I know I will be making a trip on a particular day, but I don't know exactly what time; yet, I still want to save money by purchasing the savings fare. How close to departure time of a train can I still purchase the savings fare ticket?

Update: Yes, I'm referring to Deutsche Bahn. However, the tickets are for Euro Night.

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    That depends on the fare type. I think each fare type has a hard limit. Of course you also run the risk that the quota for that fare is reached before you get around to buying the ticket. Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 21:47
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    are you talking about Deutsche Bahn, the national German railway company? Because it's not really clear!
    – Dirty-flow
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 8:27
  • I've made the experience beforehand while buying the saving ticket for Switzerland from Deutsche Bahn, that they tend to run out fairly quickly. Usually you still get a cheaper than normal ticket even just one or two weeks beforehand, but it won't be the cheapest and you'll have to be really flexible as to which train to take.
    – drat
    Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 8:56

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First, as Gilles pointed out there's likely a limit to how many on each train have this rate, so if you wait too long you risk missing out.

However, assuming they're available, this link would appear to have the required information, for saving fares:

Availabilty: From 91 days up to one day before travel

Note that they also point out what we've suggested, that:

Please note that the tickets are subject to availability.


Availability is much more of an issue than any official limit. Basically, the Sparpreis offers exist in order to allow price discrimination: get people who care more about convenience than money to pay more, without losing customers that can't/won't afford the full price. So they're designed to run out well before the day the train runs and the sooner you buy, the cheaper it will be.

However, if it is an expensive ticket, there may be a semi-workaround: The cancellation fee for Sparpreis tickets is only 15 EUR before the day of the trip. So even if you're not sure about the day and time, it may still be worthwhile to buy a ticket for the most likely time (or even more than one) as soon as possible, and cancel it if your plan turns out to be different. 15 EUR is typically much less than the money you save by getting an early Sparpreis ticket.


Not too long ago, you needed to book a Sparpreis (savings fare) ticket three calendar days in advance. Then it changed to one day. Now, the official site explicitly says:

The "Sparpreis" (saver fare for Germany) is for sale 91 days before intended travel date up until shortly before departure. (Emphasis mine)

I personally haven’t tried getting a ticket that late, and remember that they are contingented, so they may be sold out especially for popular connections, but it seems that they are bookable until a few minutes before departure.

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    I've gotten a saver fare about 10 minutes before departure. That was a mostly empty TGV between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, and the discount was only a few Euros for this short distance, but it was still a saver fare.
    – helm
    Commented Apr 12, 2023 at 13:46

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