I was here by car but noticed the trainstation. Schedules can be found at the link below. The Tourist Information is almost next to the station so it's easy to find your way around after you arrive.
When you arrive, you walk across the parking lot towards the Tourist Information center. I do mean the parking lot in the 2nd photo in this tip. I do NOT mean the parking lot between the two supermarkets next to the station!
The Mosel is very busy with sightseeing boats. There is a boat stop right in front of the Bellevue hotel and another on the other side of the river. The schedules are frequent. It takes about 2.5 hours to sail to Bernkastel-Kues, another very popular Mosel town.
Each Mosel town actually has a boat stop or two (often on both sides of the river). You can buy tickets on the spot.
Departures from Traben-Trarbach to Bernkastel-Hues daily:
10 hrs, 11.15 hrs. 13.30 hrs. 15 hrs, 17 hrs.
It takes about 2 hrs for the trip. However, it may happen that you may get delayed when the locks at Zeltingen are unlucky.
If you have a car, the easiest way to get around these rural areas of Germany is to just drive. From the Autobahn A1/E44, take exit 125 and follow Route B50 south to the Mosel. Turn north (left) on B53 and follow the river to Traben-Trarbach.
You can also reach Traben-Trarbach by train from either Koblenz or Trier (and beyond).
Finally, as you can see in this photo, boats are always busy taking tourists up and down the river to the popular spots. This is certainly the most relaxing and scenic way to travel the Mosel!
Coming from London, we find the best and cheapest way to get to Traben-Trarbach is to book a flight through www.ryanair.com. The flights can be really cheap! We flew in early December 2006 and we managed to get return flights from stansted to Traben-Trarbach for £13 return trip each. Once you land at Frankfurt Hahn, you can either take a shuttle bus that operates every 2 hours or catch a taxi. We paid €27.50 and it took 5 of us 15-20mins to get to Traben-Trarbach.
One warning though. If you catch a cab from T-T to Hahn, be careful - it cost us €47.50. I am not sure why this is. You also have the option to hire a car from Hahn for 4 days for around €100. This is really worth it because you can explore the mosel valley more so.
I found this lovely village with a help of Ryanair. I was wondering where exactly is the Frankfurt-Hahn airport. Many people say that this airport is far from everything. I say it's located right in the middle of everything. It is also a compact airport and also easy to find. It is easy to rent (and also return) a car in Hahn so I'm pretty sure I'm going to use Hahn airport again.
Taxi from Hahn to Traben cost 31 euros for the trip. The driver estimated the price up to 33 euros which proves that taxi drivers here are no cheaters.
Traben-Trarbach is served by a very slow but scenic local train. Hourly trains go between Traben-Trarbach and Bullay, a station on the Trier-Koblenz line. Local train deals such as the Rheinland Pfalz/Saarland Ticket and the Schönes Wochenende Ticket are valid on this line. Trains to Koblenz and Trier are generally timed to coincide with the train to/from Traben-Trarbach. However, if you are taking advantage of local train deals, be sure your desired train does not connect with an IR or IC train, as your ticket will not be valid on these faster trains. Be sure your connecting train is marked "RB" or "RE."