Travel from Frankfurt to Mainz, Mainz to Herne, Herne to Frieburg, and Freiburg to Frankfurt with no time constraints

We are traveling next week from Frankfurt to Mainz, then Herne, and Frieberg returning back to Frankfurt on Nov 23.What are the best options for us. No Time constraints as time of day flexible.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 07, 2017 16:39
    Hi Mary,

    For the itinerary you laid out, you can purchase either a rail pass or regular point-to-point tickets, as the costs would be comparable.

    Conveniently, none of the trains that make up your itinerary require reservations, so you can purchase the rail pass and then not be confined to any specific trains. For travel in Germany, you would purchase the German Rail Pass. For this pass, click here:

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these routes by using the search feature under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, For the purpose of just viewing schedules, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?' (even though you would actually be traveling with the German Rail Pass).

    From Frankfurt to Mainz, there are direct regional trains or direct ICE (InterCity Express) high-speed trains. The regional trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Reservations are possible on the ICE trains but not necessary just to go the short distance from Frankfurt to Mainz.

    A connection from Mainz to Herne takes 3-4 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in either Essen or Dortmund along the way. Trains from Mainz to Essen or Mainz to Dortmund are IC (InterCity) trains, on which reservations are possible but not necessary.

    A connection from Herne to Freiburg takes 4.5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains at least once along the way in either Dusseldorf or Dortmund. Trains from Dusseldorf to Freiburg or Dortmund to Freiburg are either ICE or EC (EuroCity) trains, on which reservations would be recommended throughout much of the year (spring/summer months) but won't really be necessary in November/December.

    Trains from Freiburg to Frankfurt are ICE high-speed trains, on which reservations would once again be recommended much of the year (spring/summer months) but won't really be necessary in November/December.

    Should you wish to make reservations on any of the ICE or EC trains (Dusseldorf to Freiburg, Dortmund to Freiburg, and Freiburg to Frankfurt), you would click the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage, enter the route, and indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'German Rail Pass').
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