The Quer-durchs-Land Ticket
('Across the Country Ticket') was a Deutsche Bahn rail ticket which was valid for unlimited rail travel on regional trains throughout Germany for up to five people on one day. It was withdrawn by Deutsche Bahn in January 2010.
The ticket was 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 €34 for one person (€36 from ticket desks). Up to an additional four extra passengers could be taken on the same ticket for an additional cost of €5 per passenger.
The total cost for five people was therefore €54. If you were travelling at the weekend, the Schönes Wochenende Ticket wass cheaper. However, the Quer-durchs-Land offered budget train travel on weekdays as well. The ticket is valid from 9am until 3am the following morning. On bank holidays, the ticket was valid from midnight on the day of validity.
Children aged five and under could travel for free. Bicycles cost an additional €4.50 per bike. The standard charge for dogs was to be paid.
The ticket was 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 €81 per person) by ICE. For shorter stretches, the relevant Länder Ticket (for example the Bayern ticket
) could have proved better value.
Train times can be found on the Deutsche Bahn website. Selecting "Only local transport" ("Nur Nahverkehr") limited the search to trains on which the Quer-durchs-Land Ticket was valid.
In Austria, the "Einfach Raus Ticket" is a similar offer, costing €28 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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