My train is cancelled but replace by a train with the same timetable but a different number; identical to the scenario in this question.

Under those circumstances, does the Sparpreis ticket have Zugbindung or not? Normally, with a Sparpreis, the ticket is only valid for the indicated train. This requirement is lifted when the train is ≥20 minutes delayed or cancelled. Is the requirement still lifted when a replacement train with the same timetable is available? Must I travel on the replacement train, or can I now also travel on a train departing at a different time?

Reasons to want to do this could be: other time more convenient, seat reservations possible unavailable, replacement stock may be shorter thus busier, or others.

  • I guess the key question if it is a replacement train operating with the same number, or not.
    – o.m.
    Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 15:19
  • @o.m. Different number. Edited for clarification.
    – gerrit
    Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 15:21
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    – gerrit
    Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 15:22

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Unfortunately, Deutsche Bahn has never given a really official opinion about this, as far as I know. Semi-official opinions differ:

You can choose freely

You need to use the replacement train.

My personal opinion is that you are allowed to choose freely, but that is only my opinion. I have done just this and I was fine.

In practice it would be best to go to a DB information or travel center in advance and ask them to stamp your ticket with "Zugbindung aufgehoben". If you get the stamp, you are golden.

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