The German train system, Deutsche Bahn, offers his ticket called the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket where you can grab up to 5 people and go anywhere on a regional train in Germany for 40€ on Saturday or Sunday. This means no IC, ICE (faster) trains. 8€/person is a great deal because trains can get really expensive (i.e., Karlsruhe to Frankfurt Airport costs 40€ and is only 1.5 hrs away by car). The no IC trains also extends the time on the trains, discouraging longer trips. Fortunately, there are tons of places to see in the area. The Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket also gets cheaper after 6 pm, too.
Since half of my friends work Saturdays, we had been wanting to give the ticket a try for Saturday night party or a Sunday day trip. We finally got our shit together and this past Saturday we went to Stuttgart for the night. There were four of us and the ticket totaled 29€. We hopped on a Regional Express (RE) at 19:19 and arrived in Stuttgart at 20:40, where we met up with some friends of Marcus.
We spent the whole night out in Stuttgart, where I lost my camera all evening (annoying) only to find it later in my jacket pocket at the coat check after already asking them to look. Whatever, I’m glad I found it. Anyway, in order to optimize cash savings and avoid purchasing an additional ticket for Sunday, we took the 4:56 train home because our ticket only went until 7:00. Needless to say, I slept until 14:00 yesterday.
Why am I writing in military/Euro time? I think it’s because I was thinking about our trains and then didn’t want to switch back and break the flow. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve been in Europe for almost 9 months.
If you’re living in or visiting Germany, grab some friends, pick up some snacks and drinks, go to the train station, buy a Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket, hop on a train and just go somewhere. It’s too cheap, easy and fun to miss.