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Question about printing DeutscheBahn tickets...

If I buy a Sparpreis ticket online tonight using my phone, but can't print it right away, will I be able to access and print it later, like in a day or so? Hope somebody can answer asap. Thank you!

Posted by
8889 posts

The ticket will come as a PDF file attachment to the e-mail. This is the same method used by all railway companies for print-at-home tickets. You can print out as many copies as you like. If you are nervous you can keep multiple copies in different places.
I always keep a copy of the file on my phone, so if all fails I can ask the hotel to print out a copy.

See here for a video with all information: http://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/booking/tickets-and-seats/onlineticket/guided-tour.shtml.
There is a sample ticket here: http://travel.thetrainline-europe.com/help/deutsche-bahn-online-ticket-explained/

Posted by
559 posts

Thank you so much, Chris! I had figured out everything except the printing part.....since I still don't know how to print from my phone. :)

Posted by
5837 posts

I still don't know how to print from my phone.

Open the PDF from a computer or tablet that has printing capability. If you don't have a device connected to a printer, forward the E-mail to a friend who can print it for you.

Posted by
559 posts

Thank you so much, Chris! I had figured out everything except the printing part.....since I still don't know how to print from my phone. :)

Posted by
19166 posts

I've had no problems receiving German Rail tickets as .pdf files on my mainframe and printing them on my home system. If you are having a problem with your own phone and system, sounds like your problem, not a subject for this forum.

Posted by
33296 posts

what kind of phone?

iPhones can print through airprint, many android phones have various facilities. A lot will be determined if your printer is capable of wireless printing....

more information will yield a more personalised answer

Posted by
559 posts

No need to get snarky, Lee. A DB ticket question seems to be appropriate for this forum. My question wasn't about my phone and printing. It was about printing DB tickets later, not immediately after buying them. ( I'll be printing them tomorrow from a computer. )
Thank you, Nigel.

Posted by
33296 posts

You have a mainframe, Lee? You must have a big house.

I'm glad I don't have your air conditioning bill.

Posted by
980 posts

Does the DB require passengers to print tickets? Can I just show my ticket on my iPhone as I have mine stored in iBooks in preparation for having no wifi access? If it makes any difference, it's a 1st class ticket.

Good question. Unless things have changed in the past few years technically the pdf sent to you must be printed and if you want to do it all electronically you are supposed to use the Handy-Ticket feature (http://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/booking/tickets-and-seats/mobile/handy-ticket.shtml), but in practice I've seen them accept the pdf from a phone. About 2 years ago My colleague forgot his printed ticket once and was able to show the pdf from his phone (but the conductor did state that this technically was not allowed).

Hope this helps.

DJ

Posted by
2779 posts

You DO NOT need to PRINT the ticket. You must be able to provide the QR code - be it on your phone or on a piece of paper. They are very happy to scan the QR code from your phone.

However, you must be able to provide whatever form of ID you selected during the booking process. It's usually the charge card.

Posted by
332 posts

When I bought my tickets online I printed them at home and showed them to the guy inside the train . He also wanted to see my credit card the one I bought my tickets with.