if I use 2 different passes for 1 route, would it use up a day of travel on both of the passes i use? traveling from warsaw-berlin, dresden-prague, prague-munich & munich-salzburg

I am planning on travelling through Eastern Europe and Germany. It looks like buying an Eastern European Pass and a German Rail Pass would be my best bet, but I am unsure of few things. I am planning on travelling from Warsaw to Berlin and I don't know if that counts as an Eastern European travel day or German travel day? The same goes for travelling from Dresden to Prague, Prague to Munich, and Munich to Salzburg? Thanks for the help!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 03, 2012 14:52
    Hi Wade,

    In general, if you travel between 2 countries that require you to use 2 passes in order to be covered, then you would use up a day of rail travel on both passes.

    The trains between Warsaw and Berlin are high-speed 'premier' trains do offer an alternative to this, which involves booking a rate called the 'Passholder 2' rate. The 'Passholder 2' rate is a special rate created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't cover one of the countries being traveled through for a particular route, to still take the train at a lesser cost. Booking the Passholder 2 rate that happens to be offered on the direct trains between Warsaw and Berlin would enable you to only use your European East Pass for this trip and not your German Rail Pass (on this particular train, the Passholder 2 rate for travelers in possession of a pass that covers Poland, not just Germany).

    To ensure you are purchasing the reservations for such a train at a Passholder 2 rate, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'European East Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'Select' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'Select', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Berlin-Warsaw Express Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'Berlin-Warsaw Express Passholder 2' is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    If you book the regular Passholder 1 rate on a train between Warsaw and Berlin, it would use up a day of rail travel off both your European East Pass and your German Rail Pass. To be quoted the Passholder 1 rates on a train between Warsaw and Berlin, since our website doesn't enable you to enter 2 different passes for one passholder reservation search, you would just indicate that you'll be traveling with a Eurail Germany-Poland Pass when prompted to enter the type of pass.

    The Passholder 2 rates are not offered on routes from Dresden to Prague, Prague to Munich and Munich to Salzburg.

    To be quoted the regular reservation costs on these routes (which are the equivalent of Passsholder 1 rates on trains between Warsaw and Berlin and some other high-speed premier trains in other parts of Europe), you can just indicate that you'll be traveling with a Eurail Global Pass when you go to book your reservations, since our website doesn't enable 2 different passes to be entered for one reservation search. All that matters is that the ticket costs are covered for the reservations to be valid at the costs shown. Therefore, since a Eurail Global Pass covers travel in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria, you can just indicate that as the pass you'll be traveling with, in place of the actual passes you are purchasing. A day of rail travel would be used up on both your European East Pass and your German Rail Pass to travel internationally betweeen Germany and Austria or the Czech Republic.

    Trains from Warsaw to Berlin are generally able to be booked at any point within 60 days of an intended departure date, but the local European train operator of these trains has reduced that booking horizon to only 30 days as of recent months.

    Trains from Dresden to Prague and from Munich to Salzburg can be booked at any point within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Prague is connected to Munich by a bus that does require reservations in addition to the pass. The bus from Prague to Munich can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.
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