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German Rail Pass

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This pass is great because...

  • you get unlimited travel across Germany – even on ICE high-speed train.
  • there are vouchers and discounts for many tourist attractions in Germany.
  • it even valid on selected routes outside of Germany (e.g. to Venice and Salzburg)!
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  • 1. Description

    From the shores of the Baltic Sea down to the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps, or from vibrant cities to fairy tale castles along river valleys, taking the train is the way to go. Virtually every travel need is covered by the German Rail Pass, irrespective of whether you travel for business or pleasure.

    If you are 2 adults travelling together the German Rail Twin Pass is the perfect pass for small groups.

    Take a look at the German Rail Pass flyer for further information and tips and at the list non DB trains the pass is valid on.

    - German Rail Pass flyer (PDF)

    - Non DB train validity (PDF)



  • 2. Eligibility

    The German Rail Pass only applies to people whose permanent residence is outside of Europe, Turkey and Russia.

    The pass is non-transferable.

  • 3. Eligibility for Saver

  • 4. Discount

    Discounts available to German Rail Pass holders are as follows:


    1. Köln-Düsseldorf Rheinschiffahrt AG
    (KD Rhine Line) ( German Rail Pass holders are granted 20 % reduction on boats of the Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt AG:

    • on the river Rhine between Cologne and Mainz
    • on the river Moselle between Koblenz and Cochem

    2. Lake Constance

    • 50% reduction on all steamer routes operated by Bodenseeschifffahrtsbetriebe (BSB)!

    3. Bayerische Zugspitzbahn

    4. Romantic Road Coach operated by Touring Tours & Travel

    • 20% reduction on the “Romantic Road” motorcoach route, Frankfurt am Main–Würzburg–Rothenburg/Tauber–Füssen (seasonal traffic: April – October)
    • Reservation recommended 2 working days in advance online or phone:
      + 49 69 719126 26/fax: + 49 69 719126 156.


    Just about 30 minutes from Stuttgart

    • Present your valid German Rail Pass in the Tourist Information Metzingen and receive your personal Shopping Pass that offers an additional discount of 10% in participating stores.

    6. Luxury Outlet Centres

    • German Rail Pass holders are granted a free bus transfer on the exclusive 'Shopping Express Bus' to Germany´s Outlet Villages from Frankfurt Central Station to Wertheim and from Munich Central Station to Ingolstadt. In the Outlet Villages German Rail Pass holders get a 10% VIP discount voucher.

    7. McArthurGlen Designer Outlets

    • German Rail Pass holders are entitled to a free Fashion Passport (10% discount on selected brands) plus a complimentary coffee specialty in the following Designer Outlets: Hamburg (Neumünster), Berlin (Wustermark), Salzburg/Austria, Roermond/Netherlands, Venice (Noventa di Piave)/Italy.

    8. Designer Outlets Wolfsburg

    • German Rail Pass holders will get special Designer Coupons of 10% discount for 3 shops.

    City Experiences

    9. Historic Highlights of Germany*

    • A free CityCard or WelcomeCard in the following cities: Augsburg, Erfurt, Freiburg, Koblenz, Mainz, Münster, Osnabrück, Regensburg, Rostock, Trier, Wiesbaden and Würzburg.
    • A 10 % discount on the CityCards/WelcomeCards of Heidel-berg and Potsdam.

    * Bonus valid from January 01 to December 31, 2018

    10. City Circle Sightseeing Berlin

    • 20% discount on the City Circle Yellow sightseeing trip through Berlin on the hop-on/hop-off bus.

    11. Stern und Kreisschiffahrt Berlin

    • 25% discount on all scheduled boats trips in and around Berlin (marked with C, H or S). For detailed information about routes and timetables please refer to:

    12. Hamburg City Sightseeing 'Die Roten Doppeldecker'


    13. A&O Hotels and Hostels

    • 10% discount for German Rail Pass holders on the daily rate, exclusively granted for advance bookings online.
    • List of hotels and bookings via:
    • or by phone (free numbers):
      0800 225722 (Germany), 0800 228807 (Austria) or + 49 30 80 947 5110.
    • The code “rail pass” has to be mentioned:
    • The valid pass has to be shown at the check-in.
  • 5. Validity

    German Rail Pass Consecutive
    3, 4, 5, 7, 10 or 15 consecutive travel days

    German Rail Pass Flexi
    3, 4, 5, 7, 10 or 15 travel days spread out over one month

  • 6. Terms and Conditions

    1. Refunds are subject to a 15% cancellation fee to the railway, an admin fee may also be charged at the time of cancellation.

    2. Travel with this Pass is subject to the CIV (“Uniform rules concerning the contract for international carriage of passengers and luggage by rail”). The transport will be carried out according to Germany’s existing public regulations and DB’s general and specific transportation regulations. These regulations can be obtained by applying to the carrier in question.

    3. The German Rail Pass may only be used by travellers residing permanently outside of Europe, Turkey and the Russian Federation.

    4. The German Rail Pass is strictly personal, non-transferable and only valid together with a passport or official identity card. It is valid throughout Germany in trains operated by DB (Deutsche Bahn – German Railway), including the stations of Salzburg (Austria) and Basel Bad Bf (Switzerland) and also including the domestic IC Bus services of DB. Travel is also possible on selected routes in Europe. For the validity of the German Rail Pass on trains operated by other carriers than DB please refer to

    5. All German Rail Passes FLEXI entitle the holder to a specified number of travel days within a period of 1 month. All German Rail Pass CONSECUTIVE entitle the holder to a consecutive period of travel days. Per adult 2 children from 6 to 11 years of age can travel for free. Children from 6 to 11 years travelling alone have to be in possession of a German Rail Youth Pass.

    6. The German Rail Twin Pass is valid for two passengers travelling together at all times. Only one Pass is issued. The German Rail Youth Pass is exclusively available for 2nd class.

    7. The passenger chooses the first and last day of travel and this must be inserted by the Issuing Office or by a DB Ticket Office before the passenger starts with the first trip. A ticket inspector may also validate the Pass when the holder arrives in Germany on a train from abroad. The passenger must not fill in the validity dates him/herself.

    8. Holders of a FLEXI Pass are free to choose the days of travel and must enter the travel day in the calendar box on the Pass with an unerasable ball-point pen before boarding the first train on that day.

    9. German Rail Pass holders are not granted access to DB Lounges.

    10. The passenger may not begin the first journey before 00h00 hours (0:00 a.m.) on the first day of validity. The last journey must be completed at latest by 24h00 hours (12:00 p.m.) of the last day of validity. The date and time taken into account are those stated in the official timetables for arrival at the destination station.

    11. Pass Holders can travel from midnight until midnight on the selected day. If the trip starts with a direct overnight train departing after 19h00 hours (7:00 p.m.), the next day’s date must be entered; travel between 19h00 hours (7:00 p.m.) and 24h00 hours (12:00 p.m.) on the day of departure is then included (not valid if the first travel day is the first day of validity).

    12. The Pass is not valid if it has been altered in any way or if dates are entered with a pencil.

    13. The German Rail Pass exempts the holder from paying a surcharge on German high speed and quality day trains, reservations are recommended. Reservations are mandatory on night trains. The German Rail Pass is not valid on DB Autozug (car carrying trains), chartered trains, private steam trains, narrow-gauge railways and museum railways.

    14. Pass holders must pay all supplements and reservation fees for seats, couchettes, berths, sleepers, registered luggage, meals and other services available on board the trains.

    15. Passenger Rights Regulation: travellers who encounter during their trips with a German Rail Pass at least 3 times a delay of 60 minutes or more are entitled to a compensation. The compensation amount is 7,50 euros (1st class) and 5 euros (2nd class) per delay. Compensation claims have to be sent in to the following address:

    Servicecenter Fahrgastrechte
    60647 Frankfurt am Main

    Further information under