Step 1: Choose your destination.
Step 2: Check the timetable. It is conveniently found online, in English.
Pricing: Train rides are priced by distance. A ride to a certain location can cost different prices depending on the length of the route it takes. Fares are also affected by using “IC” trains (e.g., the 2nd train listed above “Tenkes IC”). These trains are nicer, faster, have limited stops, and require a seat reservation, which costs 140 ft. extra.
Step 3: Decide if your itinerary has enough leeway built in, in case your first train arrives late and your next train doesn’t wait for it.
Step 5: ALSO, purchase the reserved seat on any IC trains your route requires.
Step 6: IF you have internet access while you wait for the train, the MAV website allows you to track your incoming train. You can find out if it is on time, or how late it will arrive at your station.
Step 7: Show up at the train station on time, enjoy using public transportation, and hope you don’t miss your connections!