Saving money on a trip to Frankfurt

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the new RheinMainCard

We are used to city passes – cards which allow entry to a number of museums and galleries, attractions and sites in a single city. Sometimes it includes discounted travel as well. Then there are some tourism cards that offer something similar as well.

In Germany one region has taken this a step further.

The Frankfurt-Rhein-Main region launched, last month,  a card called the RheinMainCard  which covers about 13,000 square kilometres, an area which is almost as large as the whole of Northern Ireland for example, and bigger than Yorkshire.

It means cities like Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Bad Homberg and Mainz are included as well as well-known tourist haunts like Rudesheim and Seligenstadt.

The card costs €22 for two days and if there are five of you travelling, then it is €46 for all of you. That doesn’t mean two adults and up to three children. It could mean five adults. Children under five are free

During that time you can travel completely free on the trains (not the high-speed express ones known as ICE or IC) and buses. To place that in context, a single rail ticket from Frankfurt to Darmstadt will cost €11.50 and a single from Frankfurt to Rudesheim will set you back €18.

What else do you get for your money?

If you take Frankfurt as an example, you get 20% off the river cruises of Primus-Unie; 20% off a zoo visit and 50% discount on the cost of entry to the Palmengarten. (a Kew Gardens type equivalent)  Further afield, It will even give you 68% off the cost of trying golf on one course providing you can play on a Sunday and you book three days in advance and you can travel free in the cable car taking you over Rudesheim, the vineyards and the famed Niederwald Memorial. You’ll save 25% on entering the tour around the car company Opel and 20% or more is discounted off the prise of many spa treatemnets.

The problem is compressing what you want to do in two days. The answer? Buy two passes and spend two days sightseeing, a day resting and then another two days visiting again!

You can see more about the RheinMainCard by clicking here.

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