Frankfurt Airport to Bonn?

I am unsure what to do. It is my first visit ever to Germany and I am trying to keep my cost down. I am trying to get from the airport in Frankfurt to the Kamea Grand hotel in Bonn. Will the Germany pass work for me? Will it cover all of the transportation that I need to take to get to my destination?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 28, 2014 14:30
    Hi Kim,

    There does happen to be a major rail station at the Frankfurt Airport, and there are direct trains from there to Bonn. Rail passes cover the ticket costs for trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. Therefore, the German Rail Pass will cover your train from Frankfurt Airport to Bonn. The direct trains from Frankfurt Airport to Bonn are high-speed 'InterCity Express' trains or regular 'InterCity' trains. If you like, you can purchase reservations on one of these trains by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website (www.raileurope.com); however, they do not require reservations. The German Rail Pass is all you would need to board.

    For trains departing right out of the airport, you would just type 'Frankfurt Airport' when doing your search. When the results of your search display, the station at the airport will be displayed as 'F-Flughafen Fernbf'.
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  • Thank you for the info. My concern is cost effectiveness at this point. If I did my searching properly, the individual train tickets from FRA to Bonn were $55 per person each way and the the Germany rail pass was about $300 for 3 days. we don't plan to use it other than to and from airport. The only thing I did notice was that you partner with a Rhine river cruise company (the same one I was looking at actually) as a bonus on the rail pass. Sorry to have so many questions and concerns. Thanks in advance for your assistance
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 28, 2014 17:45
    I'm sorry, I thought you were asking if the German Rail Pass would cover that train. If you'll just be traveling between the Frankfurt Airport and Bonn, you would probably not want to purchase the rail pass, as regular point-to-point tickets would be your most economical option. You would check regular point-to-point tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations').

    It is true that the German Rail Pass covers free sailings on the 'KD German Rhine Line' making trips on the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz, as well as on the river Mosel between Koblenz and Cochem. With the pass, you would be able to hop on and off at any of the stops along the way. However, you can always just pay to board these boats locally if you won't be traveling with the rail pass.
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  • One more question. And this is again if I looked at booking correctly, if one point to point ticket is ~$55+~$55 (aprox) for each person that is ~$110 per person both directions so to and from FRA & Bonn for 2 people is ~$220. Plus if we add $30 pp on the KD Rhein that brings our total transportation cost to ~$280. Isn't a twin pass only about $350 for 4 days of unlimited train travel? So for aprox $35 pp more I can have the flexibility to travel with the train and Rhine boat as much as I want? I am assuming that the KD Rhine bonus is unlimited as well. Am I correct in that assumption?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 29, 2014 14:14
    Hi Kim

    I'm sorry; however, we are not able to provide or verify prices on the messageboard. If you'd like to verify costs shown on our website, you would have to call us. You can reach us at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM ET Monday to Friday and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET on Saturdays. Please note, we do not have any information about what it would cost to board the KD Rhine Line if you won't be traveling with a rail pass.

    The German Rail Pass is what is known as a 'flexipass' A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a longer time frame (1 month in the case of the German Rail Pass).

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A rail day is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24 hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were take a day train from 'city A' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' on the same day, then you would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' on the next day, then you would use up 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    It would use up a day of travel on your pass if you were to use it to take the KD Rhine Line.
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  • I understand not being able to put those fares in writing but your response did help. Only one last clarification and I will have a good handle on what to do. Am I only allowed one day on the KD RHEIN? Or does that too follow the same rules as train (unlimited riding in the 24 hr day)? I am not sure as you all are considering it a bonus. So if I use the bonus one day is my bonus done/used up? Or can I travel up and down the Rhine the next day if I decide using the Germany pass?
    Thank you again.
    Kim
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 29, 2014 17:35
    You're welcome, Kim. The bonuses work the same way as train rides, with regard to 'travel days' on a flexipass. Therefore, you would be allowed to use a rail pass to take the KD Rhine Line as many days as you like, as long as you have those days on your pass. You just have to keep in mind that it would use up a day of travel on your pass.
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