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German Rail Pass: flat-rate travel for Germany

The German Rail Pass offers travellers who live outside of Europe, Turkey and Russia unlimited travel across Germany.

Your benefits

  • Unlimited travel throughout Germany
  • Flexible travel: you can decide at short notice where and when you want to travel
  • Two people travelling together save money with the Twin Pass
  • Discounts for everyone under 28
  • Children under 12 travel for free when accompanying an adult
  • Bonus: visit destinations outside of Germany (Venice, Brussels, Salzburg, etc.)

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Questions and answers about the German Rail Pass

The German Rail Pass is available only to travellers who are resident outside of Europe, Turkey and Russia.

Within Germany: you can take as many journeys as you want on Deutsche Bahn trains.

Outside of Germany: you can take DB trains to these destinations.

  • Basel Badischer Bahnhof (Switzerland)
  • Salzburg, Kufstein and Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Liège and Brussels (Belgium)
  • Bolzano, Trento, Verona, Bologna and Venice (Italy)

Passes are available max. 11 months before the start of your journey.

  • Children aged 0-5 travel for free and do not need a pass of their own.
  • Children aged 6-11: up to 2 children can travel for free when accompanying an adult. If 2 adults are using a Twin pass, up to 4 children can accompany them free of charge. All other children need a German Rail Pass Youth.
  • Children aged 12 and over need a German Rail Pass Youth.

No. People who book a Twin Pass do not necessarily need to travel together. One person can use the pass on a given day. However, the second person cannot use the pass on that day.

Yes. The German Rail Pass can be booked online.

  • Pass for consecutive days of travel: print out
  • Pass for consecutive days of travel within 1 month: sent by post. Please allow approx. 2 weeks for delivery.

  • Within Germany: no. Seat reservations are not necessary within Germany. However, you can reserve a seat if you like.
  • International connections: reservations are necessary for certain international connections and night trains. Services requiring seat reservations are marked with an R in the Product column on the Booking Information webpage.

Travel centres (aid offices) are present at certain stations and airports. Staff there will be only too happy to provide you with information about the German Rail Pass and train connections. You can also buy a pass at these offices. To find one, just look for a DB Travel Centre at a station or airport.

Yes. Holders a valid German Rail Pass can enjoy a host of discounts and benefits from our business partners.

  • Historic Highlights of Germany
    Get city cards and attractive perks courtesy of Historic Highlights of Germany at the following locations: Augsburg, Erfurt, Koblenz, Münster, Osnabrück, Rostock, Trier, Wiesbaden, Würzburg, Bonn, Heidelberg, Potsdam, Aachen, Freiburg, Lübeck, Regensburg and Tübingen.
    Present your German Rail Pass at their tourist information offices to get a host of discounts.
  • Outlet shopping at Wertheim Village and Ingolstadt Village
    You can use your German Rail Pass to catch the Shopping Express Bus to Wertheim Village or Ingolstadt Village for an outlet shopping experience.
  • Outletcity in Metzingen
    German Rail Pass holders can look forward to a free shopping pass in addition to other discounts in over 20 outlet stores. To get your shopping pass in Metzingen, just present your pass at the outlet complex’s tourist information desk.
  • McArthurGlen Designer Outlets
    Your German Rail Pass will get you a free welcome package, which includes a fashion passport with extra discounts on selected brands, a voucher for a speciality coffee and an outlet map.
    The package is available at the following outlets: Neumünster near Hamburg, Wustermark near Berlin, Salzburg in Austria, Roermond in the Netherlands and Noventa di Piave near Venice.
  • Sightseeing tours in Berlin
    Enjoy a 20% discount on sightseeing tours in Berlin, such as the Best of Berlin Tour on board the hop-on-hop-off City Circle Yellow bus.
  • Boat tours in Berlin
    Get a 25% discount on boat trips in and around Berlin on lines C, H and S operated by Stern and Kreisschiffahrt Berlin.
  • Lake Constance
    Make the most of the 50% discount on all Lake Constance steamboat lines operated by BSB (Bodenseeschifffahrtsbetriebe).
  • Sightseeing in Hamburg
    Get EUR 2.50 off the price of a daypass for Hamburg’s hop-on-hop-off double-decker bus (line A).
  • Boat tours on the Rhine and Moselle
    20% discounts are available for boat trips with Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschifffahrt AG (KD Rheinlinie) on the Rhine between Rüdesheim and Koblenz and on the Moselle between Koblenz and Cochem.
  • Zugspitzbahn
    Get a 10% discount on your return ticket with the Zugspitzbahn mountain railway.
  • Bus tour on the Romantic Road
    Make the most of a 20% discount on a bus cruise along the Romantic Road between Frankfurt, Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Füssen (April-October).
  • A&O hotels and hostels
    Book in advance and get a 10% discount on day rates.

  • Exchange before first day of validity: free of charge
  • Refund before first day of validity: processing fee of 15%
  • Refund of an unused German Rail Pass after first day of validity:
    holders must present a medical certificate stating that travel was not possible or a ticket for a return journey (journey home). The refund entails a processing fee of 15%.
  • Refund of a used German Rail Pass after the first day of validity:
    partial refund possible in certain circumstances (illness, cancellation of journey). Holders must present a medical certificate stating that travel was not possible or a ticket for a return journey (journey home).