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Buy German train tickets on Loco2 via our direct connection to the national rail operator, Deutsche Bahn. Print-at-home tickets and straightforward English translations makes it's easier than ever to book trains to Germany and explore the 35,000 km rail network.
- Buy print-at-home German train tickets at the same price as booking direct, no added fees.
- Sparpreis 'Saver' tickets offer up to 60% off domestic German train travel
- London Spezial and Europa Spezial tickets give huge discounts on international trips to and from Germany. See more special offers and cheap train tickets in Germany.
- Compare cross-border journeys on InterCity Express (ICE), Thalys and TGV trains on one site.
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It is very easy to explore Germany by train. With the largest passenger rail network in the European Union, all major communities in Germany are well-served by train. The principal operator is Deutsche Bahn (DB), but many local and regional services are run by independent companies with timetables and fares which are fully integrated with DB. There are only a handful of services where DB tickets are not valid.
DB’s flagship is its sleek InterCity Express – ICE for short. On three stretches of high-speed line within Germany, ICE trains may touch 300 kilometres per hour. But speeds on most routes are very much lower, and that’s part of the beauty of travelling by train through Germany: along the way, you can enjoy some of the most captivating scenery in Europe.
An excellent range of international services makes it easy to reach Germany by train from elsewhere in Europe. Passengers from Britain usually travel with Eurostar to Brussels, connecting there onto an ICE or Thalys train to Germany. There are also useful routings via Paris to destinations in central and southern Germany. There are excellent bargain tickets (called Europa-Spezial) on international rail services to and from Germany. These fares are also available on DB’s international coach services run under the IC-Bus brand.
From the North Sea and Baltic coasts, through the hill country of central Germany and south to the Black Forest and Bavaria, rail travel in Germany is affordable and fun. Visit the big cities, such as Berlin and Munich, but make time too for smaller communities and rural regions which are all very accessible by train.