From 11th February until 10th March, Loco2 is offering cheap tickets for train travel within Germany. The deal includes a €69 return ticket between two German destinations of your choice, for travel between Valentines day and 24th March. And children under 15 travel free! Now you can't say fairer than that. Three cheers for the Deutsche Bahn sale!
The deal at a glance:
- €69 (2nd class) and €99 (1st class) for a return ticket
- Valid on specified trains between two German destinations
- Price includes a seat reservation
- Available to book from 11th February to 10th March 2013
- For travel from 14th February to 24th March 2013
- Children under 15 accompanied by an adult travel for free (but still need to be booked)
The Deutsche Bahn sale in more detail
When to book: Search for trains from 11th February until Sunday 10th March. Tickets must be purchased at least three days before intended date of travel.
When to travel: Travel between Thursday 14th February until Sunday 24th March.
Where to go: Sale price tickets are valid for travel for return journeys between any two destinations within Germany. Though of course this means better value for some routes than others. For example, trains from Frankfurt to Cologne ordinarily start at €19 one-way so although you may be able to find €69 return tickets during the sale period, if you're motivated by saving money then you'd do well to try a few dates to track down the €19 Second Class Saver fares. However, if you are intending to travel with kids then the deal may save money (see travelling with kids below). For longer distance journeys, like Cologne to Berlin, you'd be hard pressed to find an competitively priced alternative, even when searching 3 months ahead.
Price and validity: Tickets in the sale are €69 (2nd class) or €99 (1st class) for a return ticket. However, if it makes sense, you are entitled to travel just one-way if you choose. Your ticket includes a seat reservation and subsequently is only valid on the specific train, time and date that you choose. There are a limited number of sale tickets allocated per train so if you are not able to find a ticket for your preferred dates, they may be sold out. If you can't find a sale price ticket, try another time or date.
Which trains is it valid on? These discount return tickets are valid on Intercity-Express (ICE), InterCity and Euro City trains. They are not available/valid on ICE Sprinter or night trains (City Night Line).
What about the kids? Children under 6 always travel free on German trains, but with this offer all children under 15 years may travel for free. However, even though they're free you still need to select a child ticket and put it in your basket so that they get a seat on the train. You can't just bring them along in your suitcase! The ticket will be shown as €0.
Ticket types: All tickets are available to print at home, and will be in German. Read our blog, Your German train ticket translated, if your German's not up to scratch.
The small print: Tickets purchased during the sale are still subject to the fare conditions which are displayed during purchase. Cancellations will incur a €15 fee. Tickets in the Deutsche Bahn sale on Loco2 are the same price as buying direct from Deutshce Bahn, no booking fee applies.
How to book on Loco2
- Search for trains wholly within Germany during the specified dates. Make sure you do a return search.
- Browse the timetable and select your train
- Enter passenger details. Remember that the lead passenger must match the name on the credit card that is used to place the booking (and you need to take your credit card with you on the train, even if it subsequently expires). Add child tickets here too (you won't be charged).
- Proceed to the basket page, and remove the optional seat reservation (see picture below). Your fare conditions will state "Partial seat reservation included" but don't worry, your ticket includes a seat reservation. On your ticket, you will see "reservation = 0 EUR."
- Print your ticket and pat yourself on the back for exceptional thriftiness!
Some sample searches
To prove they're available, here's a couple of searches, done by your truly, that successfully found the €69 fare. Give these a whirl or enter your own dates to find your own. Remember that this is a limited edition sale so they will sell out on popular routes.