Do you want to visit Germany but are on a Budget? Or are you just looking the best ways to travel Germany? I’ll show you all the ways to get around Germany and rate them based on Personal experience. So stay tuned to save money traveling Germany.
Travel by Train.
Traveling by train is surely the fastest and most comfortable way. Sitting in a train that drives up to 320 km/h (205 mph) is just mind blowing. The ICE (the German high-speed train) connects about every major city. But, as you can imagine speed and comfort don’t come without its price tag. Booking a train ticket is about the same as booking a flight: a 6-hour ride can easily cost around 100€ (economy seating, one way!!) if you book it a day before or 60€ if you book two weeks ahead. It’s all about planning ahead. There is also a supersaver ticket. With those tickets, you are bound to the exact connection you booked and you’ll have restrictions canceling. Although you loose a lot of flexibility ticket prices can be more than 50% cheaper than the regular price.
- very fast (up to 320 km/h)
- a wide variety of special tickets (such as: saver fare, Deutschland-Ticket or Länder-Ticket
- you have to book early
- cheap tickets only come with a loss of flexibility or longer travels
- On days with high demand, the German railroad company (Deutsche Bahn) has some serious issues running on time
Berlin – Munich 3 weeks from now:
regular price: 120€
Sparpreis (supersaver ticket): 24€ (usually supersaver tickets aren’t that cheap)
Remember: Book early!!!
Book on Deutsche Bahn (single German railway company)
Another common way to travel is by carpooling. People that commute or travel just sign in on one of the many portals. They usually do this to make a couple extra bucks. I’ve used it several times. Usually, you get into pretty good conversations. This is very cheap! Short drives up to 2 hours can be as low as 5 euros.
Berlin-Munich: between roughly 30€
Be warned: This is not without risk. You are getting in stranger’s car!
The biggest portal is Blablacar
Travel by Plane
It’s questionable if it even makes sense flying within Germany. Not only is it usually more expensive, but in a small country like Germany you won’t save much time (taking into account necessary time at the airport.) The cheapest German airlines are Ryanair and Easyjet
Berlin-Munich: 80€ + luggage+ trip to/from the airport (both are outside the city)
Travel by Bus
Here comes my favorite when it goes about traveling cheap. I know that traveling by bus has some pretty bad reputation in many countries. But! The German Bus industry went through some major changes in the last couple Years. Not only are they comfortable, offer free wifi, and offline media streaming (at least most of them), but most importantly, they are cheap and flexible. Short distances (e.g. to the next 1-2 cities) are usually 7€. This is also the best way for Last-minute tickets as you can book cheap tickets sometimes minutes before departure.
- free wifi and offline media streaming
- extremely flexible (free refund up to 15 minutes before departure!)
- You can book late. The peak times and routes let aside, you can usually book 2-3 days in front and get the same price as weeks before.
- fairly comfortable (unless you are 6’3″ (1,9m) like I am…)
- if you are 6’3″ (1,9m), like me, and your neighboring seat isn’t free you might run into some problems.
- the bus is pretty slow: Berlin-Munich takes about 8 hours instead of 6 hours by car or train.
The biggest bus company: Flixbus
Berlin – Munich: 19 euros
Travel with InterRail
this one is one of many special offers for tourists worth considering. Simply put interrail is a free pass for any train connection. So you pay once and depending on what ticket you bought, you can hop on any train within Germany. This is very tempting, especially if you are planning a road trip.
there are many different packages, and this ticket exists for almost every European country. There is also a ticket allowing you to travel through whole Europe.
Prices for Germany (as of December 2016)
3 days of travel within Germany: 206€
8 days of travel within Germany: 313€
Now the best part young adults (25 and younger) get 15% off, children between 0-11 are completely free, and seniors (60 and above) get 10% off.
Unfortunately, this ticket is only available for Europeans, (or people with European residence). If you don’t belong to any of those groups check out Eurail. It’s almost the same but has different pricing.
I hope a was some help, feel free to ask any questions or any experience you have had with the above, I’ll answer as soon as possible. Otherwise, check out other posts I wrote on Getting around Germany