Bahn and hacked credit card

Jun 30th, 2014, 06:43 AM
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Bahn and hacked credit card

I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I've never actually been to Europe, so I'm hoping for some advice from those that have.

For a month long Europe trip (from August to September), I've booked three tickets from These are online tickets that I have printed at home. Bahn requires me to use the credit card that I bought the tickets with as ID on the trains/buses.

My VISA card was hacked, and fraudulent purchases were made on my card. The card has been cancelled, but I still have it.

My question is this: does the conductor just look at the card to see if it matches what is on the ticket, or does he/she actually swipe it?

From my reading of forums, Bahn has an incredibly strict policy on this. If they do swipe I will just have to cancel the tickets I suppose, and buy new ones (incurring a fee and probably higher ticket prices).

Any information is appreciated.
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Jun 30th, 2014, 06:59 AM
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Take the invalid card with you and present it as ID. There's no need for DB personnel to swipe it since you've already paid; they will scan your paper ticket to pull up the CC# and then make sure the number matches the one on your card. I had precisely the same situation when I traveled this March, but I had my old card - without which I'd likely have been fined and dropped off somewhere.
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Jun 30th, 2014, 07:10 AM
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Great! I appreciate the info!

I'm all about avoiding being kicked off a train...
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Jun 30th, 2014, 07:14 AM
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In France it's the same. Even if one's card is expired, that's the card they want to see if they decide they want to see it.
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Jun 30th, 2014, 07:57 AM
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The conductor has a hand-held machine which reads the bar code on your ticket. He will also swipe your credit card or another identifying card. If the swipe does not work he can enter the number manually. So, you are on the safe side.

But I think you can change the identifying document if you retrieve your booking at
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Jun 30th, 2014, 08:39 AM
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I never actually registered at (pretty dumb, in hindsight), so I don't think I can change anything on my booking.

It sounds like it should work out. I appreciate the fast responses!
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