Trip to Munich with daytrips to Salzburg, Neuschwanstein, and Bielefeld. What counts as a day?

Two adult persons traveling always together from Munich and returning to Munich. Would like to do day trips to Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Bielefeld. If the train begins one day and you arrive the next day, does that count for two days?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 28, 2017 20:16
    Hi Travis,

    For the requested itinerary, you would purchase a German Rail Pass. For the German Rail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html.

    Even though Salzburg is in Austria, German Rail Passes are valid to cover the rail line between Munich and Salzburg.

    Rail passes can be offered in two different basic formats: 'consecutive' ('continuous') and 'flexi'. The German Rail Pass is offered in both 'consecutive' (continuous) form and 'flexi' form. Once you indicate how many days you plan to travel and over what time period, our website would present you with the option that fits.

    Consecutive just means that you would be allowed unlimited travel within the indicated time frame. Therefore, if you were to purchase a 10 day 'consecutive' pass, that means you would be entitled to unlimited travel within that time frame of 10 days.

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your pass. A rail day is a 24 hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24 hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were to take a day train from 'City A' to 'City B' and then take a return train back to 'City A' later in the same day, it would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that return train to 'City A' on the next day, it would use up 2 days of travel on your pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase 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 'German Rail Pass').

    Munich-Salzburg

    Between Munich and Salzburg, there are Railjet trains and there are Meridian trains. On the Railjet trains, reservations are recommended as a supplement to the pass. In contrast, the Meridian trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all that would be needed to board. Trains between Munich and Salzburg follow along the scenic Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway for a duration of the trip.

    Generally, Railjet trains between Munich and Salzburg can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Munich-Neuschwanstein Castle

    The Neuschwanstein Castle is located above the village of Hohenschwangau.

    For Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle, you would take a train to Füssen. The trains between Munich and Füssen are regional trains that do not accept reservations. Therefore, the German 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 just over 2 hours in duration one-way.

    Once you're in Füssen, you would take a bus to Hohenschwangau. From Hohenschwangau, you would then have a few different choices to get up to Neuschwanstein; you can take another bus, you can walk, or else you can take a horse-drawn carriage. Please be advised that 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 castle entrance. If you were to walk all the way from Hohenschwangau to the castle entrance it would take approximately 30 minutes. The rail pass does not cover the buses between Füssen, Hohenschwangau, and Neuschwanstein. Tickets for these buses would have to be purchased locally when you're there.

    Munich-Bielefeld

    A connection from Munich to Bielefeld takes 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Hannover along the way.

    The trains between Munich and Hannover are ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.
    Generally, the ICE trains between Munich and Hannover can be reserved once within 180 days of an intended departure date.

    Between Hannover and Bielefeld, there ICE and IC (InterCity) trains. On this segment of the route, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.
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