With a German Pass, do I need an extra ticket to go from Berlin to Prague? Prague to Frankfurt? Heidelberg to Strasbourg?

Plan Berlin to Prague. Do I need a ticket in addition to the German pass? and Prague to Frankfort?What about Heidelberg to Strasbourg and return?
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  • Hi James,

    Berlin to Prague with a German Rail Pass

    If you'll be taking the train from Berlin to Prague and you only have a German Rail Pass, then you would need an additional ticket to cover you from the border to Prague. However, this ticket is only able to be purchased locally. To do so, you would just go to the ticket window before boarding the train in Berlin. When you purchase the ticket, be sure to mention that you have the German Rail Pass and specify that you just need a ticket from the town of Schöna (at the border) to Prague.

    Prague to Frankfurt with a German Rail Pass

    A connection from Prague to Frankfurt involves taking a bus from Prague to Nuremberg, where you would board a train that would take you to Frankfurt. The buses from Prague to Nuremberg do happen to be covered by the German Rail Pass. These buses would just require reservations in addition to the pass. Reservations for these buses are not able to be purchased on our website. Instead, you would call us to purchase the reservations. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays. Starting next week, our Monday to Friday hours will be 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT.

    The German Rail Pass would of course be valid to cover you on your connecting train from Nuremberg to Frankfurt. Trains from Nuremberg to Frankfurt are high-speed ICE trains. On ICE trains, reservations aren't required, but they are recommended.

    These reservations can be purchased by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'German Rail Pass'). Due to an error, our website only recognizes Nuremberg if spelled incorrectly as 'Nuremburg'. Therefore, you would just have to type 'Nuremburg' as your departure city when you enter your search.

    Heidelberg to Strasbourg with a German Rail Pass

    A connection from Heidelberg to Strasbourg involves changing trains once in Karlsruhe along the way. The German Rail Pass would of course cover you on your train from Heidelberg to Karlsruhe.

    Direct trains from Karlsruhe to Strasbourg are 'France-Germany High Speed' (TGV Est) trains on which the German Rail Pass would enable you to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 3' even though the train crosses over into France.

    To receive the 'Passholder 3' rate for a direct train from Karlsruhe to Strasbourg, you would enter the route on our homepage and indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'German Rail Pass'.

    When you pull up the results of your search, you can ensure it's the discounted 'Passholder 3' rate that you're being quoted by clicking on the 'View' button under the cost that displays. You would then refer to the 'Ticket Flexibility' options in the box that expands out below. For the 'Passholder 3' rate, you would just want to be sure that the 'Flexiible' option is checked. Underneath 'Flexible', you would click 'Read More' and the name of the fare would read 'France-Germany High Speed Passholder 3'.
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