Train binding

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The train binding is a marketing tool in the railway industry . Similar to booking a flight ticket , the customer can apply for a journey on selected trains before starting their journeydecide and receive the ticket at a lower price. The advantage for the provider of such discounts lies in the greater planning security and thus better capacity utilization of their trains. With many providers, this discount only applies to a certain number of tickets. Train connection and reservation (of a seat) are two different terms; there is no guaranteed or reserved seat associated with being tied to a particular train. The exchange and reimbursement of such tickets are often associated with additional costs.


As part of its pricing system introduced at the end of 2002, Deutsche Bahn offers discounts for long-distance tickets with a specific train connection. The prerequisite for purchase is the use of long-distance trains (including ICE , IC ) on at least part of the selected connection. This includes regional routes in the forward and return. There are no train connections on regional trains ( RE , RB , S-Bahn, etc.). If you lose connection to a long-distance train, you can use another long-distance train or change to a regional train, if possible after obtaining a confirmation. In the case of international tickets with a specific train connection, this ends at the border if the neighboring country (e.g. Austria ) does not use a specific train connection.

When Connecting the transition period can be freely selected. This avoids transition times of a few minutes, and breaks in journeys are also possible to a limited extent. A connection that has already been sold out due to its limited availability (contingent) can still be obtained by allowing longer transfer times.

Individual evidence

  1. " If, due to a delay, a connecting train for which there is a specific train connection can no longer be reached, the train connection can be canceled. For this, the passenger should certify the delay and have a cancellation of the train connection issued at the service point. This applies to both Delays in long-distance and local trains. "Source: Archivlink ( Memento from March 14, 2010 in the Internet Archive )

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