Hello, Can anyone tell me what the specific rules are for the twin rail pass? If my husband wanted to go somewhere on the train for a day and I wanted to shop in town is it ok for one person to use?
Yes, it is just that there is a single pass, so the person traveling has to be in the possession of it while traveling. So if you were going by rail to separate places, that would not be possible. One person would have to buy a ticket if that were to happen.
Maybe your husband would be wise just to get a separate ticket for his outing.
A twin-pass that you bought for, say, 5 travel days in a month, is €552 at the current price. That's €110/travel day. And that's a lot for one person to spend on a day outing! Most day outings can be done using a DAY PASS for a fixed price. You just show up at the station and buy it.
That way, the two of you will still have 5 (or whatever number you bought) full travel days that you can use for traveling together.
What day trip does he plan to take? Let us know so we can guide him to the correct day pass.
Also what trains does the German flexi twin rail pass purchased through DB cover? Can I use ICE and IC trains with this pass? Also does anyone know if I can purchase this at Frankfort airport? Is there a DB ticket office there that is open on Sundays in December?
Yes, the German Rail Pass is valid on EC, IC and ICE trains.
The Reisezentrum (ticket office) is open at the airport Fernbahnhof (Long distance train station) 7 am, to 9 pm.
All good questions.
I have used many GRP's over the years. Traditionally, ALL trains were usable, without reservations, and you could buy the passes at the German Rail pass aid stations (located at many airports and main stations in larger cities) and get advice for using them at the counter.
Recently, it became clear to me that DB has ABANDONED all its online GRP information and is now linking to EURAIL for GRPs. There is no longer a list of aid stations or DB-originating rules for use, and it's unclear where you can buy them or get advice within Germany. You will need to go to EURAIL to get more information - and probably to buy them and pay more than before as well.
Once you do that, if you are unhappy with their offer, come back here with your itinerary for alternative ticketing help.
I am finding a link to Raileurope for GRP's at Rick's page as well:
(Rick's other link to the "non-Eurail" GRP links to Eurail. Makes no sense to me! There seems to be an abundance of other misinformation at Rick's page right now as well. I'm not sure what is and is not it is reliable.)
Train Guru "The Man in Seat 61" appears to be mute at present on where/how to buy the German Rail Pass:
The DB ticket shop page (in German) appears to allow the online purchase of CONSECUTIVE-DAY twin passes. Just checked... a price of €408 came up for the 7-day, €560 for the 10-day. Not sure what you are looking for:
CORRECTION... That €408 price is for the 5-day twin pass in 2nd class.