Travel between Germany and Europe as part of a group

Travel in a group of 6 or more between Germany and a host of other European countries by train for as little as EUR 19.90 per person, free seat reservation included.

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Advantages

  • Includes free seat reservation
  • Available up to 12 months in advance. Available online up to 6 months in advance.
  • Children aged 6 and over pay half price.

Terms and conditions

Offer name in German:

Sparpreis Gruppe Europa

Price:

Second class, incl. seat reservation: from EUR 19.90
First class, incl. seat reservation: from EUR 29.90
Single journey, subject to availability

Booking:

Where you can buy a ticket for group travel:

- bahn.com (max. 30 people)
- DB Travel Centre or DB agency
- Phone service at +49 (0)180 6 99 66 33 (costs depend on provider)

Group tickets for international connections are not available from ticket machines.

Subject to availability.

The offer is available for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The group discount ticket ("Gruppe&Spar") is available for destinations in other European countries. Further information is available in our FAQs: "What European countries can groups travel to?"

Sales period:

Online:
From 6 months in advance until shortly before travel

DB Travel Centre, DB agency or by phone:
From 12 months in advance until shortly before travel

Train-specific travel:

You may only travel on the long-distance trains (ICE, IC/EC, Railjet, TGV) and on the days indicated on the ticket.

When starting or completing your journey on regional or local trains (RE, RB, IRE, S-Bahn), you are not restricted to specific services or times.

Children travelling with adults:

Children aged 5 and under always travel for free. They do not need their own ticket or seat reservation.

Children aged 6-14 pay half the adult fare. The ticket includes a free seat reservation.

Reserving a price

Starting 2 months before travel, you can reserve your preferred group travel option for 21 days and without any obligation to buy it.

This option is available from the following:

- DB Travel Centre or DB agency
- Phone service at +49 (0)180 6 99 66 33 (costs depend on provider)

Deposit:

You can make a deposit on your ticket at a DB Travel Centre or DB Agency. A deposit of EUR 50 is required. The remaining figure must be paid 7 days or more before travel.

When booking online, you must pay price in full.

Cancellations:

You can cancel your trip 7 days or more before travel regardless of where you buy your ticket. The cancellation fee is EUR 36.

If you have booked separate tickets for your outbound and return journeys, a cancellation fee applies to each ticket and journey.

Cancellations for individual passengers:

If you book your ticket at a DB Travel Centre, DB agency or by phone, you can cancel an individual passenger's journey 7 days or more before travel for a fee of EUR 19. This is the case regardless of how many passengers are included in the cancellation.

If you buy your ticket on bahn.com, it is not possible to cancel an individual passenger's journey.

If you cancel several individual passengers' journeys, each cancellation costs a fee of EUR 19.

If you have booked separate tickets for your outbound and return journeys, the fee applies to each ticket and journey.

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Are you travelling in a group of under 6 people? Click here for saver fare Europe tickets
Do you want to travel as a group within Germany? Click here for group saver fare tickets

FAQs

Can I book a group ticket online?

Yes. You can use bahn.com to book a ticket online for group travel (max. 30 people). Tickets can be booked from 6 months in advance until shortly before travel.

Our website also displays the prices and availability of tickets for groups of over 30 people. Simply select the option that interests you most. If it is not possible to book a ticket online, you are automatically offered a form you can use to submit a non-binding request for a ticket. A customer agent will contact you within 24 hours.

You can also contact a DB Travel Centre, DB agency or our hotline.

Tickets for group travel are also available from the following:

- DB Travel Centre or DB agency (up to 12 months in advance)
- Phone service (up to 12 months in advance) at +49 (0)180 6 99 66 33 (costs depend on provider)

The offer is available only if a train contains enough seats that can be booked free of charge.

Does a group ticket cost the same regardless where it is booked?

Yes. Prices and availability are the same on bahn.com, at DB Travel Centres, at DB agencies and via our service hotline.

Can I cancel or change my booking?

  • Cancelling a group ticket:
    You can cancel your group ticket 7 days or more before travel regardless of where you buy your ticket. The cancellation fee is EUR 36. If you have booked separate tickets for your outbound and return journeys, a cancellation fee applies to each ticket and journey.
  • Cancellations for individual passengers:
    If you book your ticket at a DB Travel Centre, DB agency or by phone, you can cancel an individual passenger's journey 7 days or more before travel for a fee of EUR 19. This is the case regardless of how many passengers are included in the cancellation. If you have booked separate tickets for your outbound and return journeys, a cancellation fee applies to each ticket and journey.

    Please note: If you buy your ticket on bahn.com, it is not possible to cancel an individual passenger's journey.
  • Exchanging a group ticket:
    If you book your ticket at a DB Travel Centre, DB agency or by phone, you can exchange the group ticket 7 days or more before travel for a fee of EUR 19. If you have booked separate tickets for your outbound and return journeys, a cancellation fee applies to each ticket and journey.

    Please note: If you buy your ticket on bahn.com, it is not possible to exchange it.

What European countries can groups travel to?

You can start your journey in Germany and travel to the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Or you can start your journey in one of those countries and travel to Germany.

The group discount ticket (""Gruppe&Spar"") is available for destinations in other European countries.

Where this offer is available:

- bahn.com:
Go to the travel information section and select your preferred connection. You are automatically offered a form you can use to submit a non-binding request for a ticket. A customer agent will contact you within 24 hours.

- At a DB Travel Centre or DB agency
- Phone service at +49 (0)180 6 99 66 33 (costs depend on provider)

Will my group be seated together on the train?

Whenever possible, our system reserves seats so that a group sits together. If you use bahn.com, our system allocates seats automatically. Their location is printed on the ticket.

Does everyone in the group get a ticket?

No. There is one collective ticket for the entire group.

If a group contains 31 or more people, everyone gets their own personal pass for travelling. Personal passes are issued for travellers in groups containing 6 or more passengers. This does not apply to tickets booked online via bahn.com. Each traveller must ensure they have their own pass on their person during travel.

Can I book a ticket even if I am not travelling?

Yes. However, group tickets booked on bahn.com are person-specific. This means that, during the booking process, one person must be selected and their name and address must be included on the ticket. On board the train, the attendant then compares the details on the ticket against the details on this person's ID document.

Tickets booked in a DB Travel Centre, DB agency or by phone are not person-specific.

Is it possible to give the person-specific ticket to someone else?

Yes. If the person named on the group ticket is not travelling, it is possible to add someone else's name to the ticket.

Only the person who books and pays for the ticket can change the details on it. It is possible to change the name on the ticket until shortly before travel.

How to change the details on the ticket:

  • Call our phone service at +49 (0)180 6 10 11 11 (costs depend on provider). This hotline is staffed around the clock.
  • Tell the customer agent that you have a group ticket and that it was booked online. It might be helpful to tell the customer agent the German name of the ticket - "Sparpreis Gruppe".
  • Say the order number. This is printed on the online ticket, and it is also included in the e-mail you received as booking confirmation.
  • Then state the name (first name and surname) and address of the person who you are transferring the ticket to.
  • The customer agent changes the relevant details and issues a new ticket by e-mail. You can also use the ticket overview in our website's My Bahn section to call up a ticket.
  • Please make sure you only use the new online ticket with the new name when travelling. Our system automatically cancels the original ticket, making it invalid.

When travelling with children, what does a group ticket cost, and what do I need to consider?

Children aged 5 and under always travel for free. They do not need their own ticket or seat reservation. You have the option of reserving a seat for a fee when making your booking.

Children aged 6-14 pay half the adult fare. The ticket includes a free seat reservation.

When travelling with children, how is the size of a group calculated?

You can book a group ticket for 6 people and more. The following conditions apply when defining the size of the group:

1 adult counts as one person
1 child (aged 6-14) counts as half a person
2 children (aged 6-14) count as one person

What does reserving a price mean?

This is a free and non-binding option to reserve a ticket for 21 days. It is possible to reserve a price up to 2 months before travel. You can make changes to your journey during the reservation period, which automatically expires after 21 days.

This option is available from the following:

- DB Travel Centre or DB agency
- Phone service at +49 (0)180 6 99 66 33 (costs depend on provider)

It is not possible to reserve a price when buying tickets online.

Can I book all ticket types online?

No. You can use our website to see prices and availability, but it is not possible to book the following kinds of tickets online:

- For groups larger than 30 people
- For journeys more than 6 months in the future
- For journeys that use local transport services only
- For certain routes outside of Germany

If it is not possible to book a ticket online, you are automatically offered a form you can use to submit a non-binding request for a ticket. A customer agent will contact you within 24 hours.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Face-to-face advice is available at a DB Travel Centre or agency.

You can also call our phone service at +49 (0)180 6 99 66 33 (costs depend on provider).

If you booked your ticket online and have questions about it, you can call +49 (0)180 6 10 11 11 (costs depend on provider).

Our contact page contains the contact details of DB agencies in the section "Find a DB agency in your area". Simply check if there is one near you.