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According to this link (only in German), it is to check if you have bought the ticket just right now or a sufficient amount of time before. The rules usually are, that you have to buy a ticket before you get on the train. Now, with mobile tickets, some "clever" people thought, they just need to buy a ticket when they see the conductor, and to ride free when ...


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@dunni's answer describes the attack that this security measure attempts to mitgate. A comment on his answer claims that this is "security theatre"; I describe in this answer (because this explanation is too long to fit into a comment) why it is not. Most security measures cannot completely prevent attacks. An effective security measure is one that ...


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TL;DR: Your ticket is still valid and you can take any connection to your destination (and it is not relevant if you booked a SuperSparpreis, Sparpreis or Flexpreis ticket) if your train/connection is expected to be delayed by at least 20 minutes at your destination or is cancelled at all. For more information have a look at Overview of the main passengers' ...


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The chances of you being "denied boarding" are very low. There is no pre boarding check, nobody is standing at the door counting passengers. So there is nobody to deny you boarding. What is possible is that the train is physically so full that the train cannot leave, and when it does happen it usually escalates to the point where a train will be ...


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There is already a good answer: It provides an additional quick visual indicator in case the passenger bought the ticket only after entering the vehicle and spotting the conductor. But let's add some more context. Ticket controls do not usually pay for themselves with fines. Ticket controls are paid for by getting more people to buy tickets. The goal of ...


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The solidus designates a bounded area ("Raumbegrenzung"). Any route that passes through the designated stations or between them is covered by the ticket. The asterisk means that the route must pass through the named station. I suspect, but have found no online confirmation of this, that the asterisk has priority over the solidus, because assuming the ...


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There is a special stamp to prove you're entitled to hop on the next available train: The text in the upper bubble roughly means, 'The HOTNAT stamp indicates approval for using THA'. The image is taken from page 9 of this document: https://www.cit-rail.org/media/files/public/Passenger/AJC_AppxII_Delay%20confirmation_Stamps_EN_2017-07-01.pdf. Ideally, if ...


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The railways in Germany are very good in offering alternative transport if the train you have planned to use can not be used for whatever reason. First thing to do, ask any person sitting near you to explain, if they can. Next look for a person in an uniform. And if non is near, go to the ticket office in the station you are. The uniformed staff or ticket ...


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Deutsche Bahn confirm here (and in other answers on their community site) that it is permitted: Man kann die Probebahncard bestellen so oft man möchte. Aber auch eine Probebahncard ist ein Abo und muss spätestens 6 Wochen vor Gültigkeitsende gekündigt werden. ("One can order the Probe Bahncard as often as one likes. But even a Probe Bahncard is a ...


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This is all about a ticketing system called Proof of Payment. Historically, conductors walked every train and checked every passenger, selling them a ticket if needed. However, this was expensive to staff, so they looked at ways to automate this. They came up with a modified "honor system" where people would buy tickets, and carry proof of this. Then, ...


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It's not possible. Someone asked this at Deutsche Bahn support community and their answer was Hallo Frager1234, auch eine Umschreibung der BahnCard 100 ist nicht möglich. /an Hi Frager1234, it's not possible to have a BahnCard 100 re-issued to another person.


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The important part is on the same page, just above. Sollte Ihr Gutscheinwert höher sein als Ihr Buchungsbetrag, erhalten Sie einen Restwertgutschein. So, yes, you get a new Gutschein with the remaining value. Only if you used both a Gutschein and and eCoupon, they won't give you a Gutschein with the remaining value. The combined use of those eCoupons ...


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I discovered the wonderful HOTNAT in July when my Eurostar train to Paris was delayed just outside St Pancras, and it was clear I would not then get across Paris in time to catch my booked TGV to Libourne. I found the train manager on the Eurostar to ask his advice, and he immediately wrote out the HOTNAT document for me and stamped both my Eurostar ticket ...


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Deutsche Bahn has a toolbox called Ist mein Zug pünktlich?. They also publish statistics. Both are an authoritative source. To my experience, delays are worst with regional trains as they wait for delayed IC/EC and ICE trains so passengers won't miss their regional connections.


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Deutsch Bahn (in line with European legislation) gives you pretty comprehensive rights when trains are delayed and cancelled. So you'll get some money back, and it may even be more than the bus fare. What you'll get exactly depends a bit on things you did not write here. You didn't say wether you discussed the situation with the rail staff or what you were ...


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The accepted answer that you linked to is concerned with a different case, namely that the train is marked as "please take a different train" in the on-line schedule. In this case, the "Zugbindung" (ticket is valid only for a specific train) is not automatically cancelled and you have to take the train if you don't want your ticket to become void. If a ...


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This clever seat number system, dating from the pre-computer era, was an easy way to maintain an even distribution of passengers over the train, when the train was not yet fully booked. Passengers would get annoyed if the distribution was carelessly uneven. Initially the seats x1, x2, x5, x6 were assigned by the booking system, and all passengers had some ...


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You can check if your BahnCard has been correctly canceled online: Go to https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml, login with your username/password. Click on "All BahnCard Services" under "My Bahncard services" approximately in the middle of the page. This is where the webpage always switches to German for me. There is a menu item "Informationen zu meiner ...


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In general, this is driven by the practicalities of rail travel. First let's exclude cases where the passenger has missed the train. When the carrier imposes a restriction that the transport will only work on a certain run (like nearly all airline tickets), and the carrier refuses to provide transport on that run... then the carrier is obliged to provide ...


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Accroding to price table it's price zone 3 from Wolfsburg to Braunschweig, not 2. So you will need a ticket for price zone 3 (prices). However, if you have a month ticket, you can buy an Erweiterungskarte (extension ticket) which allows you to travel across the whole VRB area for 2,50€ (one-way).


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Wolfsburg is zone 20, Braunschweig is Zone 40, https://www.wvg.de/fileadmin/wvg/files/PDF2016/Tarifzonen.PDF The zones do not touch, but you'd have to go through either zone 16 or 36. In this case you would need a 3-zone ticket or "Price Level 3" per this info. https://www.wvg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/VRB-Flyer_Need-help_DE-EN-FR_2019_03-19_WEB.pdf If you ...


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From the website of the Deutsche Bahn: 2.8 Übertragbarkeit Die Fahrkarte ist nur dann übertragbar, wenn sie nicht auf den Namen lautet und die Fahrt - bei Fahrkarten für Hin- und Rückfahrt die Hinfahrt - noch nicht angetreten ist. Reisende mit auf den Namen lautenden Fahrkarten sind verpflichtet, im Rahmen der Fahrkartenkontrolle auf ...


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