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how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

montreal
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how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

I have purchased a probe bahn card for travel by train in Germany. I will be traveling with two adults in october. They suggest to register the names of the cotravellers, but there's no indication on how to do this. Is it mandatory to register the names? How do we register the names?

Thanks in advance for any insight into the matter.

Germany
Destination Expert
for Train Travel
posts: 31,274
1. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

> hey suggest to register the names of the cotravellers, but there's no indication on how to do this.

Guess you misunderstood here something.

> Is it mandatory to register the names? How do we register the names?

No. It is not even possible.

All you have to do is to buy ONE ticket for THREE travelers. And if you buy online or from a ticket machine you have to select for each traveler "BahnCard 25, 2nd class (incl.RAILPLUS)".

montreal
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reviews: 6
2. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

Excellent. Thank you.

montreal
posts: 12
reviews: 6
3. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

Actually, this is what the website says about co-travellers. What does it mean? Do we need to put the name on the ticket itself? We bought the tickets online and have printed them out.

Zusätzlich erhalten bis zu 4 Mitfahrer ohne eigene BahnCard ebenfalls 25% BahnCard-Rabatt für Fahrten innerhalb Deutschlands. Sie müssen lediglich auf dem Fahrschein eingetragen sein. (bahn.de/p/…probebahncard.shtm)

and

Zusatznutzen: 25% BahnCard-Rabatt für bis zu 4 Mitfahrer für Fahrten innerhalb Deutschlands. Diese müssen auf dem Fahrschein eingetragen werden.

Karlsruhe, Germany
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for Baden-Wurttemberg
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4. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

It means the ticket must have the entry how many people are travelling with it. Just the number, no names. This must be done during the booking process.

Germany
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for Train Travel
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5. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

Both paragraphs say the same.

Additionally (1) up to 4 co-travelers without own BahnCard (2) receive also a BahnCard discount of 25% for journeys inside (3) Germany. They just have to be listed (4) on the ticket.

(1) compared to a normal BahnCard which just gives discounts for the owner

(2) if they have an own BahnCard co-travelers will get of course their discount anyway

(3) means that there is no "RAILPLUS" option for the co-travlers, i.e. discounts for journeys to/from abroad from/to Germany.

(4) listed means just as numbers of co-travelers. Not with names. Train tickets as such are not personalized at all in Germany. Only Online-Tickets (e-tickets) bear the name of the owner to prevent abuse.

montreal
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6. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

Ok, so just to be very sure, when we booked the tickets online, we booked three tickets, each with the 25% bahn discount, and all during the same transaction, paid by the owner of the probe bahn card. Is that all that has to be done? No extra step? There is no other place to mention the number of people traveling, right?

Germany
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for Train Travel
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7. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

Thus you bought three tickets? I.e. you have now 3 different PDF documents you printed out?

That was not correct. This violates the rules of a BahnCard 25 4+1. And most likely also the rules for Online-Tickets as the ID used when buying the ticket has to be owned by the (or one of the) person(s) using this ticket.

As I wrote in #1 you have to buy ONE ticket for THREE travelers.

You do this by increasing at the DB timetable the numbers of travelers. Thus in your case changing the number of adults from the default "1" to "3".

http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en

montreal
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reviews: 6
8. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

No, we just have one pdf document for three passengers. no problem there.

Germany
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for Train Travel
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9. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

Than everything is indeed fine and as it ought to be.

Chennai (Madras...
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10. Re: how to register co-travellers for probe bahncard 25 4+1

I PDF for 4 persons tickets booked together, all 4 travelers can get 25% discount if booked by the single Bahncard holder, Is it right ??