German Rail Pass

From € 153 Germany : DB
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Key features

  • Unlimited travel in Germany and extra trips to Brussels, Prague, cities in Austria and Italy on selected trains.
  • Discount for 2 people travelling together with the Twin Pass.
  • Children up to 11 travel for free.
  • Youth (12 - 25) discounts available
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The German Rail Pass is the most comprehensive pass to visit Germany, one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Discover iconic cities like Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Frankfurt. Get even more perks by travelling beyond Germany! The German Rail Pass even allows you to reach:

  • Brussels (Belgium) to Germany on board ICE international high speed trains.
  • Kufstein and Innsbruck (Austria) on DB-OBB Eurocity trains.
  • Bolzano, Verona, Bologna and Venice (Italy) on DB-OBB Eurocity trains.
  • Prague (Czech Rep.) on DB IC Bus services from Munich and Nuremberg.
  • Krakow (Poland) on DB IC bus services from Berlin.

The German Rail Pass allows you unlimited travel with the freedom to hit the tracks whenever and wherever you want! You can take as many trains as you like and there is no limit on the distance you can travel within a travel day. All of this at a fixed price.

Hop on and off trains at any time according to your desires and encounters. Just show up at the nearest train station and get ready to go and explore a new destination. There is no surcharge to travel on board ICE high speed trains, InterCity (IC) and EuroCity (EC). For ICE sprinter, international ICE to France, Berlin Warsaw Express and City Night Line trains, where reservation is necessary, German Rail Pass holders are entitled to a special reduced fare. (See ‘Things to know’ for more information about seat reservations).

The German Rail Pass is packed with bonuses to make your trip even more enjoyable. Hotel discounts, no surcharge when travelling on board German high speed trains, discounts when travelling on board coaches and more are included in your pass.

Whether you are the adventurous traveller or the avid planner the German Rail Pass is your pass to freedom and the key to an unforgettable trip, in Germany and beyond!

Things to know

Who can buy a rail pass?

Any person living in a non-European country can use the German Rail Pass. Please note that residents of Russia and Turkey are not eligible.

Seat reservation

A seat reservation is a guaranteed seat on board a train.

Seat reservations are compulsory for high speed, international and night trains. However, as you will be travelling with a rail pass, you will only have to pay for a small reservation fee, as opposed to the usual standard fare.

Seats are generally available for reservation up to 90 days prior to departure and are limited. Book early to secure your seat!
Book a seat reservation with Rail Europe.

Our tip:
Most regional trains do not require a seat reservation. Just hop on board with a valid rail pass, find a seat and relax as the train takes you to one of the many destinations served.

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What is a Twin pass?

A Twin Pass is a single pass listing the names of all people travelling together. It is offered to 2 adults travelling together.
  • The 2nd adult get a 50% discount with the Twin Pass.
  • Remember, children can travel for free with an adult. See conditions below.

Child concessions

Children under 6 travel for free. Do not include them in your booking as they don’t need a rail pass. However if you want them to have a guaranteed seat on board high speed trains or a bed on board night trains, you must make a reservation before travelling.

Children from 6 to 11 travel for free. As a rail pass will still be issued for them, please make sure you include them in your booking. For guaranteed seats on board high speed and night trains, please remember to book a seat for you and your children.

How to use a rail pass?

You must start using your rail pass within 6 months of the date of purchase.

To start using your rail pass, go to a European railway station where a railway official will fill-in your passport number and stamp your rail pass. On each travel day, please remember to write down the date on your rail pass.
Passengers travelling without having written down the above information risk a fine and payment of a full fare ticket.

Open the link to see what a German Rail Pass looks like.

German Rail Pass

Travel day

A travel day lasts 24 hours from midnight to midnight.You can take as many trains as you want during a travel day.

Our tip:
The 7 pm rule allows you to benefit from a free travel day if the following conditions are met:

  • Your pass should be activated.
  • You must travel on board a night train departing after 7 pm and this should be your first trip of the day.
  • You must reach your destination after 4 am on the next day.
  • Your arrival date should be within the validity of the pass.
If the conditions are met, write the arrival date on your pass instead of the departure date. This will allow you to save one travel day.


The validity is the number of travel days of a rail pass.

For a rail pass with a validity of 5 days within 1 month. If you activate your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can travel on the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th and 30th of this month.

Rail pass benefits

Most rail passes include discounts and bonuses. Save money and make the most of your trip with your rail pass.
When available you will get hotel discounts, free entrance to museums, discounted boat trips and more.

Interactive Rail Map

Use our interactive travel map to plan your trip and view the rail network of each country covered by your rail pass.

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  • Q. How to book 4 passengers who want to share a room/rooms?

  • Q.Are lockers and luggage storage available at all major train stations?

  • Q. I've purchased a single country pass. What do I do if I decide to visit an additional, bordering country?

  • Q. Where can I use my Swiss pass?

  • Q.Which station does the Heathrow Express arrive into?

  • Q. How to book 3 passengers that don't all want to share the same compartment?

  • Q. Do I need to book my Eurostar ticket?

  • Q. How can I validate my Swiss pass?

  • Q. How do I obtain a refund?

  • Q. Where can I find timetable information?

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  • "Germany - September 2015"    
    Your passes are good and a real help in travelling. Though, I found that the Swiss pass (used in May 2014) was much better than the German pass. But overall, a Pass is a good buy.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "No matter when we want to go"    
    It's convenient for us to go to everywhere at anytime, we just need to check the time of train and take it. Even our plan change, it's not necessary to worry about the tickets. But booking the seat early is important.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Best way to travel Germany"    
    Enjoyable and safe travelling, no better way to explore Germany.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "europa tour 2015"    
    everything went perfect without any problems    Value for money
  • "Nice ride"    
    Have reserved seats in advance but found it rather empty didn't require reservation    Value for money  Convenience
  • "German Trip"    
    It was value for money.  
  • "Travelling in Germany"    
    Using this pass was a great pleasure. As expected German trains run on time and are well maintained. We were able to use all local public transport in even the smallest towns we visited.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Germany summer trip"    
    This is 1st time I travel to Europe, I select Germany for my destination. Germany pass help me a lot for organize my 10days trip in Germany. The train is very on schedule, during my 10days trip , only 2 time late, that is day 1 from Aachen back Frankfurt, is delay 30min. 2nd time is the train from Frankfurt to Wurzburg, train is breakdown on half ways around 30min. Another point need highlight, that is difficult to find a seat (by Germany pass is only can sit free seat) specially between Hamburg to Schwerin. Hope this can be improve. We also hope increase the night train between Hamburg to Frankfurt. Regarding the sale in Singapore, the service is fast but the cost for post the ticket to Malaysia is too expensive, is over charge for us. Regarding the web, that is very friendly for customer, just need let us know the summer offer in advance, because when I purchase in original price, the offer 25% after my ticket issue 3 days later , very sad cost lost a lot. We also hope that can be select 8 days or 9 days pass only can select 10days but I only use 8 days. I still thank to Germany pass because give me a wonderful Germany trip during this summer, that is unforgettable in my life.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great pass"    
    Can save money and easy to change the travel plan with pass    Value for money  Convenience
  • "3-day Rail Pass"    
    Bought the above and travelled to a few cities in Germany viz Passau and Koln. Very convenient. No hassle. Just hop onto virtually any DB train and the whole of Germany is yours. Excellent and very worth it for long trips.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice and easy"    
    The trip was perfect. There was a delay in one of the train, but that was only for 15 mins and didn't affect my plan. Overall very satisfied.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "wonderful"    
    rail way is always the good choice to travel.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Ms Carmen CHAN"    
    The price of the German Rail Pass is very reasonable that would allow me to travel from Frankfurt to Fusen and vice versa. Apart from that, I can stay in Wursburg, Koblenz, Cochem and through the Romantic Road. The trip was smooth and one of the reasons was I would not interfere with any transportation problem because I had purchased your German Rail Pass. Thanks for your offer.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Enjoyable "    
    The trip is nice and safe.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Close to our expectations"    
    We have read the Travel Book    Value for money  Convenience
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