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Germany Flexipass


This pass, giving unlimited travel on the German national rail system, is available as either a consecutive-day pass (5, 10 or 15 consecutive days) or a flexipass (3, 4, 5, 7, or 10 days of travel within 1 month). 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 full-fare ticket for the 285-mile journey between Frankfurt and Munich costs $250 round trip; there are discounted tickets, but you must buy far in advance and commit to be locked into specific dates and times), making railpasses a great value here. In addition to train travel, all railpasses valid in Germany give you a 20 percent discount on the Rhine and Mosel river cruise boats, and also a 20 percent discount on the Romantic Road buses. A unique feature of the German Railpass is that it can be used to travel on several international routes without buying additional add-on tickets. For example, you can travel from Munich to Salzburg, from Cologne to Brussels (German ICE trains only) or from Munich to Innsbruck, Verona or Venice (German EC trains only). Also it is valid on the German Railroad's buses to Prague. 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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Germany Consecutive-Day Prices

Validity
Adult1
Single Traveler
1st Class
Adult1
Single Traveler
2nd Class
Twin1, 2
2 Adults
1st Class
(Price/Adult)
Twin1, 2
2 Adults
2nd Class
(Price/Adult)
Youth3, 4
Ages 12-25
2nd Class
5 days
10 days
15 days
$348
$504
$696
$258
$373
$516
$261
$378
$523
$194
$280
$387
$206
$299
$412

  1. Children 6-11: 2 children are free per Adult Pass; additional children 6-11 buy Youth or Twin Passes (no child fare) -- children under 6: free.
  2. Price is per person for two people traveling together; children 6-11: see child policy in footnote 1.
  3. You must be less than 26 at the time you activate your pass in Europe, but you can continue to use your pass if you turn 26 during the validity period of your pass.
  4. The Youthpass is also available in 1st cl (cost is about 35% more than the price of a 2nd-cl pass).

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.

Germany Flexipass Prices

Validity
Adult1
Single Traveler
1st Class
 
Adult1
Single Traveler
2nd Class
Twin1, 2
2 Adults
1st Class
(Price/Adult)
Twin1, 2
2 Adults
2nd Class
(Price/Adult)
Youth3, 4
Ages 12-25
2nd Class
3 days
4 days
5 days
7 days
10 days
$311
$334
$357
$443
$568
$231
$248
$265
$328
$421
$234
$251
$268
$333
$426
$174
$186
$199
$247
$316
$184
$198
$213
$262
$337

  1. Children 6-11: 2 children are free per Adult Pass; additional children 6-11 buy Youth or Twin Passes (no child fare) -- children under 6: free.
  2. Price is per person for two people traveling together; children 6-11: see child policy in footnote 1.
  3. You must be less than 26 at the time you activate your pass in Europe, but you can continue to use your pass if you turn 26 during the validity period of your pass.
  4. The Youthpass is also available in 1st cl (cost is about 35% more than the price of a 2nd-cl pass).

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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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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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, eight or nine of these trains continue on to Amsterdam, with the total rail time between Paris and Amsterdam being only 3 hours and 20 minutes; another five trains continue on to Cologne, with the total rail time between Paris and Cologne taking 3 hours and 20 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 10:45am; departs Brugge about 6pm, arrives Paris about 8:30pm).

Thalys trains and railpasses: Passes are accepted, but a passholder supplement, which includes a seat reservation, must be paid. In first class, the supplement for railpasses covering the entire route costs between $50-75 (depending on the city pairs) and in second class between $35-50 (on peak-time trains the passholder supplement costs more or may not be available at all). 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 to Lille, France
(seat reservation required; usually costs about $15) 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 a 20% discount boat travel on the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz (as the boats are no longer free, you do not need to use a day of travel on your flexipass; just buy the discounted ticket). 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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