is it feasible to take a train from Frankfurt to Bingen, get on a boat to cruise the Rhine to St Goar and then re-catch a train to Trier? any idea of cost and time to allow for this excursion. if someone else has done this can we get the exact train number and the boat schedule. thanks.
Yes, it is feasible. St Goar to Trier, trains run approximately every hour and trip takes about 2 1/2 hours with a change at Koblenz. Train schedule at: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query2.exe/en?ld=96241&seqnr=3&ident=ot.032508241.1378900772&rt=1&rememberSortType=minDeparture&REQ0HafasScrollDir=1 Its a 15 minute walk from St Goar KD dock to the train station. KD schedule at:
Are you leaving from Frankfurt (main station) or from Frankfurt airport? What are your travel dates? How many travelers? This info is needed to give you decent advice. St. Goar - Trier: The DB link Sam provided will have expired. For scheduling, you can input your own travel dates and times. Specify "only local transport" under "means of transport" at the page below to get trains covered by the R-P Ticket (see below.) DB itinerary page Your least expensive option for St. Goar - Trier will be the Rheinland-Pfalz ticket. It's a 26€ daypass for two, 4€ more per additional traveler. R-P TICKET For Frankfurt (or FRA) to Bingen: (You won't find prices at the DB site for this stretch; the local travel authority RMV sells tickets.) The R-P ticket mentioned above will cover the Mainz-Bingen segment. The Frankfurt - Mainz trip is 22€ for two - so 48€ total for all trains from there. If starting from FRA instead, cost is only 8.50€ for two - so 34.50€ total from there. Note that Bingen has more than one station - the Bingen(Rhein) Stadt station is closest to the KD dock. BUT... If it's Sat or Sun, and if you start from Frankfurt itself, you can save $ by using the weekend ticket (42€) for ALL the trains. WEEKEND TICKET Cruise: Don't buy the KD Rhine pass in the link Sam gave you. REgular fare for Bingen-St. Goar is only 18.70€ - but you get a 20% discount by showing your train ticket at the KD kiosk - so only 15€ each.
My answer would be the same as Sam's. I've done it as a first day on arrival, with the exception of stopping for the evening in Bacharach, then going to Trier (then working back up the Mosel) in the morning.
BTW, it's much, much less than 15 minutes between the KD dock in St. Goar and the train station. It couldn't be more than 5-600 feet, which should be pretty easy to cover. I've walked it myself on many occasions.
thank you, sam. go seahawks.
very helpful Russ.....thanks.
Russ....4 of us intend to catch the train on Friday Sept 13 at Frankfurt airport to get to Bingen... then the river cruise and getting off at St Goar with enough time to reach Trier by dinner time.
No clue when you might arrive at FRA, but maybe this will work... At FRA's Regionalbahnhof (1 of 2 FRA stations) buy train ticket for four to Mainz (4.25€ each, adult price) from a ticket machine with the RMV logo. Also buy a Rheinland-Pfalz ticket for 4 (34€ for 4 adults.) Credit cards should work but you may want to hit an ATM at the airport first anyway. 8:59 Catch S-Bahn train to Mainz from platform 3; arrive Mainz 9:25, platform 1a; walk to platform 11 via passageway above tracks; leave Mainz 9:32; arrive Bingen(Rhein)Stadt station (NOT the HBF station) at 10:01) Walk north to KD dock. Catch 10:30 boat from Bingen. Show Rheinland-Pfalz ticket for 20% discount on the 18.70€ fare. (arr. St. Goar 11:55.) Now, if you can't make the 8:59 train above, there's a 9:59 train from FRA's Regionalbahnhof, arriving at about 11:00 in Bingen (Rhein) Stadt, again with a 7-min. layover in Mainz, using the same platforms. Catcjh 11:30 boat in Bingen, arrive 12:55.) Have lunch. See Rheinfels Castle. The tourist office on Heerstrasse will keep your luggage (no lockers in town.) The 15:33 train from St. Goar gets you to Koblenz; move from track 2 Süd to track 9 during 20-min. layover in Koblenz, catch 16:22 to Trier, arrive 17:46. Other departures from St. Goar at 14:39 and 16:39 get you to Trier a little more slowly (arrive 17:33 or 19:33.)