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Decision - 8 day select pass or 6 day and 2 day trips bought separately

I am deciding between a 6 day select pass and an 8 day select pass (for myself and my 2 kids). When in Munich we will go to Neuschwannstein and when in Paris we will likely take at least 1 day trip (besides Versailles). Do the day trips cost enough that we should spend the extra $220 to buy the 8 day Eurail Select or should we buy the 6 day pass and buy the day trip tickets separately? Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 14, 2014 18:14
    Hi Lauren,

    To get to the Neuchwanstein Castle, you would have to take the train as far as Fussen. Trains from Munich are regional trains that do not accept reservations and take about 2 hours in duration. Therefore, should you use a rail pass for this trip, it would be all you'd need to board.

    To determine your most economical option, you would compare the ticket costs for trains between Munich and Fussen to the difference in cost between the 6 day and 8 day passes. The trip from Paris to Versailles is done by local commuter trains and wouldn't be covered by the rail pass anyway, so you wouldn't factor this in.

    You would check ticket costs for trains between Munich and Fussen by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Once in Fussen, you would take a bus to the town of Hohenschwangau, where you could either take another bus to get up to the castle, walk or take a horse-drawn carriage.

    Please note that the bus would take you to a point from where you would still have to walk another 10 minutes up a steep hill. The bus ticket from Hohenschwangau is currently listed at 2.60 euro for the roundtrip and must be purchased locally upon arrival.

    The horse-drawn carriage from Hohenshwangau is currently listed at about 7.50 euro for the roundtrip and also must be purchased locally upon arrival. The carriage would take you to a point from where you would only have an easier 5 minute walk to the entrance of the castle.

    To walk all the way from Hohenschwangau to the entrance of the castle would take approximately 30 minutes.

    While in Paris, you would take Line C of the local RER train to get to the Palace of Versailles. You would get off at the Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château stop, which is only about a 5 minute walk from the palace itself. Since the RER is not covered by the rail pass, you would just pay to board these trains locally. You can pick up Line C of the RER at a number of local Métro/RER stops in Paris, including Austerlitz, St. Michel/Notre Dame, Invalides, Pont de l'Alma, and Champ de Mars/Tour Eiffel. These trains depart 3 or 4 times every hour and take about 25 to 40 minutes in duration between the city and Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château.
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