German Train Help Needed

Hello- My family and I are traveling from Dusseldorf airport to Koln on 17 June at 10:30 am. Then Returning from Koln to Dusseldorf airport 18 June at 6:00 am. We are 2 Adults, 17yo, 13yo, 11yo, and a 10yo. What is the best Tariff for us? 17 June: Schoner tag ticket 39.50 or Tages Ticket 31.30 (5 people) plus 5.10 (1 child) ? 18 June: 4 Adult single 2b tickets (12.90) and 2 2b single children tickets (3.80) = 16.70 ? Can we use the 2a or b since our travel time is 95 minutes?
Can we also use the 4 ticket pack on 4 different people? Please Help.

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
5985 posts
Posted by Stay-ce
Northern California
155 posts

Thank you for this link. I was fumbling around this site all day and never found this exact page.

Posted by Andreas
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2701 posts

One piece of advise: Do buy your VRS tickets at home and print out yourself! You will never be able to find the only VRS vending machine at Düsseldorf airport's train station. The problem is that Düsseldorf itself is on the periphery of the VRS system but in the heart of the Rhein-Ruhr Verkehrsverbund. So you'll find plenty of RRV vending machines - where you cannot buy tickets to Cologne - and plenty of regular DB vending machines - where you cannot buy tickets to Cologne either.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
14167 posts

The Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) is just one (albeit probably the most important) of about 9 Verkehrsverbünde (transit unions) in the German State (Land, pl. Länder) of Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW). VRS has their own all-day passes for travel within the VRS and some overlap into the adjacent VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr). Their day-tickets are graduated according the distance (number of zones) covered. The Schöner-Tag-Ticket is the Länder-Ticket for NRW (just as the Bayern-Ticket is for Bavaria), and covers travel throughout all of NRW.