schönes wochenende ticket.

Late Night Train Station

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.

a bit of Fasching attire

nothing like the train station waiting room at 4:30 – HEY CANADA!

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.

  • Alyx

    I've been meaning to do one of these tickets for a while! I really want to go up to the Hamburg area using one of htese things.

  • Alex Butts

    Can I go with?? Minus that I think it'd take 8 million hours to get there from here?

  • Lydia Criss Mays

    Wonderful advice! As always, it seems like you're having so much fun! So glad you found your camera. :)

    Happy seeing beautiful!

  • Maria

    I've been wanting to take an into to German class next semester and the more and more you talk about the language/culture/being there the more it makes me want to do it. Plus since I've had my phone in Italian time (Euro/Military as well — to help me with my Italian classes) I've actually gotten a hang of telling Military time! Sounds like y'all had a wonderful adventure thought!

  • Hank Scenario

    Your friends seem lovely

  • TexaGermaFinlaNadian

    The only way to travel (slowly!) haha. No, it's not that bad, and you can't beat the price. Hope you had a good Karnival! I need to check out your post on that. I'm assuming I'm behind!

  • Alex Butts

    Don't worry, it's yet to come. Just sorting through all THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY SIX photos I took yesterday.

  • Alex Butts

    Yes take it! I wish so badly I had taken it in college – damn practicality and español

  • Katherine

    I can't believe you've been gone for 9 months – time flies!! Stop by NY on your way back in!

  • hayley []

    I never tried the Schoenes Wochenende ticket, but will have to next time! ANd, my phone is on Military/Euro time. People think I'm weird, but it reminds me of Deutschland…

  • alex butts

    sigh, so doing that when i get home.