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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
We recently visited Germany – South and Bavaria in May. Our travel itinerary was designed with Public Transport as our only mode of commuting. Germany boasts of excellent public transport & the Deutsche Bahn (DB) website / application is the place to book your tickets online. Every station also has automated machines & reservation centres. It is also possible to buy your ticket on board but at a slightly higher rate.
Options available are…
-Point to point tickets (time & date bound). Recommend only if you are making a single one way trip to the destination.
-Day tickets – Single and Group (all local transport)
-Region specific tickets – (cheaper & covers all modes of regional & local transport except fast & express connections). Plenty of regional connections to get you to your destination. Children below 14 can travel free with parents / grandparents. Valid from 12:00 am midnight to 03:00 am of the following day on public holidays & Sunday and 09:00 am to 03:00 am of the following day on weekdays.
For ICE / IC bookings, the application prompts you to reserve seats. However, we realised that it’s not really necessary (even for long distances). Everyone ends up finding a seat. Only down point is you might end up sitting separately.
All regular-size baggage can be stored overhead above the seats. Larger bags can be placed in designated areas.
Bicycles and pets are allowed in most trains at an extra cost.
Extremely easy and cost-efficient to travel and see the country. We did 12 towns and cities + local travels in 3 weeks.
If by mistake you end up boarding a fast connection (ICE / IC) on a regional ticket, please do not panic. You can always pay the extra to the ticket executive on board or opt to get down at the next station. Catch the next available regional train and continue on with your adventure.