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Does a rail pass cover subways and buses in European cities? Public transportation questions

Does the Eurail Global pass cover public transportation in cities? Like the local subways, trains or buses.
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  • Hello!
    Me and my fiancee planing to travel to Swiss (4 days) follow by venice (4days) back to swiss (2day)
    what is the best pass can i take?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 07, 2017 18:39
      What to purchase for your travels would depend on the specifics of the itinerary itself and various other factors. If you’d like assistance determining the best option for an itinerary, you would call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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  • hi ,
    we are a family of four, traveling to czech republic, austria and poland.
    i think buying the 2 country pass (czech and austria) would make sense and then buying separate tickets to poland
    i wanted to know if the pass would also be valid on the day trips by train that we plan to take from prague, salzburg and vienna. for e.g.. from prague to kutna hora or from salzburg to werfen.
    if yes... then do i need reservations on these trains?
    how will i know on which trains i need a reservation ? we plan to take many day trips. do i have to check on all trains?
    also if we plan to go and come back on the same day (day trip)... it will be considered as 1 day used on the pass right? or 2 as i used 2 trains
    hoping to hear from you soon
    thanks,
    rbn
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 10, 2017 18:36
      Hi,

      Whether or not a reservation is required just depends on the specific train and route.

      Trains from Prague to Kutna Hora are regional trains on which reservations are possible, but not required.

      From Salzburg to Werfen, there are IC (InterCity) trains and regional trains. On the IC trains, reservations are possible, but not necessary. On the regional trains, reservations are not accepted.

      Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In the countries to which you're referring, most trains will not require reservations; it all just depends.

      For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

      When you pull up the results of a 'passholder' reservation search on our website, each departure that displays should come attached with a message that says either 'Reservation Required', 'Reservation Recommended', or 'Non Reservable'.

      If a particular train doesn't require reservations, then the rail pass is all you would need to board.

      When you search Prague to Kutna Hora on our site, it may state 'Reservation Required' for each of the trains that display; however, that is not the case. While reservations are possible on these trains, they are not actually necessary.

      Also, there appears to be an error on our site preventing schedules for the direct trains from Salzburg to Werfen from displaying, thus making it so that the IC trains are not able to be reserved. If you wish to book reservations for one of the IC trains from Salzburg to Werfen, you would have to do so by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. However, as I mentioned above, reservations are not necessary on these trains.

      Generally, reservable trains in the Czech Republic can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date, while trains in Austria can be booked within 90 days of an intended departure.

      If you have questions about a specific route, please let us know.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 10, 2017 18:38
      The Eurail Select Pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'.

      A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame. With a Eurail Select Pass, you would have 2 months to complete the number of 'travel days' you choose. The 2 months would start to count down after you get your pass 'validated' at the station, which is something you would do before boarding your first train.

      'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A ‘travel 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 rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.
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