Cost saver travel around Germany
Cost saver travel around Germany Reviews
Travelling cheap with train in Germany May 16, 2009
I lived in Germany for one year. I started to learn how to travel with a minimum budget there. In this review, I want to highlight only on the transportation cost by using train to go around Germany.
I used to have free time on Saturday and Sunday. There is a special ticket, the so called Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket or normally people just say it as Wochenende Ticket (English = Weekend Ticket). Look at the link as follows: http://www.bahn.de/p/view/angebot/regio/schoenes_wochenende_ticket.shtml
This ticket allows people to get a lower price if they go to the same direction in a group of 5 persons.
Several good things about this ticket are:
a. You can go everywhere you want to go as long as it is in Germany region with additional of some Poland areas.
b. You get a very lower ticket price than if you buy one ticket to travel alone.
c. It is easy to buy the ticket. Just buy it online from the internet or buy it at the ticket machine in every station in Germany. I check from their website, the current ticket price when I wrote this review (May 17, 2009) is EUR 37. You can buy it at counters in the station but certainly the price is higher, EUR 2 more. So you have to pay EUR 39. If you do not have time to buy it at the machine or the internet or at the counter, then you can still buy it on the train, which you have to pay additional 10% from the original price, which is EUR 40.70 (EUR 37 + 10% of EUR 37).
The conditions you should aware are:
1. You can be in a group of 5 people maximum. Of course, you can still buy this kind of ticket if your group travels with less than 5 persons in total. Certainly, each person has to pay more than if you travel at maximum number allowed, which is 5 people.
2. The ticket can be used only for one day, either you use it on Saturday or on Sunday. Remember, this is a weekend ticket. So, you can not use it other than for the weekends, which are Saturday and Sunday only.
3. The time when the ticket is still available are from 00.00 until 03.00 am at the following day. You will be like a Cinderella. Only that Cinderella has to return home in the middle of the night while you still have 3 more hours to go until 3.00 am in the morning. :)
4. The ticket is only valid for second class DB train, including: S-Bahn, RB, IRE, and RE. If you see the schedule of DB train via online, you can see the code of which train is on the list. Make sure that you do not choose the first class train to be included on your plan to go to a destination. Otherwise, you will end-up being fined on the first class train you mistakenly ride:)
5. The ticket is only valid for people. For dogs and bicycles, you have to pay more. Just ask how much you should pay for dogs or bicycles you bring at the information counter.
6. For a long distance travel, for example from Hamburg to Muenchen/Munich, you'd better take the first class train (ICE). It is fast and very comfortable. If you insist of using this weekend ticket you will spend the whole day just to jump from one train to another before you finally reach the destination place. It's definitely a waste of time; your valuable trip time that supposed to be spent in exploring the beauty of Germany. :)
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