DB Bahn Train reservation

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Jul 12th, 2014, 08:03 AM
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DB Bahn Train reservation

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I have to book a ticket from Munich to Paris from DB Bahn site. Now it is asking for credit card but its details can be furnished even by my VISA Debit card. Unfortunately, I don't have a credit card. Now if I get the ticket booked via my VISA only, do you think I would face any problem on the day of the travel; as they have asked to carry the identification which shall be the card itself and which in my case would be the VISA and not credit card. On their site, they have mentioned that passports won't work. This in itself is a mystery to me. Thanks. ger
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Jul 12th, 2014, 08:07 AM
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Go to BudgetEuropeTravel.com, and call their US 800 number. They are experts on trains in Europe, and are very helpful.
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Jul 12th, 2014, 08:09 AM
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www.seat61.com may have useful info on this.

I can't see why there would be any difference - there is an English help number on www.bahn.de/en you can call too.

If it is a full-fare ticket then anyone can use that - discounted tickets for a specific train may be for the person named on the ticket only.
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Jul 12th, 2014, 08:17 AM
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Oh just to add to this: The ticket is a special ticket (Europe-Spezial pass).
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Jul 12th, 2014, 08:31 AM
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No, the thing is I know that the VISA card can work as far as the booking goes. But what if they create a problem on the day of my travel saying that you were asked to give credit card and not debit card. This can be a weird query but I have one considering that I am coming there for the first time.
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Jul 12th, 2014, 10:23 AM
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If it took your card to pay for the ticket then showing the same card should be sufficient.

Are you sure this is just a debit and not a credit card? If so - I would be loath to go to europe without any credit card at all.
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Jul 12th, 2014, 09:44 PM
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You pay with any Visa card, and you carry that same card as ID.

They don't care whether it's a debit or credit card.
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Jul 13th, 2014, 02:35 AM
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I think I'll go with the VISA debit card now. I anyway do not have any other option. Thank you.
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Jul 13th, 2014, 07:35 AM
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Inform your bank a charge from Italy is coming in or they may block it as a security measure.
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Jul 13th, 2014, 07:20 PM
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I think you will be OK if the card says VISA on it. I have a VISA debit card and you can elect to either use the cheque, savings or credit facility, so it can be the same as a credit card. But to piggyback on what PalenQ says, you will need to tell your bank that you are going overseas, and give them the dates. This is important not just for this charge, but also for the period you will be away, because if they see you making withdrawals or charging from another country, they will assume it is not you, and block the card. Also make sure you have alternate funding while you are away - what happens if the machine eats your card...?

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Jul 13th, 2014, 07:39 PM
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PalenQ on Jul 13, 14 at 11:35am
Inform your bank a charge from Italy . . .


Italy?
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Jul 14th, 2014, 04:37 AM
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Er Er not Italy but Germany!
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Jul 14th, 2014, 05:48 AM
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I used tickets paid for with a card on the Bahn site just last week when I was in Germany.

The ticket you print out at home will have the last four numbers of whatever card you used to pay for the trip printed out at the bottom along with your name.

When the official looks at your ticket simply show that person the card you used to pay for the ticket. It doesn't matter whether it was a debit or a credit card...it is the last four NUMBERS which the official will compare to what is printed at the bottom of the printed out page.

And you are correct: they will not ask for a passport.
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Jul 14th, 2014, 02:14 PM
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IME German trains in both classes are getting fuller and fuller and couples at least wanting to sit together - especially in 2nd class - should make the optional seat reservations once there - it is my understanding that discounted tickets are train-specific but do not include a seat reservation, which can always be made IME once in Germany - I may be wrong about that but that is what I understand. Perhaps on www.bahn.de there is an option to reserve a seat along with a ticket?
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Jul 15th, 2014, 11:12 AM
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If you do not make a sear reservations at least in 2nd class you may find SRO at times so I would make a seat reservation - again I think separate from reserving a ticket that just lets you board a certain train but does not guarantee a seat and in 2nd class at least and more and more first class trains can always be SRO - on long-distance trains most of the seats may be already booked by others.

And there are seemingly no direct Munich to Paris trains but always involving at least one or more changes of train - thus you need seat reservations for each segment - no one would cover the whole trip.

Indeed on the French part seat reservations are compulsory either on TGVs or Thalys trains and then they should be included in the ticket but the German portion I have a feeling but not sure is optional seat reservations.
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Jul 15th, 2014, 11:25 AM
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I must admit I don;t get the tell your bank business - but I guess it makes sense if you never travel abroad. None of our cards have ever been blocked but we both do substantial business travel and I'm usually abroad at least 5 or 6 times a year; DH more like 3 or 4.
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Jul 15th, 2014, 12:17 PM
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I've had ATM cards blocked when I did not tell the bank before hand - so yes if you never do a foreign transaction then when one pops up it could be blocked. Tell you bank ahead of time.
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Jul 18th, 2014, 01:52 AM
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Thank you all for your suggestions.

@PalenQ and others: But one thing has come up as I read PalenQ comment and that is that there are standing rooms in European trains? Coz I have booked the ticket from Mun to Paris but I didn't opt for seat reservation. I thought that is there so as to just book seats if one wants to sit together or something. But inspite of that one would get seats. But from PalenQ comment, it seems we might not even get the seat.
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Jul 18th, 2014, 02:13 AM
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A train ticket buys you the right to be on board a train for a certain route but it does nur guarantee you a seat. Most tickets are not train specific so it is impossible to know how many people are on which train.

Recheck your ticket to Paris. On the TGVs in France, unlike German trains, reservations are compulsory.
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Jul 18th, 2014, 02:31 AM
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Yes the second connecting train is TGV. But they have given me the ticket. Now how to confirm whether a seat is reserved or not? You think any of that detail can be on ticket itself? I would not have asked the question if the ticket would not have been in German . If such information is there on ticket, then I would use a translator. Thanks
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