True budget transport in Germany



If you have traveled to Germany before, or are about to do so, you might have experienced already that the train ticket fare system is very expensive (a single ticket Frankfurt-Munich bought at the station will set you back a whopping €101) and complicated (Normalpreis, Sparpreis, BahnCard, Schönes-Wochenende Ticket, what is this mess). There are multiple guides on the internet attempting on explaining this, but to our dissatisfaction, all of them lack simplicity and are just overwhelming to a simple traveler wanting to experience a beautiful country. And usually they focus on trains and not other forms of transport. So many people just end up getting a very expensive rail pass, when it’s almost always cheaper to buy tickets as you go if you know what you are doing.

That being said, to keep it simple we will not explain the whole system, just the cheapest way for you to get a ticket on your particular route. Let’s start!

Which ticket you should buy: The Simple Flowchart

German Transport Flowchart

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It’s that simple. In almost all scenarios, this will get you the cheapest ticket you can get.

If you require further explaination to the different ticket types, continue on reading.

Länder-Tickets

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Here is how you can check for connections valid with these tickets!

SWE- or QDL-Ticket

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Here is how you can check for connections valid with these tickets!

Local vs. Long Distance

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Consider Door-to-Door!

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Last Minute Train Tickets

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Any Questions…

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