CONTRIBUTED BY JESSICA
I often have friends who visit me from the states and use my place as a jumping point for their various adventures around Europe. What I love most about living in Germany is how central it is- I like this mostly because the German train system usually has train that travel to major cities in every country they boarder. I find myself constantly explaining the best ways to get cheap train tickets from DeutschBahn, so here is a quick run down for our Germany Ja readers who love to travel!
DeutscheBahn is Germany’s national train system, and unless you live in a small village you likely have DBahn trains stopping by your local bahnhof, even if they’re only servicing the local area. When you book a ticket to say, Frankfurt Airport to catch your plane, you’re actually paying for the distance you’re traveling- this means that if you miss your train at 1230, you can take the next train at 1330 for no extra charge.
However, DBahn sets aside a small number of seats on each trip that are reserved ONLY for that trip. These seats are cheaper, and you’re guaranteeing that you will take THAT specific train, and if you miss it, you will need to buy another ticket. With a bit of planning, and the ability to usher your group to the train station at the proper time, you can save some money and plan trips that are cheaper than driving to your destination.
As an example I’ve price checked a trip to Munich Hauptbahnhof from Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof. The first trip- a short notice trip- still offers a “normal price” and a “savings price”. Normal price ranges from 82-95euro per person, and the savings price is still as low as 55euro, and as high as 79euro for second class. For the same trip, however, if one plans even two months out, the cheapest price is 29euro, leaving quite a bit to more to spend on local food, beer, and trinkets to bring back home!
The same amount of planning can get you a ticket to = Paris from the Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof for only 29euro- which is a nice discount on a generally pretty pricey trip.