German railpass s bahn validating stamp
The DB website sells tickets for most trips originating and/or terminating in Germany, but cannot sell tickets for a trip only passing through Germany (for example, for a trip from Paris to Warsaw you'd have to buy a ticket from Paris to Berlin and one from Berlin to Warsaw) and won't display prices or sell tickets for some international as well as a few local train connections.According to Deutsche Bahn figures, train travel is rather "green".
We may have failed to notice some minor glitches in the article.The CEO is often referred to in the media and informally as Bahnchef ('rail boss').So the current CEO Richard Lutz is often just called Bahnchef Lutz.A new timetable comes into effect each December, usually being published in mid October.On most routes tickets can be booked up to 180 days ahead and if you know your itinerary this far ahead, it is advisable to book so early as there are next to no last minute offers and pre-booked tickets rise in price on a "first come first served" basis.Usually DB will be among those bidding, but often other operators will ask for a lower subsidy and thus get the contract.
Bidding for a new contract usually starts before the old contract has run out.
Since 1994, it has been organised as an Aktiengesellschaft (joint-stock company), which is normally expected to return a profit. This means DB gets pulled in two different directions at the same time: it is supposed to act like a private for-profit company and also act like a state institution.
Consequently the CEO - and at least some members of the board - is a political appointment and usually a household name in Germany shortly after taking office.
If the city has public transit such as S-Bahn, U-Bahn, or even buses, Hauptbahnhof will often be the hub for every local line and transit service.
Small towns usually have a single platform station and normally only regional and local trains stop there.
Some larger German cities, such as Berlin and Hamburg, have more than one main line station.