Deutsche Bahn

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Deutsche Bahn, Railways Germany 

Booking horizon 6 months
Trains ICE, Intercity/Eurocity, Regional, S-Bahn, InterRegioExpress
Tracks 41,315 kilometres
High speed network 1,876 kilometres
Passengers 2,01 billion 
Longest tunnel 10.7 kilometres (Landrücken Tunnel)
Highest bridge 107 metres (Müngsten Bridge, Wupper) 
Major stations Berlin Hbf, München Hbf, Frankfurt Hbf, Köln Hbf, Hamburg Hbf
Major lines Berlin-Munich; Berlin-Hamburg; Cologne-Frankfurt


Deutsche Bahn - Germany

Deutsche Bahn is the name of the German railways. The HQ is based in Frankfurt and the company is noted at the stock market. 

The high speed train of the Deutsche Bahn is the ICE International, one of the most convenient trains in Europe which run between all major cities in Germany. The ICE has also connections to all major cities in neighboring countries. 

Here at HappyRail you can buy all Deutsche Bahn tickets within Germany and all train tickets to The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech republic, Denmark, Sweden and Poland. 


Deutsche Bahn offers promo  prices on almost all routes, domestic and international, the so called Sparpreis Fares, starting at € 19, € 29 or € 39. The Sparpreis has in general a very availability. Often you can even book Sparpreis Fares close to the departure date.   

Rail Map - Germany

Rail Map - Germany

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Sparpreis tickets

How to book cheap Sparpreis tickets to and in Germany

Domestic fares start at only €19. These Sparpreis-tickets are subject to availability and prices get higher as more tickets are being sold. Sales for domestic journeys start 6 months before journey date.

You will be likely to find the cheapest tickets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cheap tickets on fast ICE-services will get sold as first, sometimes a slower Intercity-connection might be cheaper.

Seat reservation is included in first class fares, for second class journeys a reservation can be purchased for €4,50 extra. Reservation is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended on busy travel dates around the weekend and holidays. 

The price depends on the largeness of the state. Taking the regional train might take two or three times more travel time and involves more changes, but is also a great way to discover the countryside of Germany.

Scenic routes

Rhine Railway Cologne-Koblenz-Mainz: 

This old main route runs along the banks of the Rhine river which winds his way trough a wonderful valley along the famous Loreley rock.

You travel along pittoresque villages and vineyards while ships wind their way up and down the river. For the best views sit left when travelling southbound and sit right when travelling nortbound a long-distance service (InterCity/EuroCity).

Note that most ICE-services from Cologne to Frankfurt take the high speed which opened in 2002 and isn't scenic at all. When your train calls in Koblenz Hbf you are sure that your train is running on the Rhine Route.

Moselle Railway Koblenz-Trier-Luxembourg: 

The line along the Moselle is the little brother of the Rhine Railway, between Koblenz and Bullay views are best on the left side travelling towards Trier and on the right side travelling towards Koblenz.

Regional trains run every hour from Koblenz via Trier to Luxembourg.

Black Forest Railway Offenburg-Donaueschingen: 

This line start in Offenburg in the Rhine Valley and winds his way up into the Black Forest. At Triberg the line uses somes loops to climb and in Hornberg the train passes the Reichenbach-viaduct.

Aussenfernbahn and Karwendelbahn Munich-Garmisch-Reutte/Innsbruck: 

This local line connects Munich and Innsbruck via the winter sport resort of Garmisch Partenkirchen and winds its way trough the impressive Karwendel Alps. The trunk route from Garmisch to Reutte and Kempten runs along the remote Aussenfern-region and goes into Austria and back.

Insider tip:

Travel by steam train in Germany: In the former Easter Germany there are some still some railways which are steam-operated, not as museum railway but as actual public transport.

The "Bädierbahn (Bading Railway) Molli" operates every hour between Kühlungsborn and the Baltic Sea coast town Bad Doberan.

The "Rasesender (Raging) Roland"  operates on the famous tourist island Rügen. The biggest steam railway network is provided by the Harzer Schmalspur Bahnen (Harz Narrow Gauge Railway) in the Harz mountains southwest of Berlin.

Take the steam train up from Wenigerode to the Brocken-summit, which was a spionage outpost during the Cold War. Steam trains also run to Nordhausen and allong the Selketal-Valley. DB-tickets aren't accepted on these steam services, but tickets are for sale locally.