Train travel from Munich to Zugspitze

I understand that there's a private rail line leading to the Zugspitze. Can I still catch a train from Munich to Zugspitze and back by booking it through the RailEurope website, and using my Germany Rail Pass?
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  • Hi Sara,

    The gateway for the Zugspitze is the town of Garmisch. Garmisch is accessed by regional trains from Munich. The trains between Munich and Garmisch don't accept reservations, so the German Rail Pass is all you'll need to board. The trains depart hourly throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 1.5 hour one-way.

    To begin the trek up to Zugspitze from Garmisch, you would first take the 'Zahnradbahn' to Eibsee. From Eibsee, you can take the 'Eibsee-Seilbahn' aerial cable car all the way to the summit ridge, or else you can continue on the 'Zahnradbahn' cogwheel to Zugspitzplatt (the Zugspitze Glacier Plateau), where you would switch to the 'Gletscherbahn' aerial cable car to the summit ridge. If you make your ascent one way, you might want to consider descending via the other, just so you can have both experiences.

    There also happens to be another cable car between the Zugspitze summit ridge and the town of Ehrwald in Austria. This cable car is called the 'Tiroler Zugspitzbahn',

    You would pay locally to take the Eibsee-Seilbahn, the Zahnradbahn, the Gletscherbahn, or the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn.

    The German Rail Pass would enable you to receive a 10% discount for a round-trip on the Zahnradbahn between Garmisch, Eibsee, and Zugspitzplatt. You can inquire locally about the cable cars (the Eibsee-Seilbahn, the Gletscherbahn, and the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn), as they might be able to grant you discounts on these, as well.

    If you happen to take the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn to Ehrwald after you make the trek up to Zugspitze, you can take a train along the scenic Ausserfern Railway to get back to Garmisch. Trains from Ehrwald to Garmisch are not able to be viewed on our website, but they run regularly throughout the day, departing once every 1 or 2 hours, and the ride only takes about 25 minutes. The German Rail Pass would not be valid on the trains from Ehrwald to Garmisch, but tickets for this short route would be very inexpensive locally.
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  • Wow! Again - amazingly thorough answer. Thank you so much!! I had no idea all of this would be so complicated. Perhaps once I'm there, it won't seem so, but for now, there seems to be a lot of connections to make to get to the top of the mountain.

    If you would be so kind in indulging me one more question - can I also travel from Fussen to Garmish on the train? The website doesn't seem to like this suggested route either.
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    • I have the option to speak to a real live English-speaking agent? Wow. That's like gold to me. I will definitely do so. Writing the number down now!
      Thanks, again!
    • Yes, we're actually the United States-based seller for residents of North America. When you call, I would just recommend having these posts up to use as a reference. Good luck with your planning!
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  • And what about from Garmish to Saltzburg? These two treks seem to be evading me.
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