Europa-Spezial fare

Old Sep 20, 15, 2:23 pm
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Europa-Spezial fare

Hi,

Next week (26/09), i'm planning a trip from Budapest to Frankfurt via Munich with RJ 62 / ICE 528. I took a ticket by Europa-Spezial saver fare.
And seeing the situation latterly, even the rail traffic between AT and DE to be resumed until then, it will be a miracle if i succeed to take ICE 528 at Munich.
At this point, my question is if in case of a RJ's delay i can take the next train from Munich to Frankfurt (after ICE 528) without paying any extra cost?

Thank you in advance!
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Old Sep 20, 15, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by MN211 View Post
Hi,

Next week (26/09), i'm planning a trip from Budapest to Frankfurt via Munich with RJ 62 / ICE 528. I took a ticket by Europa-Spezial saver fare.
And seeing the situation latterly, even the rail traffic between AT and DE to be resumed until then, it will be a miracle if i succeed to take ICE 528 at Munich.
At this point, my question is if in case of a RJ's delay i can take the next train from Munich to Frankfurt (after ICE 528) without paying any extra cost?

Thank you in advance!
If your first train (RJ62 in your case) is delayed so that you cannot reach IC528, then yes you can use the next suitable train - but - you are required to report at the "Service Point" where you´ll get a stamp on your ticket that cancels the requirement to use the train stated in your ticket.
That stamp will say something like "Zugbindung aufgehoben".
If the next availlable train is leaving just a few minutes after your arrival at Munich you may contact the train guard directly at the train if they´ll accept you without the stamp.
But the proper procedure is to get that stamp before boarding.
... and btw. there´s at least one ICE every hour going to Frankfurt.
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Old Sep 20, 15, 3:58 pm
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Welcome to FT, MN211.

If the railway is still closed at Salzburg, you should be able to travel via Passau. On this page, DB says that during the disruption, passengers to Vienna can travel via Passau - presumably it works in the reverse direction too. If you want to be certain, I would e-mail or call DB.

In theory, this should get you to Frankfurt earlier than your scheduled train, but there is a 5-minute connection at Würzburg, which you may miss if there are lengthy border controls at Passau. (In that case, get the following train).

Details:
RJ 62 to Wien Hbf arr 11:45
ICE 90 Wien Hbf (12:44) - Würzburg (18:22)
ICE 1522 Würzburg (18:27) - Frankfurt Hbf (19:36)

The next ICE to Frankfurt leaves Würzburg at 18:55.

I would change from RJ 62 to ICE 90 at Wien Hbf (you can also transfer at Linz), because the ICE is likely to be very busy given the circumstances.
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