Europe and Germany can be expensive for a lot of tourists but it’s always good to know some ways to save money-getting around, which can be a major money sucking machine, when you really want to save it.
If you’re looking to get around in a hurry from once place to another in any country, money will disappear, but deals are there for the time rich and cash poor.
The thing is that Germany has a lot to see and do within its borders, some travel can be expensive. There is an extensive train network in Germany, which can get you into almost any nook and cranny, and is well co-ordinated with train connections linking up with precision timing.
So here’s the deal. The cheapest and most common travel ticket is the Deutsche Bahn’s Schones Wochenende Ticket or Good Weekend ticket. You can travel anywhere in Germany on the train network, 1 to 5 people on the same ticket for €35 all weekend, provided you don’t take any fast trains. This can turn a 5 hour trip into a 10 hour trip, but if time is not of the essence, then it’s not problem. Also on the trains is the cheap evening ticket called???. It’s the same deal as previous ticket but lasts between 9pm and 6am the next morning and is valid for 1 person.
Other deals from the Deutsche Bahn are the Länder tickets or state tickets. You can travel within the same state, within the same calendar day for €29, This is good for large states like Bavaria and Baden-Würrtemburg in the south which cover larger areas than the most. So for example you can travel most of the Romantic Road in Bavaria, visit the Bavarian Alps, the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein, visit Audi in Ingolstadt, reach Salzburg in Austria, Nurnberg, Regensburg, Augsburg, Munich, Ulm or for a little extra money, reach Prague cheaply all with The Bayern Ticket (Bavarian Ticket).
If you are looking for some faster connections, you can look for the number of an agency called Mitfahrenzentrale (share a ride agency), in larger population centres with over 50,000 people. Yes this means that there are a lot of agencies, and therefore a lot of travel possibilities. The way the system works is that a driver with an empty car rings the agency and says he has 2 spaces available in his car and is driving between Frankfurt and Amsterdam for example. The agency has a set rate of charge between the destinations and charges each passenger appropriately and the driver saves money on petrol costs. It is important to note that the agency collects passport details of everyone involved in the transaction, and it works quite well so far so there is nothing to fear.
There are also some other agencies out there, one in particular called Mitfahrgelegenheit which offers the same service.
Hope you find this information useful, will keep you posted if any else cheap comes up.