Choosing a German Rail Pass
Read our FAQs about choosing your German Rail Pass. If you cannot find your answer, please contact our rail experts.
- Is there a family discount on the German Rail Pass?
Yes, children aged 11 and under can travel for FREE when traveling with an accompanying adult. Children younger than 6 do not need a pass to travel. These age limits count for the first day of travel with the German Rail Pass, not for the day of ordering.
- Is there a youth discount on the German Rail Pass?
Travelers who are 27 or younger get a 20 to 30% discount with the German Rail Youth Pass.
- What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class?
The German Rail Pass is available for 1st or 2nd class travel. 1st class offers more space than 2nd class, both in terms of legroom and storage space for your luggage. The seats are more comfortable and compartments are usually less crowded than in 2nd class. In 1st class drinks or a meal are sometimes served, or other services are offered like free newspapers or internet connectivity, especially on high-speed long-distance trains.
- How can I pay?
You can safely order your German Rail Pass online with various credit cards and PayPal.
- Do you offer cover loss or theft of the pass?
We offer Pass Protection that protects your valuable German Rail Pass against loss or theft. After loss or theft of your German Rail Pass, we will cover the costs of replacement tickets, up to the remaining value of your pass. You can add the Pass Protection to your order for just US $ 13 / AU $ 15 per traveler.
- What are the shipping costs?
We offer FREE Economy Shipping to the United States. We can also ship your pass to an address in Germany for you to collect when you arrive, for example to a hotel or hostel. Please ensure that someone will be available to sign for the package during business hours.
- Who can use the German Rail Pass?
You can travel with the German Rail Pass if you are a citizen or resident of any country outside of Europe, for instance the USA, Canada or Australia.
You may be asked by train staff to show your passport, identity card or other documents showing your country of residence.