Understanding your German train ticket
Because the tickets are issued by the German rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, the tickets include information in German. We've created a guide in English to help you understand your tickets and translate key terms.
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Is my ticket for all passengers?
The most common question we receive about Deutsche Bahn tickets is from customers asking if their ticket is valid for all passengers. The answer, simply, is yes. But the important thing to know is that Erwachsener means adult in German. And on mobile tickets, the abbreviation 'Erw' stands for Erwachsener.
So '2 Erwachsener' or 'Erw 2' mean the ticket is valid for 2 adults. In the examples below, the tickets are valid for 2 adults.
In some cases, only the lead passenger's name appears German train tickets. All others passenger names are contained in the QR code the ticket inspector will scan.
Your German train ticket
Tickets from Deutsche Bahn, the German rail operator, contain key information in German. Each number corresponds to a note, which contains helpful information to help you understand your ticket.
Your German train ticket translated
Here’s the same DB ticket translated into English.
- Please print your ticket on plain A4 paper.
- Train and fare info, including type of train (i.e., IC [InterCity]), travel class, fare type, number of passengers and validity dates.
- Please do not bend the bar code.
- Payment summary: includes product price, seat reservation cost (if applicable) and VAT.
- The validity of your ticket (usually one month) and the name of the passenger who must present ID. If you have purchased a seat reservation with your ticket, it may only be valid on the service specified in your “service and reservation details” section (see 6 below). Name of the passenger who must show identification with the ticket. This ID can be a passport, government-issued ID, or Bahn Card. This section also shows your Deutsche Bahn booking number.
- Service and reservation details. If you have purchased a reservation your ticket will be valid on the trains specified here. You will also find your coach (Wg) and seat (Pl) numbers for your train/s in this section. Some tickets, for example, "Normalpreis" tickets, have optional reservations so you may be permitted to travel on other services on the specified route. You should always refer to the specific fare conditions of your ticket.
- Information about the terms and conditions associated with using your ticket. Please note that for exchanges and refunds you should contact Loco2, who will process amendments/cancellations with Deutsche Bahn on your behalf.
The ticket inspector will use this information to cross-reference your ticket with your ID card.
Your mobile German train ticket
Your mobile ticket will include all of the information above; simply scroll down below the scannable QR code. Your train, carriage and seat numbers are located at the bottom of the mobile ticket. Please see our Help article Using mobile tickets for more information.
Important information before you travel
Glossary of useful terms
Auftragsnummer: order number
Bahn: usually refers to the railway, also means train.
Einfache Fahrt: one-way
Erwachsener: adult (on mobile tickets, 'Erw' is used as an abbreviation of Erwachsener)
Gang: aisle (i.e. gangway)
Gültig ab: valid from
Hin und Rückfahrt: outbound and inbound (return)
Kreditkartenzahlung: credit card payment
Platz: space (refers to your seat №)
Sitzplätze: seat numbers
Wagen: coach (on mobile tickets, 'Wg' is used as an abbreviation of Wagen)
Zahlungsoptionen: payment options
Zug: train. There are different types of train, e.g. Schnellzug, fast train and Nachtzug – night train.