Berlin to Dresden, Dresden to Prague, Prague to Cesky Krumlov, Cesky Krumlov to Vienna, Vienna to Salzburg, Salzburg to Munich, and Munich to Braunschweig

We are trying to determine if the German Rail Pass is appropriate for our travel. This is our first time using a rail pass and want to make sure we maximize use and savings by purchasing the correct pass. Below is our current travel plans...we think we need to take a shuttle from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and another to Vienna but unsure. Any advice and help would be most appreciated! Kind regards, Kathleen McIlvainBerlin to DresdenDresden to PraguePrague to Cesky KrumlovCesky Krumlov to ViennaVienna to SalzbugSalzburg to MunichMunich to Braunschweig
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 15, 2017 19:08
    Hi Kathleen,

    For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria. For the Eurail Select Pass, click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').

    Berlin to Dresden

    Trains from Berlin to Dresden are EC (EuroCity) trains, on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure. The ride from Berlin to Dresden takes just under 2 hours.

    Dresden to Prague

    Trains from Dresden to Prague are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date. The ride from Dresden to Prague takes just under 2.5 hours.

    Prague to Český Krumlov

    Connections from Prague to Český Krumlov take about 3 to 3.5 hours and involve changing trains once in České Budějovice along the way. On these trains, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, schedules for the segment from Prague to České Budějovice can be viewed by doing a search on our homepage.

    Schedules from České Budějovice to Český Krumlov are not able to be viewed on our site. These trains depart once every hour or two throughout the day, and the ride takes about 45 or 50 minutes. If you'd like to inquire about specific schedules from České Budějovice to Český Krumlov, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    Český Krumlov to Vienna

    Connections from Český Krumlov to Vienna take about 4.5 hours and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in České Budějovice and Ceske Velenice. On these trains, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Schedules for these trains are not able to be viewed on our website. Therefore, if you'd like to inquire about schedules for these trains, you would have to call us.

    Vienna to Salzburg

    Trains from Vienna to Salzburg are high-speed Railjet trains, on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date. The ride from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 or 3 hours.

    Salzburg to Munich

    On trains from Salzburg to Munich, there are Railjet trains and Meridian trains. On the Railjet trains, reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. In contrast, the Meridian trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all that would be needed to board. These trains follow along the scenic Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway out of Salzburg. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date. The Railjets take just over 1.5 hours, while the Meridian trains take about 2 hours.

    Munich to Braunschweig

    Trains from Munich to Braunschweig are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date. The ride from Munich to Braunschweig takes about 6.5 hours.
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  • Hi Jeff!

    Thanks so much, as a first time rail pass traveler this is so helpful and much appreciated. For the travel to Cesky Krumlov and then on to Vienna we are unsure if train is best or perhaps a door to door shuttle due to the connections we would need to make. We will have a think and call for schedules if we decide to use rail.

    Again, I can't thank you enough for your quick reply and advice...such a relief to have good information!

    Kind Regards,
    Kathleen
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