Would a 2 country pass be valid on metro, trams, and undergrounds?

hi, If i buy a 2 country pass for Germany and Austria, I know it will be valid on all trains in these 2 countries but is it also valid in all the numerous tramways,metros,undergrounds etc. Please help me out with the full validity of this pass.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 02, 2016 17:30
    Hi,

    Rail passes generally do not cover metro systems/public transit networks within cities; however, the S-Bahn networks in Germany and Austria are an exception. Any rail pass that includes Germany does cover the S-Bahn trains in Germany (with the exception of certain S-Bahn lines in Berlin) and any rail pass that includes Austria does cover the S-Bahn trains in Austria.

    In Berlin, a rail pass is valid on the following S-Bahn lines:

    1.) The main S-Bahn lines that cut east-west across the city along the corridor between the Zoologischer Garten station, the Hbf (Hauptbahnhof) station, the Friedrichstrasse station, the Ostbahnhof station, and the Lichtenberg station. This includes S5, S7, and S75 but only between the segment between Zoologischer Garten and Lichtenberg.

    2.) The S-Bahn lines that run north-south between the Gesundbrunnen and the Südkreuz station. These S-Bahn lines intersect with the east-west line mentioned above at the Friedrichstrasse station. These lines include S1 (although S1 doesn't go all the way to Südkreuz, so it would only be valid up to Friedrichstrasse), S2, and S25. On these S-Bahn lines, the pass would just not be valid to any stop north of the Gesundbrunnen station and any stop south of the Südkreuz station.

    The S-Bahn lines that feed into these two lines are the ones not be covered by a pass. With that said, there are also regional Die Bahn trains that operating along these same lines on which a rail pass would be valid.

    Please note, a rail pass would not be valid on the U-Bahn trains in German cities.
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  • Ok. If I have the rail pass then do I need to make a reservation for intercity trains (between Munich, düsseldorf, dortmund, Frankfurt) or just get on board and show the pass. Also if I buy a Swiss pass separately and a german-austian rail pass, what do I have to do if my train is from Zurich to düsseldorf. If reservations need to be made then using which site and is there a charge for it?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 10, 2016 22:03
    Hi,

    In Germany, reservations would only be recommended on the ICE (InterCity Express) trains. On these trains, reservations aren't required, they're just recommended. On regular IC (InterCity) trains in Germany, reservations aren't necessary.

    If necessary, multiple rail passes can be used to cover ticket costs for the route of a train. If you use a Swiss Travel Pass and a separate Eurail Select Pass to cover the route of a train from Zurich to Dusseldorf, you would just show each pass to the conductor and a 'travel day' would be counted off of each. When booking passholder reservations on our site, however, it is not possible to indicate that you'll be using two different rail passes to cover the ticket costs for a train. Therefore, just for the purpose of booking reservations on such a train, you can indicate that you'll be traveling with any single rail pass that does cover the full route of the train (i.e. a Eurail Select Pass that includes Germany and Switzerland for a train from Zurich to Dusseldorf, instead of one that includes Germany and Austria). Even though this isn't the pass you'll actually be traveling with when you're there, it would prompt our website to issue you the correct reservations.

    Generally, reservable trains in Germany can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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