Info about Bahncards from Deutsche Bahn

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I live in Bangkok, Thailand. And About to take a business trip to Nuremberg and Hannover. I find lots of info on Bahn Card. But did not understand the concept of the card.

If anyone can help me. I have to take a Train trip From Frankfurt to Nuremberg, Nuremberg To Hannover, Hannover to Frankfurt, And Frankfurt to Firenze(Florence,Italy).

Should I buy Bahn Card? :)

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The Bahn card gives you discount of train travel in Germany, but you must buy the Bahn card. So the concept it quite simple, if you travel a lot with the train, then you will save by getting the bahn card. But you have to judge, if you are not going to make too many trips, if the cost of the bahn card, is cheaper than what you would save.

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If I remember correctly, the bahn card is good for a year? Or is it one month? When I did the math it's only useful for many trips, but with you making only those trips listed, then you might be better off just taking the ice train as needed. Check at the ticket counter to be sure.

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The Deutsche Bahn website gives you the journey prices, so you just have to do the maths. Except that you don't, because for some inexplicable reason I've done it for you.

FRA-NUR costs €45

NUR-HAN costs €86

HAN-FRA costs €75

They don't have prices for international trains on the website, but any Bahncard discount will only be valid on the Germany stretch, so you want to make sure you travel via Munich and not via Switzerland. Frankfurt to Kufstein (on the German/Austrian border) costs €91.

Total cost for all four journeys (within Germany): €297.

Cost of Bahncard 25: €53

Savings with Bahncard 25: €74.25

Cost of Bahncard 50: €212

Savings with Bahncard 50: €149

So you'll save a grand total of €21.25 with a Bahncard 25, half of which you now owe me.

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Hi! You might want to check this website out: Eurail Pass , or Eurail ,

as I think, in the end, it might be a cheaper and an easier alternative to the Bahncard. When I used it 6 years ago, I had to buy it before I came to Europe as it was only available to me from my country of residence (Philippines). The second website above says you can buy the Eurail Pass in Europe now, though it's more expensive to buy it here than if you buy it in Thailand. Hope this helps :)

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Thanks a lot... Your info is really help! How about if I Travel with my friend(1person)?

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Doesn't make any difference as far as I'm aware; you just have to double all the prices. Unless you're travelling at the weekend, in which case you could use the Schönes Wochenende Ticket.

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According to the Deutsche Bahn, your co-traveller also gets a discount when you have a Bahncard 25 but only if you both book trips at "Sparpreisen" (trips that are offered at discounted prices). But I only found this info in the German pages , couldn't find it in the English ones and I'm not really sure how this works as I've never used it. About the Eurail Pass, as far as I know, your friend will need his own to travel with you.

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Thought that only applied to the Bahncard 50, but it does seem as though it also works on the 25. Problem is, the Sparpreise are only valid on return journeys as far as I'm aware, while lolo19 wants singles.

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to get the BC 25 discount, you have to book a return trip, 3 days in advance... oder?

can you get the card outside of germany?

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You have to book a return journey three days in advance in order to qualify for the Sparpreis, but the Bahncard 25 can be used for any ticket, including journeys where you buy your ticket just before you board the train. The Bahncard can be bought from the DB website; they post abroad.

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I should have done this ages and ages ago, because I'm often on the rails. So this morning Mme Sin (who has a Bahncard 25) says, "Seeing as you're off on a trip for Tuesday, let's go up to Pasing Bhf and see if you can get a Partner Bahncard 25". Got it, took 10 minutes, cost €5 (including photo) and my ticket price went from €110 to €61,80. Awesome! :D

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let's go up to Pasing Bhf

That's almost in Switzerland right? ;)

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@MT,

You can either go to the HBF, stand in a queue, and finally argue through the plexiglass with a harangued ticket clerk, or you can head out to Pasing, no queue, nice friendly fella offering you all kinds of advice to save money, then when you ask for the nearest photomat he tells you not to worry, he has a digi and will do it for free... Oh! and by the way, if you take this train instead of that train you get another 25% discount.

S'worfit!

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It is only possible to buy a BahnCard on DB website if you have a german bank account

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I went out to Pasing once for a shag with a bloke I met on the internet.

But he told me I was too straight acting for his taste. :(

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well well well...shame on you! You didn't wave the arm enough and clearly your hips weren't swaying like the shoulda done. :o

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It is only possible to buy a BahnCard on DB website if you have a german bank account

I paid cash (twas €5 remember).

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I went out to Pasing once for a shag with a bloke I met on the internet.

Cash? €5?

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I'll bend over to pick up pennies mate!

Oh sorry, wrong forum! :lol:

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I've used my non german credit card to pay for my BC. In work a fellow from the UK who spent one week here and a week back in the UK, had no problem getting BC living outside of Germany.

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If you buy the Bahn card, remember to CANCEL IT at the end of the year(or whenever) or else they will automatically send you a new one to the address you have listed.

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let's go up to Pasing Bhf and see if you can get a Partner Bahncard 25". Got it, took 10 minutes, cost €5 (including photo)

Did you have to get a Bahncard for a kid at the same time, or show proof of having a kid? I was looking at getting a Partner Bahncard 25 too, but the T&Cs say you have to show proof of getting Kindergeld??

Weird, as I've seen it mentioned lots of places, without any indication of this restriction.

https://bahncard-service.bahn.de/bc/bedingungen/bc25ind.jsp

2.1.4 Ehe- und Lebenspartnern von Inhabern der BahnCard 25 (Hauptkarte) wird auf Antrag bei Nachweis eines gemeinsamen Hauptwohnsitzes (z. B. Personalausweis) eine BahnCard 25 (Zusatzkarte) der gleichen Wagenklasse gegen ein Bearbeitungsentgelt in Höhe von 5 € ausgestellt, sofern mindestens ein Kind bis einschließlich 17 Jahren im Haushalt lebt und eine Kindergeldbescheinigung vorgelegt wird. Für die im Haushalt lebenden Kinder von 6 bis einschließlich 17 Jahren ist unter den gleichen Voraussetzungen eine Zusatzkarte erhältlich. Maßgebend ist stets das Lebensalter der Kinder am ersten Geltungstag der Hauptkarte. Die Ausstellung der Zusatzkarte an den Ehe- oder Lebenspartner erfolgt nur, wenn mit seinem Antrag zugleich eine Zusatzkarte für mindestens eines der hiernach berechtigten Kinder beantragt wird oder ein im Haushalt lebendes Kind unter 6 Jahren im Antrag genannt ist. Die Geltungsdauer einer Zusatzkarte entspricht - auch bei nachträglicher Bestellung - der der zugehörigen Hauptkarte.

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Yes, I'm also wondering about this. Do you have to have a kid to get the cheap partner Bahncard 25 card? I couldn't quite understand the German text, and there's nothing about it on the English page.

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I ordered a BahnCard 25 in person at the Reisezentrum in the main station on January 7, 2012. They gave me a slip of paper the size of a print-out ticket stating that it is my temporary BahnCard and is to expire on March 6, 2012. They also told me that I would be receiving the plastic card in the mail. However, I forgot when they told me I would be receiving it and am getting worried because I haven't got it yet and I'd like to have it ASAP to start accumulating points. Does anyone who recently purchased a BahnCard for the first time know when I should be receiving the plastic card? Apparently, DB keeps changing how they issue the BahnCards, because upon searching for help, threads years apart say completely different things.

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