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RailPass for Munich, Wurzburg, Bamberg and MVV IsarCard? Help!

Hi there,

I am having a lot of difficulty in deciding what would fit my needs best. I am traveling to Munich in March and I would like to know what the difference between the Rail Pass and the MVV pass is? Also, what would best fit my needs? I will be staying in Munich the first day, then taking a day trip to Fussen (Neuschwanstein) then coming back and then taking a 2 day trip to Wurzburg and Bamberg and then coming back to spend the rest of the time in Munich.

If I purchase the Rail Pass how many days would I need?
I was thinking of purchasing the IsarCard for the MVV.

I am a little confused as to what the best options are?
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  • Hi Todd,

    I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with the MVV pass or IsarCard, as those are not items we offer.

    We do offer the German Rail Pass, which does cover each of the routes you mentioned (the buses from Füssen to Neuschwanstein Castle would, of course, be separate). For the German Rail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html.

    On regional trains (Munich-Füssen and Würzburg-Bamberg), reservations are not accepted, so the German Rail Pass is all you would need to board.

    On ICE trains (Munich-Würzburg and Munich-Bamberg), reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for an ICE from Munich to Würzburg and Munich to Bamberg by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'German Rail Pass'). Generally, trains in Germany can be reserved within 180 days of an intended departure.

    For planning purposes, you can still view schedules for non-reservable trains from Munich to Füssen and Würzburg to Bamberg by searching the routes on our homepage.

    The number of days for which you would purchase the German Rail Pass depends. Rail passes can be offered in two different basic formats: 'consecutive' ('continuous') and 'flexi'. The German Rail Pass happens to offer both forms for you to choose from. Once you indicate how many days you plan to travel and over what time period, our website would present you with the option that fits.

    Consecutive just means that you would be allowed unlimited travel within the indicated time frame. Therefore, if you were to purchase a 5 day 'consecutive' pass, that means you would be entitled to unlimited travel within that time frame of 5 days.

    In contrast, a 'flexipass' allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame (that longer time frame being 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 pass. A rail 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 to take a day train from 'City A' to 'City B' and then take a return train back to 'City A' later in the same day, it would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that return train to 'City A' on the next day, it would use up 2 days of travel on your pass. In the case of the German Rail Pass, a flexipass for 5 days would mean '5 days of travel within 1 month'.
    • For time spent in Munich, you can view various other city passes and tours offered by clicking here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/germany/munich/.
    • For anyone interested in Neuschwanstein, the castle is located above the village of Hohenschwangau.

      Füssen serves as the gateway to Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle. Füssen is reached by way of regional trains from Munich. The regional trains from Munich to Füssen depart once every couple hours throughout the day, and the ride one-way takes just over 2 hours.

      Once you're in Füssen, you would take a bus to Hohenschwangau. From Hohenschwangau, you would then have a few different choices to get up to Neuschwanstein; you can take another bus, you can walk, or else you can take a horse-drawn carriage. The bus would takes passengers to a point from where there is still a walk of about 10 minutes or so up a steep hill. The horse-drawn carriage takes passengers to a point from where there is an easier 5 minute walk to the castle entrance.

      If you were to walk all the way from Hohenschwangau to the castle entrance it would take approximately 30 minutes. The rail pass does not cover the buses between Füssen, Hohenschwangau, and Neuschwanstein. Tickets for these buses would have to be purchased locally when you're there.
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