From the first two it may makes sense budget wise to stick to regional trains for this trip. Select at the DB timetable as means of transport "only local transport" for this.
planned to travel to the places around Aachen. Are there cheap train tickets for two people traveling together?
Nicely summed up in this leaflet. However in German only.
There are mini group day tickets for the AVV local public transport network.
AVV railroads and a few important bus lines
On weekdays the mini group ticket is only valid from 9am on. On weekends and public holidays from midnight on.
Such a ticket starts from EUR 6,90 for the zone Aachen itself up to EUR 20,70 for the whole AVV area.
Than there is the euregioticket. Covers most of the AVV plus neighbouring Belgian and Dutch provinces. This time information in English is available
EUR 14,50 for one person.
On weekends and public holidays the ticket becomes however good for 2 adults.
SchönerTagTicket NRW (HappyDayTicket NRW)
Covers all local public transport in the state North-Rhine Westphalia.
EUR 33,00 for 2-5 persons.
Again on weekdays only valid past 9am.
Can be also used from Düsseldorf or Cologne airports to Aachen if you stick to regional trains.
and select as means of transport only local transport if you like to use this ticket.
... as you arrive in Dortmund:
From: Airport, Dortmund
and select as means of transport only local transport.
The buses connecting the airport directly with train stations are however not covered by the NRW SchönerTagTicket.
AirportShuttle bus to Holzwickede station
EUR 1,50 pp
AirportExpress bus to Dortmund Hbf
EUR 5,50 pp
(the DB timetable makes here an error, it gives the NRW tariff and states in the footprint "Subject to supplement". This is however not true in this case.)
The buses in Aachen are however covered the NRW SchönerTagTicket.
Thank you very much for the detailed information. Just a few more questions. How to buy the mini group tickets? Are they sold only online, or can be bought from ticket vending machine or from counter, need to buy in advance? Are they always available?
They are sold from ticket machines. Also at counters, but here they will be EUR 2 more expensive.
They are always available. No need to buy in advance.
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