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Tickets for trains can be easily bought at the station at the various ticket machines (where you can easily change the language setting) or offices. But we want to make you aware of the different types of trains there are so you are not disappointed about the time it may take. An ICE is the fastest option you could choose of getting you from one place to another, only stopping at major city train stations. IC is still quite quick but more stops are included in its journeys. The "Regional Bahn" (regional train; indicated by "RB") is the most time consuming of all three as it will stop at almost every train station, also the smaller towns. However, this can also be a positive aspect as it gives you the opportunity to see the beautiful countryside from your window. Plus: Tickets for a regional train are usually cheaper than tickets for the faster trains. Therefore, it really depends where you want to go and how much time you can take with you. The "Regional Express" (indicated with "RE") is a bit faster than the RB as it doesn't stop at every single train station, yet these trains stop at more stations than the IC.
The public transport infrastructure is great in Germany and the best way of getting information on prices and times would be to go to www.bahn.de or it can also be beneficial to visit the information desk at the local train station for further details and contacts. You can also check their several special offers, like the "Ländertickets" (which are valid for a certain German federal state), the "Quer-Durchs-Land-Ticket" (which is valid for one day throughout all of Germany) or the "Interrail ticket" (valid throughout several countries in Europe).
A good and rather inexpensive alternative to taking the train are long-distance busses. More and more operators offer options that connect major cities in Germany (and also other European countries). While trips via bus might not be as comfortable and fast as taking a train, the prices of long-distance bus tickets usually cannot be beaten by train offers. They also bring up a great opportunity to meet new (local) people and practice some German phrases.