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German Rail Pass and seat reservations / Berlin to Nuremberg, Nuremberg to Rothenburg, Rothenburg to Augsburg, and Augsburg to Munich

I purchased German Rail Pass ( 1st class) for my husband and me. Now I need to buy or reserve train tickets for multi cities. Example: Berlin to Nuremberg. It looks like to reserve a seat I need to pay again for tickets to reserve the seat. What are the benefits of buying Rail Pass if I have to buy tickets in addition to Pass? Question #1: is RailPass for 4 non-consecutive dates is enough to travel or I need to buy train ticket anyway? Question#2; if buy tickets does it automatically means I reserved the seats? Please help to guide me through the steps I need to take for my travel from berlin to Nuremberg and another day from nuremberg to Rothenburg and than to Augsburg and Munich.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 28, 2019 14:41
    Hi Elena,

    Rail passes cover ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It just depends on the itinerary.

    Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. On the high-speed trains in Germany (ICE trains), reservations are not required, but they are recommended.

    For trains that do not accept reservations, there is nothing you need to book, so the German Rail Pass is all you would need to board. On such trains, you would just hop on and show your pass.

    Berlin to Nuremberg with a German Rail Pass

    Trains from Berlin to Nuremberg are ICE trains. Therefore, reservations would be recommended.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Berlin to Nuremberg by searching the route 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 ‘German Rail Pass’).

    Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber with a German Rail Pass

    Connections from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber take about 1hr10min or 1hr14min and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Ansbach and then once in Steinach.

    The trains comprising of this route are IC or regional trains that do not accept reservations. Therefore, the German Rail Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for the connection from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. When you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked. When searching schedules to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you would type 'Rothenburg O D Taube' in the field for the arrival city. To view these schedules, you would one search for the full connection from Nuremberg to 'Rothenburg O D Taube'.

    It is also the case that only two options are able to be shown for each search you do, and the 'Later Trains' button does not work.

    To view more departures, you would instead need to adjust to the specific hour of the day for which you want to view schedules when you enter the criteria of your search. For example, if you want to view options that depart after 12pm, then you would have to click '12pm'.

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Augsburg with a German Rail Pass

    Connections from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Augsburg take about 2.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Steinach and then once in Treuchtlingen.

    These are all regional trains that do not accept reservations, so the German Rail Pass is once again all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage just to view schedules for the connection from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Augsburg. Since you're just trying to access schedules and not book reservations, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked. When searching schedules out of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you would type 'Rothenburg O D Taube' in the field for the departure city. To view these schedules, you would one search for the full connection from 'Rothenburg O D Taube' to Augsburg.

    Augsburg to Munich with a German Rail Pass

    From Augsburg to Munich, there are mostly regional trains and ICE trains. The regional trains take 41-49 minutes, while the ICE trains take 30-32 minutes. Reservations are not necessary on either of these train types for this particular trip. Therefore, the German Rail Pass is all you would need to board.

    You can again use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the trains from Augsburg to Munich. Since you're just trying to access schedules and not book reservations, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.
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  • Thank you very much for your detailed response. Need one more advice. Before I got your response (: When I was booking multi-city tickets I clicked "I have Rail Pass 1st class" and booked all the tickets including Nuremberg to Rothenburg, Rothenburg to Augsburg to Munich. Website actually took my reservations for all cities with charging me and never advised that I don't need to pay since I have German Rail Pass. Did I double pay? Do I need to cancel these destinations since I have Rail Pass
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  • I’m confused
    I have German Rail Pass 1 st class. I know that it lets me get on the train from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber but how do I reserve the seat without buying additional tickets? If I don't reserve seats does this mean I maybe standing for 2.5 hour trip if no seats available?
    Thank you,
    Elena
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 04, 2019 17:07
      Hi Elena,

      The trains that make up a connection from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber are InterCity (IC) or regional trains that do not accept reservations. With that being the case, the German Rail Pass is all you would need to board. The whole objective of the rail pass is to cover your ticket costs, so you would not purchase additional tickets. Tickets are redundant to a rail pass.

      Since the trains Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber don't take reservations, you would just be able to sit wherever this an open seat. Rest assured, you don't need to worry availability on these trains. There will be seats for you.

      I would recommend that you review my response above, trip-by-trip. That way, you know what to expect for each of your trips. I address the route from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, as well as each of the other trips you mentioned in your initial question. It will clarify the objective of the rail pass, tell you which trains need reservations and which don't, and provide you with instructions for how to book the reservations when they're needed.
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    Thanks a lot. I followed the instructions from you 7 days ago and bought tickets from berlin to Nuremberg with seats reserved. I was able to return redundant tickets for other destinations.
    Thanks again for your clear and timely responses, truly appreciate it.
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