Tariff information as per December 2009.
(Day Pass for the States of Brandenburg and Berlin)
also applies to
your actual location if you want to buy the day pass for the antoher state but the state of your actual location,
like in Warnemünde for Brandenburg-Berlin
like in Berlin or Potsdam for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
For this ticket there are few golden rules:
1st golden rule:
On weekdays (Monday to Friday) valid from 09.00 am
2nd golden rule:
If you are travelling after 18.00 hrs: For some states like Brandenburg-Berlin you can get it as Night version (could be interesting if you are travelling one way from Warnemünde to Berlin and return with a Regional Express connection after 18.00 hrs AND you had all the day no public transport like HoHo, private tours etc.)
If you are travelling alone: For some states like Mecklenburg-Vorpommern you can get it as Single version
3rd golden rule:
Have always a pen with you to write down the names of your group on the ticket
4th golden rule:
Find some nice cruise-mates as the ticket is valid for 5 persons. Subject you have an XXL-family: works also for 2 adults (= parents or grandparents) with all children of the family under 14 years old (incl.), i.e. you have 10 kids but all under 14 years old (incl.) and parents can go on one ticket.
5th golden rule:
The ticket is also valid for
Waren(Müritz) in Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania
and in all public transport in Berlin and Potsdam
To avoid discussions in German with conductors who might not know the special rules.
6th golden rule:
Never buy the ticket at the ticket counters: It's more expensive.
7th golden rule:
You get discount against presentation of your day pass for the States of Brandenburg and Berlin on following attractions (only in German):
New from April 1, 2010: you can buy it from the internet as online-ticket and make a print-out at your home's PC and printer:
Highly recommended if between ship's arrival and scheduled train departure are less than 45 minutes.
So you do not need the "fight" with other cruisers who might have not prepared as well as you did and block the machines or counter...
After reading so many rules you should be ready to buy at the machines in Warnemünde:
And here is the way described how you find the train station from your cruise terminal:
You can buy the Day Pass for the States of Brandenburg and Berlin at a higher price in the station building but due to limited opening hours and language skills let me explain you how to operate the ticket machines which you find after you get up the stairs and reached the station area.
The ticket office refused one cruiser in last season to sell the tickets to Waren(Müritz) because she did not know the special rule about the validity for Waren(Müritz). Due to my suggestion the difference was refunded by German Railways.
UPDATE: August 2009
Both machines have been upgraded to the newest generation which accepts cash and German Bankcards for destinations like Rostock and Bad Doberan and international credit cards for all other destinations as well:
So the new function is the acceptance of Euro-Change and Euro-Bills (max. amount vary to your individual total amount).
First touch the screen:
Then you should get the German screen like this.
(Sorry for this picture but the picture from Warnemünde could not be used so I had to take another at another station).
Touch the international flags at the bottom to change the language.
Please touch the Union Jack (British Flag) to change to English.
The blue section: Tickets and Reservation.
The grey section: Schedule information
The yellow section: Tickets for local traffic to Rostock or Bad Doberan (but only with German Bankcards)
The red section: Specials like Day Passes etc.
For all day pass offers you touch the red section:
Now you touch: "Leisure and Special Offers"
Next: "Federal Laender offers"
For those who are travelling in Hamburg:
you may choose:
"Niedersachsen und Bremen" if you need to travel to/from Cuxhaven or Bremerhaven
"Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg" if you need to travel to/from Kiel or Lübeck or Travemünde
"Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" if you need to travel to/from Warnemünde or Stralsund or Wismar
all three day passes includes the use of all public transport in Hamburg.
and again "Brandenburg-Berlin Ticket" (in 2nd class)
or "Brandenburg-Berlin Ticket - Night" (if you are travelling after 18.00 hrs)
or "1st class Brandenburg-Berlin Ticket" (in 1st class)
or "1st class Brandenburg-Berlin Ticket - Night" (if you are travelling after 18.00 hrs in 1st class)
"Ostsee-Ticket" is something special for Berliners who want to see the Baltic Sea. So nothing for you.
Most cruisers do not have their bikes with them... so select "No Bike Ticket"
Now you just insert your credit card and pay. That's it.
On regional trains there is no Reservation (only for annual season tickets for Hamburg).