Are the trips from Munich to Salzburg open again? Does the German Rail Pass include travel from Munich to Zurich? Do I only need reservations on the Munich-Salzburg leg & Munich-Zurich leg?

I read that six months ago the Munich-Salzburg trips were cancelled due to the migrations, will it open by June 2016?

Does the German Rail Pass include travels from Munich to Zurich?

Our trips are Stuttgart-Fussen, Fussen-Munich, Munich-Salzburg and back and Munich-Zurich. Am I right in deducing that reservations will only need to made for the Munich-Salzburg leg and the Munich-Zurich leg? Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 21, 2016 21:20
    Hi Nitz,

    Since then, direct trains have begun operating again between Munich and Salzburg. Even though Salzburg is in Austria, the German Rail Pass does cover trains between Munich and Salzburg. You would purchase the German Rail Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....

    Munich to Salzburg with a German Rail Pass

    The trains between Munich and Salzburg are Railjet trains, EuroCity (EC) trains, and Meridian trains. On the Railjet and EuroCity (EC) trains, reservations aren't required, but they are recommended. Generally, you can purchase passholder reservations by entering a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with. However, if you indicate that you'll be traveling with the German Rail Pass, the passholder reservations for these trains will not be able to be booked there. You can purchase reservations for a Railjet train between Munich and Salzburg by indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass' instead of the German Rail Pass. Our website may have a note indicating that the Railjet trains require reservations, but that is not the correct. As I mentioned above, reservations are only recommended on the Railjet trains, so you can disregard that message.

    For the EuroCity (EC) trains between Munich and Salzburg, only regular ticket costs would be quoted, but you can still purchase passholder reservations for one of these trains by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    The Meridian trains between Munich and Salzburg don't even accept reservations, so the German Rail Pass is all you'd need to board.

    When you do a search, the Railjet trains will be labeled as such, and the other trains can be distinguished by their train numbers. A EuroCity (EC) train between Munich and Salzburg would have a 3 digit train number, while a Meridian train between Munich and Salzburg would have a 5 digit train number.

    Munich to Zurich with a German Rail Pass

    A German Rail Pass does not cover the trains from Munich to Zurich once they cross over into Switzerland. The German Rail Pass would only cover you up to the border with Switzerland on the way from Munich to Zurich. To be covered for the segment of this route that's in Switzerland, you would have to purchase a separate point-to-point ticket from the town of Lindau to Zurich. To purchase this supplemental ticket, you would have to call us. Once again, we can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. The direct trains from Munich to Zurich are EuroCity (EC) trains.

    In addition to the German Rail Pass and the Lindau-Zurich ticket, it is also the case that reservations are recommended on the direct trains from Munich to Zurich. You can purchase reservations on one of these trains by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass' instead of the German Rail Pass (if you indicate that you'll be traveling with the Germain Rail Pass, it will not prompt our website to quote you the appropriate reservations to purchase.) All that matters is that you'll have the German Rail Pass and the Lindau-Zurich ticket to show to the conductor when you're on board the train. Just like the Railjet trains between Munich and Salzburg, our website may have a note indicating that the Munich-Zurich trains require reservations, however, that is not the correct. You can disregard that message, since reservations are only recommended on these trains.

    If you prefer, you can take a bus to get from Munich to Zurich instead of the train. These buses are called InterCity (IC) Buses. The InterCity Buses are a common and comfortable way to travel from Munich to Zurich. Additionally, the bus ride from Munich to Zurich is about 40 minutes shorter than the train. The German Rail Pass would not cover any part of the bus ride from Munich to Zurich. For one of the buses, you would have to purchase a regular point-to-point ticket for the full route from Munich to Zurich. Tickets for these buses are able to be purchased on our website. To do so, you would just enter the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com). Since you wouldn't be using a rail pass for the bus, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when you enter your search.

    Stuttgart to Füssen with a German Rail Pass

    The most feasible connections from Stuttgart to Füssen take just over 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Augsburg en route. Most trains from Stuttgart to Augsburg are InterCity Express (ICE) trains on which reservations are only recommended, not required. If you'd like to have reservations on this leg, you would purchase them by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'German Rail Pass'.

    The trains from Augsburg to Füssen are regional trains that don't even accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board one of these trains. For planning purposes, you can still check schedules for this non-reservable segment by doing a search on our site for trains from Augsburg to Füssen. In order for these schedules to display, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of pass when you enter your criteria for this search.

    Füssen to Munich with a German Rail Pass

    Trains from Füssen to Munich are regional trains that don't accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you'll need to board one of these trains. For planning purposes, you can still check schedules for these trains by searching the route on our website. In order for schedules from Füssen to Munich to display, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of pass when you enter your criteria for this search.
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