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if I book a train ticket in advance but miss the train...?

In July, we are flying into Frankfurt arriving at 10:30, if the flight is on time. We need to take a train to Essen. If I make a reservation but don't make it, can I take a later train with the same ticket? Is it generally cheaper to reserve in advance? I noticed that there is a special price posted for travel on some days in April and am wondering if it is likely that there will be special prices for July if I book ahead. Thanks for any info!

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In general, a full fare ticket with reservations can be changed anytime up to travel and in some countries, up to 3 hours after the train has departed. I'm not sure if it can be refunded after that time. For a discounted ticket, you most often have restrictions such as no refunds and no changes. Conditions vary in the different countries. Make sure to read the conditions associated with any ticket you purchase in advance. These conditions are usually posted.