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Flexibility with a German Rail Pass (fall 2011)

Change in plans? No problem!

I wrote about saving money with a German Rail Pass, and I drew up a table comparing individual and total city-to-city fares against the cost of a Rail Pass.

As fate would have it, plans changed significantly the day after I published that post. I’m sorry, Weimar (Goethe/Schiller), but I’ll visit you another time.

Fortunately, with my Rail Pass, I don’t have to rebook or reschedule the changes in my itinerary. All I have to do is look up train schedules on the Deutsche Bahn website, and I’ll simply hop onto the trains as needed.

The new table below accommodates my change in plans, and is identical in structure to the table in my previous post.

Route Distance 2nd class 1st class
Frankfurt(Main) Hbf – Köln Hbf 190 km € 19–64 € 49–104
Köln Hbf – Hamburg Hbf 430 km € 44–89 € 69–144
Hamburg Hbf – Frankfurt(M) Hbf 490 km € 59–109 € 79–177
Frankfurt(M) Hbf – München Hbf 400 km € 29–91 € 59–147
München Hbf – Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf 400 km € 44–91 € 69–147
Total 1910 km € 195–444 € 325–719
Total in USD (1 € = $1.3 USD) $ 254–577 $ 423–935
Total in USD (1 € = $1.4 USD) $ 273–622 $ 455–1007
Five-day German Rail Pass, in USD $297 $394

I (re)checked fares on 16 September, and the total distance traveled has been reduced by about 200 km. Although there’s little change in the numbers for first-class (no surprise), the total point-to-point fares have changed in second-class.

With careful planning, a traveler can find and purchase early-fares (Sparangebote). But the flexibility of the pass still has allowed me to change plans, and I don’t ever have to go back to a train station to ask for changes or purchase new tickets.

For an extra $20-$40, there’s more versatility for the second-class Rail Pass over the entirety of a two-week trip. The savings for a first-class Rail Pass remain the same as before.

My previous posts about German Rail:

Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

Frankfurt(Main) Hbf

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