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Trains & public holidays

by emmweb Online Now Feb 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Do the trains between towns generally run on their normal schedule 365 days a year, or is train travel more limited on public holidays such as those around Christmas and New Years? Thanks! ~ Erin

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    Re: Trains & public holidays

    by Redang Online Now Feb 19, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    They normally change a bit during the weekends anyway; check: bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index....

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    by christine.j Online Now Feb 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    The fast trains mostly keep the same schedule, weekend, holiday or not, but the commuter trains run more often on the weekdays to get people to work. Twice yearly there is a change in the schedule, in June and December, but most of the trains keep their schedule. So if you are planning a trip around Christmas, you can check trains now and there won't be much of a change.

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    by K_V_B Online Now Feb 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Germany publishes train schedules a whole year at a time (like many other countries) so you can look up times on www.bahn.de up till the next timetable change. The timetable change is always on the 2nd sunday in December. Whoever came up with this day should be forced to travel on foot for the rest of his life, as it is really the worst day imaginable to effectuate a time table change...

    But for countries like Germany you can always asume that: - year to year the timetable doesn't change much, except when some major infrastructure comes on line. The timetable is part of the long term planning of the railways. - on public holidays trains run as on a sunday.

    So if you want to know what trains will run next year on Christmas just start at looking at train times for next sunday... Or look back at last christmas...

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    by Nemorino Online Now Feb 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Last Christmas (Dec. 25) we took an InterCityExpress train (ICE) from Bern, Switzerland, to Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It ran at the same times as any other day. Sometimes when they expect to have a lot of people travelling they manage to slot in an additional train, so it's always a good idea to check the website. Reservations are not mandatory in Germany, but I usually make one (it costs a bit extra) to be sure of having a seat, especially on Fridays and Sundays since those are the busiest days.

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    by Dymphna1 Online Now Feb 20, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    When we were in Paris on the 31st, they shut them all down for the night. But the metro was free LOL

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