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German Ländertickets

Posted by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries | | Practical Info
One of Deutsche Bahn’s red regional double-deck trains dashing through a Berlin station (photo © Andrea Calistri).

One of Deutsche Bahn’s red regional double-deck trains dashing through a Berlin station (photo © Andrea Calistri).

The roam-at-will rail tickets available in each of Germany’s 16 states are called Ländertickets. They come in different variants, generally taking the name from the region where they are marketed and mainly sold. Thus the Bayern-Ticket covers Bavaria, while the Brandenburg-Berlin-Ticket covers the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. Each ticket is valid for one day. It is worth noting that on weekdays (ie. Mondays to Fridays) these tickets are not normally valid for use until after nine in the morning — but there are routes where this rule is relaxed.

The Ländertickets are an economic way of exploring different parts of Germany. All tickets can be used by up to five adults (and accompanying children). In some German states the applicable Länderticket comes at a fixed price (usually about €30). In other states, the price may depend on the number of adults travelling (in which case the price of the ticket ranges from €23 to €43). These ticket are designed for use on local and regional rail services (including regional express trains). Ländertickets are not normally valid on Deutsche Bahn long-distance trains, but there are routes where some use of EC and IC trains is permitted.

Hover over the map to reveal the names of the 16 German states.

Many of these tickets offer validity well beyond the boundaries of the region implied in the name of the ticket. This list summarises the ‘beyond the border’ validity associated with each ticket. It is important to note that the permitted list of out-of-state destinations and routes does change from time to time. Here we give the situation for summer 2015. Where we know of upcoming changes in the validity of these tickets, we include an appropriate comment in the table below.

Our lists are not exhaustive. We focus here on just the principal routes beyond state borders where these tickets are valid.

  • Core validity (German states)
    • Baden-Württemberg
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into Bavaria
      • From Lauda to Würzburg
      • From Wangen to Lindau
      • From Friedrichshafen to Lindau
    2. Into Rhineland-Pfalz
      • From Karlsruhe to Wörth
  • International validity
    • To Basel SBB in Switzerland
    • From Waldshut to Schaffhausen in Switzerland
    • From Singen to Schaffhausen in Switzerland
    • From Konstanz to Kreuzlingen in Switzerland
  • Core validity (German states)
    • Bavaria
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into Baden-Württemberg
      • From Memmingen, Augsburg and Donauwörth to Ulm
      • From Lindau and Memmingen to Wangen (Allgäu)
    2. Into Thuringia
      • From Lichtenfels to Sonneberg
  • International validity
    • From Kempten and Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Reutte in Austria
    • From Rosenheim to Kufstein in Austria
    • From Freilassing to Salzburg in Austria
  • Core validity (German states)
    • Berlin and Brandenburg
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
      • From Fürstenberg via Neustrelitz to both Neubrandenburg and Waren
      • From Prenzlau via Pasewalk to Uckermünde
    2. Into Sachsen-Anhalt
      • From Bad Belzig to Dessau
      • From Jüterbog to Lutherstadt Wittenberg
      • From Rathenow to Stendal (only until 11.10.2015)
    3. Into Saxony
      • From Ruhland to Hoyerswerda
      • From Falkenberg to Torgau (only until 31.10.2015)
  • International validity
    • To Kostrzyn in Poland
    • To Szczecin in Poland (only via Tantow)
    • To Slubice in Poland
    • To Zasieki in Poland
  • Core validity (German states)
    • Hessen
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into North-Rhine-Westphalia
      • From Kassel to Warburg
    2. Into Rhineland-Pfalz
      • From Wiesbaden to Mainz
      • From Biblis and Bensheim to Worms
    3. Into Thuringia
      • From Bebra to Gerstungen
  • Core validity (German states)
    • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into Brandenburg
      • From Ludwigslust to Wittenberge and Bad Wilsnack
    2. Into Hamburg
      • From Ludwigslust and Schwerin to Hamburg
    3. Into Schleswig-Holstein
      • From Bad Kleinen to Lübeck and Travemünde
      • From Ludwigslust and Schwerin to Büchen and Anmühle
  • International validity
    • From Pasewalk to Szczecin in Poland
    • To Swinoujscie in Poland (only via Ahlbeck)
  • Core validity (German states)
    • North-Rhine-Westphalia
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into Hessen
      • From Brilon Wald to Willingen
    2. Into Lower Saxony
      • From Bielefeld or Münster to Osnabrück
      • From Bünde (Westphalia) to Osnabrück
    3. Into Rhineland-Pfalz
      • From Königswinter and Bad Honnef to Linz (Rhein)
      • From Bonn to Remagen, Brohl and Ahrbrück
  • International validity
    • From Mönchengladback to Venlo in the Netherlands
    • From Münster to Enschede in the Netherlands (only via Gronau)
  • Core validity (German states)
    • Lower Saxony, Bremen and Hamburg
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into North-Rhine-Westphalia
      • From Salzbergen via Rheine to Münster
      • From Osnabrück to Rheine, Herford and Minden
  • International validity
    • For a small additional charge the validity of the Niedersachsen-Ticket can be extended to include the line from Leer to Groningen in the Netherlands
  • Core validity (German states)
    • Rhineland-Pfalz and Saarland
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into North-Rhine-Westphalia
      • From Koblenz and Andernach to Bonn
    2. Into Hessen
      • From Koblenz to Limburg
      • from Mainz to Wiesbaden
    3. Into Baden-Württemberg
      • From Wörth (Rhein) to Karlsruhe
      • From Ludwigshafen to Mannheim
      • Also valid between Mannheim and Karlsruhe
  • International validity
    • To Lauterbourg in France
    • To Wissembourg in France
    • For a small additional charge validity of this ticket can be extended to include the entire rail network of Luxembourg
  • The conditions are identical with those of the Rheinland-Pfalz-Ticket described above except that there is no provision for buying the Luxembourg add-on. Travellers who want to explore Luxembourg should therefore purchase the Rheinland-Pfalz-Ticket rather than the Saarland-Ticket.
  • On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays there is a special regional ticket that covers the Saarland, Luxembourg and the French region of Lorraine. This regional pass is called the Saar-Lor-Lux-Ticket.
  • Core validity (German states)
    • Saxony, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thuringia
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Into Brandenburg
      • From Stendal to Rathenow (until 10.11.2015 also valid Rathenow-Brandenburg)
      • From Leipzig to Falkenberg (Elster)
      • From Dresden to Elsterwerda
    2. International validity
      • From Zittau to Varnsdorf in the Czech Republic
  • The conditions are identical with those of the Sachsen-Ticket described above
  • The conditions are identical with those of the Sachsen-Ticket described above
  • Core validity (German states)
    • Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hamburg
  • Beyond the border privileges
    1. Other German states
      • No validity in other German states beyond the three mentioned above
  • International validity
    • From Niebüll to Tønder in Denmark
    • From Ahlbeck to Swinoujscie in Poland

The information presented here was compiled and checked in mid-July 2015.

Copyright © Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries. All rights reserved.
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Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries

Nicky and Susanne manage hidden europe, a Berlin-based editorial bureau that supplies text and images to media across Europe. Together they edit hidden europe magazine. Nicky and Susanne are dedicated slow travellers and the authors of the Europe by Rail guidebook - the latest edition of which was published in June 2016. A fully updated 15th edition will be published in autumn 2017.

1 Comment

Jonathan, 20 July 2015

Thanks! This is a great summary which saves a lot of time studying the Geltungsbereich PDF's.

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