Berlin-Prague-Munich (with side trip to Neuschwanstein)-Innsbruck-Salzburg-Vienna-Budapest

We are planning a trip that takes us to the following places...

1) land in Berlin
2) train to Prague, Czech.
3) train to Munich (side trips to Neuschwanstein)
4) train to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Austria
5) train to Budapest, Hungary
6) fly home from Budapest

All in all, 4 country trip spans from June 23-July 8, 2015

We plan on using trains for all aspects of trip...

Any help with regards to best pass/card to buy would be greatly appreciated. Also any assistance with when to purchase (buy early or late) would help as well.

Also, once we purchase, if it's a pass, how do we reserve the seats on the train as there are 4 of us traveling.

Thanks so much.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 02, 2015 16:27
    Hi Craig. Thank you for your question.

    For the requested itinerary, you would purchase a Eurail Select Pass, which is a pass that covers travel in 4 bordering countries of your choosing. Therefore, you would purchase your Eurail Select Pass to include Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary.

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

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted.

    From Berlin to Prague, there are direct 'EuroCity' trains on which reservations would be highly recommended in addition to the rail pass.

    The most feasible transportation from Prague to Munich would actually be a bus ('InterCity Bus'), which is covered by the rail pass. Reservations would be required on this bus in addition to the rail pass. Generally, you would be able to purchase reservations for InterCity Buses under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' (just as you would for the trains); however, the bus from Prague to Munich is not able to be booked on our website at this time. Instead, you would purchase the reservations for this bus by calling us at 1-800-622-8600.

    Füssen is the station you would travel to in order to get to the Neuschwanstein Castle. The trains between Munich and Füssen are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. These trains depart once every couple hours throughout the day, and the ride between Munich and Füssen only takes about 2 hours in duration one-way.

    Once you're in Füssen, you would take a bus to the town of Hohenschwangau. From Hohenschwangau, you would have a few different choices to get up to the castle; you can take another bus, walk, or take a horse-drawn carriage. Please note, the bus would take you to a point from where you would still have to walk another 10 minutes or so up a steep hill. The horse-drawn carriage would take you to a point from where you would have an easier 5 minute walk to the entrance of the castle. To walk all the way from Hohenschwangau to the castle entrance would take approximately 30 minutes in duration. The rail pass would not cover the buses between Füssen and the castle, so you would have to pay to board these buses locally upon arrival.

    From Munich to Innsbruck, there are direct 'EuroCity' trains on which reservations would just be recommended in addition to the rail pass.

    From Innsbruck to Salzburg, there are direct 'Railjet' trains on which reservations would be recommended in addition to the rail pass.

    From Salzburg to Vienna, there are direct 'Railjet' and 'InterCity' trains on which reservations would be recommended in addition to the rail pass.

    From Vienna to Budapest, there are direct 'Railjet' and 'EuroCity' trains on which reservations would be highly recommended in addition to the rail pass.

    All of the trains that comprise of your itinerary can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Since your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a more imminent date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the route on our site.

    Unlike the trains, the bus from Prague to Munich can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended date of departure.
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