Rovaniemi-Helsinki, Budapest-Munich, Munich-Fussen daytrip, Munich-Rothenburg, Rothenburg-Prague, Prague-Berlin (Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, & Hungary)

Here is where I need to go...Help! I am not sure what would be the best way to book these trains and which pass to get. any ideas??

• Finland - Rovaniemi - Helsinki overnight 14th of December in a sleeper.
• Hungary/Germany - Budapest to Munich in a sleeper overnight 19th of December
• Germany - train from Munich to Fussen and back to Munich on the same day.
• Germany - train from Munich to Rothenberg day
• Germany - Rothenberg to Prague day
• Czech Republic/ Germany - Prague to Berlin day train

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 14, 2014 15:53
    Thank you for your question, Kat.

    For the requested itinerary, I would recommend that you purchase a regular point-to-point ticket for the night train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki and also a Eurail Select Pass to cover your other travels in Hungary, Germany, and the Czech Republic. The Eurail Select Pass is a pass that covers travel in 4 bordering countries of your choosing. In your case, you would purchase a Eurail Select Pass to include Hungary, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Austria would be included as one of the countries, because the night train from Budapest to Munich passes through it.

    You would purchase regular point-to-point tickets for the night train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage. To view the type of sleeping compartments offered, you would just click the 'View' button for the fares shown when you pull up the results of your search.

    You would purchase the Eurail Select Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    The overnight train from Budapest to Munich would require a reservation in addition to the rail pass. Generally, for travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (instead of 'Find Fares & Schedules') and entering the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when prompted. However, this night train is currently not able to be booked there for travelers who will be in possession of a rail pass. Instead, you would purchase a reservation for this train by calling us at 1-800-622-8600.

    Trains between Munich and Füssen are regional trains that don't accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for trains between Munich and Füssen by entering the cities under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass.

    Connections from Munich to Rothenburg ob der Tauber take about 3 to 3.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes en route; once in Treuchtlingen and then once in Steinach. Each of these trains are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is once again all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can check schedules for the connection from Munich to Rothenburg ob der Tauber by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass. When doing a search for rail connections to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you would just type it as 'Rothenburg O D Taube' so that it will be recognized by our site.

    A connection from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Prague would take 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involves 3 changes en route; once in Steinach, once in Ansbach, and then once in Nuremburg. The segment from Nuremburg to Prague would actually be on a bus for which the rail pass would be valid. The bus from Nuremburg to Prague would just require a reservation in addition to the rail pass. However, this bus is currently not able to be booked on our website. Instead, reservations for this bus would be purchased by calling us at 1-800-622-8600. The rail pass is all you'd need to board the other trains that comprise of this connection, as reservations are not at all necessary. In fact, the trains from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Steinach and Steinach to Ansbach are regional trains that don't even accept reservations, as are most of the trains from Ansbach to Nuremburg.

    For planning, you can check schedules for the segment of this connection from Steinach to Nuremburg by entering those cities under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass. However, schedules for the trains from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Steinach by themselves are not able to be viewed on our site at this time. If need be, you can inquire about these schedules when you call us to book the reservations for the Budapest-Munich night train and the Nuremburg-Prague bus.

    There are direct trains from Prague to Berlin on which reservations would be highly recommended in addition to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, a reservation for a train from Prague to Berlin can be purchased by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when prompted.
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