German Rail Pass The German Rail Pass may only be used by travellers residing permanently outside of Europe, Turkey and the Russian Federation. 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). All the German Rail Passes entitle the holder to a specified number of travel days, from 3 up to 10 days within a period of 1 month. Children until the age of 11 traveling with parent for free. Children traveling alone need to issue the German Rail Youth Pass. 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 valid for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years,available for both 1st and 2nd class. The passenger chooses the first and the last day of travel and this must be inserted by either the issuing office or by DB ticket office at the railway station before the passenger boards the first train. 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. The German Rail Pass exempts the holder from paying a surcharge on German high speed and quality day trains (sole exception: ICE Sprinter trains). Reservations are recommended. Reservations are mandatory on night trains. The German Rail Pass is not valid on DB UrlaubsExpress and DB Autozug. 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. Bonuses – Free Transporation:
- 20% discount on river boats operated by the Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt AG (www.k-d.de) between Cologe and Mainz on the Rhine river and between Koblenz and Cochem on the Moselle river. Boats with cabins and river cruises are excluded.
- Free bus transfer on the regular “Shopping Express Bus” to Germany’s Luxury Outlet Centers from Frankfurt Central Station to Wertheim and from Munich Central Station to Ingolstadt.
Bonuses – Discounts:
- 50% discount on steamers on the Lake of Constance operated by Bodensee-Schiffsbetriebe (BSB).
- 20% discount on the Europabus motorcoach route “Romantic Road” operated by Touring Tours & Travel (www.touring-travel.eu): Frankfurt/Main-Würzburg-Rothenburg odT-Augsburg-Munich-Füssen (seasonal traffic).
Bonuses – Special Fare: German Rail Pass holders need to make a reservation on Express bus Nuremberg-Prague. Special tickets and reservations are also available at the ticket windows of Prague or Nuremberg.