How does ticket inspection work in train in Germany?

Modified on Thu, 08 Jun 2023 at 04:52 PM

In Germany, ticket checks on trains are usually carried out by the train attendant or designated ticket inspectors. 


When you board the train, you may encounter ticket barriers or validators at the entrance. You do not need to scan your French-German Friendship Pass at this point.


Once you are on the train, you will see the ticket inspectors or conductor going through the carriages to check passengers' tickets. You will be asked to show your ticket or QR code for validation. 


If you have a seat reservation, the ticket inspector will also check that you are occupying the correct seat. Your seat reservation details should be shown on your ticket or in the Rail Planner app, and the ticket inspector may ask you to show them as well.


If you have problems with your tickets or your French-German Friendship Pass, such as an expired pass or an incorrect reservation, the ticket inspector will explain the situation to you and may inform you of the necessary steps to correct the problem. Failure to comply with the rules of use may result in penalties or fines. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your ticket is valid and properly presented.


It is important to note that certain procedures and practices may vary depending on the train operator in Germany. Therefore, it is advisable to follow all instructions given by the train staff and ask for help or clarification if needed.


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