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

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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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Board German train from next station

I have reserved a train ticket with seat reservation from Hamburg Hbf to Aachen on IC 2403. However, I would like to board the train at the next stop (Hamburg - Harburg). Would my reservation still be ...
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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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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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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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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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Identification on German trains

I am a student from South Africa travelling to Germany in around a month. I want to book my train tickets on the Deutsche Bahn website. Since I'm a bit hesitant to order tickets for delivery by mail (...
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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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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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Is there Wi-Fi in the ICE trains in Germany?

I will travel from Frankfurt to Berlin by ICE and I wanted to ask if there is Wi-Fi in the trains and how much does it cost?
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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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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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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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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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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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Is a card without name valid for Deutsche Bahn online tickets?

Deutsche Bahn requires travellers with online tickets to select some form of identification. For non-Europeans, the only practical option seems to be a credit card, and the website asks for the name ...
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How can I get the best deal from DeutscheBahn when travelling to other countries in Europe from Frankfurt?

When I was in Frankfurt some time back, I was planning a budget weekend trip to European countries and for this I was trying to get a best deal for ICE trains out of DeutscheBahn. Out of all the ...
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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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Do I need to have a paper copy on an online ticket between Amsterdam and Hanover?

I have bought a DB (German railways) online ticket for the international intercity train from Amsterdam to Berlin. The train is operated by DB in Germany and, I think, by a Dutch branch of DB in 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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Can I use German Rail Luggage Service to send luggage from Frankfurt Main Airport to Airbnb in Chemnitz?

I want to use Bahn Gepaeckservice to send my luggage from Frankfurt Main Airport to an Airbnb in Chemnitz. The Airbnb is a private apartment. I'm a tourist and do not live in Germany. The Bahn's web ...
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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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Deutsche Bahn: Reliable wifi on train?

There's a fair chance that I will be travelling between Düsseldorf (DE) and Poznan (P) frequently soon, using Deutsche Bahn. Since this is a fairly long trip, I'd like to ensure that I can open my ...
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Where can I find DB regional ticket maps (Streckenkarte)?

Usually, Deutsche Bahn offers a map (Streckenkarte) of various regional transport similar to this one for Baden-Württemberg. Could anyone let me know where I can find it for Berlin-Brandenburg ticket? ...
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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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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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Can friends use my DB online ticket if I hand them my credit card?

I booked a Deutsche Bahn online ticket for friends and me. I paid with my credit card, so the ticket lists my name and credit card number. Now, I can’t make it to the tour, and another friend of mine ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to reserve a seat for Deutsche Bahn ICE using a vending machine while booking a ticket?

I will be travelling from Frankfurt using an ICE and for some reason online booking is not an option. Is it possible to reserve a seat using the ticket vending machine? I really want to avoid the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Berlin and Munich doable in a single weekend? [closed]

I am planning to visit Berlin and Munich from Frankfurt from 23rd Sept to 25 Sept. I know this is really tight trip, but i have only one weekend and i am ok with covering only the main attractions. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...