Rail pass working in a city

So I am still slightly confused. I understand that there is a German Rail Pass that is 10 days in 1 month. If hypothetically I lived in Germany for 1 month, and used 10 of those days for city to city travel (i.e. Frankfurt to Munich, Munich to Venice, Cologne to Brussels, Brussels to Cologne, Cologne to Berlin, etc.) would the German Rail Pass also work to be my train ticket on RE, RB, and S bahns on the other 20 days I am not using the pass for city to city travel.... Or does a normal just-in-the-same-city travel take one of the 10 days away?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 19, 2017 19:21
    Hi Rachel,

    Regional and S-Bahn trains in Germany are covered by the German Rail Pass; however, it would require the use of a 'travel day' on the pass to take these trains. Regional trains and S-Bahn trains are treated just like any other train when it comes to 'travel days' on a flexi rail pass. In many instances, it would likely not be worth it to squander a 'travel day' on a rail pass for a short S-Bahn ride.

    A 'flexipass' allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame. 'Travel days' on a 'flexipass' refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A ‘travel day’ is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 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, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    Please note: While the German Rail Pass does cover S-Bahn trains throughout Germany, certain S-Bahn lines in Berlin are an exception.

    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 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 on which a rail pass would be valid.
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