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Where *in Germany* can I buy a German Rail Pass?

In all of my research I somehow missed the fact that German Rail Passes should be purchased from the US. We are leaving in 2 days so obviously that is no longer an option. I was assuming I could buy one when we arrived, much like the regional passes.
Our first German destination is Trier, next is Mainz. I need the pass by our third day in Mainz.
The only clue I found was on this old 2009 forum post which says Frankfurt Hbf is one of the few places you can buy the pass in Germany. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187337-i301-k2651227-Buying_a_rail_pass_at_Frankfurt_train_station-Frankfurt_Hesse.html
I don't mind going to Frankfurt if I need to because it is "on the way"... but is it still for sale there? Is there is anywhere else it is sold?
Thank you!!

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I'd plan to buy it from station ticket windows at either Trier or Mainz. Years ago, I saw the term "main stations" but I think it's actually most staffed stations.

The also sell the consecutive day versions online for e-ticketing but the flexi pass versions cannot be e-ticketed. I don't find their shopping cart very easy to use for these passes.

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We purchased a choice of day pass over a weeks time at Frankfurt Airport/hbf with no line and a smiling employee in 2015, we even planned to do this purchase at FRA. I must of searched the German Rail site to be sure I could do this. I would suggest a search of German Rail and possible an email to German rail. Try Trier and Mainz main stations. If either does not offer the service, consider an alteration to the schedule. Mainz to Frankfurt could be a quick trip if you catch a faster train than we did. Mainz to Frankfurt is very industrial with community gardens along the way. Rhine to Frankfurt was the only time the employee did not check our pass! I was pooped in Frankfurt despite plans to go to the auto show..... so... just lazzed! I believe it will work out! Transportation by train or bus in Germany is better than driving yourself! The German transportation system has got your back!

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Have you checked the Deutsche Bahn site for the terms and conditions of whatever pass exactly you want?

It explicitly says "If you buy the travel pass at a DB Travel Centre or sales office..."

From that, I gather that you can buy it at any DB travel center, usually at all major train stations.

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Thank you all! It does indeed say "If you buy the travel pass at a DB Travel Centre or sales office"... so that is a good sign. I have also contacted them via email. I will hope for the best. :) And if not I can make a quick detour to Frankfurt.

Posted by
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You are flying into FRA, right? I don't think you need to take a train into Frankfurt's main station. There is a designated German Rail Pass aid office right at FRA airport - two of them in fact, one at the Fernbahnhof and one at the Regionalbahnhof (it's probably this station you're using.) Hours are 6 am to 10 pm.

https://www.germanrailpasses.com/plan-your-trip/travel-resources/aid-offices-germany

Buying the pass there allows you to get instructions in person and ask questions about how to use it. Give yourself a pat on the back for your "decision" to buy it at the counter.

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Russ, thank you for that link! Wow I searched all over for something like that. We are actually flying into Paris and spending a few days there before heading to Trier, then Mainz. But it will be easy to pick up the pass at Frankfurt: the first trip I wanted to use it for was Mainz to Fulda (and then later to Eisenach and back) which transfers in Frankfurt anyway. So this is great news.

Posted by
1117 posts

Maybe it's just me... but I still don't understand why you want to go all the way to Frankfurt to get that pass if you can get it at any main station Reisezentrum, including Trier.

Posted by
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Anna, I will buy it at Trier if it is there, for sure. I just wanted to be sure that if it was NOT available at Trier for whatever reason, I could get it elsewhere in my trip route. :-)

Posted by
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My question is why do you feel you need a pass? You know where you are going and on what days, so buy Sparpreis tickets now. You say "we" so there must be at least 2 of you. Trier to Mainz is 29 EUR for 2 with a Rheinland-Pfalz ticket, traveling after 9 am on a weekday using regional trains. Mainz to Fulda is an RMV local transport ticket for 31 EUR for 2. Fulda to Eisenach is an inexpensive Cantus ticket (44.20 EUR for 2). Eisenach to Mainz with a direct ICE train is 40 EUR for 2 if you buy a nonrefundable advance purchase ticket. Or you could use a Quer durchs Land ticket with changes and a couple extra hours travel time for 52 EUR and remain flexible.

So a 3-day GRP Flex Twin is 292 EUR. But you could do Mainz to Fulda to Eisenach to Mainz with a mix of local transport tickets and Saver Tickets for 115 EUR.

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"...the first trip I wanted to use it for was Mainz to Fulda..."

If you're buying the GRP at Frankfurt's main station then you'll first need RMV tickets for the Mainz-Frankfurt leg (about €10/2) so Sam makes a good point about possibly getting RMV tickets for Mainz - Fulda by regional train for just €21 more... Then you have saved a rail pass day to use later at your discretion for some longer (and otherwise more expensive) trip.

Anna also makes a good point - it hurts not one little bit to ask at the Trier station counter whether you can buy your rail pass right there. Point-of-sale policies may have changed, and getting it there might be more convenient for you.

Hope you enjoy your time.

Posted by
12880 posts

Hi,

Get the German Rail Pass at the first place you can without being rushed, be it Trier or somewhere else. Frankfurt Hbf is usually the place I get my Pass activated.