Get in, please: Up to four people travel for free with older people, it doesn't depend on the family relationship
Photo: Zacharie Scheurer / dpa-tmn
In the future, Deutsche Bahn will allow children from 6 to 14 years of age to travel freely even if they are not traveling with their own parents or grandparents.
So far, only biological descendants have been allowed to travel with the state company for free, so stepchildren were at a disadvantage.
From the timetable change on December 12th, accompanying persons over the age of 15, including older siblings, should be able to take four children with them - regardless of the family relationship.
On the other hand, children under the age of 15 traveling alone must purchase a half price ticket.
The new rules should apply to all long-distance trains.
The company is reacting to the changing understanding of families and parenting, which the future traffic light coalition also wants to liberalize again.
Deutsche Bahn also offers young travelers between the ages of 15 and 26 the so-called Supersparpreis Young, which will be part of the normal ticket offer in the future.
In combination with a Bahncard, the young customers can then book tickets for ICE and IC at a price of less than ten euros.