Trip planning is moving along swimmingly now that the glitch we encountered with our Bamberg reservation has been resolved. Thought we had a room at Hotel Weierich and had even sent credit card info only to realize yesterday I'd never received a confirmation. Called and, sure enough, no reservation. We have a room now at Pension Scheiners am Dom and since we're only there one night prior to taking the train to Berlin, all's well.
So...on to rail and car reservations. We've purchased any combination of rail passes and/or point-to-point tickets for our past European adventures, but each time we plan a new trip I seem to have no memory of the specifics.
I've done my research today and see that if we reserve saver fare point-to-point tickets for each of our 5 journeys - Berlin to Dresden, Dresden to Prague (2 days later, so can't just be a stop-off on the same ticket), Prague to Munich, Munich-Salzburg round trip - day trip), then Bamberg to Berlin, we will save a huge amount of money over purchasing either 2 German twinpasses or two Germany-Czech Republic saver passes (or whatever they're called, for 2 traveling together). Difference looks to be $326 for both of us for point to point vs 482 for German railpass (including $20 ticket each to get from Prague to German border) or a whopping $594 for 2 Germany-Czech Republic passes.
For the Berlin-Dresden trip there's a chance that our plane connections could cause us to miss the specific train we reserve. For the Dresden-Prague trip, we were wanting to leave ourselves the option to go earlier in the day or much later depending on how much we were enjoying Dresden. And for the Munich-Salzburg day trip, we really hoped to judge which day we'd go based on the weather.
Which leads to my real question: Should we reserve the saver fares now and just eat the cost of changing the ticket (15 euro per ticket, it looks like) if we need a different time...or are those saver tickets usually available closer to the travel day? In most cases, it looks like purchasing the standard fare ticket, which would be another option and would give more flexibility, costs more than just paying the 15 euro per ticket penalty if we do need to make a change.
Am I reading this correctly? Any advice or confirmation for me?
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