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Germany Flexipass

This pass provides 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 10 days of unlimited rail travel to be used anytime over 1 month on the German national railway system. Germany's rail system is one of the best in Europe. Trains are fast and frequent, and none are more comfortable. The only drawback is that rail tickets are expensive (a second-class ticket for the 285-mile journey between Frankfurt and Munich costs $290 round trip), making railpasses a great value here. In addition to train travel, all railpasses valid in Germany give you free passage on the Rhine and Mosel river cruise boats and a 20 percent discount on the Romantic Road bus. Seat reservations are an extra charge: they are not required for local, regional or inter-regional trains, but are recommended for InterCity (IC) or InterCity Express (ICE) trains, especially at peak times.

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Before buying your Germany Flexipass, talk to one of our rail experts about your German itinerary to make sure you make the most of your precious vacation time and get the right pass for your trip. Our rail consultants have traveled extensively in Germany.
 
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Germany Flexipass Prices

Validity
Adult*
Single Traveler
1st Class
 
Adult*
Single Traveler
2nd Class
Twin**
2 Adults
1st Class
(Price/Adult)
Twin**
2 Adults
2nd Class
(Price/Adult)
Youth
Ages 12-25
2nd Class
3 days
4 days
5 days
6 days
7 days
10 days
$380
$409
$438
$483
$530
$667
$282
$302
$324
$358
$393
$494
$304
$327
$351
$386
$424
$534
$225
$242
$260
$286
$314
$395
$225
$243
$260
$286
$314
$396

*  Children under 12: half single adult fare -- under 6: free.

** Price is per person for two people traveling together regardless of age.

Pass must be validated within 6 months of purchase. Prices are in U.S. dollars, and are subject to change due to fluctuations in the dollar to euro exchange rate.

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A Bit About Hotelroom.com
Though part of the Priceline.com family, when booking on Hotelroom.com, you do not have to bid on unknown hotels (where you don't know the name of the hotel or the location before you book it); but instead, you can review a list of hotels in your destination city before booking. And what is very useful to the savvy traveler is the ability to sort the list of hotels by location in a city ("Select an Area") and to sort by various categories ("Quick Sort"), such as popularity, price, star rating and guest review score*. Maps are also provided showing the location of each hotel. Hotelroom.com makes finding and booking hotels that fit your plan and budget easy. * Reviews are also available on other sites, such as Expedia, Hotels.com or Travelocity, to give you other opinions; just click on "Find a Hotel" on the navigation bar to the left to link to these other sites. (Budget Europe has no affiliation with Hotelroom.com or any other hotel booking services on our website, though we do earn a very, very small commission if hotels are booked via the links on our website.)

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First Trip to Germany


This easy two-week trip starting and ending in Frankfurt encompasses many of the highlights that a first-time traveler to Germany wishes to see: the Rhine River, the Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps, Munich, the Romantic Road and dreamy Rothenburg.

Day
Place
Train Travel Time
1
Arrive Frankfurt; train to Rüdesheim on the Rhine
1.5 hrs
2
Day trip: Rhine cruise to Koblenz
Cruise: 4 hrs; train back to Rüdesheim: 1 hr
3
Train to Freudenstadt in the Black Forest
4.5-5 hrs
4
Scenic train ride through the Black Forest via Donaueschingen to Freiburg
3.5-4.5 hrs
5
Train to Munich
4.5 hrs
6-8
Sightseeing; day trips to Dachau & Salzburg, Austria (allowed with German Railpass)
Dachau: 30 mins
Salzburg: 1.5-2hrs
9
Train to Füssen for Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps
(also can be done as day trip from Munich)
2 hrs
10
 
Romantic Road Bus to Rothenburg

or Train to Rothenburg
7 hrs via Nördlingen & Dinkelsbühl
5 hrs by Train from Füssen; 2.5-3.5 hrs from Munich
11
Train to Heidelberg
4 hrs
12
Sightseeing
 
13
Return to Frankfurt Airport
1 hr

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Point-to-Point Rail Tickets


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Thalys Trains: Paris to Brussels, Amsterdam or Cologne

Thalys high-speed 186-mile-per-hour service operates on two routes: Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam and Paris-Brussels-Cologne. Between Paris and Brussels, there is about one train per hour, taking just 1 hour and 22 minutes to go from city center to city center. Depending on the day, five or six of these trains continue on to Amsterdam, with the total rail time between Paris and Amsterdam being only 4 hours and 11 minutes; another six trains continue on to Cologne, with the total rail time between Paris and Cologne taking 3 hours and 50 minutes. Cologne is a main rail hub with excellent connections to anywhere in Germany.

Getting to Brugge from Paris: Take any Thalys train to Brussels and change to a local train to Brugge (two local trains per hour, taking 55 to 62 minutes). On Saturdays only, there is one direct Thalys train running round trip between Paris and Brugge, making for a convenient day trip (departs Paris about 8am, arrives Brugge about 10:30am; departs Brugge about 6pm, arrives Paris about 8:30pm).

Thalys trains and railpasses: Passes are accepted, but a passholder supplement must be paid. In first class, the supplement for railpasses covering the whole route costs between $56-87 (depending on the city pairs) and includes, besides a seat reservation, a meal (appropriate to the time of day and served at your seat) and free Wi-Fi; in second class, the supplement costs between $35-54 and does not include a meal or Wi-Fi. When traveling between Amsterdam and Brussels, you can easily avoid this surcharge on railpasses by taking the local intercity trains, which take only a few minutes longer (trains are hourly and no seat reservation is required). When going between Paris and Brussels or Paris and Amsterdam, there is not a simple way to avoid the Thalys supplement. The only way is to take a domestic French train (seat reservation required, but inexpensive) to Lille, France and then change to a local Belgian train. Unfortunately, the connection time in Lille is often only about five minutes; and unless you're in sprinting shape, you'll probably have to wait an hour for the next local train. Also besides the change in Lille, you'll often have to change trains one more time before getting to Brugge or Brussels.

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For Your Information
  • Rhine River Boats: All railpasses valid in Germany give free boat travel on the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz (counts as a day of travel on a flexipass). The most scenic stretch of the river with plenty of clifftop castles is between Rüdesheim or Bingen (both near Mainz) to Koblenz, where the Mosel River joins the Rhine. At St. Goar, you hopefully cruise safely past the Lorelei, a steep cliff rising out of the river where in German mythology a golden-haired siren lured boatmen to their deaths on the rocks below. The Rhine River flows from south to north; so if time is a consideration, take the boats northbound from Rüdesheim or Bingen to Koblenz (4 hrs); southbound boats fighting the current are much slower (6.25 hrs). Boats run frequently April through October, but there is very limited service in the winter; click here for Rhine & Mosel River Boat Schedules; always double-check times locally as they are subject to last-minute changes.
  • Romantic Road Bus: All railpasses valid in Germany give a 20% discount on this bus (no travel day need be filled in on flexipasses for this discounted bonus). This bus is a great way to go from the Rhine area to Bavaria: the Romantic Road Bus runs from Frankfurt and Würzburg to Munich and Füssen (Neuschwanstein Castle), with stops at Rothenburg and Dinkelsbühl (operates May through October once per day in each direction); we suggest that people taking the Romantic Road bus break their journey in Rothenburg; this walled town is one of the highlights of any visit to Germany. Rothenburg also has frequent rail service, allowing you to take the bus to Rothenburg and then leave by train if it suits your schedule better. Click here for Bus Schedules.
  • Salzburg Bonus: The Germany Flexipass and other railpasses valid in Germany allow travel to Salzburg, Austria on the rail route from Munich at no additional charge and makes for a great day trip from Munich (95 mins). Also Basel, Switzerland on the rail route from Freiburg is allowed with the Germany Flexipass and other railpasses valid in Germany.
  • German Airports with Train Links to the Main Train Station: Berlin-Schönefeld (30 mins; 4 trains/hr); Düsseldorf (10 mins; 3 trains/hr); Frankfurt (15 mins; 4 trains/hr); Munich (40 mins; 6 trains/hr); Stuttgart (30 mins; 3 trains/hr).

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