German railroad pass

1. Going to purchase a German pass for 5 days for 2 seniors. Will I be able to validate it at the Frankfurt airport? I know trains leave from the airport. Is there a special code I should use to look at trains that leave from airport versus Hauptbahnhof?
2. On trains from Frankfurt to Freiburg & Offenburg what would the fees be to make reservations with a pass?
3. Can one hop on and off the train in one day, example: Going to Heidelberg transferring in another city, can I spend a few hours in the transfer city and then hop on another train a few hours later to get to Heidelberg?
Thank you,
Zelda
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 15, 2013 00:07
    Hi Zelda,

    There does happen to be a major rail station at the Frankfurt Airport. You would be able to validate your pass there since there is a rail station.

    Once you add the pass to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart), you would purchase reservations and check reservation costs by clicking 'Add Reservation' after clicking on 'Read More' where it says 'Check to determine if you need reservations when traveling with your rail pass'. In the upcoming weeks, this may go back to being a simple 'Continue Shopping' button that you can click from your itinerary/shopping cart. To check reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    To search schedules from the station at the airport, you would just type 'Frankfurt Airport' in the appropriate field, as opposed to just 'Frankfurt'. Generally, reservable trains in Germany can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    The German Rail Pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a time frame 1 or 2 months (1 month in the case of the German Rail Pass).

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A rail day is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during a 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, then you would use up 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    Keep in mind that any reservations you purchase would be for a specific train. Therefore, if you get off a train that you've purchased reservations for, prior to it arriving to your final destination, that reservation would not be valid for a later train that continues on to that destination.
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