How do I use the German Rail Pass?
- How do I activate the pass?
Your German Rail Pass must be activated before you start using it. This must be done within 11 months of the issuing date. German Rail Passes must be activated by a railway official, who will enter the first and last day of validity on the pass.
- How long is the pass valid?
The German Rail Pass is valid for train travel for 1 month after activation. Within this month you can use your travel days. How many travel days you have depends upon the pass you choose.
- What is a travel day?
You can buy a pass with either 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 travel days. A travel day lasts for 24 hours, from 12 midnight on one day to 12 midnight of the following day. On each travel day you can take as many trains as you want. The travel days can be used within a 1 month period.
- What is the German Rail Twin Pass?
When two people travel together they are entitled to a 50% discount on the second pass they buy with the German Rail Twin Pass. A great option for couples!
- Can I use international trains to countries outside Germany?
Your German Rail Pass is valid for domestic trains within Germany. In addition, your pass is also valid for travel to several stations across the border
- Belgium: Brussels and Liège
- Italy: Bolzano, Trento, Verona, Bologna and Venice
- Switzerland: Basel
For all other international trains leaving from any city in Germany, you need to buy a ticket for the part of the journey beyond the German border. Check out the overview for all other international train connections.
- Do I need to make reservations for some trains?
Most domestic German trains do not require a reservation. However certain trains do including the City Night Line night train. Reservation is recommended for the ICE high-speed train during busy times.