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German €9 ticket for trains: who's eligible, and what's the catch?

Is this as good as it sound? No trick? No additional fee? Yes, no tricks, no additional fee. However, it is only valid in regional trains, not in long-distance trains like IC, EC, ICE, night trains, ...
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

I found a cruise that goes from Tokyo to San Francisco (20 nights). The link is here: https://www.rssc.com/cruises/MAR220415/summary?dclid=CNOVvbuj1_ICFbuVJwIdaMEMnA The route map is shown below:
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

There is no regularly scheduled passenger liner service across the Pacific between Asia and the US. Your options are: Freighter travel. There are a few freighter ships that take (or should I say, ...
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Do you need to take the most direct route with an Oyster Card?

As I understand it. Oyster pay as you go does not have any concept of "permitted routes" like regular rail ticketing does. It does however have a concept of "maximum journey times",...
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How to spend 19:00 to 1:00 in Kiel? (from Ferry to Train)

The Kiel train station offers Luggage lockers near the platform 6a on the main floor. Nearby there are 5 restaurants (Gastronomie) and a waiting room shown on the PDF map of the station. Most of the ...
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Can I get through a ticket barrier if I didn’t put my ticket through at the start of the journey?

Yes, you will be able to get through the barrier at your destination. It’s common for barriers to be open at certain times of day, in which case you don’t need to put your ticket through. Some ...
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Do you need to take the most direct route with an Oyster Card?

There are time limits. See https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/how-to-pay-and-where-to-buy-tickets-and-oyster/pay-as-you-go/keep-within-maximum-journey-times As long as you stay below the maximum time for your ...
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What's the difference between a Buffet and a First Class restaurant on Avanti West Coast trains?

There's quite a difference: counter service snack vs. table service dining. A buffet on the train is a counter serving drinks and some fairly simple food, probably all pre-packed (I've been in one on ...
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How to spend 19:00 to 1:00 in Kiel? (from Ferry to Train)

CinemaxX is right next to Kiel Hbf. This evening The King's Man - The Beginning is showing at 19:30 and 22:50. Note: the movie dialogue is likely to be in German unless English is explicitly stated. ...
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Why does the London Underground use two live rails instead of just one?

From http://www.trainweb.org/tubeprune/tractioncurr.htm : Current Rails All London Underground Lines (including the W & C) operate at 630 volts DC using third (positive) and fourth (negative) ...
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Does any passenger train go between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro?

No; with the exception of the odd tourist line (ie heritage railway), there is no regularly scheduled passenger rail service in Mexico outside metro, light rail, and commuter railways in the Mexico ...
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

Viking Ocean Cruises offers several cruises that cross the Pacific. Among them: Hong Kong to Vancouver Sydney to Vancouver Auckland to Vancouver There are also several cruise ships that go around ...
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Train finders find only very few peripheral connections in Spain

The website of Renfe - the national train operator in Spain - also offers only a handful of options for that trip (on the one random date I checked) in June. But if you look at closer dates - say, ...
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Why does the London Underground use two live rails instead of just one?

This addresses one of you sub-questions from a different point of view to AakashM's answer, which I recommend reading first. Why not use 630 V and 0 V? Wouldn't it make one of the rails safe for ...
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My UK train in 2 weeks got canceled, can I trust the train will go if I book another one for the same day

Avanti have definitely been weird about releasing timetables over the past year or two, but their website claims the timetable for 2-3 April is available. Perhaps it has not made it through to ...
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German €9 ticket for trains: who's eligible, and what's the catch?

A few extra notes on this topic: This offer, by the federal goverment (who does not supply the services), was made without previous consultations with the companies that are expected to meet a higher ...
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Does any passenger train go between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro?

Tijuana is isolated from the rest of the Mexican rail system. That railroad actually loops back into the United States to make the very difficult crossing of the Peninsular Ranges of mountains. (...
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Does any passenger train go between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro?

These appear to be the tracks of the Baja California Railroad. According to Wikipedia, it offers freight service only; there is no indication of passenger facilities of any kind. Moreover, it only ...
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Do you need to take the most direct route with an Oyster Card?

As long as you stay within the maximum permitted journey time as described in the other answers, you can take any route you like within the Oyster network. One additional point not mentioned in the ...
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Crossing Austria by sleeper train without getting off - do Austrian covid entry rules apply?

The rules state, according to the Austrian Embassy in Washington: Persons entering Austria for the following purposes are not subject to COVID-19 entry restrictions or mandatory quarantine: TRANSIT ...
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Frustrated TGV Lyria experience

Sorry, I understand your frustration but I don't see what the train company has done wrong. You were late. If you are not at the boarding gate at the gate closing time or on the platform at departure ...
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

This may be a little more out-of-the-box (read as: dangerous) than you were looking for, but if you start in Asia you could go up to the easternmost point of Russia. Then, in the middle of winter it ...
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How to spend 19:00 to 1:00 in Kiel? (from Ferry to Train)

I lived near Kiel some years ago, so I can suggest a few things, with a big caveat: I have no idea of what the current restrictions due to Covid are. For that, check the other answers. But this answer ...
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Luggage limit when travelling between Krakow and Warsaw by train

There doesn't seem to be a specific luggage limit, however you may have to pay extra for items that exceed your "standard" storage allotment which is overhead and below your seat. The fee ...
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Do you need to take the most direct route with an Oyster Card?

Just to add what others have said when using the Oyster card there are time limits of travel after which the system will not link your "touch in" to your "touch out" and ...
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Travelling from London to Edinburgh - August 2022

Google maps expects you to need about 6:40 to 8:50 hours to drive. The train will take less than 5 hours, and if you book early you should be able to get train tickets for £36.00 each. If you wait ...
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Travelling from London to Edinburgh - August 2022

I recommend the train. Don't underestimate the energy drain of driving on the left side for the first time and then for 7 and a half hours straight. This will NOT be a relaxing experience, you will ...
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European rail pass for seniors

Other than the InterRail pass, good for many random hops on non-reserved trains, you can get around as cheap if you buy tickets dedicated to a single train early. Just like in the UK now, you can get ...
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How can I estimate how much noise nearby trains will make?

There are other noise sources besides trains: traffic, party zone, construction, etc. So a train map alone won't guarantee you a quiet room. Your best shot for this type of thing is to read customer ...
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Are masks still mandatory on any German long distance trains?

Update July 2022: medical mask in Bayern (Bavaria) As of June 2022, for public transport, you need at least a medical mask in: Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Nordrhein-...
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