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Deutsche Bahn, often just "DB", the main German railway company.

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Deutsche Bahn: train cancelled and app shows "current alternatives"

I had an ICE train cancelled where I had the super sparpreis ticket. The app shows me current alternatives. Does this mean I can get on the alternatives without any further ado or do I have to go to a ...
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Can I combine a Deutsche Bahn city ticket with an RMV S-Bahn single ticket?

I am travelling to Frankfurt on a Deutsche Bahn ICE train. I plan to get off at Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof and take an RMV S-Bahn or RE train to Frankfurt airport. The ICE ticket is a Sparpreis ...
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Fix Super Sparpreis ticket identity

I am French and ordered a "Super Sparpreis" ticket online for my child, this is a special child price since he is less than 14 years old. The ticket price is around 45 Euros. This is the ...
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How to cancel and get refunds for train tickets for Italy?

I have a train travel booked through Germany, Switzerland and Italy. All three legs of the travel are booked through bahn.de, and the Germany into Switzerland leg I can find back on the system of that ...
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Is arriving at FRA by train 3 hours before my flight early enough?

I am arriving Frankfurt(M)Flughafen by a DB bahn train from Hannover, which reaches at 11:17. My flight is from the Frankfurt airport terminal 2 at 14:15. Do I have sufficient time to reach the ...
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Overcrowded German trains

The recent spat between Greta Thunberg and German rail left me thinking: can you buy a ticket in a German train and not get a seat? Is that only for local or also long haul trains?
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If my train is cancelled and replaced, must I take the indicated replacement train when I have a Sparpreis ticket?

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 ...
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ICE from Frankfurt to Limburg

I need to reach Limburg a.d. Lahn, Limburg Bf, so when I search for trains online on DBahn, it shows many Limburg options: I don't find many ICE trains to reach Limburg Lahn, hence is it okay to take ...
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Deutsche Bahn: What does "Train not bookable until further notice" mean?

I am trying to book a train from Deutsche Bahn, that shows a message "Ticket not bookable until further notice" (in the English version of the website) in its listing. However, the button to book is ...
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Is it allowed to buy a Probe Bahncard 50 repeatedly?

I bought a Probe BahnCard 50. It is now expired (I cancelled the subscription) and the trial period of 3 months is over. Can I buy a Probe BahnCard subscription again?
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Compensation from Deutsche Bahn [duplicate]

We decided to travel to Croatia using ferry, train and coach from the UK. We had booked our train tickets through DB and actually had three trains on that ticket. We successfully caught our first ...
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What if my bahncard does not show up automatically on app but I don't have bahncard number?

I bought trial bahncard for 3 months on online, but it seems like I couldn't get the physical card because I'm not sure if it will be delivered before my trip to Germany. I know I can use the ...
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Reliability data for German trains

I want to take the 'Kulturzug' between Berlin and Wroclaw on August 10th 2019 (dep. 08:25 from Berlin-Lichtenberg, arr. 12:42 in Wroclaw Glowny). As I will be attending a wedding later that day, it ...
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Ticket between 2 zones : edited [closed]

If I have a monthly pass of 1 zone(city) and I want to go to another zone(city2) 2, can I just buy a day ticket of zone 2 and travel from zone 1 to zone 2 ? Its about cities. Wolfsburg and ...
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What's the 2-minute timer on mobile Deutsche Bahn tickets?

A few days ago I purchased a single ticket from Cologne (Köln) to Aachen via the DB Navigator app. The ticket was valid for 6 hours after the purchase, however a timer started from 00:00 and stopped ...
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How to get a confirmation that my BahnCard has been cancelled?

I requested to cancel my bahn card using this form. I am currently living in the USA. I received an email three weeks ago stating that my request has been forwarded to the appropriate department and ...
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What are my rights when I have a Sparpreis ticket but can't board an overcrowded train?

A German Sparpreis-ticket is (for long-distance trains) only valid on the trains indicated on the ticket, but a seat reservation is optional. In case of overcrowding, a Sparpreis ticket holder can be ...
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How do I parse the syntax of the route instruction on a German railway ticket?

With a Deutsche Bahn Flexpreis ticket, one can take any trains on the day of travel, but the route is still limited. The permitted route along which the ticket is valid is written on the ticket, but ...
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Can I use a "Gutschein" from Deutsche Bahn more than once?

I cancelled a trip with Deutsche Bahn and they gave me a "Gutschein" (German word for coupon or voucher) with the value of the trip. If I use this Gutschein to buy something of less value, ...
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Suddenly it's announced that my train won't go to my destination, is my Sparpreis ticket valid?

During the journey it was suddenly announced that my train won't go to my destination an I should change to another one. I had my Sparpreis ticket (first class with reservation). Is my ticket still ...
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Can I hand over a Bahn 100 card?

One of my friends is leaving from Germany, having a bahn 100 card. So he wants to hand over the card that will be expired at the middle of next year to me. So is it possible to change the owner of ...
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Is RailTeam's HOTNAT guarantee generally honoured in practice?

The RailTeam alliance of European rail operators offers a HOTNAT ("hop on the next available train") guarantee, stated as follows: Hop on the next available train » (HOTNAT) allows travelers to ...
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What kinds of compensation can I get from Deutsche Bahn for canceled and late trains?

I recently traveled from the Basel area to Stuttgart for a weekend. I had round-trip tickets including (paid) bicycle reservations. At our first station change, we found that our EC train was ...
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S-Bahn online ticket

I will be travelling to Germany for the first time for a concert. I'll be in Munich and I want to get from Hackerbrücke to Rosenheimer Platz. Is it possible to buy an online ticket the for S-Bahn from ...
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Travelling with one e-ticket for two people through Dutch train stations

I purchased an e-ticket for two people from DB Bahn via a travel agency. We are travelling through two Dutch train stations. I know I have to scan it in at these stations. Since the ticket is for two ...
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Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket valid from/to Venlo

With a Day ticket for Germany (Quer-durch-Land-Ticket) one can travel with all local trains in Germany. Is this ticket also valid on the train to/from Venlo in The Netherlands or is a separate ...
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Is there a realtime train position and timetabling tool for Deutsche Bahn trains? [duplicate]

In the UK, there are several third-party services which consume data produced by Network Rail regarding the operational rail timetable and live train movements. These services produce data which are ...
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What if my train is delayed causing my ticket to expire?

Example: I am at Kähnsdorf Dorf, Seddiner See. I want to go to Konigs Wusterhausen. Bus (646 -> 643) 17:14 - 17:55 Kähnsdorf Dorf, Seddiner See to Potsdam Bhf. IC 2431 18:00 - 19:01 Total time = ...
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How is the price of a rural ticket calculated?

Say you go to a Deutsche Bahn ticket machine and go to the from/to part button. How is the price calculated for single tickets and day tickets? For example: Königs Wusterhausen to Tropical ...
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What are Deutsche Bahn's "M" trains/routes?

When I was searching for a train route between Salzburg and Munich on https://www.bahn.com/, a lot of the routes in the results had "M" in the product column (for instance, the first and the last row ...
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Why was my Deutsche Bahn train "cancelled" and replaced by the same train, but a different number?

Last weekend, I had a ticket on ICE 276 from Frankfurt to Berlin. When I arrived at the station, I was informed that the train was cancelled, but I need not worry because a "replacement" train, ICE ...
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Is this SNCF train more crowded on a weekday or weekend?

I am planning a train trip from Lyon (France) to Dresden (Germany). I am looking for information on whether the following trains are likely to be more crowded on a weekend or a weekday. I strongly ...
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Deutsche Bahn not responding?

I had recently booked a ticket using their online portal. I tried using VISA twice, but it showed transaction failed. Then I booked using SOFORT(successful). Next day I found they had credited the ...
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Deutsche Bahn (DB) Lounge Berlin

During my journey from Berlin to Amsterdam by train, I have an option of buying 1st class ticket at an additional cost of 10 Euros. This will give a better seat as well as access to DB Lounge. Is it ...
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"Connection" to Darmstadt but tickets only to Frankfurt. What transportation can I take to Darmstadt and how do I prove it's paid for?

Ordering paper tickets from Bahn.DE, an e-mail confirmation said: Your connection: 28.11.2017: London St. Pancras I 15:04 - Hauptbahnhof, Darmstadt 22:01 Tickets: Einfache Fahrt, Sparpreis ...
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Do I need payment card identification for DB paper tickets?

EDIT: Answers have pointed out my information is outdated. Please read the answers before concluding anything from my question! Question before editing: DB famously accept only payment cards, not ...
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How do I book a seat reservation on ICE International, when I already have the ticket?

I have a ticket London-Brussels-Frankfurt, booked via a travel agent from DB Vertrieb GmbH. The ticket comes with a seat reservation London-Brussels (EST 9140), but not Brussels-Frankfurt (ICE19). ...
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How to change a Deutsche Bahn flex ticket with mandatory reservation

I have a flexible full fare ticket from Deutsche Bahn for the ICE train from Paris Gare del Est to Frankfurt. For these trains there is a mandatory seat reservation, which I have for the connection I ...
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Reservation Budapest Munich Night train EN 462

While booking this ticket at Deutsche bahn website, it says "Subject to compulsory reservation (Salzburg Hbf --> München Hbf), 2nd class only seated accommodation , Comfort ticket (IRT Integrated ...
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Free travel with S-Bahn with Deutsche Bahn Intercity Ticket

I am travelling to Munich from Budapest (Deutsche Bahn). Arriving at Munich Hauptbahnhof. Can I travel for free with S Bahn or U Bahn in the city (given that I have the Budapest ticket)?
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How do DB seat numbers work?

When travelling on German DB trains with a seat reservation, you usually get a car number and a seat number. Seat numbers are integers unique within each car. Typically, these seat numbers are ...
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Deutsche Bahn: I lost my BahnCard 25. Can I get some kind of proof of purchase to show to the ticket inspectors?

Unfortunately, I lost my BahnCard 25 for 2017 (I still have the 2016 one, though). Can I get some kind of proof of purchase of the 2017 BahnCard in the ticket offices to show to the ticket inspector? ...
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Are Deutsche Bahn ticket details available when bought on the day of the trip?

I know that if a ticket is bought online, the different stops and platforms are described on the ticket. However, would this information be given if bought at the station or train? Also, does the ...
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How to buy BahnCard online with a debit card that is not "mine"?

I'm going to be in Germany for a year and getting a BahnCard is a no-brainer. I was about to purchase it online, when someone advised me that I'd later need to show the credit/debit card I use as ...
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Reserving a domestic TGV train in Germany

I am travelling to Germany and France next month. For the last leg, I am travelling from Lyon to Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2 by TGV. Would it be possible to reserve this ticket in Germany(...
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DB bahn seat reservation

I bought a seat reservation on ICE by mistake for 4.5 euros and I then realized I should buy the ticket so I bought the ticket and realized no reservation was necessary. Is it possible to cancel the ...
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Do I need to validate train tickets that were purchased online?

I have purchased an online ticket to go from Cologne to Dusseldorf; the ticket is from Brussels to Dusseldorf with changeover at Cologne. I heard that in German cities train tickets need to be ...
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Choosing seat in DB IC bus

I want to travel from Berlin to Kopenhagen with the DB IC bus. It gives me an option of choosing my seat. However, I have difficulty with it. My requirement: I want a window seat. With large leg ...
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Is complimentary Wi-Fi available on ICE trains outside of Germany?

As this new answer correctly states Since 1 January 2017 there is Wi-Fi in all ICE-Trains. What about the international ICE connections, is Wi-Fi available there as well? E.g. on the ICE from ...
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How to reach Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay by using a Schönes Wochenende pass?

I would like to have a one day visit of the Geierlay Footbridge (Fußgängerseilbrücke, don't know the English word for it). We are a group of 5 people who would like to visit it on a weekend using ...
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