Category Archives: travel

Rail travel in Germany

This article shall help friends to navigate towards affordable rail travel when in or passing through Germany. The main rail operator in Germany is Deutsche Bahn. Their website www.bahn.de has all the rail connections within Germany and probably also the best overview of any connection in Europe. You can normally also book all tickets from their website. If you can NOT book a ticket there, this may be because you are looking at a local/regional tariff (only available at local ticket machines) or particular international connections (especially to France or Brussels, e.g. TGV or Thalys) which can then be bought at the other international rail operator.

Note: my comments here focus on long-distance travel (usually involving the high-speed ICE trains).

Tickets for intercity connections (NOT local metros etc.) can be bought up to the minute you enter the train at ticket machines, the web or via smartphone (or also on the train but with a heavier extra of more than 10 Euro). The App for finding connections and buying tickets Continue reading

Billiger Bahnfahren über versteckte Angebote

BahnÜber einen Artikel in der Süddeutschen bin ich auf einen interessanten Weg zu billigen Bahn Tickets gestoßen. Anscheinend vertreibt die Bahn spezielle niedrigpreisige Angebote für bestimmte Strecken, die nur über Bahnwerbung auf Reisewebsites gebucht werden können. Hierzu gehören busliniensuche.de, fernbusse.de oder L’tur.

Die Angebote werden wohl angezeigt, wenn Busverbindungen gesucht werden. Auf Nachfrage der SZ wollte die Bahn aber “keine Angaben zur Größe der Kontingente machen”. Es wird auch darauf hingewiesen, dass die Tickets weder storniert noch in Verbindung mit Bahncards verbilligt gebucht werden können.  Außerdem schreibt die SZ, dass die Tickets wohl nur in der Woche vor der Fahrt angeboten werden (wenn überhaupt). – Eine Freundin berichtet aber, dass sie solch ein Angebot erfolgreich über l’tur gebucht hat.

Travel light – on packing and sleeping

I came across three useful travel tips that I should I should share. (And note to self.)

The funniest, and maybe most useful, is from last weekend’s Financial Times. Always wondered how to max your hand luggage? – Here is the solutionn – the Dutch version of ‘wearable luggage’. This is a coat into which you can put up to 10kg of luggage and later (e.g. after check-in) fold into a bag. Very handy for flying with hand luggage only! Find out more at their website www.jaktogo.com. (Note that they are selling with 25% discounts until end of October).

Spiegel Online ran a nice article (unfortunately only in German) on how the freak travellers (backpackers) minimise the weight of their luggage. The bottom line is to buy a scale. But not the one you think. We are talking about the ones you normally use for food or letters etc., i.e. one to measure the 50 grams some stuff weighs too much. More in this (how to pack) and this article (how to spread in your backpack).

Read this blog if you consider a longer stay-over in an airport (or an overnighter). Nice reviews of experiences of sleeping over in various airports world wide. A particularly relevant read for Ryanair & co travellers. – My Facebook agreement with Manila having been voted the world’s worst airport has created a debate among friends, and it turns out that some Asian airports have probably not (yet?) received the (negative) attention they deserve. But Manila is a seriously crappy airport, with no proper connections between the four terminals and clueless staff all around. Point made.