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Worst case scenario - Missing a train

All,
I am about to book my train ticket from FRA to Rothenburg, hopefully lock on the 29 Euro ticket. I am arriving in FRA at 9.05 AM and planning to book my train ticket around 12 Noon.

In case of a delay due to flight arriving late, if I miss the train, do I have to pay extra to get on the next train or can I still use the ticket.

Thanks
Sundar

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Yes, those €29 tickets, as of the day of travel, are non-refundable, and if your flight is late and you miss the train, you will lose the ticket. I never recommend people use those Sparpreis tickets on the day of arrival.

However, you can get to Rothenburg from FRA quite economically (günstig, Jo) by taking an S-Bahn to the Frankfurt(M) Hbf and a regional train (RE) from there to Würzburg. It's all regional trains from there, Würzburg to Rothenburg, either way. You can buy a local RMV ticket and a Bayern-Ticket at the Regionalbf. The RMV ticket will take you to Kahl, which is the first stop in Bavaria; the Bayern-Ticket will be valid from there, all the way to Rothenburg. The ticket to Kahl is €7.15 per person; the Bayern-ticket is €20 for one person, €28 for up to five people, €2 more for either from the counter vs an automat.

By taking regional trains as soon as you land, instead of waiting to use a Sparpreis-Ticket, you will probably be at least to Würzburg by the time the express train leaves FRA at noon. And no worry about missing the train.

Posted by
36 posts

Thanks Steve/Lee.

Lee - I was looking at the S-bahn map and I couldn't find the Kahl station you mentioned. Is it called by another name :(

do you know which S-bahn line it comes under?

thank you
Sundar

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I don't think any S-Bahn goes all the way to Kahl. Kahl is technically just outside the RMV boundaries, but the RMV sells local tickets to it as a transition area. That's why you take a regional train (RE=Regional Express, still under the jurisdiction of the RMV), not an express train (ICE/IC/EC) to Kahl, and continue on it to Würzburg.

Go to the website of the RMV, Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund, www.rmv.de, and put in Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Regionalbf to Kahl Bahnhof.

The tickets I mentioned, RMV to Kahl and Bayern-Ticket are always available tickets - you can purchase them just before travel - they never sell out.

I have a page on my website devoted to getting from FRA to Munich (or to anyplace else in Bavaria, like Rothenburg). I haven't checked it since the schedule update in December, so I'm not sure the time are current, but the general idea is still valid.

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Oh, BTW, Kahl am Main is just outside of the RMV, to the east, in Bavaria. Next stop is Aschaffenburg. It's on the RE55 line on this map.

Posted by
13 posts

Well,

I would take the risk and board the next train available. Chances the conductor would let you go on with your previous train ticket, at worse make a extra (but not full fare).

Posted by
1525 posts

I would be tempted to do the same. Plead ignorance. Look confused. Pay if asked to.

Posted by
19118 posts

At best, he would put you off at the next station, where you would have to pay full fare to go on. Or, he might make you pay the board price, which is higher than the full fare. Or you could be fined.

A few years ago, in Munich, I saw a teenager get caught by a "fare inspector" on the S-Bahn for double stamping his ticket, and he was given a fine of about 40 EUR. Although fare inspectors are rare, there is a conductor on every train.

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I'm also landing in Frankfurt, then taking train from Frankfurt to Hassfurt, Germany. I am not purchasing train ticket in advance, just in case Singapore Fl is not on time, so can I purchase regional ticket at FRA Airport train station or do I have to go to the other station. I know I have to change in Wurzburg. Thanks, Andrea

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I know you can purchase ticket from an automat in the Regionalbf, because I did it a year ago. I was going to the Mosel. I purchased a Rheinland-Pfalz-Ticket from one of the red/white/blue Bahn automats (w/ the touch screen) using a card, because that was all it took, then got my local ticket to Mainz from an RMV automat next to it and paid cash, because that was all it took.

There is also a ticket counter (DB Reisezentrum) in the Regionalbahnhof (see "Ebene 0").

If you go out to that "other station" (Fernbahnhof) you can buy a full fare ticket there for an ICE to Würzburg connecting to a regional train to Haßfurt. That will be the fastest way and cost €44,- per person.

The least expensive way, albeit slightly slower, would be to take an S-Bahn to the Frankfurt Hbf and a regional train from there. Most REs end in Würzburg and you have to take another regional train from Würzburg to Haßfurt. A few of the REs go on to Hof, stopping at Haßfurt on the way, so no need to change in Würzburg. You can ticket this as an RMV ticket (€7,15) from the airport to Kahl am Main, the first stop on the RE in Bavaria, and a Bayern-Ticket (Single €20, 2-5 people €28).