Best Option for Frankfurt-Trier, Trier-Morlenbach, Morlenbach-Darmstadt, Darmstadt-Rothenburg, and Rothenburg-Furth im Wald? Rail Pass vs. Individual Tickets?

I am currently needing to make a decision on our train tickets. I will need tickets for 4 days, 5 trips. Hoping someone can give advice on which would be my best option. Passes or individual tickets? Here are the routes we will be taking:Day 1: Frankfurt to TrierDay 2: (2 trips)Trier to MörlenbachMörlenbach to DarmstadtDay 3: Darmstadt to Rothenburg ob der TauberDay 4: Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Furth i WaldAlso, one other question. On Day 1, our flight arrives at Frankfurt airport at 9:10am. We will be traveling only with backpacks so no waiting for luggage. The first scheduled train departure to Trier is at 9:24 and the next at 9:58. How much time will it take me to get down to the train station. Should I book tickets in advance or is my best bet to wait until I know our flight will arrive on time? If I did book in advance but was late is it possible to change tickets? What is my best option in this situation?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2017 17:57
    Hi Marie,

    For the requested itinerary, your best option would be to purchase the German Rail Pass. For the German Rail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html.

    Frankfurt to Trier

    A connection from Frankfurt to Trier takes at least about 3.5 hours in duration. I would recommend a scenic route along the West Rhine Railway (Rhine Valley Line) that goes via Koblenz.

    Direct regional (Regional-Express) and IC (InterCity) trains from Frankfurt to Koblenz run along the West Rhine Railway. In Koblenz, you would switch to a regional train that will take you to Trier. On these trains, reservations are not necessary (or even possible), so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these trains by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. For a trip from Frankfurt to Trier via the West Rhine Railway, you would have to break up your search in Koblenz by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for the trains from Frankfurt to Koblenz and then another search for connecting trains from Koblenz to Trier. Also, it is generally the case that when searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    The regional and IC trains from Frankfurt to Koblenz can be identified by their train numbers. When you pull up the results of your Frankfurt-Koblenz search, the regional and IC trains will have train numbers with 4 digits (the regional trains beginning with a '4' and the IC trains beginning with a '2'). Please note, trains from Frankfurt to Koblenz with 5-digit train numbers do not run along the scenic West Rhine Railway, instead taking a less scenic route through the eastern bank of the Rhine.

    Trier to Mörlenbach

    A connection from Trier to Mörlenbach takes about 4 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Mannheim and then once in Weinheim. None of these trains even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules for the portion of this route from Trier to Weinheim by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. Once again, it is generally the case that when searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    Schedules from Weinheim to Mörlenbach are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, these trains depart twice every hour throughout the day, and the ride from Weinheim to Mörlenbach only takes about 13 minutes.

    Mörlenbach to Darmstadt

    A connection from Mörlenbach to Darmstadt takes about 1 hour in duration and involves changing trains once in Weinheim along the way. Once again, these trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Schedules from Mörlenbach to Weinheim and Weinheim to Darmstadt are both not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, trains from Mörlenbach to Weinheim depart twice every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes about 15 minutes. Trains from Weinheim to Darmstadt depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes 20 to 25 minutes.

    Darmstadt to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    A connection from Darmstadt to Rothenburg ob der Tauber takes just under 3.5 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes en route; once in Aschaffenburg, once in Würzburg, and then once in Steinach. Reservations are not necessary (or even possible) on any of these trains, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules from Darmstadt to Rothenburg ob der Tauber just by breaking up your search in Würzburg. Also, when searching for schedules to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you would just have to type 'Rothenburg O D Taube' in the field for the arrival city. Therefore, you would do one search for the part of the connection from Darmstadt to Würzburg and then another search for the part of the connection from Würzburg to 'Rothenburg O D Taube'.

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Furth im Wald

    A connection from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Furth im Wald takes just under 4 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Steinach, once in Ansbach, once in Nuremberg, and then once in Schwandorf. None of these trains will even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    On our website, it is generally not possible to view schedules for most trains from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Steinach, Steinach to Ansbach, and Steinach to Nuremberg.

    For your reference, trains from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Steinach depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 14 minutes. Trains from Steinach to Ansbach depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 22 minutes. Regional and IC trains from Ansbach to Nuremberg depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes about 30 to 35 minutes.

    Schedules for the part of the connection from Nuremberg to Furth im Wald can be viewed our website. Due to an error, our website only recognizes Nuremberg if spelled incorrectly as 'Nuremburg'. When searching schedules to Furth im Wald, you would just type 'Furth I Wald' in the field for the arrival city. Therefore, you would enter your search as 'Nuremburg' to 'Furth I Wald'. Once again, it is generally the case that when searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.
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