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Bahncard 100 and international trains

Since I frequently break out the Bahncard 100 territory (that is, Germany), I learned that doing so is not as simple as one might figure. Still you can purchase tickets on board (which is no longer a matter of course in many countries), however, you would miss the reduction granted by Bahncard 100 on any European ride (so-called RailPlus reduction, which is after all 25% off regular fares).

No sand mold sharing for you!

Lucky, mobility without (driving) cars already works in bigger cities. When it comes to, e. g., visiting customers outside urban places, cabs might not only be an expensive yet also a rare option. When days passed slower, you would normally book a rental car (in advance, that is, and thus hardly flexible), pay an unreasonably high amount of money (even more if your trip planning recommends to drop the car at a different place from where you picked it up) and act like a legacy car-owner, only in part-time.

German Gründlichkeit

11 days. It took Deutsche Bahn already one week (and two reminders I sent in the meantime) to contact me at all. As you probably remember, all I own so far is a paper voucher that has to be accompanied by my ID card – which I really do not want to carry out with me at every time. I want the plastic card.

Shore leave

A defect ticket validator at Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, obviously not missed by anyone within months.

I had to take a day off, not just for business but also to get familiar with the newly acquired liberty. One outcome of this “shore leave” was, by the way, to start this very blog; in the first place only with “some outcome at all” in mind, via “nice tool to keep track of your rides” to (by now) “cool project to spread the word of a (probably) good idea and share opinions on mobility in general and your own vision in detail”.

"Zugbindung"

One of my most important personal ideas related this project is to question the current practice of forcing people into a certain train (and book it in advance, they call it “Zugbindung”). While this makes, perhaps, or maybe at least made sense with early lowcost airlines, I feel that this is the main reason for two common issues with Deutsche Bahn.

To boldly go

Destination: 
A temporary Bahncard 100, printed on a legacy ticket voucher

I finally did it. And it would be clearly understated to say I considered this well.

One could say that the idea of purchasing what German Bahn calls “BahnCard 100” – an “all in” frequent traveller card allowing to ride almost any public transportation in this country – first came to my mind a few years ago, when I figured working in Düsseldorf would stay fine if living somewhere else became possible, and my then-company could have been likely to support this idea. They were not, which is why they are “then-“, and disliking Düsseldorf was not even the point.

Truth is: I like change.