Destination: Germany

The extensive rail network in Germany is accessible with any one of Rail Europe’s German Rail Passes. The Black Forest, castles and vineyards of the Rhine Valley, Oktoberfest, the famous Christmas Markets, the ancient past and the ultra modern present all can be explored with a German Rail Pass.

Help your clients customize their visits to Germany with a rail pass or train ticket to travel between cities, and city tours for sightseeing.

ICE: The Fast Track to Germany & Beyond

The high speed ICE travels at speeds of up to 186 mph and provides service between 80 towns and cities, making rail travel in Germany a breeze. Reservations are not required for ICE trains, but are highly recommended for peak travel seasons.

The Value of Train Tickets

When a client’s rail travel is limited to one or two cities or trips, city-to-city tickets might be the perfect choice. With city-to-city tickets, clients will need to be comfortable having a set plan and itinerary because the earlier they buy their tickets, the lower fare they’ll pay, and the more restricted the after-sales policy will be.


E-tickets are available on many trains to, from and within Germany. They are available as Print at the Station e-tickets. Refer to the Overview of Products section for more information on e-tickets. When purchasing online, e-tickets will be displayed as a delivery option whenever available.


In Germany, reservations are recommended when traveling on international trains between countries. And they are required for all overnight trains, TGVs to France, Thalys to Belgium and France, Berlin Warsaw Express, and EC trains to Italy. So when you book a ticket on our website that offers reserved seats, we’ll include that reservation in the cost of the ticket. If you’re booking an overnight train, the type of accommodations available will be displayed. With a rail pass, the fare for the journey is covered, but the cost for a reservation is an additional fee at a discounted passholder rate. Just click “Yes” to “Are you traveling with a rail pass?” for the proper fare. Passholder seats/sleeper reservations are limited and we recommend advanced purchase.

Rail Passes

The German rail network awaits your clients with any of our German Rail Passes. With an extensive rail network, your clients can go practically everywhere – from cosmopolitan cities to the liveliest of biergartens dotting the countryside. They can even use their German rail pass to travel to 18 cities located in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Poland. Restrictions may apply.

The Value of a Rail Pass

Rail passes make the most sense for clients taking multiple rail journeys, and who want the flexibility and freedom to choose their travel days and change plans. For example, your clients can travel from Hamburg in the north or Berlin in the east to Hannover, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt Main, Stuttgart and south to Munich – with a single German Rail Pass and discounted passholder fares. Lastly, pass prices are even lower when they’re for two people traveling together.

German Rail Pass

Why not help your clients save money by recommending a German Rail Pass, the most affordable way to see the country? Simply show your clients the price comparison for first class round trip adult tickets from Frankfurt to Berlin versus the price of 3 days of unlimited first class rail travel, and they’ll be sold. German Twin Passes are also available for two people traveling together. German Rail Pass options:

    • German Rail Pass Flexi 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 or 15 days rail travel within a 1-month period
    • German Rail Pass Consecutive 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 or 15 travel days
    • Choice of 1st or 2nd class
    • Twin Pass for 2 people traveling together
    • Youthpass in 1st or 2nd class for travelers under 28
    • Child Policy: 2 children, ages 6-11, free per adult. Additional children purchase Youthpass

          Extend coverage of the German Rail Pass with travel to and from:

            • Brussels and Liege on ICE international trains
            • DB/OBB Eurocity trains to/from Kufstein, Innsbruck (Austria), Bolzano/Bozen, Trento, Verona, Venice and Bologna (Italy)
            • DB IC Buses from/to Antwerp, Copenhagen, Krakow, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Paris, Prague, Strasbourg

              German Rail Pass bonuses include:

                • 20% discount on ‘KD German Rhine Line’ (Koln-Dusseldorf Rheinschiffahrt AG Line) on the River Rhine between Cologne and Mainz and on the Mosel between Koblenz and Cochem
                • 50% reduction on Lake Constance for all boats operated by BSB (Bodensee – Schifffahrtsbetriebe)
                • A 20% discount on the “Romantic Road” (Frankfurt am Main-Wurzburg-Rothenburg o.d.Tauber-Fussen) operated by Europabus
                • 10% discount on Bayerische Zugspitzbahn – Germany’s highest mountain
                • Extended coverage on DB buses

                    Activities in Germany

                    Bustling cities, quaint towns, medieval villages, mountains and lakes make Germany a fairytale destination. Rail Europe offers something for everyone. Add value to your clients’ vacation package by offering one or more of the following city transportation and sightseeing products.

                    City Sightseeing: Hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tours allow your clients to get an overview of the cities they’re visiting.

                    City Transportation & Museum Cards: Roam around the city by bus or subway. Get entry to local museums and discounts to area attractions.