Train Tickets in Germany

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Rail Map - Germany

Rail Map - Germany

Facts

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

Germany by train - Intro

Travel to/within Germany by train

Discover Germany by train. High speed ICE-services connect cities like Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich. Frequent local trains run along scenic routes to medieval cities like Heidelberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Taking the train is a great way to travel to and in Germany.

Travel by train through Germany. Book a rail pass for various days or a single ticket. For Germanyyou can book the Interrail One Country Pass and Eurail One Country Pass. When travelling on a Interrail or Eurail Pass you can make your reservations on Happyrail.com as well. Simply fill in your departure and destination station to book the reservation. For single tickets you can click here to contact us. 



Germany by train - Video

Train Travel in Germany - Major routes

  • Very fast connections between Cologne and Frankfurt + Munich and Berlin 
  • Scenic route: Mainz to Koblenz, Munich to Salzburg 
  • Comfortable high speed trains like the ICE International 
  • Cheap Sparpreis tickets if you book early

 

Train Travel:ICE high-speed train

Berlin - Munich

4hr

Berlin - Frankfurt

4hr 10min

Berlin - Hamburg

1hr 45min

Berlin - Cologne

4hr 30min

Hamburg - Frankfurt

4hr

Hamburg - Cologne

4hr

Hamburg - Munich

6hr

Frankfurt - Munich

3hr 35min

Frankfurt - Cologne

1hr 15min

Munich - Cologne

4hr 35min

Trains in Germany - Info

Travel by train in Germany

  • Comfortable trains like the ICE and the EuroCity 
  • Very spacious and peaceful atmosphere in the 1st class in the ICE 
  • Cheap "Sparpreis" tickets if you book early 
  • All cities in Germany can be reached by train 
  • Eurail is valid on all trains in Germany
  • National railways: Deutsche Bahn 
  • Very fast connections between Cologne and Frankfurt + Berlin and Munich 
  • Find & book all popular trains in Germany

High speed trains

Regional and Intercity trains

Night trains 

  • Munich - Salzburg - Florence - Rome
    Hamburg – Berlin - Basel - Zürich
    Hamburg - Hanover - Vienna
    Düsseldorf - Cologne - Frankfurt - Vienna

  • EuroNight
    Berlin – Malmö

  • EuroNight 420/421
    Cologne – Frankfurt – Vienna

  • EuroNight Kálmán Imre
    Munich – Salzburg – Vienna – Budapest

  • EuroNight Metropol
    Berlin – Prague – Bratislava – Budapest
    Berlin – Prague – Vienna

  • EuroNight Lisinski
    Munich – Ljubljana – Zagreb

Travel by Swiss Trains

Regular trains in Switzerland are very convenient and punctual - one the finest in the world. Between major cities like Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneven there are very frequent connections. 

  • RegioExpress - Trains between small cities / villages and major cities 
  • Regio trains between local towns 
  • InterCity - Trains between major cities, i.e. Basel to Geneve
  • S-Bahn - Suburban trains around large cities like Zurich

Scenic trains

Very famous scenic trains in Switzerland are the Glacier Express between St Moritz and Zermatt, the Bernina Express between Chur and Tirano just a few kilometers from the Swiss-Italian border, and the Golden Pass Line from Montreux to Zweisimmen. From Zweisimmen you can take a connecting train to Interlaken en Luzern.

Travel by Intercity / Eurocity

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation optional (highly recommended during rush hour and on longer trips), compulsory on Italian IC-trains 

1st class 

  • Reservation included (compulsory on Italian IC-trains), reservation not possible in Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Comfortable seats
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • All seats have power points 
  • Acces to first class lounges

  • Intercity/Eurocity - More info and photos

Deutsche Bahn

Railways 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 runs between all major cities in Germany. The ICE also has connections to all major cities in neighboring countries. 

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.

International train tickets

How to travel by train to Germany

Due to the central location in Western Europe many train connections exist from the main European cities to Germany. Frequent and comfortable trains run to the main German cities.

Travel from Denmark to Germany from €29 or from Sweden to Germany from €39
The Danish capital Copenhagen is connected with Hamburg with 3 to 5 daily ICE and EuroCity-trains. 
> Trains from Germany to Denmark and Sweden

 

Travel from Russia, Belarus and Poland to Germany from €19 
Four direct EuroCity-trains run from Warsaw and Poznan to Berlin daily. 
> Trains from Germany to Poland and Russia

 

Travel from Slovakia, Budapest and the Czech Republic to Germany from €19
The main route from Germany to Prague runs along the Elbe river from Dresden to Prague, continuing to Bratislava and Budapest.
> Trains from Germany to Prague and beyond

 

Travel from Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia to Germany from €19
The Hungarian capital Budapest and the Austrian capital Vienna are connected every 2 hours with Munich by high-speed Railjet trains, also calling in Linz and Salzburg. 
> Trains from Germany to Austria and Hungary

Travel from Switzerland and Italy to Germany from €19
Italy is connected by direct Eurocity-trains to Munich. 
> Trains from Germany to Italy

Trains to Switzerland
Switzerland has the best train connections to Germany. Two ICE and EuroCity-trains per hour operate from Basel to Freiburg and Frankfurt.
> Trains from Germany to Switzerland 
 

Travel from France, Belgium and London to Germany from €19
From Paris and Strasbourg 4 TGV-trains run to Karlsruhe and Stutgart, with one service continuing to Munich. 
> Trains from Germany to France
> Trains from Germany to Paris

Travel from the Netherlands to Germany from €19
Seven daily ICE-trains operate from Amsterdam and Utrecht to Cologne and Frankfurt. An Intercity service runs every 2-hours from Amsterdam to Hannover and Berlin. 
> Trains from Germany to The Netherlands

Domestic train tickets

How to travel by train within Germany

The most important cities in Germany (Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt) are connected by ICE high speed services every hour or even every 30 minutes with speeds up to 330 kph.

The Intercity-network runs every hour or every 2 hours with speeds up to 200 kph to medium sized cities and the important holiday destinations.

Special ICE Sprinter services provide non-stop services between the most important cities during peak hours.

Many trains consist of different parts which split up to serve different destinations (Berlin-Hamm-Cologne/Düsseldorf and Munich-Hannover-Hamburg/Bremen).

Some connections are provided by cross-platform changes between two trains, especially on stations like Würzburg, Mannheim and Duisburg. When one of the trains is delayed by a few minutes the connecting train will wait for the transferring passengers.

Regional trains

Most regional trains (IRE, RE, RB) run every hour on important lines or every 2 hours on less important lines.

The S-Bahn provides a metro-style service within the surroundings of many big cities including Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. Most S-Bahn services run every 20 minutes or more frequent.

Many regional and local train services are run by private companies like Metronom, ALEX or Eurobahn. DB-tickets (including Interrail and the Schönes Wochenende Ticket) are accepted on the vast majority of these services.

Hamburg Köln Express operates a daily train from Hamburg via Cologne to Frankfurt, DB regional tickets are accepted on this service but without garantuee for transportation.

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.

 

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Hotels near stations

Recommended hotels near train stations in Germany

Berlin: Intercity Hotel Berlin Hbf 
Comfortable hotel next to the new main station of Berlin. Public transport in Berlin is included when staying in this hotel.

Hamburg: Intercity Hotel Hamburg Hbf 
Comfortable hotel next to the main station of Hamburg. Public transport in Hamburg is included when staying in this hotel.

Munich: Intercity Hotel München Hbf 
Comfortable hotel in the main station of Munich. Public transport in Munich is included when staying in this hotel.

Dresden: Intercity Hotel Dresden.
Comfortable hotel next to the main station of Dresden. Public transport in Dresden is included when staying in this hotel. 

Cologne: Hotel Classic Harmonie 
Nice hotel 5 minutes away from Cologne Main Station and the famous Cathedral.

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