Does the pass cover intercity trains within cities? If so, does that day of use count as a travel day on my pass?

For example, does the pass cover trains inside Berlin? Or other public transit such as metro, buses, etc? Also, if the pass does cover intercity travel, does that count as a day on the pass? Thanks very much!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 29, 2014 16:40
    Thank you for your question, Austin.

    'InterCity' actually refers to a specific type of train that connects different cities. Rail passes generally do not cover metro/subway networks and buses within cities, as the objective of a rail pass is more to cover trains between different cities (such as 'InterCity' trains). While that is the case throughout most of Europe, Germany is an exception, as any rail pass that includes Germany does happen to cover the 'S-Bahn' trains that operate within German cities. With that said, certain S-Bahn routes in Berlin would not be covered.

    In Berlin, a pass that includes Germany would only be valid on the following S-Bahn lines:

    1.) The main S-Bahn lines that cut east-west across the city along the corridor between the Zoologischer Garten station, the Hbf (Hauptbahnhof) station, the Friedrichstrasse station, the Ostbahnhof station, and the Lichtenberg station. This includes S5, S7, and S75; but only between Zoologischer Garten and Lichtenberg.

    2.) The S-Bahn lines that run north-south between the Gesundbrunnen station and the Südkreuz station. These lines intersect with the east-west line mentioned above at Friedrichstrasse. These lines include S2, S25, and S1 (though S1 doesn't go all the way to Südkreuz, so it would only be valid up to Friedrichstrasse). On these lines, the pass would not be valid to any stop north of Gesundbrunnen and stop south of Südkreuz.

    The S-Bahn lines throughout Berlin that feed into the lines mentioned above are the ones that would not be covered with a rail pass. While that is the case, there are actual regional trains that run along these same routes, for which a rail pass would be valid.

    All S-Bahn lines throughout the rest of Germany would be covered. In contrast, rail passes do not cover the 'U-Bahn' subway trains that operate within German cities.

    Please note that use of a rail pass on the S-Bahn does require the use of a travel day on the pass. Therefore, you might not want to squander a day of travel on your pass just to take an S-Bahn, as paying to board an S-Bahn locally would be rather inexpensive. You might only want to consider using your pass to board an S-Bahn on the actual days you'll already be using the pass to take another train to or from a different city.
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