The Quer-durchs-Land Ticket
('Across the Country Ticket') is a Deutsche Bahn rail ticket valid for unlimited rail travel on regional trains throughout Germany for up to five people on one day.
The ticket is valid on all regional services ('Nahverkehr') in Germany; in other words, on S-Bahn, RB, RE and IRE services but not on intercity trains (IC, ICE, EC). It costs €44 for one person (€46 from ticket desks). Up to an additional four extra passengers can be taken on the same ticket for an additional cost of €6 per passenger.
The total cost for five people is therefore €68. If you are travelling at the weekend, the Schönes Wochenende Ticket is cheaper. However, the Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket offered budget train travel on weekdays as well. The ticket is valid from 9am until 3am the following morning. On bank holidays, the ticket is valid from midnight on the day of validity.
Children aged five and under can travel for free. Bicycles cost an additional €5.00 per bike. The standard charge for dogs is to be paid.
The ticket is a cheaper but slower method for travelling across Germany. For example, Frankfurt to Munich takes 5 hours 20 minutes on regional trains, compared to three hours (and a standard fare of €98 per person) by ICE. For shorter stretches, the relevant Länder Ticket (for example the Bayern ticket
) can prove better value.
Train times can be found on the Deutsche Bahn website. Selecting "Only local transport" ("Nur Nahverkehr") limits the search to trains on which the Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket is valid.
In Austria, the "Einfach Raus Ticket" is a similar offer, costing €32 for between two and five people, for use on regional trains after 9am Monday-Friday or all day at weekends and bank holidays.
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