DB Bahn Advance Tickets and Connections
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 29, 2012 10:05 AM Last Post By: dirtyretro
Mar 27, 2012 5:35 AM
DB Bahn Advance Tickets and ConnectionsHello
I was looking to book a ticket between Dusseldorf and Hamburg. Most journeys require a change in Hanover or Dortmund and the times between trains are quoted as 4 or 8 minutes, which feels very tight to me.
Would I be safe to assume that because DB Bahn are offering this journey to me that it's possible, or should I prepare myself to be sprinting across the platforms ! ?
Also, I understand that advance tickets are only valid for the specific train you booked, but what happens If you miss the connection either through the first train arriving late or simply having insufficient time to change trains?
Mar 27, 2012 5:50 AM
Mar 27, 2012 6:12 AM
2for these relations you usually just have to cross over to the other side of the platform. bahn.de won't list connections that don't meet a minimum transfer time.
besides, if you miss your connection due to the first train being late, you can switch to another train going towards your destination without problem (though strictly speaking you'll have to contact a conductor/station staff first, in practice it's less formal).
Mar 27, 2012 6:17 AM
Mar 27, 2012 2:10 PM
4And if you feel really uncomfortable, there is an option to adjust the transfer time so you'll either arrive at your changing point one train earlier or leave it one train later. (on the Bahn site, when looking at the details for the journey you chose, it gives you the transfer time and to the right of that line, you'll find the adjust transfer time option.) There are also some direct trains and some connections with about 20 mins transfer time, by the way.
Mar 29, 2012 10:05 AM
5I found I rarely needed a reservation on a train in Germany (if you are using a rail pass). Trains in Germany are so punctual, you can easily get from one platform to another in time. You may have to hurry, but I have never missed a train there. Good luck!
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