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Frankfurt Day Trip to Rhine Valley


I am travelling to Frankfurt for the first time in May from Canada. I am hoping to do a day trip to the Rhine Valley including a river tour on a KD Boat. My plan is to take the train to Bacharach, boat from Bacharach to Braubach, then train back to Frankfurt.

I am having trouble figuring out what the cheapest/best way to get to and from the boat locations is. Could someone please give detailed descriptions (including costs) for the trains? I will be staying in central Frankfurt.

There is a package online for a full day Rhine Valley trip that includes transportation and a boat ride that lasts 8 hours for $115US so I am wondering if this is a better option.


Posted by
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RMV (Frankfurt metro) ticket from FRA to Bacharach, 11,20€
K-D boat ticket from Bacharach to Braubach, 25,40€
Bahn ticket from Braubach back to FRA, 24,00€
Total 60,60€ ($84.17) at today's exchange rate.

What are they doing for the other $30?

If that's from Frankfurt Hbf RT, it's 64,70€ ($90).

Posted by
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Bacharach is a tiny town and the train-boat connection is an easily walkable distance. Hopefully, you'll have time to walk around and explore before boarding a boat. The Google map marker that K-D line shows for their location in Braubach is also very close to the train station.

Posted by
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I would add to Lee's information that you should be able to get a 20% discount on the cruise fare if you show the rail ticket you use to reach Bacharach.

Are you cruising to Braubach for the purpose of touring Marksburg Castle? If not, I would change this up a little and instead of taking the train to Bacharach, take it to Rüdesheim to start the cruise instead. This would add a Rüdesheim - Bacharach cruise segment, would cover the same Bacharach-St. Goarshausen segment your plan covers, and exclude the northerly St. Goarshausen - Braubach segment that your plan includes (I think the segment south of Bacharach is better than the northern segment from St. Goarshausen to Braubach anyway.)

And you can still see Bacharach - you can make a free cruise boat stopover in Bacharach for 1 or 2 hours (2 hours if you catch the 9:15 boat) when you start the cruise in Rüdesheim.

Tickets for above: about €40 total as follows... This is going to get a little complicated. But you can always go with the pricey tour :)

CRUISE: Rüdesheim - St. Goarshausen (€19 regular price, so about €15 with a 20% discount when you present your train ticket.)
TRAIN: All the train travel can be done using the direct VIA train from Frankfurt. In Frankfurt, buy a RMV Tageskarte (daypass) for Frankfurt - Lorchhausen (€21.80.) This ticket covers the outbound Frankfurt - Rüdesheim train ride and the second leg of the return ride that afternoon or evening from Lorchhausen (which is a little way north of Rüdesheim) to Frankfurt. You would then need one more ticket for the first leg of the return by train from St. Goarshausen to Lorchhausen - DB sells this ticket for €3.60, and you could by this at any DB ticket machine anywhere.

If you ARE touring Marksburg: Figure around €49 total...

You can still begin the cruise in Rüdesheim as above. Cruise to Bacharach, stopover there. There may or may not be later KD boats to Braubach on your day of travel as not all boats travel that far north on all days. But there will be northbound KD boats to St. Goarshausen (just south of Braubach) that leave Bacharach at 10:15, 11:15, and 12:15 (and arrive at 11:05, 12:05, and 13:05 in St. G'hausen) and you can take the train from there (every hour at :31 minutes after) to Braubach (add €4.65 more for this train ride using a normal RMV ticket bought at St. G'hausen station.) Then for your return train to Frankfurt, instead of the DB ticket from St. G'hausen, you would need a DB ticket from Braubach to Lorchhausen (€7.90, so about €4 additional cost.)

Note that the purchase of tickets for different legs does NOT mean you get off the train. Ride straight through from Braubach or St. Goarshausen to Frankfurt on your way back as long as you have tickets for each segment.

The only small hitch with this plan is that the VIA trains from Frankfurt arrive at :04 after the hour in Rüdesheim and the KD boats leave at :15 after - so you should plan to scurry down to the KD dock or to spend an hour strolling Rüdesheim (or having a nice Frühstück there.)

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You could also stay on the train one more stop and get off at Assmanshausen, as the ship goes to Bingen after it leaves Rüdesheim and then goes to Assmanshausen. This gives you enough time to get off the train and walk to where the ship docks.