Payment method fee for credit cards and PayPal

In November 2014, Deutsche Bahn introduced a transaction fee for payments made by credit card and PayPal. This information explains exactly what this means for you.

In recent years, the processing fees that credit card providers charge to Deutsche Bahn have increased considerably. These fees now amount to a mid-double-digit million euro figure for Deutsche Bahn.

Therefore, customers who choose to pay for long-distance transport products with a credit card or by PayPal will have to share these "processing fees" in future. This enables these customers to continue to enjoy the benefits of payment by credit card and PayPal, while customers who prefer other payment methods remain unaffected.

With direct debit and "SOFORT Banking" immediate transfer payments on as well as cash and Girocard (EC card) payments at DB Travel Centers, agencies and ticket machines, Deutsche Bahn offers numerous alternatives free of charge.

More information about
Direct debit
SOFORT Banking

Customer with credit card

When does the fee apply?
The payment method fee applies only to long-distance transport products, i.e.:
- For ticket purchases for journeys within Germany using ICE, IC/EC and IC Bus with a value of 50 euros or more
- For purchases of the following other long-distance transport products: saver fare supplements, bicycle tickets and season ticket supplements
- For BahnCard purchases

How much do I have to pay?
The payment method fee is scaled based on the purchase value, starting at 50 cents for a purchase value of 50 euros or more.
See exact scaling (third question)

A payment method fee is not charged for long-distance transport tickets that cost up to 49.99 euros and all regional and international transport tickets, for pure reservation purchases and for credit card payments on trains.

Frequently asked questions about the payment method fee

Answers to your questions about all aspects of the new payment method fee are available in our FAQ section.