Does the Eurail Global Pass cover local city transit systems like the Swiss Travel Pass does?

My question is about Global Pass usage on "local" transit systems. I am used to using the Swiss Pass in CH - it's good on almost all inner-city transit systems through out Switzerland. ie: Zurich, Basel, Luzerne, Lausanne bus, boats, trams, Post Bus etc.
Does the Global Pass function exactly the same in CH, as well as in Deutschland, France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, etc (all countries included for Global Pass usage)?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 16, 2015 15:27
    Hi James.

    I'm sorry, however, other rail passes do not work in the same way as the Swiss Travel Pass when it comes to city transit systems. As the primary objective of a rail pass is to cover trains between different cities, public transportation within European cities would generally not be covered.

    There is one notable exception, however, which is the S-Bahn network within German cities. Excepting certain S-Bahn lines in Berlin, a multi-country rail pass that includes Germany (including the Eurail Global Pass) does cover S-Bahn trains in German cities. It would use up a day of travel on a pass to use it to take an S-Bahn. Therefore, a traveler might not want to squander a day of travel on their pass just to take an S-Bahn train in a German city. They might decide to use their pass on an S-Bahn ride only if they'll already be using it that same day to cover travel to or from another destination.

    In Berlin, a rail pass would only be valid on the following S-Bahn lines:

    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 the segment between Zoologischer Garten and Lichtenberg.

    2.) The S-Bahn lines that run north-south between the Gesundbrunnen and the Südkreuz station. These S-Bahn lines intersect with the east-west line mentioned above at the Friedrichstrasse station. These lines include S1 (although S1 doesn't go all the way to Südkreuz, so it would only be valid up to Friedrichstrasse), S2, and S25. On these S-Bahn lines, the pass would just not be valid to any stop north of the Gesundbrunnen station and any stop south of the Südkreuz station.

    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. However, there are regional 'Die Bahn' trains that run along these very same routes that a rail pass would be valid on.

    All S-Bahn throughout the rest of Germany would be covered. In contrast, a rail pass would not cover the 'U-Bahn' subway trains that operate within German cities.
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