Your rights as a passenger
This section contains information about your compensation entitlements if your train is delayed, if you miss a connection or if your train is cancelled. It tells you how and where you can apply for compensation.
You can submit a passenger rights claim for any service operated by Deutsche Bahn: S-Bahn, RB, RE, IRE, IC/EC, ICE and night trains.
Using your customer account to submit a compensation claim online
Digital compensation in three steps:
To start the passenger rights claim process, log in to your customer account.
Open the booking history and select the journey or commuter ticket for which you want to make a claim. Go to the "Passenger rights" section and click "Applying for compensation".
You will be guided through the process step by step from here on. It only takes a few clicks to complete a claim.
Request compensation with the passenger rights form
Compensation in three steps using the passenger rights form:
The passenger rights form provides us with the information we need to process your compensation claim.
Please start by entering the data for your planned journey and your actual journey.
In the next step, select the desired type of compensation. You can choose here between a voucher or monetary payment Please note that in the event of a refund due to a journey being interrupted at the departure station, only a monetary payment is possible.
Finally, add the other information regarding the bank account (if you wish to receive a bank transfer) and your personal details, and confirm these with your signature.
To process your application, we need your ticket or a copy of your ticket. If no price is printed on your ticket, please also submit proof of the price (unless you have a BahnCard 100).
Further supporting documents, if you have them:
- Reservation receipt if you were unable to use your reservation due to a train cancellation or delay
- Any supporting documents for reimbursement requests, such as an additional ticket for another train or bus, taxi receipt, hotel invoice, bicycle ticket or other proof of travel costs
- Documents issued on the train, such as the passenger rights notice or notice of comfort deficiencies
All complete? Then send the form and supporting documents by post to the following address:
DB Dialog GmbH
Alternatively, you can hand in the documents at a DB Travel Centre or your sales point.
If you hand in the completed passenger rights form with confirmation of the delay and your original ticket to a DB Travel Centre, you will receive your compensation immediately as a voucher or cash payment.
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Passenger rights in the event of a delayed or cancelled train are regulated by law. This is based on Regulation (EU) 2021/782 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2021 on rail passengers' rights and obligations (recast).
Passenger rights apply uniformly to rail transport in Germany and Europe, and grant passengers the same rights with all railway companies.
Below you will find links to the most important laws and regulations on the subject of passenger rights in German.
Vouchers with seven alphanumeric characters can be redeemed online during the booking process. You can of course also have your voucher credited at DB ticket machines when buying DB tickets.