German train tickets - ticket types & discounts

Loco2 is directly connected to the German national rail operator, Deutsche Bahn (DB), so we offer a range of cheap tickets and special offers for trains in Germany.

Most German trains open for booking 180 days in advance and this is when you'll find the cheapest tickets. We always recommend booking as far in advance as possible to get the cheapest German train tickets. For more details on booking horizons, please see How far in advance can I book?

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Train ticket types and discounts in Germany

Fare conditions vary, with cheap train tickets in Germany typically offering the least flexibility while more expensive tickets are usually a bit more flexible. You should always check the fare conditions associated with your tickets before buying, and if necessary read more general information about Ticket Types: Fares & Flexibility.

Fare type Details Price/Discount
Saver (Sparpreis) Cheap Deutsche Bahn tickets for journeys within Germany. Saver tickets are available for most domestic trains in Germany including high-speed ICE. Book from 180 to one day in advance. Up to 60% off full price fares. Standard Class from €19, First Class from €29 depending on distance.
London Saver (Sparpreis Europa London) Cheap train ticket from London to Berlin or another Germany city, including cross-border routes between the UK and Germany via Brussels using Eurostar and ICE services. Book at the latest three days before the date of travel. Available on specified services only. Book from 180 to three days in advance. First Class tickets include Standard Premier seats on the Eurostar. Discount varies per route. From €59 in Standard Class or €109 in First Class.
Europe Saver (Sparpreis Europa) Special offer for cross-border journeys between Germany and Belgium, the Netherlands, France and many more (see full list below). Book from 180 to one day in advance. Price reduction varies per route. Standard Class from €39, FIrst class from €69.
Standard Fare (Normalpreis) Full price Deutsche Bahn ticket, offering maximum ticket flexibility. Full price tickets

Cheap train tickets to Germany - Sparpreis/Saver fares

Previously known as Spezial fares, Saver tickets (Sparpreis in German) are available from major European cities on high-speed, long distance trains to and from Germany. 

Prices start at €19 in Standard Class, for one-way tickets purchased in advance. We don't maintain a full list of origin stations from which it's possible to buy Saver fares to Germany, but the table below outlines the most common routes. 

Fare name/country Details Price
Sparpreis Europa Austria Cheap train tickets from Austria to Germany. Saver tickets are available on cross-border ICE or IC/EC services operated by Deutsche Bahn between Germany/Austria. Available from 180 days in advance. From €39 in Standard Class or €69 in First Class. Journeys less than 250km from €19.
Sparpreis Europa Belgium Discount tickets available on cross-border trains between Germany and Belgium. Valid on ICE or IC/EC trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. Available from 180 days in advance. As above
Sparpreis Europa Croatia Cheap tickets on cross-border trains between Germany and Croatia, via Austria and Slovenia. These tickets are currently unavailable to print at home, so can't be booked on Loco2. Visit bahn.com to buy postal tickets online. As above
Sparpreis Europa Czech Republic Services start/end in Prague but are valid to or from virtually any city in Germany. Includes cross-border IC/EC trains or IC Bus. Available from 180 days in advance. As above
Sparpreis Europa Denmark Cheap tickets from Hamburg (and other German cities) to Copenhagen by train. Valid on cross-border routes between Germany and Denmark (primarily Copenhagen) that include ICE or IC/EC trains. As above
Sparpreis Europa France Valid on journeys to/from France that include cross-border ICE or TGV services e.g. Munich-Paris and Frankfurt-Paris, and Frankfurt-Marseilles. Available from 180 days in advance. As above
Sparpreis Europa Holland Discount tickets available on journeys to/from Amsterdam and other Dutch cities that include ICE or IC/EC cross-border services. Available from 180 days in advance. As above
Sparpreis Europa Hungary Available on cross-border routes between Germany and Hungary (primarily Budapest). These tickets are currently unavailable to print at home, so cannot be booked on Loco2. Visit bahn.com to buy postal tickets online. As above
Sparpreis Europa Italy Valid on cross-border trains between Germany and Italy, via Austria aboard ÖBB-DB EuroCity (via Kufstein and the Brenner Pass) to all stations on the route. Also available via Switzerland to all stations served by international trains to/from Milan. Available from 180 days in advance. Only DB or ÖBB EuroCity trains can be used to cross the Austrian-Italian border. As above
Sparpreis Europa Luxembourg Cheap fares that are valid on cross-border trains between Germany and Luxembourg, including ICE or IC/EC trains. Available from 180 days in advance. As above
Sparpreis Europa Poland Available on cross-border routes between Germany and Poland. These tickets are currently unavailable to print at home. Visit bahn.com to buy postal tickets online. As above
Sparpreis Europa Slovakia Cheap fares on international trains between Germany and cities in Slovakia (primarily Bratislava), including ICE or IC/EC cross-border trains. Available from 180 days in advance. As above
Sparpreis Europa Slovenia Valid on international trains between Germany and cities in Slovenia (primarily Ljubljana), including ICE or IC/EC cross-border trains. Available from 180 days in advance. As above
Sparpreis Europa Sweden Cheap tickets from Hamburg (and other German cities) to Malmo by train. Valid on cross-border routes between Germany and Sweden that include ICE or IC/EC trains. Valid in Sweden aboard trains operated by SJ or Öresundtåg. Available from 180 days in advance. As above
Sparpreis Europa Switzerland Saver tickets available for international trains to/from Swiss cities and Germany. Offer available to Basel, Bern, Interlaken, Zurich and Chur. Available from 180 days in advance. As above

Special offers on German trains

In addition to the everyday German train tickets explained above, Deutsche Bahn offers some special offers to obtain further discount.

Special Offer Details Price/Discount
Small Group Saver A solo traveller can obtain a Saver ticket (see above). Small groups travelling together can get a further discount: two people can travel together from €49.00 in Standard Class and up to three additional people may join the group by paying a €20.00 supplement each. Discount applied automatically to eligible groups. Up to 60% off full price fares.
Children under 6 Children younger than six years old travel for free and are not required to have a ticket. Free for eligible searches, will be applied automatically.
Children under 15 Children below the age of 15 can travel for free if they are accompanied by parents or grandparents, but they must be entered as passengers. Children travelling alone are entitled to a 50% discount. Will be applied automatically to eligible searches.

Railcard discounts in Germany

Railcards Details Price/Discount
BahnCard 25 A BahnCard 25 is suitable for occasional travellers and families, granting 25% reduction on full price tickets. €62.00 for Standard Class and €125.00 for First Class, valid for one year. Buy online in advance and apply via Railcard menu on Loco2.
BahnCard 50 Suitable for frequent travellers. Entitles you to 50% discount on the standard fare. €255.00 for Standard and €515.00 in First, valid for 1 year. Buy online in advance and apply via Railcard menu on Loco2. Half-price for children, students under 27 and senior citizens over 60.
Important things to note 
  • All tickets and special offers are subject to availability. 
  • Please refer to the fare conditions for applicable terms.   
  • Tickets are available in Euros or converted in GBP
  • We aim to keep this information up to date, but it should be referred to as a guide only. Please let us know if you think something needs updating. 

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