What is the best way to get from Zurich to Ramstein? I will have a Swiss Pass, but what should I purchase for travel from Ramstein in Germany to the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, & Austria?

I am spend some time in Zurich with a Swiss Pass. Then I want to travel to visit friend at Ramstein. I want to also travel from Ramstein to do some sightseeing in Prague, Croatia, Slovania and Austria. Is there a rail pass that will work for this trip or do I need to purchase several passes. I will be traveling for 45 days, but not every single day.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 26, 2015 19:54
    Hi Carole.

    For such an itinerary, you could purchase the 'Eurail Select Pass'. The 'Eurail Select Pass' is a pass that covers travel in 4 bordering countries of your choosing. Croatia and Slovenia are counted together as one 'country' for the purpose of rail passes. Therefore, you would purchase your 'Eurail Select Pass' to include Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Croatia/Slovenia.

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

    A rail connection from Zurich to Ramstein takes about 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes en route; once in Mannheim and then once in Kaiserslautern. Of the trains comprising of this connection, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Zurich to Mannheim. The 'Swiss Travel Pass' and the 'Eurail Select Pass' would combine to cover the ticket cost for a train from Zurich to Mannheim. The reservation would be a small supplementary cost.

    Reservations are not necessary or even accepted on the trains from Mannheim to Kaiserslautern and Kaiserslautern to Ramstein. Therefore, the 'Eurail Select Pass' is all you would need to board these trains.

    You would purchase reservations for a train from Zurich to Mannheim by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with. With that said, it is not possible to enter multiple rail passes when purchasing reservations on our site. Therefore, when you go to purchase your reservation for the segment from Zurich to Mannheim, you can just indicate that you'll be traveling with any rail pass that would cover this train, such as a 'Eurail Global Pass' or a 'Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass'. Even though neither of these are the passes you'll actually be traveling with, indicating that you'll be traveling with one of these passes would prompt our website to quote you the appropriate reservation fee for this train and enable you to purchase the reservation.

    Generally, you would still be able to check schedules for non-reservable trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') on our homepage and entering a route. However, schedules for trains from Mannheim to Kaiserslautern and Kaiserslautern to Ramstein are actually not able to be viewed there. Therefore, you would call us if you'd like to inquire about schedules for these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    To browse city passes for a stay in Prague, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/czech-republic/prague/.
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  • Thank you so much for all the information. You eased my mind about traveling. When I went to the site I noticed that there was only the 1st class option offered. Is there a way to purchase 2nd class tickets for Eurail Select Pass. Can these tickets be purchased after we arrive in Europe - or at the train station?
    I will be getting a Swiss pass for our first 2 weeks and then we will be moving on to these other countries. I wanted to experience the Swiss Pass before I purchased a second one. I had planned to rent a car and drive because I thought it would be easier to get around, but I understand that parking can be a problem, so now I am back to exploring the train/bus options. We are visiting relatives outside of Bern and I did not know how I could get to their home after we got off the train. I dont know if a bus goes their direction. They live on Steinbruchweg in Ostermundigen. How would we get there?
    Thanks again
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 28, 2015 14:45
    You’re welcome, Carole.

    The ‘Eurail Select Pass’ is actually only able to be offered in 2nd class for youth travelers under the age of 26 (25 and under). Otherwise, the pass would have to be in 1st class. You would want to purchase your rail pass prior to your trip, as rail passes are generally not widely available for purchase in Europe itself.

    Generally, we would not have information about public transit and buses, but it is my understanding that there are buses that run between Bern and Ostermundigen. A benefit of the ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ is that it covers buses in Switzerland.
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