Best route from Innsbruck to Neuschwanstein & Zurich to EuropaPark with a Eurail Global Pass

best travel PATH with a global pass....from Innsbruck to nauschustein and back
and then Zurich to eropark.
please help with our plans
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 13, 2016 17:55
    Hi Shannon,

    Innsbruck to Neuschwanstein


    The most feasible connections from Innsbruck to Neuschwanstein take about 4.5 hours in duration and involve taking a combination of buses for the last hour or so of the journey.

    First, you would take a train along the scenic Mittenwald Railway from Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you would switch to a train on the scenic Ausserfern Railway to Reutte in Tirol. In Reutte in Tirol, you would switch to a bus to the Pulverturm stop in Füssen, where you would switch to another bus that would take you to the village of Hohenschwangau.

    Once you're in Hohenschwangau, you would have a few different choices to reach the Neuschwanstein Castle. One of these options would just be take another bus; however, the bus would take you to a point from where you would still have to walk about 10 minutes or so up a steep hill. Another option would be to take a horse-drawn carriage. The horse-drawn carriage takes you to a point from where you would have an easier 5 minute walk to the castle entrance. Otherwise, you could walk the whole way. To walk all the way from Hohenschwangau to the castle entrance would take approximately 30 minutes in duration.

    To get back to Innsbruck, you would just do the same in the reverse.

    Tickets for the Mittenwald Railway from Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Ausserfern Railway from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Reutte in Tirol are both not able to be purchased on our website. Instead, you would call us if you'd like to purchase tickets for these trains and inquire about their schedules. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Tickets for the buses from Reutte in Tirol to Füssen-Pulverturm and Füssen-Pulverturm to Hohenschwangau are only able to be purchased locally when you're there.

    Zurich to Europa-Park

    The closest rail station to Europa-Park is Ringsheim, just about 4 or 5 km away. A connection from Zurich to Ringsheim only takes about 2.5 hours and involves changing trains once in Freiburg along the way. Trains from Zurich to Freiburg are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains.

    If you wish, you could travel from Zurich to Ringsheim by way of the scenic Black Forest Railway; however, this would add another 2.5 hours or so to your journey, making the trip take about 5 hours. This option involves 2 train changes en route; once in Konstanz and then once in Offenburg. The segment from Konstanz to Offenburg would be on the Black Forest Railway.

    For either of these options, you would purchase tickets by searching the segments under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. For routes such as these, you would just have to piece together the connections by doing a separate search for each segment.

    Additionally, we are not able to issue tickets to the specific town of Ringsheim. For you to be covered on a train from Freiburg to Ringsheim, the tickets we issue would display 'Lahr' as the station of arrival. For you to be covered on a train from Offenburg to Ringsheim, the tickets we issue would display 'Herbolzheim Breis' (short for 'Herbolzheim Breisgau') as the station of arrival.

    Therefore, for the shorter connections, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Freiburg and another search for connecting trains from Freiburg to Lahr. Even though the ticket we issue for the final segment would have Lahr listed as the arrival station, you would just get off the train when it stops in Ringsheim. For your reference, the trains from Freiburg to Ringsheim stop in Ringsheim just about 8 or 9 minutes before they are shown to be arriving into Lahr on our site.

    For the connections that go via the Black Forest Railway, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Konstanz, another search for connecting trains from Konstanz to Offenburg, and another search for connecting trains from Offenburg to 'Herbolzheim Breis'. Even though the ticket we issue for the final segment would have Herbolzheim listed as the arrival station, you would just get off the train when it stops in Ringsheim. For your reference, the trains from Offenburg to Ringsheim stop in Ringsheim just about 3 minutes before they are shown to be arriving into Herbolzheim on our site.

    Generally, the trains comprising of these connections can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Innsbruck to Zurich

    In between these trips, if you need to get from Innsbruck to Zurich, you can just take a direct Railjet train. The segment of this route from Innsbruck to Bludenz is considered the scenic Arlberg Railway. You would purchase tickets for a train from Innsbruck to Zurich by entering the route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. These trains also can generally be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 13, 2016 18:19
    Shannon,

    I'm sorry, I just noticed that you mentioned you'll be traveling with a Eurail Global Pass. If that's the case, please disregard the response above and refer to this response instead:

    Innsbruck to Neuschwanstein

    The most feasible connections from Innsbruck to Neuschwanstein take about 4.5 hours in duration and involve taking a combination of buses for the last hour or so of the journey.

    First, you would take a train along the scenic Mittenwald Railway from Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you would switch to a train on the scenic Ausserfern Railway to Reutte in Tirol. In Reutte in Tirol, you would switch to a bus to the Pulverturm stop in Füssen, where you would switch to another bus that would take you to the village of Hohenschwangau.

    Once you're in Hohenschwangau, you would have a few different choices to reach the Neuschwanstein Castle. One of these options would just be take another bus; however, the bus would take you to a point from where you would still have to walk about 10 minutes or so up a steep hill. Another option would be to take a horse-drawn carriage. The horse-drawn carriage takes you to a point from where you would have an easier 5 minute walk to the castle entrance. Otherwise, you could walk the whole way. To walk all the way from Hohenschwangau to the castle entrance would take approximately 30 minutes in duration.

    To get back to Innsbruck, you would just do the same in the reverse.

    The trains from Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Reutte in Tirol don't even accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board. Unfortunately, the schedules for these trains are not able to be viewed on our website. If you'd like to inquire about the schedules for these trains, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    The buses from Reutte in Tirol to Füssen-Pulverturm and Füssen-Pulverturm to Hohenschwangau are not covered by rail passes. You would have to purchase tickets for these buses locally when you're there.

    Zurich to Europa-Park

    The closest rail station to Europa-Park is Ringsheim, just about 4 or 5 km away. A connection from Zurich to Ringsheim only takes about 2.5 hours and involves changing trains once in Freiburg along the way. Trains from Zurich to Freiburg are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains.

    If you wish, you could travel from Zurich to Ringsheim by way of the scenic Black Forest Railway; however, this would add another 2.5 hours or so to your journey, making the trip take about 5 hours. This option involves 2 train changes en route; once in Konstanz and then once in Offenburg. The segment from Konstanz to Offenburg would be on the Black Forest Railway.

    Of the trains comprising of these connections, reservations would only be recommended on the trains from Zurich to Freiburg (the ICE trains). For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations 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. the 'Eurail Global Pass'). Generally, ICE trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    The other trains will not even accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these non-reservable segments under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. Since reservations would not be issued for these segments, you would just want to be sure that the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    When accessing schedules for routes such as these, you would have to piece together the connections by doing a separate search for each segment.

    Additionally, our website is not able to recognize the town of Ringsheim. Therefore, to view schedules for trains from Freiburg to Ringsheim, you would instead type in 'Lahr' as your station of arrival. For your reference, the trains from Freiburg to Ringsheim stop in Ringsheim just about 8 or 9 minutes before they are shown to be arriving into Lahr on our site.

    To view schedules for trains from Offenburg to Ringsheim, you would type in 'Herbolzheim Breis' (short for 'Herbolzheim Breisgau') as the station of arrival. For your reference, the trains from Offenburg to Ringsheim stop in Ringsheim just about 3 minutes before they are shown to be arriving into Herbolzheim on our site.

    Innsbruck to Zurich

    In between these trips, if you need to get from Innsbruck to Zurich, you can just take a direct Railjet train. The segment of this route from Innsbruck to Bludenz is considered the scenic Arlberg Railway. On Railjet trains, reservations would be highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Innsbruck to Zurich 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 'Eurail Global Pass').
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