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Since May 2023, the 'Deutschland ticket' has been available on subscription in Germany. This is basically a public transport pass which for 49 EUR a month gives access to a large amount of trains in Germany.

To quote Wikipedia on the restrictions of the ticket:

The ticket is valid on all local and regional buses, trams, metros, S-Bahn trains, and local and regional trains (RB/RE) across the whole of Germany.

It is not valid on long-distance trains (such as Intercity Express (ICE), Intercity (IC) and Eurocity (EC) trains operated by Deutsche Bahn) and on long-distance bus coaches (such as those operated by Flixbus).

The ticket is only valid for transportation in second class.

In addition to the above, I believe heritage railways, such as the Mollibahn and Harzquerbahn are excluded (although the Molli at least was included on the 9 EUR ticket last summer). Similarly (at least) bus services which cater 'primarily to tourists' are excluded (perhaps also with train-services?).

So, to my question: Are there any (non-touristic/heritage) railway stations which cannot be reached using a Deutschland ticket?

I think the only circumstance in which this could be are:

  • if there are any stations which are only served by ICE/IC/EC trains,
  • if there are any stations which are only served by trains with only first-class.

I can imagine that there may be other strange circumstances that lead to this - perhaps a German station that trains must pass through another country to reach.

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    Harzer Bahn is part of Deutschlandticket hsb-wr.de/Fahrplan-Tarife/Deutschlandticket Jul 5, 2023 at 22:02
  • @BernhardDöbler - thanks! I assumed it wouldn’t be covered so that’s good to know! Jul 6, 2023 at 5:57
  • It seems the Molli is also included (see molli-bahn.de/files/dokumente/… - you'll have to translate yourself).
    – frIT
    Jul 6, 2023 at 9:07
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    @frIT that document says you have to pay an additional fare for the Molli even if you have a Deutschlandticket
    – wonderbear
    Jul 6, 2023 at 10:17
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    For Mollibahn the document linked to by @frIT says that while it is covered by Deutschlandticket, you will need to pay an additional fee to use them anyway. That's 8€ for Mollibahn, which is IIRC 2-3€ less than what the whole tour from end to end used to cost (2 years ago when I last used it).
    – Ingix
    Jul 6, 2023 at 12:22

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The Bahnhof Limburg Süd is only served by ICE trains, so you can not take a train to that station on the Deutschlandticket. It is, however, served by some local buses, so it is possible to visit the station if you are for some reason interested in it.

Honorable mention goes to the Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof, which is served almost exclusively by ICE and IC trains, but is also visited by the RB58 line and so does not qualify. (Most Deutschlandticket-eligible trains serving the airport stop at the nearby Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbahnhof instead.)

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    As to not scare away anyone from using Frankfurt's airport: Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof is the train station designated to long-distance travel. On your foot path from Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof to the terminals, you will come across Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbahnhof, where plenty of trams stop.
    – UTF-8
    Jul 6, 2023 at 10:53
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Although you can get everywhere where regional trains connect, there are some regional trains on which the Deutschland ticket is not valid. Note that those trains are a tiny minority of all regional trains. The restriction applies in particular to regional trains that are operated by DB Fernverkehr (rather than DB Regio or other companies), such as shown in this table at bahn.de, which has a footnote that could become important if you are on one of the affected trains:

Fernverkehrszüge (z.B. der Eisenbahnverkehrsunternehmen DB Fernverkehr AG oder FlixTrain/Flix SE), die für die Nutzung mit Fahrkarten des Nahverkehrs freigegeben sind, dürfen innerhalb der genannten Landestarife und Verkehrsverbünde mit einem Deutschland-Ticket nicht genutzt werden. Dies gilt unabhängig davon, unter welcher Zuggattung oder Zugbezeichnung diese verkehren (z.B. ICE, IC/EC aber auch RE). Andere Fahrkarten des ÖPNV/SPNV gelten innerhalb ihrer jeweiligen räumlichen Geltungsbereiche weiterhin.

Translation:

Long-distance trains (e.g. of the railway companies DB Fernverkehr AG or FlixTrain/Flix SE), which are approved for use with local transport tickets, may not be used with a Deutschland-Ticket within the named national tariffs and transport associations. This applies irrespective of the train category or train name (e.g. ICE, IC/EC but also RE). Other ÖPNV/SPNV tickets are still valid within their respective areas of validity.

The t-online source is from April 2023 and since then it appears the situation has changed for some lines, so you should double-check if you travel on any of those lines:

  • Berlin Hbf – Elsterwerda (RE 17)
  • Berlin – Eberswalde – Prenzlau (RE 28)
  • Potsdam – Berlin Hbf – Cottbus (RE 56)
  • Dresden Hbf – Freiberg (Sachsen) – Chemnitz Hbf (RE 17)
  • Dortmund - Dillenburg (Hessen) (RE 34)
  • Erfurt – Weimar – Jena – Gera

Those trains are strange beasts, as a search with bahn.de reveals:

bahn.de screenshot Dormund-Dillenburg

It's the same train, but the choice is yours if you want to pay the Intercity price or the Regional Express price.

Those trains essentially count double as intercity and regional trains. They're intercity trains where regional tickets are generally allowed, but the Deutschlandticket is not. Fortunately, (I think) all the stations along those lines are also covered by (much more frequent) normal regional trains, so you can still reach all the relevant stations. Just be careful to not get onto one of the rare regional trains that does not allow the Deutschlandticket. For the overwhelming majority of regional trains, you are fine with the Deutschlandticket.

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