Extra Bonuses with the German Rail Pass

The German Rail Pass entitles you to several extra bonuses. You can get discounts on boat trips, touristic bus and rail routes, and some international trains.

To take advantage of these bonuses, show your German Rail Pass at the local ticket offices or contact the companies listed below.

Overview of bonuses


Travel by bus from Germany to every corner of Europe

German Rail Pass holders are entitled to travel on the IC bus for free. You only need to make a reservation in advance. The IC bus travels on the following routes:

  • Berlin-Copenhagen

  • Berlin-Wroclaw-Krakow

  • Düsseldorf-Roermond-Brussels

  • Düsseldorf-Eindhoven-Antwerp-London

  • Frankfurt-Hahn Airport-Trier-Luxembourg

  • Munich-Ljubljana-Zagreb

  • Munich-Prague

  • Munich-Vinkovci

  • Strasbourg-Mannheim-Nuremberg-Prague

  • Stuttgart-Vukovar


You can make reservations at main stations in Germany; reservation fee: €4 (no class distinction). The bus stop is located at the front of each train station.

View of Rhine Valley
View of Rhine Valley

20% discount on river boats on the Rhine and Moselle

The German Rail Pass also entitles you to a 20% discount on travel on the river boats operated by the Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt AG:

  • Between Cologne and Mainz on the Rhine

  • Between Koblenz and Cochem on the Moselle

This offer is not valid for boats with cabins or multi-day river cruises.

More info: www.k-d.de

View of Lake Constance, Germany
View of Lake Constance, Germany

50% discount on steamer boats on the Lake Constance

The German Rail Pass entitles you to 50% discount on steamers on the Lake Constance (German: Bodensee).  This is one of Europe's biggest lakes, near the Alps. Lake Constance can be reached by train, for example by traveling from Munich or Stuttgart to Friedrichshafen.


The boats are operated by Bodensee-Schiffsbetriebe (BSB) between April and mid-October. BSB has ticket offices in Konstanz, Friedrichshafen, Lindau, Überlingen and Meersburg.

More info: www.bsb-online.com (German only)

Romantic Road coach
Romantic Road coach

20% discount on Romantic Road Coach

German Rail Pass holders get 20% discount on the regular fare on the ‘Romantic Road’ motorcoach route. It runs daily from April to October on the route:  Frankfurt am Main - Würzburg - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Füssen (seasonal traffic April to October). Enjoy medieval towns, vineyards and the famous royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.


The motorcoaches are operated by Touring Tours & Travel. We kindly advise to reserve seats about two working days in advance through Touring Tours & Travel. Phone: +49 (0) 69 719126 261 or fax +49 (0) 69 719126 156.

Scenic view of the Mount Zugspitze, Germany
Mount Zugspitze, Germany

10% discount on rack railways from Bayerische Zugspitzbahn

With the German Rail Pass you get 10% discount on the rack railway trains between Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Grainau - Zugspitzplatt. Spend a day on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (almost 3000 m).  On the Zugspitze Roundtrip, you get panoramic views over peaks in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and even Italy.  


These cogwheel trains are operated by Bayerische Zugspitzbahn. Garmisch-Partenkirchen  can be reached by train in less than 1.5 hours from Munich.

More info: www.zugspitze.de

Ingolstadt in southern Germany
Ingolstadt in southern Germany

Free transport on the Shopping Express Bus

German Rail Pass holders are granted a free bus transfer on the exclusive "Shopping Express Bus" to Germany's Outlet Villages from Frankfurt Central Station to Wertheim, and from Munich Central Station to Ingolstadt.

A travel day must be filled out in your travel diary on the day you use this offer.

In the Wertheim Village and Ingolstadt Village, German Rail Pass holders will get a 10% VIP discount voucher upon presentation of a valid pass.

High speed train ICE, Germany
High speed train ICE, Germany

Discount on the ICE/TGV services from Germany to France

German Rail Pass holders are entitled to a special reduced fare on ICE and TGV high-speed trains to France. This fare includes the mandatory reservation.

10% discount on hotels and hostels in Czech Republic and Germany

German Rail Pass holders receive a 10% discount on the daily rate at A&O hotels and hostels. The discount applies to advance booking only. Bookings can be made on the A&O website or by phone (0049 30 80 947 5110). Make sure to mention the code 'rail pass' when making your reservation.


Czech Republic

  • Praha (Prague)



  • Aachen

  • Berlin

  • Dortmund

  • Dresden

  • Düsseldorf

  • Frankfurt

  • Hamburg

  • Karlsruhe

  • Köln (Cologne)

  • Leipzig

  • München

  • Nürnberg

  • Weimar

Colorful shopping bags
Designer Outlet shopping

McArthur Glen Designer Outlets

German Rail Pass holders are entitled to a free “Welcome Bag” containing:

  • 1 Fashion Passport with vouchers granting 10% discount on selected brands

  • 1 voucher for a complimentary coffee specialty

  • 1 center map


The “Welcome Bag” is offered in the following Designer Outlets:

  • Hamburg (Neumünster)

  • Berlin (Wustermark)

  • Salzburg / Austria

  • Roermond / Netherlands

  • Venezia (Noventa di Piave) / Italy

Great shopping trips in Germany!
Great shopping trips in Germany!

Free Shopping Pass

German Rail Pass holders are entitled to a free “Shopping Pass” for the Metzingen Outlet City at the Metzingen Tourist Office. The “Shopping Pass” contains vouchers for additional discounts in numerous brand outlets.

Detailed information and maps can be found at the Outlet City website.

Designer Outlets Wolfsburg

German Rail Pass holders will get Designer Coupons of 10% discount for 3 shops at the Centerinfo.

The outlet is located in the city center of Wolfsburg. To get there, it's just a short walk from the train station.

Cityscape of Berlin
Cityscape of Berlin

Stern und Kreisschiffahrt Berlin

German Rail Pass holders get a 25% discount on all scheduled boats trips in and around Berlin (marked with C, H or S). 

For detailed information about routes and timetables please visit www.sternundkreis.de

Port of Hamburg
Port of Hamburg

Hamburg City Sightseeing

German Rail Pass holders get a 2.50 euro discount for a day pass of the Sightseeing Tour Line A. This is a hop on-hop off bus that takes you past all the sights of Hamburg.


More information can be found on www.die-roten-doppeldecker.de

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