German Rail Pass and U-bahn, S-bahn

Question 1: Can I use German Rail Pass for U-bahn and S-bahn? I understand some trains in U-bahn and S-bahn belong to Deutsche Bahn, but others belong to local transit companies. How do I use the pass for those trains?

Question 2: How does the Pass keep track of which day I use? Do I need to validate the pass each day of use before I ride a train? If I buy 3 day ticket and used non-consecutive three days, does the ticket have any record which day I used?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 08, 2013 16:58
    Hi Sam,

    The German Rail Pass does not cover the U-Bahn trains in Germany.

    In general, most rail passes do not include subway networks and bus service within a city.

    One notable exception is the S-Bahn trains, as any rail pass that includes Germany would cover these trains (except for many of the S-Bahn lines in Berlin, in which case, you would just use your pass to board any of the regional trains that run along the same routes as the S-Bahn). In Berlin, a pass that includes Germany is valid to cover travel on the main S-Bahn line that cuts east-west across the city and the S-Bahn line that cuts north-south (these two lines intersect at the Hbf station in the heart of Berlin). The S-Bahn lines throughout Berlin that feed into these two lines are the ones that are not covered by any rail pass.

    You would only validate your pass prior to boarding your first train. You can do so at the ticket window in the station. From that point on, you would just write in each of your travel dates above the appropriate line before boarding each train. If you don't write in the date for a particular train, then you may be fined or be charged the regular local ticket price for that train by the conductor.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 22, 2013 18:56
      In Berlin, there are only two S-Bahn routes that would be covered with a German Rail Pass.

      The S-Bahn lines in Berlin that are covered are as follows:

      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 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 any 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. With that said, there are regional trains that run along these same routes, which would be covered by a rail pass.
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