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Need advice about train stations

Good evening-

I am planning to buy a ticket from Rothenburg obt to Bacharach. This is the train route.
Rothenburg OBT > Steinach > Wurzburg HBF > Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbf > Mainz HBF >Bacharach

These are my questions:
1. Bahn.com did not list the platform number in Wurzburg. Is this usual? Do I just look up the platorm number in the station to find my train when I head out to Frankfurt?
2. I arrive and depart in platform = Regio 3 in Frankfurt. That is the same platform, right? My transfer time is 7 mins so I won't have a problem, right?
3. My transfer time in Main is 7 mins from platform 3a to 11. Is that far? Can I make it in 7 mins?

Thanks.

Posted by
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I'm surprised that the Bahn doesn't show the platform numbers in Würzburg. That's not usual. What is the date?

I'm surprised that the train from Würzburg goes to Frankfurt Flughafen. That also is not usual.

Regio 3 is a platform in the Regionalbahnhof, the only one going in that direction. Get off the train and wait for the next one.

Track 11 in Mainz is a stub track across the platform from track 1, on the end opposite from where you come in. It ends against the station building. Seven minutes is enough time. You'll go down through the tunnel or up over the tracks on set of stairs.

And, BTW, it's Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Rothenburg odT).

Posted by
31055 posts

Kathy,

What time of day and day-of-the-week are you travelling? I just checked the bahn.de website using an arbitrary date of 14 April, and one of the easiest routes appears to be a departure from Rothenburg odT at 09:06, arriving Bacharach at 13:23 (time 4H:17M, 3 changes at Steinach, Würzburg and Mainz). Platform numbers are shown for each change, and the current "saver" fare listed is €39.

Posted by
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Hello Lee & Ken-

My travel date is 06/20/2014. 1:00 pm 76€ ticket. I understand about Mainz. Thanks!

Wurzburg has no platform number!?!

And, do these regional trains have restrooms (WC)?

Yup Rothenburg odt.....

Posted by
15622 posts

Why didn't you just say you were traveling on the Quer-durch-Land ticket to start with? You have 18 minutes in Wuerzburg, which is plenty of time to make the change whatever the platforms are. I suspect planned engineering work may be why they are not assigning platforms far in advance. Check the board when you arrive, just as you would when changing planes at an airport. If you would miss your connection in Mainz, you could just wait for the next train to Bacharach which would get you there a half hour later (OK, after a 5 minute connection in Bingen). And regional trains have toilet facilities.

Posted by
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June 20 is just days after they will go to the new schedule, and there is a big change to the route. Before the change, the RE from Würzburg ends in Frankfurt Hbf. In the "new" schedule, it ends at FRA Regionalbhf. Actually, I like that schedule because it is a quick, same platform change.

They might start posting platforms numbers for Würzburg closer to the travel date. If not, when you get off the train in Würzburg, look for a vertical, glass enclosed board with a yellow departure (Abfahrt) schedule. It might have the platform number for RE 4614. If not, you might have to find the departure board, probably in the front of the station. Or ask the conductor to check for you.

Are there really five travelers in your group?

Posted by
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Yep. 5 of us. Bro, Mom, son, husband, and I. We are very excited! How do you know there are 5 of us?

Thanks for your advice again. I will go ahead and book that route. Have a nice one.

Posted by
16788 posts

We have recently heard about construction causing some train diversion at/around Frankfurt Hbf for the next two months, which could be the reason some details are not yet confirmed. Although we have come to count on getting the advance platform info in Germany, it's not available online in many other countries. The conductor onboard your first train may be able to tell you, or you will find the info in the station.

Posted by
17720 posts

About the only fare from Rothenburg to Bacharach that comes to 76€ is the Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket for five people. Then, seeing you were changing at the Regionalbahnhof at FRA more-or-less confirmed it (QdLT is only for regional trains). BTW, one day later, you could have used regional trains and a Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket for 44€ (4 people) and been able to leave at any time.

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I am such a duh. 76 euros....QdLT..of course it is for 5. I am still getting used to the German train system. It is such a challenge compared to the Renfe. But it is very exciting though...

One day later would be the Rhinefels castle. I would need to get more train tickets. I may bug you again. :=)

Posted by
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" I will go ahead and book that route."

No need. The QdL-Tickets never sell out, never go up. You can get them the day of travel for that price, or the day before (but make sure they are for the right date).