train help

My son, who is 21, will be traveling from Berlin to Reutte in Tirol during July. I have found that he will be changing trains 3 times. What type of ticket should he get? Should he make reservations now? He will be staying in the Reinickendorf area of Berlin. Does anyone know of a good hostel in that area?

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
4467 posts

The best trip shows 2 changes, at Ulm and Kempton with advance purchase price of 55 Euro. The first train is an ICE which will have a seat reservation included. The other 2 trains are regional trains, so just show his ticket if the conductor asks.

Posted by Gail
Western Springs, Il, USA
4 posts

Thanks, Sam, when I went on the Deutsche-Bahn website and did the live chat, the person told me that the stops would be Berlin to Augsberg, to Kempten to Reutte. Where did you get your info so I can see it too? I kept getting a message that the info could not shown at this time.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
12957 posts

Gail, I found similar information, except through Augsburg, to what Sam found on the German Rail (Bahn) website. Tickets were not yet available for the date I picked, but the schedules were shown. Berlin to Augsberg, to Kempten to Reutte would be 2 changes (three trains, not three changes) - in Augsburg and in Kempten. Reutte is on a section of rail, called the Ausserfernbahn, which runs from Kempten, Germany, to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany through the Tirol. Although part of the route is through Austria, it has no connection in the Austria to Austrian Rail tracks, and so the line is run by German Rail. You usually get to it from one end, Kempten or Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Trains to Garmisch-Partenkirchen start in Munich. Trains to Kempten usually start either in Augsburg or in Munich. Most of the connections I found were through Munich.

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
3926 posts

Gail, Why is he staying in Reinickendorf, such a far out district? The closest hostel I know of is not located in that district but in the western part of Charlottenburg, the A&O Hostel across the street from the S-Bahn station Berlin-Charlottenburg. From that station you can reach Berlin Hbf. (central station)

Posted by Gail
Western Springs, Il, USA
4 posts

Thanks, everyone. My son is going to be studying with a mentor in the reinickendorf area for one week, then he can move to a hostel in berlin that would be close to the station he needs to get to Augsburg.