpreis: The more expensive of the two train ticket types, but as the name suggests, allows you more flexibility in your travel. Unlike the Sparpreis ticket, the Flexpreis is a standard price set, which does change dependant on journey, class and type of train. The ticket does allow you more freedom of travel choice too. While you must travel on the day specified on the ticket, you can use any Deutsche Bahn train during the day for that service. Also, you can exchange or get a full refund of that ticket up until the day before your travel if your travel plans have changed.

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First Class: Deutsche Bahn’s First Class offers passengers the chance to reserve seats, have the advantage of bigger chairs along with free newspapers and refreshments served at the table.

Second Class: While these extra services are not provided in second class, travelling here with Deutsche Bahn is still very comfortable, with relaxing chairs, power sockets and air con. WiFi is still free here and is for all classes on all trains where it is available.

International Trips

Travelling by train in Germany offers you the chance to not only see the different regions of the country but also abroad. Deutsche Bahn international trains go to France, Belgium and Switzerland among others. With both ICE and EC train services providing international train journeys, there are plenty of opportunities to explore Europe via train. With some routes being cheaper and faster than the whole process of flying, travelling by train is the best option for a stress-free journey.

About Deutsche Bahn


Deutsche Bahn is a state-owned rail company, that offers a number of different train services across the nation and internationally. Founded in 1994, the train network serves over 5m people a day on its train line, putting it up there with the busiest train services in the world. Providing links between not only small villages with major cities, it is also providing an alternative to flying with its international journeys. Booking train tickets with Deutsche Bahn on Trainline is quick and simple and can be done using our journey planner.

 

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