If I remember correctly there is no 'station' per se. It is the last stop on that line and there is a platform and a ticket machine like the automated ticket machines in any other German train station. I think the tickets are time stamped by the machine so I am not sure if you can pre-purchase them.
Many times the ticket machines can be set for a different day from the current one. If this is the case then yes, you could buy a ticket for the next day.
Of course you can buy tickets for any other date from the ticket machines. Alternatively you simply arrive 5 min earlier before departure and just buy the tickets then. It's up to you...
"Alternatively you simply arrive 5 min earlier before departure and just buy the tickets then."
Of course, this is based on the premise that all such machines function and there isn't a line of people waiting to use them, which might not be the case. If there is one functioning ticket machine and one person ahead of you having difficulties using it, you can easily miss your train as you probably will have difficulties yourself. And I've run into machines that won't accept bills and others that won't accept coins, it depends on whether they are full or empty which you have no control over.
It's also possible to purchase train tickets from any travel agency displaying a DB sign in their window, it will cost 2€ more to deal with an actual person.
What we want to do is buy tickets in Oberammergau for travel from Garmisch to Salzburg via Innsbruck for the next day, without driving to Garmisch to purchase the tickets. We don't want to travel out of Oberammergau by train. We are renting a car in Munich, driving to Oberammergau for a couple days and then moving on from Garmisch to Salzburg. We are going to turn the car in at the train station in Oberammergau. If we left from Oberammergau we'd have to travel all the way back to Munich to get to Salzburg and we don't wish to do that.
You could always buy the train tickets at the train ticket office in the Munich airport, when you arrive. Even though you would have to pay a small fee (I think 2 Eu per ticket), you would have the routing you want on the day you want.
> We are going to turn the car in at the train station in Oberammergau.
Don't think that there is any rental car company branch in Oberammergau at all. Some have branches in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
But this is the faster and cheaper (Bayern Ticket) route.
Have a look on this railroad map:
The trains from Innsbruck to Salzburg go also through Bavaria - they just don't stop there (so called corridor trains).
Why don't you return the car in Berchtesgaden or Freilassing and travel from there by train/bus to Salzburg? Both towns are inside the SVV, the local public transport association of the Salzburg area.
Sorry, I meant turn the car in at Garmisch. We want to do Garmisch - Innsbruck - Salzburg because we've done the route by car before and it offers beautiful scenery. The idea of purchasing the tickets in Munich before heading out for Oberammergau seems to be the best alternative. Thank you for your help. Safe travels. AuditMan
Can anyone guide me as to how to get to Oberammergau from Fussen. We are planning to go to Fussen to see the Neuschwenstein castle and then visit Oberammergau. We will have a bayern ticket from Munich central station and shall be travelling in December.
Any help pls?