Bug in the booking engine?

Hello, I'm trying to determine which rail pass to purchase for my upcoming trip to Germany. Based on reading the description of how travel days work, I believe my scheduled trip should take up 4 travel days. However the booking engine is telling me only three.

The trip I'm planning is:
Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg (5/20)
Heidelberg to Hamburg (5/24)
Hamburg to Cologne (5/25)
Cologne to Frankfurt Airport (5/27)

None of the planned trains are overnight, they all depart between 0800 and 1300.

Should I purchase a 3 or 4 day German rail pass?

Thanks.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 22, 2013 16:08
    Hi Jon,

    To cover the travel you listed, you would actually purchase a 4 day German Rail Pass. I apologize for any confusion if you received conflicting information. I will look into any potentional glitches with such a search on our website, and we will work to have them resolved as soon as possible. In the meantime, please be advised you can purchase the pass for 4 days of rail travel.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 22, 2013 16:14
    For general reference, the German Pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a longer time frame (1 month in the case of the German Pass).

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A rail day is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24 hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were take a day train from 'city A' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' on the same day, then you would only use up one day of travel on your railpass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' on the next day, then you would use up 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    One important rule to remember is that if you happen to take a night train that departs prior to 7 pm to arrive into the destination the next morning, then 2 days of rail travel will be used up on a railpass. Most night trains; however, do depart after 7 pm, in which case only 1 day of rail travel would be used up on a rail pass.
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