Your site says a German Rail Pass & TCV tickets cover the S-bahn in Germany? What is a TCV ticket?

The German Rail pass and German TCV tickets cover the S-Bahn service

What is a TCV ticket?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 07, 2015 18:55
    Thank you for your question, Steve.

    The German Rail Pass does cover the local S-Bahn trains in German cities, with the exception of certain S-Bahn routes in Berlin. Keep in mind that it would use up a day of travel on a rail pass to use it to take an S-Bahn. Therefore, you might not want to squander a day of travel on your pass to take an S-Bahn (unless it happens that you'll already be using your pass that same day for travel to or from another destination).

    In Berlin, a German 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.

    Note: A rail pass would not cover the 'U-Bahn' subway trains that operate within German cities.

    'TCV' refers to a specific type of ticket that we used to issue for routes in Germany, and such tickets were valid to cover S-Bahn trains. Rest assured that even though we generally no longer issue this specific type of ticket for trains in Germany, we are still able to issue tickets for S-Bahn trains. However, if you plan on using your rail pass to cover a particular S-Bahn train, then there would be no need to purchase regular tickets for it.
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