Notices

Train Reservations or Pass - Germany

Old Apr 9th, 2012, 09:59 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,832
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Train Reservations or Pass - Germany

Hello - I will be traveling by train in Germany/Austria in October. The itinerary is set:

1) Fly to Frankfurt, stay several days with friends near Karlsruhe.

2) Train Karlsruhe to Munich, stay 3 nights

3) Train Munich to Salzburg, stay 3 nights

4) Train Salzburg to Rothenburg, stay 2 nights

5) Train Rothenburg to Frankfurt, overnight and fly home the next day.

Questions -- for four journeys, should I buy point-to-point tickets or a railpass? If point-to-point, when and through whom should I purchase tickets? I already checked RailEurope and some tickets can't be purchased yet. If I have a pass, can I really just jump on any train that's convenient?

Thanks for any and all help!
azzure is offline  
Old Apr 9th, 2012, 10:32 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 7,910
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi azzure,

Please don't use Raileurope to see point-point ticket prices; their prices are always higher than the actual fares.

Instead, use the German rail site to see the fares --

www.bahn.com

Make sure that you get your tickets early; the discounted fares go on sale 92 days early, but the cheapest fares sell out fast. It's best to mark your calendar and be ready to buy.

You can generally find fares around 29 Euro -- and getting those discounted fares will make a Pass unnecessary.

Have fun as you plan.

s
swandav2000 is offline  
Old Apr 9th, 2012, 12:03 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 3,188
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Munich to Salzburg and Salzburg to Rothenburg can be done on a Bayern-Ticket (21 € for each trip) if you stick to regional trains: http://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/pr...r-ticket.shtml
quokka is offline  
Old May 20th, 2012, 08:24 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,832
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi - as swandav2000 suggests, I'll be waiting until 92 days before to purchase my point-to-point tickets for my October trip. Unfortunately, I just looked at my calendar and I will be away from home, and thus unable to book my tickets, until about 80 days before my trip. Do the cheap point-to-point tickets sell out THAT FAST, or am I safe in waiting until I get home?
azzure is offline  
Old May 20th, 2012, 09:16 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 7,910
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi again,

Well, it really varies according to the route. Sometimes you can still find the 29 Euro fares as late as the week before you travel, but sometimes not. Sometimes you'll find fares a bit higher but still not as high as the walk-up fares.

If you have a laptop, you can buy the fares online. If you have a smartphone, you can download the DB app and buy them with your phone.

Otherwise, you'll have to wait until you return. You'll probably still be able to get a decent deal.

s
swandav2000 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
nanaof4
Europe
16
May 10th, 2013 04:35 AM
lwilke
Europe
8
Jan 7th, 2009 09:02 AM
nvl325
Europe
9
Jun 2nd, 2008 07:58 PM
outwest
Europe
4
Jan 10th, 2008 01:31 AM
Nancy03
Europe
4
Apr 4th, 2006 10:59 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO