Travelling by train during the GDL strike
Postponing the journey - using the ticket at a later date
For passengers who wish to postpone their journey planned from Thursday evening, 07.12.2023 up to and including Friday, 08.12.2023 due to the GDL strike, the following applies:
- You can use your ticket at a later date. There is no specific time limit here. For example, you can travel with your original ticket in 3 days, in the coming week or in 2 months' time.
- Passengers with saver and super saver fares are no longer restricted to using the train printed on their tickets.
- The ticket will be valid for the journey to the original destination, even if the route is different.
- For your onward journey, you can use another train that does not require a reservation.
- If you have a ticket for use on local transport (RE, RB, IRE, S-Bahn) but want to use a more expensive service (e.g. long-distance train such as an IC/EC or ICE), you must first buy the necessary ticket.
You can then have the costs reimbursed via the Passenger Rights Service Centre. This regulation does not apply to substantially discounted tickets (e.g. Deutschlandticket, regional day tickets, day ticket for Germany).
- Seat reservations can be cancelled free of charge. Please contact your DB sales point to do so.
- The regulation applies to tourist tickets, Rail & Fly and long-distance group travel tickets.
- International tickets: The arrangement for using tickets at a later date also applies to travellers with international DB tickets, both for travel to and from Germany or through Germany in transit.
Passengers are no longer restricted to using the train printed on their tickets. The ticket is valid for the journey to the original destination, even via a different route, provided that you travel with the same carriers as indicated on the ticket. Seat reservations can be cancelled free of charge.
- This arrangement also applies to tickets sold by foreign rail companies (e.g. ÖBB, SBB, SNCF, etc.) for a journey within Germany or a cross-border connection to/from/through Germany.
- Tip for international travel: You can use your original ticket to travel abroad until 15.12.2023 without any problems. You can also travel later with your original ticket. However, we recommend that you obtain a certificate for this later trip from a DB travel centre (DB Reisezentrum) and use it together with your original ticket. This will make it easier to check your ticket abroad.
- You must book a new reservation for any trains on which they are required (e.g. to France). This new reservation is free of charge and is issued according to availability. Please contact your DB sales point or a DB Travel Centre.
- Other passenger regulations apply, for example compensation payments for delays of 60 minutes or more.
Goodwill arrangement: bringing forward the trip
As part of a special arrangement, you also have the option of bringing forward your journey planned for Thursday evening, 07.12.2023 and Friday, 08.12.2023 and travelling earlier on Thursday, 07.12.2023.
In this case, we recommend travelling early in the day to ensure that you arrive at your destination in the early evening (6 pm), as the first restrictions can be expected before the official start of the strike at 10 pm. The following applies:
- The train selected for saver fares and super saver fares is cancelled. The ticket is valid for the journey to the original destination. You can use another train that does not require a reservation for your onward journey.
- The regulation also applies to all tickets of the German tariff for local transport as well as for tourist tickets and group travel tickets for long-distance transport .
- The City function is not covered by this goodwill gesture. To travel to/from the station at your departure or destination, you must purchase a local public transport ticket on the new day of travel.
- Seat reservations can be cancelled free of charge. Please contact your DB sales outlet for this.
- International tickets: The goodwill rule for using tickets at an earlier time also applies to travellers with international DB tickets, both for journeys abroad and for journeys from abroad to Germany or through Germany in transit. The for train selected is cancelled. The ticket is valid for the journey to the original destination, even with a changed route alignment, provided that the same carriers are used as indicated on the ticket. Seat reservations can be cancelled free of charge.
The regulation also applies to tickets of foreign distribution railways (e.g. ÖBB, SBB, SNCF...), for a domestic German or a cross-border connection to/from/through Germany.
New reservations must be booked for trains requiring reservations (e.g. to France). This new reservation is free of charge and will be issued subject to availability. Please contact your DB sales outlet/ DB Travel Centre for this.
Travellers with Nightjet tickets can also use DB day trains and the EC cooperation trains via the Brenner Pass to Venice if the NJ is cancelled due to the strike. NJ tickets for the "De Luxe" comfort category are valid in 1st class, all others in 2nd class.
Passenger rights in the event of train cancellation or delay: ticket reimbursement
Help and contact
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