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My husband and I will be posted in Landstuhl for one month in 2012. I will be traveling quite a bit during that time, with my husband joining me on weekends. Our intended destinations are of course Germany and western France. What is the best mode of transportation? I would prefer not to drive. Is there a bus or train station in town that connects to other towns/cities? Thanks!
Landstuhl has a railway station ('bahnhof') so Germany (and the rest of Europe) is your oyster.You can get from anywhere to anywhere, as long as both ends have railway stations.
will give you train times, details and fares in English.
Thanks so very much! Immensely helpful.
Landstuhl is inside the VRN local public transport association. Which has good ticket deals for 24 hours or 3-day tickets. Also weekly and monthly tickets. If bought on a Saturday the 24 hours tickets are even valid till 3am of the next workday. VRN tickets are local public transport tickets. They cover all regional trains, S-Bahn, trams and buses inside the VRN area.
Prominent destinations inside the VRN area are e.g. Heidelberg and Speyer.
But there are many more.
With Wissembourg you can even reach a (nice) French town on VRN tickets
Furthest point you can reach on VRN tickets is Würzburg Hbf (Hbf = main train station). This is however a 4,25 hours trip one way. A bit far for a day trip. Albeit Würzburg is also worth a visit.
You can pick up leaflets (in German) with further trip suggestions at Landstuhl train station.
For Saturday, Sundays and (German) public holidays you can buy an additional ticket to the VRN 24 hours or longer valid tickets which covers the trains in the Alsace for EUR 6,00 per person. See map on page 3. The leaflet is in German and French.
For destinations in the German federal state Rhineland-Palatinate outside the VRN area and to the federal state Saarland you can use a Rheinland-Pfalz Ticket.
map of validity
Rhineland-Palatinate Tourist Board
From Landstuhl you're in 2,5 hours in Paris. The highspeed trains to Paris travel even (relative slow) through Landstuhl. But don't stop there. For good deals you have to buy however tickets in advance. Can be done earliest 92 days in advance.
Destination: Paris Est
When using the DB timetable to check connections using VRN tickets or the Rheinland-Pfalz Ticket select as means of transport "only local transport". These tickets can be bought on spot from ticket machines.
Thanks so much! What a wealth of information. Last question...would a Eurorail pass or Select pass cover all train travel from landstuhl?
Yes. But would it make sense? Depends to where you want to travel using a rail pass.
You can get Landstuhl to Paris from EUR 29 if you buy in advance. Incl. the compulsory seat reservation which is extra when using a rail pass.
To the places in reasonable day trip distance the previously listed tickets or plain p2p tickets will be cheaper.
The highspeed trains on the Landstuhl route are just of use to get to Paris. To the closer places in France worth a visit like Metz or Nancy you have only regional trains. To Luxembourg city the best option is train to Saarbrücken + CFL bus from there.
Only for some longer trips e.g. over a weekend a rail pass could make sense. Mainly to more distant destinations in Germany or to Switzerland, Amsterdam and Brussels (if you stick to the ICE trains serving Brussels). As on these trains seat reservations are not compulsory you can just hop on and hop off with a rail pass.
Traveling beyond Paris is not that easy as you have to cross Paris by metro to get to other train stations in Paris. Seat reservations are compulsory with highspeed trains in France. And there is even a limit of seats available to rail pass holders on these trains at all.
The Thalys trains (Paris - Brussels - Amsterdam/Cologne) come additionally with heavy surcharges for rail pass holders. To use a rail pass with them makes no sense at all.