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VIAS is a privately owned and operated German train company. It runs passenger rail services in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia (which cover parts of western and central Germany, for those less geographically-inclined). VIAS currently serves 102 routes, with trains stopping in 12 cities. Its destinations include Mainz, Koblenz, Hanau, Babenhausen, and Erbach. Prices start at just €7.34 for a ticket, and never rise above €47.09 at absolute most.
VIAS has its headquarters in Frankfurt, where several VIAS services start or end their journeys. And, as is expected with German engineering, VIAS has a great reputation for the reliability of its train services. Passengers are also generally impressed by the cars it uses, which are all very modern. In order to provide the cheapest tickets possible, amenities on VIAS trains are limited to restrooms, so be sure to have your electronic devices fully charged before stepping aboard any of its services.
VIAS has been an official Wanderu partner since 2016, which means Wanderu is the best and easiest place to find and book budget-friendly fares on VIAS trains (without needing knowledge of Germany or geography). It also means that if you book your VIAS tickets with Wanderu, you won’t have to deal with any additional booking fees.
VIAS’s train network features 102 train routes that connect 12 cities serving 20 stations. On average, VIAS performs about 47 train trips every day. The top cities to which VIAS offers the highest number of daily train service include Oberhausen and Arnhem.
Do VIAS trains have WiFi?
No, unfortunately VIAS does not offer WiFi aboard its trains at this time. However, we find that a good book makes the time fly by and streaming services like Netflix allow you download TV shows and movies that you can then watch during your trip. Plan ahead and you will stay entertained during the entire train ride.
Are there power points or USB points on the train?
VIAS does not offer power outlets on their trains at this time. We suggest you charge up your laptop ahead of time and bring a power bank for your phone to extend its battery life for the duration of the trip. And remember - a good book doesn’t require any power.
What is VIAS's schedule?
On a typical day, VIAS has 47 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.
Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?
No, VIAS does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.
Do you need an ID to get on the train?
Yes, VIAS requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.
What are VIAS’s COVID-19 policies?
Are there toilets on VIAS trains?
Yes, there are bathrooms on VIAS trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.
Are meals or beverages available?
VIAS does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most trains do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.
Do you have to print your VIAS ticket?
VIAS does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.
Does VIAS offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?
VIAS focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.
Wanderu is the best place to score cheap VIAS tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare VIAS prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!
Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.
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