Which pass is best option for this trip: Geneva-Grindelwald-Munich-Salzburg-Hallstatt-Vienna-Rohozna-Prague

4 people traveling together--3 are 18-21 yrs of age, 1 is 65+ yrs of age.
Planned itinerary:
Geneva-Grindelwald
Grindelwald - Munich
Munich-Salzburg
Salzburg-Hallstatt
Hallstatt-Vienna
Vienna-Rohozna, Czech Republic
Rohozna-Prague
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 16, 2016 19:44
    Hi Linda,

    The pass for the requested itinerary is a 4 country Eurail Select Pass to include Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html

    Geneva to Grindelwald

    Please note, Grindelwald is accessed by way of the Bernese Oberland Railway from Interlaken, which the Eurail Select Pass does not cover. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass would only cover you as far as Interlaken on the journey from Geneva to Grindelwald, and then you would just need to purchase an additional ticket for the train from Interlaken to Grindelwald (the train ride from Interlaken to Grindelwald only takes about 35 minutes.)

    You would purchase a ticket from Interlaken to Grindelwald by entering the route on our homepage, www.raileurope.com.

    A full connection from Geneva to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train change along the way; once in Bern and then once in Interlaken. While the trains from Geneva to Bern and Bern to Interlaken are covered by the pass, you can still view their schedules from a search on our website. You would do one search for trains from Geneva to Bern and another search for connecting trains from Bern to Interlaken. When you pull up the results of these searches, our site may indicate that reservations are recommended, but that is not at all the case for trains from Geneva to Bern and Bern to Interlaken. Rest assured, reservations are not at all necessary on these trains, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Grindelwald to Munich

    A connection from Grindelwald to Munich takes about 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involves 3 changes en route; once in Interlaken, once in Bern, and then once in Zurich. Once again, the Eurail Select Pass for the Bernese Oberland Railway from Grindelwald to Interlaken, so you would need to purchase an additional ticket for this segment.

    To get from Zurich to Munich, you would take a bus (InterCity Bus) or a direct train (EuroCity train). The bus ride from Zurich to Munich only takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes, while the train takes just over 4 hours in duration. The buses would require reservations in addition to the pass, while reservations would only be recommended on the trains.

    Passholder reservations for the direct trains can be booked on our website, but the buses are currently only able to be reserved by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    To book reservations for the train from Zurich to Munich, you would just enter the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicate the type of pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e a 'Eurail Select Pass'). When you pull up the results of your search from Zurich to Munich, our website may indicate the direct trains on this route as requiring reservations; however, you can rest assured that is not the case. If you see a note indicating that reservations are required on a direct train from Zurich to Munich, you can disregard it. On this route, the direct trains would just recommend reservations.

    Reservations are not necessary on the trains from Interlaken to Bern and Bern to Zurich, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. Even though you wouldn't be purchasing reservations for these trains, you can still search their schedules on our site. When you pull up the results of these searches, our site may indicate that reservations are recommended, but that is not at all the case for trains from Interlaken to Bern and Bern to Zurich. Rest assured, reservations are not at all necessary on these trains, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Munich to Salzburg

    The trains from Munich to Salzburg are Railjet trains, EuroCity trains, and Meridian trains. On the Railjet and EuroCity trains, reservations aren't required, but they are recommended. The ride from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

    While it is generally the cases that passholder reservations can be purchased on our website, they are not able to be purchased there at this time for the EuroCity trains on the route between Munich and Salzburg. Instead, reservations for one of these trains can only be purchased by calling us.

    Passholder reservations for the Railjet trains on this route can be purchased by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Select Pass').

    The Meridian trains don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board one of these.

    When you do a search from Munich to Salzburg on our site, the Railjet trains will be labeled accordingly, while the other trains on this route can be distinguished by their train numbers. The EuroCity trains on this route would have 3 digit train numbers, while the Meridian trains would have 5 digit train numbers.

    Salzburg to Hallstatt

    A connection from Salzburg to Hallstatt takes 2 to 2.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Attnang-Puchheim along the way. Reservations are not necessary on either of these segments, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Schedules for the trains from Salzburg to Attnang-Puchheim can be viewed on our site, but the trains from Attnang-Puchheim to Hallstatt are not able to be viewed there at this time. The trains from Attnang-Puchheim to Hallstatt depart hourly throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 1.5 hours.

    The train station for Hallstatt is across the lake from the actual town. To get into town, there are ferries that take arriving passengers across the lake. These ferries are timed to meet with the train arrivals and departures. The ferry ride into town only takes about 10 or 15 minutes, and there would just be a small fee that you would pay locally.

    Hallstatt to Vienna

    A connection from Hallstatt to Vienna takes about 3.5 to 4 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Attnang-Puchheim along the way. Reservations are not necessary on either of these segments, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Schedules for the trains from Attnang-Puchheim to Vienna can be viewed on our site, but the trains from Hallstatt to Attnang-Puchheim are not able to be viewed there at this time. The trains from Hallstatt to Attnang-Puchheim depart hourly throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 1.5 hours.

    Vienna to Rohozná & Rohozná to Prague

    There are at least 2 different places in the Czech Republic called Rohozná. One is in the Jihlava Disctrict, while the other is in the Svitavy District in another part of the country.

    The closest rail station to the Rohozná in the Jihlava Disctrict is either Dolní Cerekev or Batelov.

    The closest rail station to the Rohozná in the Svitavy District is Březová nad Svitavou.
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