Lesson 18: Exactly How To Read A German Train Ticket

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Want to learn German or want to learn something quickly you can definitely use in Germany? Learn how to read a German train ticket!

If you’re going to be taking the train in Germany, this is definitely something that you’ll want to be able to do. It’s far less confusing to work out where to go when you arrive at a train station and hop on your train if you know your carriage and seat numbers as well as all your train details.

While the Deustche Bahn site is mostly in English and the app has some pertinent information in English, the actual tickets are in German.

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German Lesson 18: How to read a German train ticketPin

This is also easy to learn.

Watch the video below to learn a few important words. Below the video, you’ll find a list of the vocabulary used so you can write it down and practise. You’ll also find a list of other words you’re likely to see on your Deutsche Bahn ticket.

I’ll then show you a real ticket and translate it for you to help you do the same.

You can do this!

Vocabulary taught in this lesson:

  • Eisenbahn – Carriage (in this case. Can also mean railway/train/railroad)
  • Reihe – Row
  • Sitz – Seat

Some other terminology that’s useful:

  • Erwachsener – Adult
  • Halt – Stop
  • Datum – Date
  • Zeit – Time
  • Gleis – Platform
  • Wg. – Carriage
  • Pl. – Seat
  • Klasse – Class
  • Reisender – Traveller/how many people the ticket is for

Time to practise until you can say/recognise these words without thinking 🙂

This is what a real ticket looks like. I provide a translation of what the information means to help you translate your own tickets.

Real German train ticket with translationPin

Want to learn more German? Find the previous lesson here and the next lesson here. You can also find all our lessons here.

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  1. Best route from Prague to Amsterdam by rail but not through Berlin for six days small towns mainly

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