Basel, Switzerland to Bad Mergentheim, Germany

Is it correct that a trip from Basel, Switzerland to Bad Mergentheim, Germany can be done on a German rail pass? Our other 6 travel days during September will all be within Germany. What pass(es) do we need to purchase, and where do we start our Basel trip?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 16, 2016 19:00
    Hi Corinne,

    Technically, the validity of the German Pass begins in Basel Bad (on the route from Basel north into Germany). The ride between the Basel station and the Basel Bad station is just a short distance, taking only about 6 minutes or so. You would just pay a small supplement locally be covered for this short segment between Basel and Basel Bad.

    The most feasible connections from Basel to Bad Mergentheim take just under 5.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains twice along the way; once in Karlsruhe and then once in Crailsheim.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, If your intention is just to view schedules, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    For a trip from Basel to Bad Mergentheim, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Basel to Karlsruhe, another search for connecting trains from Karlsruhe to Crailsheim, and another search for connecting trains from Crailsheim to Bad Mergentheim.

    Of the trains comprising of this connection, reservations would only be recommended on the trains from Basel to Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe to Crailsheim. Trains from Basel to Karlsruhe are ICE (InterCity Express) trains and the direct trains from Karlsruhe to Crailsheim are IC (InterCity) trains.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage ( and entering a route. For 'passholder reservations', you would also have to indicate that you'll be traveling with a rail pass, however, to be quoted the correct reservations, you would have to indicate that you'll be traveling with a rail pass that covers the full route of the train. Since the German Rail Pass doesn't cover the full route of the train from Basel to Karlsruhe, you would just indicate that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass' when doing your search for this segment.

    Trains from Crailsheim to Bad Mergentheim don't accept reservations, so the rail pass would be all you'd need to board.
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