Eurail Global Pass for Germany and Belgium (Munich, Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Cologne, Brussels, Leuven, Bruges)

We are traveling from Munich to Rothenburg OD Taube, then from Rothenburg OD Taube to Cologne, Cologne to Brussels. When in Belgium, we'll be taking trains from Leuven to Brussels and Leuven to Bruges (and back). We plan on buying the 7 day Eurail Global Pass for this trip, but I can't figure out which legs need reservations (if any). How can I find this out? If they don't need reservations, does that mean we can come and go as we please on our desired day of travel? If we do need reservations, then I assume we are bound to the date/time we have reserved.I'm also curious if the Global Pass will work for the smaller trains/subways within cities like Munich and Brussels. Please help! Thanks!!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 09, 2019 20:11
    Hi Angela,

    For the Eurail Global Pass itself, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    Many of your trains actually will not take reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board. I'll run through each of your trips.

    Munich to Rothenburg ob der Tauber with a Eurail Global Pass

    The fastest connections from Munich to Rothenburg ob der Tauber take about 2.5 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Nuremberg, once in Ansbach, and then once in Steinach.

    Trains from Munich to Nuremberg are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains. On ICE trains, it is generally the case that reservations are recommended, but it is probably not really necessary for the ones just from Munich to Nuremberg. If you do want reservations for this leg, you would purchase them by searching Munich to Nuremberg on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    For the remaining part of the connection (Nuremberg to Ansbach, Ansbach to Steinach, and Steinach to Rothenberg ob der Tauber), the trains do not need or even accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. When searching schedules to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you would type 'Rothenberg O D Taube' in the field for the arrival city. Also, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked. To view the schedules, you would have to do one search for the full connection from 'Nuremberg' to 'Rothenberg O D Taube'.

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Cologne with a Eurail Global Pass

    The fastest connections from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Cologne take just over 4 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Steinach and then once in Wurzburg.

    Trains from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Steinach and Steinach to Wurzburg are regional trains, which do not accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board for these segments. For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these non-reservable segments. Once again, Rothenberg ob der Tauber would need to be entered as 'Rothenberg O D Taube'. For these schedules to display, you would need to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked and you would do one search from 'Rothenberg O D Taube' to 'Wurzburg'.

    From Wurzburg to Cologne, you would take an ICE (InterCity Express) train on which reservations are highly recommended. To purchase the reservations, you would search do a search from Wurzburg to Cologne on our homepage, check the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    Cologne to Brussels with a Eurail Global Pass

    From Cologne to Brussels, you would take a high-speed Thalys trains. These trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Cologne to Brussels by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    Leuven to Brussels with a Eurail Global Pass

    Between Leuven and Brussels, you would take a direct IC train. IC trains in Belgium do not accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board. You can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. To access these schedules, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    Leuven to Bruges with a Eurail Global Pass

    There are also direct IC trains between Leuven and Bruges. Since these don't take reservations, the Eurail Global Pass is once again all you would need to board. Schedules for the trains between Leuven and Bruges are not able to be viewed on our website. These trains depart twice every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes about 1.5 hours.
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