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Hey there – I would take it that the BahnCards and RailPlus can be purchased at most any station?
Even at the Frankfurt airport? I figured I could get the cards while I’m waiting for my connecting flight to A-Dam.

Also… how do the cards work? When buying a ticket I don’t have to see the ‘Attendent’ everytime… the cards are inserted into the ticket machine like a ATM card kinda thing?… Right

I’m sure to have more questions about this (rail travel) and a couple of other things. Plane ticket was purchased last month… Nov 21 – Dec 15.

Thanks alot!
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Correct me somebody if I’m wrong but I believe you don’t need to present your BahnCard when you buy a ticket, either from a person, from an automated kiosk, or online. You only need to show it when your tickets are checked on the train.
You can certainly get a card from a sales agent at any station e.g. in Frankfurt Airport. And even if you won’t get a permanent card right away they’ll give you some temporary one you could use immediately.

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Thanks for the info Seva!
Let me ask you this then… would it be better to purchase the cards online or wait to pick them up in country?

Is there an English version to orders the cards or am I stuck translating the German ordering page?

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I have no personal experience buying a BahnCard because I’ve never spent enough on DB tickets in a single year for a card to pay off.

I would wait till I get to Germany though. I see no reason to navigate order form in a language you are not comfortable with, and then deal with whatever problems may ensue calling someone a few time zones away. I don’t think ordering a card in person will take more then 10-15 minutes. All I can tell is that all the time at least one, but normally all, agent at the Frankfurt Airport ReiseZentrum (DB travel center) speaks English, and they are always very helpful.

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Looking at your original post…

I’m not sure what you mean by

quote:I figured I could get the cards while I’m waiting for my connecting flight to A-Dam.

Do you mean you have a connection in Frankfurt and then go to Amsterdam? What do you need BahnCard for? Are you going back to Germany afterwards? You need to be buying at least EUR 200 worth of regular-priced tickets to make it pay for itself!
And given the size of the Frankfurt Airport, you should factor in at least an hour to get to the DB Travel Center, get the BahnCard, and return to the gates, clearing security along the way.

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> I would take it that the BahnCards and RailPlus can be purchased at most any station?
Yes – as long as there is a ticket counter.
> Even at the Frankfurt airport?
Yes. Frankfurt Airport two railway stations and two ticket counters.

> Also… how do the cards work? When buying a ticket I don’t have to see the ‘Attendent’ everytime… the cards are inserted into the ticket machine like a ATM card kinda thing?… Right
No. If you buy a ticket online / from a ticket machine / at the counter you just have to select / say that you have a BahnCard 25 with RAILPLUS.
The issued ticket is than however only valid in combination with your BahnCard and this is checked by the conductors on the trains.
[url=‘http://www.bahn.de/p/view/international/englisch/travelservice/railplus.shtml’]RAILPLUS[/url]

If you are not an European resident, please check if a
[url=‘http://www.bahn.de/p/view/international/englisch/travelservice/offers_non-europeans.shtml’]German Rail Pass[/url] would not be the better alternative.

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quote:
Looking at your original post…

I’m not sure what you mean by

quote:I figured I could get the cards while I’m waiting for my connecting flight to A-Dam.

Do you mean you have a connection in Frankfurt and then go to Amsterdam? What do you need BahnCard for? Are you going back to Germany afterwards? You need to be buying at least EUR 200 worth of regular-priced tickets to make it pay for itself!
And given the size of the Frankfurt Airport, you should factor in at least an hour to get to the DB Travel Center, get the BahnCard, and return to the gates, clearing security along the way.

Yes I have a connecting flight in Frankfurt to Amsterdam.
You make an excellent Point… clearing security….

Well my game plan has changed to spending less time in Germany and more time in Switzerland… so I’m looking at getting the 21 day pass instead of messing around with Point to point tickets.
It just seemed logical to by tickets for short hops from town to town only short distances apart. Buying a RailPass of any type seemed a waste of cash.
But now that I have ENLARGED my "Travel Loop" around Europe a muti-day rail pass looks like a better way to go.. even if some of the days I only travel short distances or don’t go anywhere at all.