Europe travel confusions

We are planning a trip to Europe in April 2019 for 10 days, we r 2 adults and 2 kids (10 years and 3 years)

Will be visiting Switzerland first, and plan to make lucern as our base and go to zermatt, grindelwald for gliding and flyer, 3 nights stay

After that we want to visit Germany, suggestion for a town needed with preferably cheap hotels. We plan to visit the famous castle, salzburg and need suggestion for 2 more excursions. 4 nights stay

After that we want to visit prague, also from where we will board our flight to home
Need suggestions for must do in and around

My problem is which pass do we get for all these
- Swiss travel pass and german rail pass both?
- will these passes will allow us to travel from lucern to Augsburg (if we are making augusburg our base in germany) with no further cost?
- will this allow us to take a trian from Germany to Prague with no further cost?
- salzburg will be covered?

Or so you have any other suggestion for the pass

Thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 17, 2018 20:01
    Hi Tasneem,

    What to purchase for an itinerary depends on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. Generally, this can only be determined once you decide on an itinerary. If you ever need 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 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.

    In the meantime, you can check rail pass costs on our website.

    For the German Rail Pass, you would click here:

    For the Swiss Travel Pass, you would click here:

    Lucerne to Augsburg

    Connections from Lucerne to Augsburg take about 5.5 to 6 hours and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Basel and then once in either Mannheim or Karlsruhe.

    A Swiss Travel Pass would cover from Lucerne to Basel and then a German Rail Pass would cover from Basel to Augsburg.

    Of these trains, reservations would only be recommended on the ICE trains from Mannheim to Augsburg. On the other trains, the rail passes are all that would be needed to board.

    Salzburg to Prague

    Neither a German Rail Pass nor a Swiss Travel Pass would cover the most direct routes from Salzburg to Prague. However, a bonus of the German Rail Pass is that it covers the IC Buses that go from Munich to Prague. With Salzburg being right at the border, the German Rail Pass would also cover the rail line between Salzburg and Munich. Therefore, you could use the German Rail Pass to be covered on the specific route from Salzburg to Prague that involves taking a train from Salzburg to Munich and then switching to an IC Bus from Munich to Prague.

    The IC Bus from Munich to Prague would just require reservations, as a supplement to the rail pass. Trains from Salzburg to Munich are Railjet trains on which reservations are recommended but not required.

    You can inquire about booking the reservations when you call us.
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