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It's the flexible and convenient option for your travel needs

With Deutsche Bahn's flexible ticket you can simply hop on the train and leave. Travel whenever you want on whatever train suits you. You can even interrupt your journey.

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FAQs about flexible fares

  • Routes within Germany: Flexible fare
  • Cross-border routes: Flexible fare Europe

Prices vary according to route and travel date and are valid for a single journey within Germany. Prices are subject to availability.

With the flexible fare you are not bound to a specific train. With a ticket for an ICE or any other long-distance train of the ICE product class, you can use all long-distance trains (e.g. ICE, RJ, RJX and IC/EC) as well as local and regional trains (e.g. IRE, RE, RB and S-Bahn) on the booked route and day. With a ticket of the IC/EC product class you can use all IC/EC as well as local and regional trains (e.g. IRE, RE, RB and S-Bahn) on the booked route and day.

Note: If you want to use an ICE train with your IC/EC ticket, you will need to buy an upgrade. The price of the upgrade is equal to the difference between the IC/EC fare and the ICE fare for the route of your ticket.

No. You can change your original plans by taking a different train at a different time during your ticket's validity period. There is just one condition: the route has to remain the same. The following question contains further information about the validity period.

  • Journeys up to 100 km:
    You may only travel on the day indicated on the ticket.
  • Journeys over 100 km:
    You may only travel on the day indicated on the ticket and on the day after it. Provided you do not change the departure or destination stations, you can interrupt your journey or continue travelling on the next day.
  • Cross-border journeys:
    Tickets for international journeys are valid for up to 2 days.

  • Journeys up to 100 km:
    You must make the outbound or return journey on the day indicated on the ticket.
  • Journeys over 100 km:
    You must make the outbound or return journey on the day indicated on the ticket. Provided you do not change the departure or destination stations, you can interrupt your journey or continue travelling on the next day.
  • Cross-border journeys:
    Tickets for international journeys are valid for up to 2 days. If there are more than 2 days between the outbound and return journeys, you will be issued with two tickets for these journeys.

Yes. You can exchange or cancel your ticket free of charge before its first day of validity.
On and after the first day of validity (date of outbound journey), we charge the following fees for exchanges/cancellations:

  • Flexible tickets for long-distance transport (ICE, IC/EC, IC Bus) - EUR 19 per ticket
  • Flexible tickets for local transport (RE, RE, RB, S-Bahn) - EUR 17.50 per ticket

    Click here for information about exchanging and cancelling tickets.

Instant cancellation

If you buy a ticket via bahn.com or DB Navigator, you can cancel it free of charge within a period of 12 hours (720 minutes) after purchase regardless of the specific offer's term and conditions. You will receive a full refund of what you paid. 

Further information about instant cancellations

BahnCard 25 and 50 holders get a discount of 25% or 50% when travelling within Germany.

  • Children up to 5 years of age always travel free of charge and do not need to be specified when booking.
  • Children aged 6-14 travel free when accompanied by someone aged 15 or over. However, they must be specified at the time of booking. The ticket holder can bring up to 4 children per ticket.

  • Children aged 0-5 always travel for free.
  • Children aged 6-14 pay half the adult fare.
  • Children aged 15 and over pay full price.

Flexible fare tickets are available up to 6 months before your planned date of travel (max. period following timetable changeovers in June and December).

Using DB Navigator or bahn.de, you can book at ticket for long-distance travel (e.g. ICE, IC/EC services) up to 10 minutes before your train's departure. There is one condition: the train must travel for over 10 minutes between the station where you board and the following stop.

  • Second class: tickets do not include a seat reservation. You can purchase a seat reservation with your ticket or separately at a later point of time.
  • First class: all tickets automatically include a seat reservation.

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