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Germany hotel pass deals

One tip I've found from experience in Germany is not to buy a weekly or multi-day travel pass until you've checked in at your hotel. Sometimes hotels sell local bus/tram/rail passes at discount rates, or can sell travel passes that aren't available to normal passengers at all and are even better value.

Additionally, very tourist-oriented towns often have a special local Kurtaxe (literally "spa tax" as originally it applied specifically to spa towns) which is a local tax added to your hotel bill. Sometimes, to make you feel better about paying it, you get a travel pass thrown in free as part of the deal.

Of course, keep track of the normal fares and make sure the hotel price actually will save you money.

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Hi Philip,
we are planning a 9 day trip to Germany in October. Are you talking about train passes to go between cities? Is it wise to wait until we arrive to book those?

Thanks
Jenn

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No, definitely not. I'm talking about local transport passes for transport within a town or city and surrounding country. For inter-city trips, you can often find cheaper tickets by booking in advance. (And most people on this board will say this is usually cheaper than buying a national rail pass.)