Sales Guide Germany from A to Z
  • DB Bahn. Europe the smart way. At high speed.
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DB Bahn. Europe the smart way. At high speed.

Company Profile

Deutsche Bahn AG was founded in 1994. Today, it is one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies, operating in over 130 countries. The company’s railway activities are its core business in Germany. Every day about 300,000 employees are committed to providing mobility and logistical services for customers around the world, as well as controlling and operating the related transport networks in the rail, land, ocean, and air freight transport sectors. In the Passenger transport division (DB Bahn) the company transports in its busses and trains about eleven million passengers a day all over Europe. Moreover, approximately 400 million tons of freight are transported by rail every year.

The main focal points of the company’s strategy, in addition to increasing its international activities, are linking together all modes of transport, and building overlapping and comprehensive intermodal travel and logistics chains. This is how the company is meeting the changing challenges posed by the market, which is increasingly demanding efficient and environmentally friendly services from a single source. Already today, Deutsche Bahn AG with its subdivisions is providing answers to the determining trends of globalization, climate change, and scarcity of resources, as well as deregulation.


Brands / Products / Services

Discover Germany by Rail.

Germany is a railway country. A closely linked network of more than 33,000 kilometers (20,500 miles) provides connections between all major cities – and more than that: DB Bahn’s regular train services can get you even to the smallest towns and the most outlying corners of the Federal Republic. As such, you can explore the region you have chosen for your holiday without any stress, or travel in relaxed style to your next business appointment.

You can count on a well-coordinated timetable for your trip: waiting times between connections will be kept to a minimum. DB Bahn will do everything it can to make your trip comfortable and relaxed – and also to make your stops at stations as pleasant as possible.

With services and offers designed to suit every travel occasion and budget, discovering Germany by rail has become a thoroughly pleasant and inexpensive experience. There are countless options for you to pass the journey in the way that suits you best. Rail passengers in Germany benefit from a range of special offers and concessions. These include saver tickets and the Germany Pass.

Discover Germany from the North and Baltic Sea down to the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps. Experience the culture and history in vibrant cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Visit German river valleys, fairytale castles, and enchanting medieval towns.

Nothing in Germany is easier, faster or more comfortable than traveling by train.

For further information, visit us on www.bahn.com.


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The Easy Way to Travel.

When you arrive in Germany by air, DB Bahn is there to take you further – quickly, directly, comfortably and economically. Fly to any major airport and connect directly to DB Bahn’s rail and service networks using one of our convenient airport railway stations, e.g. in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Cologne.

The close networking of train and plane allows for an uncomplicated and time-efficient transfer from one mode of transport to the other. This enables you to reach any German cityor region of your choice in an easy and comfortable way. No matter how you connect to our network, satisfaction is guaranteed.

DB Bahn offers a variety of special offers and discounts to help you get the most out of your travels.

The Savings Fare for Germany is our ongoing special throughout Germany. It is available starting at 29 euros and is valid for any journey across Germany. Travel from Frankfurt to Berlin in just over 4 hours or reach Munich in 3 hours on our Intercity-Express (ICE) trains, all at speeds of up to 300 km/h (185 MPH).

Tickets can be easily booked online and printed at home www.bahn.com.

Please note that availability is limited and terms and conditions apply.

Full Flexibility for Non-Europeans.
Our German Rail Pass gives you the most flexibility to travel throughout Germany, allowing access to all DB Bahn-operated trains starting at just 188 euros. This pass is valid from 3 up to 10 days in a one-month period, with the option of first or second class.

As a German Rail Pass holder you receive several added benefits. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 10% discount at A&O Hostels and Hotels. For further details please refer to www.aohostels.com/railpass
  • free travel on boats of the KD Köln-Düsseldorfer German Rhine Line on the rivers Rhine and Moselle. For further details please refer to www.k-d.com
  • discounted fares on the Europabus line “Romantic Road” operated by Deutsche Touring Tours & Travel. For further details and bookings please refer to www.romantic-road-coach.de
  • discounted fares on the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn rack railway. For further details please refer to www.zugspitze.de
  • a German Rail Pass also includes Salzburg (Austria) and Basel (Switzerland)
  • free bus transfer on the regular “Shopping Express Bus” to Germany's Luxury Outlet Centers in Wertheim and Ingolstadt. For further details please refer to www.coach.wertheimvillage.com respectively www.coach.ingolstadtvillage.com

Order your German Rail Pass online at www.bahn.com and have it sent to your home address today.

Please note that this offer only applies for people with permanent residence outside Europe, Turkey and Russia. If you are European and live outside Europe you must have left more than 6 months ago (the stamp in your passport is decisive).

Europe the Smart way. At High Speed.
Travelling beyond Germany? Exploring Europe is con­venient and affordable with DB Bahn’s Europa-Spezial! Travel from Germany to 15 European countries starting at 39 euros (19 euros for travel between border-zone cities). For example, take a train from Frankfurt to Amsterdam or Paris in less than 4 hours from 39 euros or from Hamburg to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours starting at only 29 euros.

Traveling by train between European cities saves time and money. The DB Bahn network transports you directly to city centers at unbeatable prices and levels of comfort. Take advantage of this special offer and enjoy the rich history and culture throughout Europe.

Booking with DB Bahn is easy whether you book online, at the station, or over the telephone. We are also partners with travel agents near you who are authorized to sell DB Bahn products.

Additionally, DB Bahn offers several amenities and extra services to our customers.

For those looking to save a day and travel overnight, the City Night Line service transports you between German and European cities. Our most common routes connect Germany and the Netherlands to Switzerland and Austria, while service is available to further destinations such as Budapest, Rome, or Moscow.

The City Night Line is fast and affordable. For example, travel from Munich to Rome starting at 59 euros. Leave Munich in the evening and arrive well rested in Rome the next morning. Prices per person and route in a couchette car begin at just 59 euros.

First Class Travel.
DB Bahn also invites you to experience the luxury of first class. Enjoy the privileges of our first class services as you speed to your destination. Work in comfort from our spacious and comfortable seats, or simply relax while you travel safely. A wide range of services is offered while you travel to your destination. First class compartments on ICE trains are fully air-conditioned, maintain a stylish interior with a relaxing atmosphere, offer enhanced cell phone and wireless reception, as well as designated quiet areas. A selection of beverages and meals from our menus can be served at your seat. Travelling with the ICE is proven to be a real pleasure and its first class comfort is sure to win you over

First class comfort comes at affordable prices. For our special fare for Germany, first class starts at 49 euros and 69 euros for the Europa-Spezial. Treat yourself to the luxury of first class on your next business trip or holiday!

Curious about DB Bahn Train Technology?
DB Bahn operates different types of trains on its network and is always on the cutting edge of rail technology.

Our Intercity-Express (ICE) trains provide the fastest and most comfortable way to travel on the DB Bahn network, reaching speeds of up to 300 km/h (185 mph), and new standards of excellence. Our Intercity (IC) and Eurocity (EC) trains are the next fastest of our fleet, shuttling you on a regular schedule between major German and bordering European cities. To travel between smaller cities, use our

local trains (Regional Express (RE) or Regionalbahn (RB)) or the local urban transit (S-Bahn). Each model is incredibly safe, comfortable, and modern.

To learn more about our state-of-the-art trains, please visit www.bahn.com.


Group Offers

Hassle-Free Group Travel.

DB Bahn offers several discounts for group travel throughout Germany and even internationally. Whether you are travelling with friends, schools or colleagues, DB Bahn helps you save up to 70% on the regular price of your rail travel.

Depending on group size and travel interest, DB Bahn offers you different attractive group fares.

  • For regional travel, DB Bahn’s “Länder-Tickets” are the best choice: Free travel for a whole day within one of the German states for up to 5 persons from just 22 euros. The ticket can be used on all local trains (Regional-Express, Regionalbahn, S-Bahn) and several other transport systems.
  • Groups of six and more adults travelling together can save up to 70% on rail travel in Germany and beyond with the “Gruppe&Spar” offers.

For further information please refer to www.bahn.com. Group contingents can be booked up to 12 months in advance. Please note that group discounts are subject to availability.


Barrier-free Travel

Barrier-Free Travel for the Mobility-Impaired

A comprehensive range of services is available to passengers with restricted mobility. Staff, for example, is on hand at stations to help passengers on and off trains and to make their connections, while the mobility service enables wheelchair users to find barrier-free trains they can travel on without difficulty. Travel by bus, tram and suburban railway (S-Bahn) is free of charge for people with disabilities.

If you have a mobility impairment and need advice on planning your journey, wish to make a seat reservation or require timetable information – we are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide assistance.

Simply call the Deutsche Bahn service hotline at +49 180 6 99 66 33 *) which is staffed 24/7. Please press 9 for English inquiries and you will be put through to a qualified employee immediately.

You can call the Mobility Service Centre at the usual number +49 180 6 512 512 *) to arrange for assistance with boarding, changing or alighting from trains at many stations, to purchase tickets or to reserve seats or a space for a wheelchair. You can also order these services by fax at +49 180 5 159 357 **) or online on www.bahn.com , where full information is available.

Mobility Service Centre opening hours:

Monday to Friday 6:00 – 22:00 h

Saturday and Sunday 6:00 – 22:00 h

public holidays 6:00 – 22:00 h, except for Easter Monday, Whit Monday, 3 October and 26 December, when it is open 8:00 – 20:00 h (unless these holidays are on a Sunday).

*) 20 ct/min for German landline calls, mobile phone charges may vary

**) 14 ct/min for German landline calls, mobile phone charges may vary


FIT

Full Flexibility and Spontaneity.

Traveling with DB Bahn you can decide on the spot where and when to continue your journey – with a Rail Pass or a Standard fare ticket.

Depending on your travel occasion and ticket, our offers allow for different degrees of flexibility. Whilst Savings fares and Europa-Spezial tickets are limited to a certain day of travel and a particular train, Standard fare tickets guarantee full flexibility without any additional charge. These tickets are valid for every DB train that meets the specifications of your booking. Just board the train and get going – travel flexibly at any time. You never have to pay more than 139 euros (2nd Class) or 225 euros (1st Class) for a single journey.

You can book your DB tickets in one of our sales offices or online at www.bahn.com, where you also have the possibility to make a hotel reservation via our hotel partner. Please have a look at our Tourism section.

Rail Passes are a flexible and uncomplicated alternative. The German Rail Pass is ideal for travel throughout Germany. For travelers exploring Europe, InterRail or Eurail Passes are the appropriate options.

For further information please refer to www.bahn.com.


Social Commitment / Green Travel

Environmentally-Friendly Travel with 100% Green Electricity

Travel CO2-free through Germany on the ICE with the BahnCard or with the Environment Plus ("Umwelt-Plus") ticket at just EUR 1.00 surcharge.

Environment Plus: Deutsche Bahn's sustainable product

Together with our customers, we would like to make an active contribution to climate protection and to the further expansion of renewable energy sources. With immediate effect, you can travel in an even more environmentally friendly fashion with the Environment Plus ticket. For just EUR 1.00 more per person and direction, you can then travel with 100% green electricity on Germany's long-distance network.

When booking your long-distance ticket, choose the Environment Plus option at the end of the booking process if you want your journey to be CO2-free.

Environment Plus for Long-Distance Tickets

With the Environment Plus offer, all customers purchasing an ICE, IC or EC single ticket from and to a German station have the option of booking the optional Environment Plus product in addition to the actual ticket. Environment Plus can also be booked for children under 15 travelling free of charge on an adult ticket. And so everyone can travel together with 100% green electricity for just EUR 1.00 more per person and direction!


Miscellaneous

International DB Bahn branches

The Americas & Africa:
DB UK Booking Centre
Phone +44 8718 808066 (charges may apply)
www.bahn.com/uk
www.bahn.com/usa

Non-european Markets:
www.bahn.com/international

Austria, Spain and Eastern European Markets:
DB Vertrieb GmbH
International Sales and Marketing Austria
Bösendorferstraße 2
1010 Wien / Austria
Fax +43 1 503940670

www.bahn.com/at
www.bahn.com/es
www.bahn.com/cz
www.bahn.com/pl

Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg:
DB Vertrieb GmbH
Representation Benelux
Avenue du Boulevard 21/27
1210 Brussel / België
Fax (00 32) 22 111 353
www.bahn.com/be
www.bahn.com/nl

Denmark and Scandinavia:
DB Vertrieb GmbH
International Sales and Marketing Scandinavia
Vesterbrogade 6D, III
1620 København V. / Denmark
Tel +45 37 36 06 60
Fax +45 33 360661

www.bahn.com/dk
www.bahn.com/se

France:
DB France
20 rue Laffitte
75009 Paris / France
Phone +33 1445 89540

www.bahn.com/fr

Italy:
DB Italia
Via San Gregorio 55
20124 Milano / Italy
Phone +39 0267 47 95 78

www.bahn.com/it

Switzerland:
DB Vertrieb GmbH
International Sales and Marketing Switzerland
Schwarzwaldallee 200
Postfach 215
4016 Basel / Switzerland
Phone +41 61 6901164
Fax +41 61 6 901147
www.bahn.com/ch

United Kingdom & Ireland:
DB Vertrieb GmbH
International Sales and Marketing UK and Ireland
Suite 6/8, The Sanctuary
23 Oakhill Grove
Surbiton KT6 6DU / United Kingdom
Fax +44 20 83394770
www.bahn.com/uk
www.bahn.com/ie


Contact

For further information and for bookings, please visit our website at: www.bahn.com

If you have any queries about your booking or journey, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Phone: +44 8718 80 80 66 (charges may apply)
Fax: +44 8718 80 80 65 (charges may apply)

E-mail:

For further information regarding the passes, please visit:
www.bahn.com (German Rail Pass)