DB is offering you a special ticket for your travel from "Any DB-Station" > Hamburg > "Any DB-Station". You can book it by calling +49 (0)1806 / 31 11 53 (0,20 €/call from german telecom landline (T-Com) - from german cellphone network max. 0,60 €/call) and stating the Code "30C3" or "Chaos Communication Congress".
If you are shy - or just want to save some money: Why not book online and save some money? http://www.bahn.de/p/view/home/aktion/30C3
This phone-number belongs to a special division (Veranstaltungshotline) selling only train tickets for DB-event-offers. You can't get this ticket at a normal railway station counter. Especially if you are living outside Germany, the employees at the DB branch office don't even know about these special offers and can't sell them through their infrastructure.
You will need to tell the guy on the phone your creditcard or german bankaccount-number ("Lastschrift") in order to book and pay the ticket. They won't send you your ticket by snailmail, you have to get your "BahnTix" at a DB-Vending-Machine (further instructions)
Please remember: You have to book at least 3 days prior traveling!
You can choose between different types of tickets.
- First possible day of travel: 24.12.2013
- Last possible day of travel: 04.01.2014
The ticket is not valid for travel before or after this timeframe!
Fixed Ticket ("Zugbindung")
A "fixed ticket" (in german called "with Zugbindung") means, that you have to choose your train at the time of booking and have to stick to it!
- 2nd class: EUR 99,00
- 1st class: EUR 159,00
Although, when the Deutsche Bahn messes up your connection (as opposed to messing it up yourself like by being too late), for example when your train is delayed and in consequence you miss your connecting train, you can have your ticket signed by the conductor or at the next DB Service Point or DB Reisezentrum and then you're not bound to your booked trains anymore. But remember, only when it wasn't your own fault!
You don't have to choose a train, you just get in and you're done.
- 2nd class: EUR 129,00
- 1st class: EUR 189,00
Please take note, that even with a regular/flexible ticket you still have to choose a departure and a return-date. As for the return-date, there is no big trouble: Just use your ticket until this date. But the departure-date is more tricky: Even if you book a regular/flexible ticket, you'll need to leave within two days of the selected departure date. And in general: Travel in each direction must be completed within two days.
Example: Your Ticket is valid from 25.12. until 04.01. This means you'll need to leave the latest on 25.12. and complete your journey the same day. If you already leave on the 25.12., you can take your time until 26.12.. Going home with your ticket is possible at any time, just make shure your travel ends the latest on 04.01.. Anyhow, if you would to leave on 01.01., you can travel until the 02.01. with the ticket.
You can exchange or return this tickets until one day bevor the day of travel for a fee of EUR 15,00. After this moment, you're out of luck. Seatreservations are never refunded.
Additional rebates (bahncard, businesstravel-rebates, etc.) are not applied.
The use of Nighttrains (DB Nachtzug) or ICE Sprinter is subject to additional fare!
You don't want to tell DB your creditcard- oder bankaccount-number but still want the ticket?
In that case, please find someone else to pay directly for your ticket, as the hotline and webpage is the only official way to buy this ticket.
If you are working at a DB-Agentur and want to sell these tickets anonymously to other people, please contact Martin (martin at muc.ccc.de), and we will set you up with the relevant booking-information for NVS. Please remember, that selling this ticket won't increase your agency-revenue according to the new provision model introduced by DB-Vertrieb.
Questions regarding the Veranstaltungsticket
Please do not ever !!! contact the 30C3-orga with questions concerning the ticket - they have nothing to do with it!
Please call instead the DB-Hotline with your questions or - if you are shy and don't want to call them - leave your question here: Martin/DBVsT (martin at muc.ccc.de for the moment)
If you are more than 6 persons that want to travel by train, you may want to check DB Gruppe und Spar. You can check the avaibility of reduced tickets (There is a 30%, 40%, 50%, 60% or 70% discount) and contact DB directly for booking.
Lookout for Sparpreis-Tickets, that are avaiable from EUR 19 to EUR 99 (2nd class)/ EUR 49 to EUR 149 (1st class).
Look close - sometimes booking your ticket in 1st class will result in a cheaper fare than in 2nd class!