Get on board with FlixTrain’s cheap train fares

Get on board with FlixTrain’s cheap train fares

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

The soaring cost of fuel, exorbitant parking fees and harrowing winter driving conditions are only a few reasons to leave the car at home and find an alternate means of travel s this winter. Those calling Germany home for some time are already familiar with the country’s favorite means of leaving the driving to someone else: riding the some 20,000 miles of rail that crisscross the land.

As the idea for a trip within Germany begins to take seed, one of the most important logistical considerations is the means of transportation. Those contemplating travel by train will overwhelmingly look toward Deutsche Bahn, or German Rail, the state-owned enterprise that serves as the country’s main provider of railway service.

Until very recently, German Rail had a monopoly on virtually all long-distance rail services. That changed in March of 2018, when FlixMobility, the parent company of the pan-European bus company FlixBus, introduced rail services along the Cologne-Hamburg corridor.

The company that’s made travel within Europe a much more viable option over the past decade has continued to expand its rail service, and FlixTrain currently operates four routes within Germany:

Aachen to Leipzig, with intermediate stops in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Dortmund, Hamm, Gütersloh, Bielefeld, Hanover, Stendal and Berlin;

Hamburg to Munich, with intermediate stops in Bremen, Osnabrück, Münster, Gelsenkirchen, Essen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Remagen, Andernach, Koblenz, Mainz, Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg, Würzburg and Augsburg;

Berlin to Stuttgart, with intermediate stops in Halle (Saale), Erfurt, Gotha, Eisenach, Fulda, Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Heidelberg;

Hamburg to Leipzig, with intermediate stops in Büchen, Ludwigslust, Wittenberge and Berlin.

Onboard services include a randomly assigned seat, Wi-Fi and a power/USB outlet next to each seat. For a small fee, travelers can select the seat of their choice. Snack and drink services are currently suspended in connection with COVID-19 prevention measures.

Prices are very competitive, with one-way fares starting at just 4.99 euros. A search for cheap fares conducted in mid-December uncovered 9.99 euro train fares for one-way travel between Stuttgart and Berlin, as well as between Mainz and Hamburg, for travel in mid-January of 2022. The best deals were usually available for mid-week service.

How far can you go for less than a ten-euro note? Why not give it a go!

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