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DB: Can I still use the return journey if I miss the outbound train?

DB does not really do "return" tickets. If you buy a "return" ticket from A to B and back to A what you really are doing is buying a ticket A to B, and another one B to A, in the ...
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Is 1 hr between arrival in Frankfurt and flight departure with Etihad Airways enough?

Is that enough? No. I strongly recommend against that. You'll be arriving at "Fernbahnhof" which is pretty far away from the Terminal 1 building and you still need to get to Terminal 2 ...
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What does ggf reserviert mean on DB trains?

“ggf.” stands for gegebenenfalls or “possibly”. It means the seat has been set aside in the railway booking system for last minute reservations. The official website recommends not sitting there ...
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What happens if someone leaves a train to/from Pyongyang at an intermediate stop?

Your guide will report you missing (after desperately trying to find you, since the guide themselves will be in deep trouble). The authorities will hunt you down and arrest you. What happens then is ...
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Booked Lufthansa Flight + Train, where do I go for baggage reclaim?

To supplement @deceze's answer, I fly with similar connections in Frankfurt frequently. The baggage is inconsistently routed to the air terminal baggage claim or the rail terminal baggage claim. I ...
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Which Paris metro station to alight for CDG international airport?

The Charles de Gaulle airport (which locals call “Roissy”) is large. It has three terminals and two suburban train (RER) stations. As the signs in the trains tell you, as well as the automated ...
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Travel from Munich to Scotland avoiding flight

Maybe not the cheapest but possibly the quickest, easiest, and most comfortable is by train. Munich to Paris. Paris to London via Eurostar through the tunnel. London to Edinburgh. You can ...
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What are the possibilities for travel by train to Lisbon, Portugal from Barcelona, Spain, without using buses or planes?

According to the invaluable Man in Seat 61, it's possible to get from Madrid to Lisbon by train alone: Incredibly, there is now no direct train between Madrid & Lisbon, two adjacent EU capitals. ...
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Basel Badischer Bahnhof to Basel SBB train announcement: "Only cross the border with valid documents..." Which border?

Despite its location in Switzerland it is an enclave of the EU for customs purposes. The train services are also run by DB (the German operator). See the wikipedia entry Basel_Badischer_Bahnhof which ...
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If someone is stranded in a transfer-only station after the last train has left, what happens?

A good look at the actual premises might be helpful here. A useful picture can be found here: Source: https://www.brasserarchitekten.ch/projekte/umsteigebahnhof-sagliains It's highly unlikely that ...
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Korsør - Nyborg train: is a bicycle with trailer possible?

The Korsør and Nyborg train lines are connected by the InterCity trains (and not by S-trains), and the FAQ on bikes has the following to say: Q1. Are you required to have a ticket for your bike? If ...
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International train travel in Europe for European citizens

My starting point for such information is Seat61, a human-written website with recommendations on train travels throughout Europe and in the entire world. In Europe, it has tailored connections for ...
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Why are lights very bright in most passenger trains, especially at night?

As a general rule, local commuter trains are usually brightly lit, because there's a high frequency of passengers getting on and off, and people are not expected to sleep in them. Some of course do, ...
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If my 00:22 Deutsche Bahn train is cancelled and the following train is inconvenient, can I leave earlier?

Yes. If your train is cancelled or if one of the trains in your itinerary is so delayed that you can assume to arrive at your final destination more than 20 minutes late, the ticket can be used on any ...
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Are there any (non-touristic) stations in Germany that cannot be reached by the Deutschland Ticket?

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 ...
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How can I know if a seat reservation on ICE would be useful?

If you use DB's online search (reiseauskunft.bahn.de), you will see an estimate right underneath the travel times. Orthogonal to your question title, but given that you debate getting a reservation, ...
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Travelling from China to Europe by train

Due to the Ukraine-Russia war and the European sanctions, many of the options available before now end at the Russian border. Remaining options are: get through Asia by bus and train to Turkey, and ...
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Knife laws in multiple European countries on train

germany Some styles of knife are forbidden. They include butterfly knives, push knives, or disguised knives. Since they cannot be owned, they cannot be carried. Other styles of knife are restricted ...
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Is there any way to find the distance covered by a train in a particular rail route between two stations?

You can use a routing engine that allows routing on the train network. E.g. bikerouter.de will do the job as long as all the tracks are available in OpenStreetMap. It usually needs some fine tuning to ...
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Choosing a snowy destination in Europe for travel by train

When all you want to do is actually to walk (and play) in the snow, if you do have a strong preference for train riding, and if you are not bound to make a fixed booking long in advance, you should ...
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Does one need to buy tickets in advance for Deutsche Bahn train?

You need to buy the train ticket before entering the train (the option to buy it online is switched off around departure; and only on some trains you are allowed to buy the ticket onboard against an ...
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I have been downgraded on Nightjet due to changes in train formations. Am I eligible for compensation?

When the booked travel class is not available you are indeed entitled to a compensation. You can contact ÖBB via the form here: Passenger Rights & Reimbursement
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If someone is stranded in a transfer-only station after the last train has left, what happens?

Wow, a nice pick! According to Wikipedia, the Sagliains station indeed has no entries and exits for passengers. I guess any person remaining on the platform when a connecting train (let alone the last ...
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Dubai to Europe without flying

As others have pointed out, anything else than flying or taking a cruise ship to UAE is much more dangerous and only for someone adventurous and resourceful. I'm not sure your mum is the type, given ...
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Travel from Munich to Scotland avoiding flight

As usual The man in seat 61 has lots of advice on the subject. See the section London to Stuttgart & Munich which gives 4 options to London: TGV to Paris, Eurostar to London ICE to Cologne, ...
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How to reach Southampton cruise port from London airports or Eurostar stations and vice-versa, without breaking the bank?

Where are you coming from? You asked for London airports but there is also an airport in Southampton - with flights from Paris (Orly) and Amsterdam (as you mentioned Eurostar) - and from there you can ...
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Travel from Munich to Scotland avoiding flight

The comfortable route, if you can sleep on a train: NightJet 468 from Munich East to Paris. EuroStar from Paris to London Caledonian Sleeper from London to Glasgow/Edinburgh/Inverness/Aberdeen/Fort ...
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Travelling from China to Europe by train

So I don't fly any more, so I did a lot of research. The traditional railway routes between China and Europe are centered around the Trans-Siberian Railroad in Russia, and are ALL closed at the ...
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Nightjet Berlin-Paris: hidden clause about refund for flexible ticket!

As long as you have not downloaded the PDF you can cancel. Once you have downloaded you can no longer. This because once issued as a PDF a train ticket can not be un-issued. A train ticket is a proof ...
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Knife laws in multiple European countries on train

Quite generally: You should check the rules per country on Wikipedia's Knife Legislation page. In some countries some types of knives are forbidden altogether, because their only purpose is to be ...
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