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Is a German Rail pass suitable? Client traveling from Berlin to Leipzig, Leipzig to Hamburg, and Hamburg to Frankfurt.

I'm a travel agent with a client who knows a lot more about Germany than I do but I'd like to recommend a rail pass. She is arriving in Berlin on May 8, then to Leipzig on May 19, then Hamburg on the 23, and finally to Frankfurt on May 25. returning to NY on May 29. Would a Germany Rail Pass covering 1 month suit her?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 06, 2017 16:19
    Hi Sal,

    For an itinerary such as this, the German Rail Pass or regular tickets would both be feasible options. The most economical of the two options would depend on the regular ticket costs you can find.

    For the German Rail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html. The 'flexi' options of this pass are valid for the duration of 1 month. For the itinerary you laid you, the '3 days within 1 month' flexi option would be sufficient.

    On each of the routes you mentioned, reservations would be recommended (especially the trains from Leipzig to Hamburg and Hamburg to Frankfurt). When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Therefore, when considering the option of a rail pass, you would also want to be sure to factor in any reservation costs.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'German Rail Pass').

    Otherwise, instead of purchasing the pass and reservations, your client would always have the option of purchasing regular tickets. You would check regular ticket costs by entering a route on our homepage and clicking the 'No' option where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    Trains from Berlin to Leipzig are either high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) or regular IC (InterCity) trains.

    Trains from Leipzig to Hamburg are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains.

    Trains from Hamburg to Frankfurt are either high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) or regular IC (InterCity) trains.

    Generally, trains in Germany can be booked once within 120 days of an intended date of departure.
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