How to reserve a seat using German Rail Pass and what is the cost of reservations.

Hell Jeff,

We are planning to make a trip around part of Germany using German Rail Pass. From Munich, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Dresden, Berlin etc. I tried to follow your instructions on how to reserve seats and failed. We have a twin flex pass for 10 days for the 2-nd class cars and it seems that the reservations are not always available. Please, advice if in this case they are not required and we can just try to get around without reservations. Also does reservation mean we have to buy some additional ticket at the station (how much does it cost) or we can do it on-line from your site and print it at home.
Thank you in advance.

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 11, 2018 16:10
    Hi Yelena,

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (, 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’).

    For the 2nd class reservations to display, you would have to indicate that your German Rail Pass is 2nd class.

    For the German Rail Pass itself, you would click here:

    Munich to Nuremberg

    Trains from Munich to Nuremberg are ICE (InterCity Express) high-speed trains. On ICE trains, it is generally the case that reservations are recommended. The ride from Munich to Nuremberg takes just over an hour.

    Nuremberg to Bamberg

    From Nuremberg to Bamberg, there are some ICE high-speed trains, but most trains on this route are regional trains. The regional trains don't even accept reservations, so the German Rail Pass is all you would need to board one of these. The ICE trains from Nuremberg to Bamberg take about 35 minutes, while the regional trains take about 42 minutes.

    Bamberg to Dresden

    Connections from Bamberg to Dresden take about 3 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Leipzig along the way. Trains from Bamberg to Leipzig and Leipzig to Dresden are ICE high-speed trains.

    Dresden to Berlin

    Trains from Dresden to Berlin are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are recommended. The ride from Dresden to Berlin takes about 1hr46min.
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