Living in Germany is extremely affordable, and with good planning, traveling around the country can be just as easy and cheap! Last year when I was in Germany, I traveled to Aachen, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Munich, and Tübingen with a German Rail Pass.
This year, I’ve lived here since the end of August, and have travelled to Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Weinheim, Bad Kreuznach, and of course, Heidelberg many times. Next weekend I’ll be in Bonn and there’s trips to Münster and Konstanz planed in the future. Needless to say, I’ve definitely travelled around Germany a lot more than even Canada!
Of course, with so much traveling within a country, it’s good to look for deals and cheap options. Luckily, I have a few to share!
Bahncard 25 & Bahncard 50
If you plan on living in Germany for at least 4 months, these Bahncards for the Deutsche Bahn are great. The Bahncard 50 lets you save 50% off the regular price of the train fares, and is valid for a year. My favourite is the Bahncard 25 though, because in addition to 25% off the regular fare, you can also save 25% off the special fares (which the Bahncard 50 does not have savings for). As long as you book at least three days in advance, you can get some amazing deals!
Look out for the Europa-Spezial
Deutsche Bahn is not only great for traveling within Germany, but to other countries as well. The website offers specials from Germany to cities such as Paris, Rome, Zürich, Prague and more for as little as 29 euros! I was lucky to score one way tickets from Mannheim to Amsterdam for 33 euros, and have found some to Copenhagen for 35 euros, which I’ll use to visit a friend there sometime early next year.
Schönes Wochenende Ticket
The Schönes Wochenende ticket offered by the Deutsche Bahn is great for traveling with a group of people during the weekend. It costs 40 euros, and allows for unlimited traveling within the country on the regional trains and public transportation until 3 am the next day. The pass can also be used amongst up to 5 people. When I went to Oktobferfest with three of my friends, we each ended up only paying 10 euros to get to Munich!
The Länder ticket allows for unlimited travel on the regional trains and local transportation in a certain state. It’s valid for one day, until 3am the next day. If you’re travelling with a group of people, the tickets can be super cheap. The prices vary between different states, but on average, if you travel with at least two people, you end up paying only around 10 euros each. For example, me and Tania travelled from Mannheim to Freiburg and back for only 12 euros each!
I’ve never travelled with German Wings yet, but I’ve heard some good things about them. Their most interesting offer is their blind bookings, where they choose your destination for you – it could be anywhere in Germany, or the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech and more, for just 33 euros one way.
I haven’t tried this either, but a bunch of my friends have, and it’s quite popular around Germany. It’s basically a car pooling site, and you can search up your current destination to where you’d like to go, and see who’s also heading that way, who can give you a ride for a small fee. You can definitely save a lot of money traveling this way. For example, rides from Mannheim to Berlin costs around 25 euros, whereas if you took the train, tickets are easily 100 euros or more!
Now with all these cheap travel options, there’s no excuse not to travel around Germany! Happy travels!