Which pass suits me? Munich-Freiburg-Zermatt-Como-Innsbruck-Salzburg-Munich

Below is my Europe Itinerary for 14 Days

Germany-> Switzerland -> Italy -> Austria -> Germany

1. Munich, Germany (2 Days)
2. Freiburg, Germany (2 Days)
3. Zermatt, Switzerland (3 Days)
4. Lake Como, Italy (3 Days)
5. Innsbruck, Austria (2 Days)
6. Salzburg, Austria (2 Days)
7. Munich, Germany (Flying Out)

Total = 14 Days

I would like to have suggestions as to which pass is suitable for me.

Thanks.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 24, 2017 18:17
    Hi,

    For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the 4 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    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 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    Munich to Freiburg

    A connection from Munich to Freiburg takes about 4.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in either Mannheim or Karlsruhe along the way.

    These trains are ICE (InterCity Express) or IC (InterCity) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. When purchasing reservations for a trip from Munich to Freiburg, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Munich to Mannheim and then another search for connecting trains from Mannheim to Freiburg).

    If you receive an error when you try these searches, then you would have to call us to book the reservations. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Freiburg to Zermatt

    A connection from Freiburg to Zermatt takes about 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in either Bern or Basel and then once in Visp. Trains from Visp to Zermatt go over a stretch of the Glacier Express scenic route.

    Of the trains making up a connection from Freiburg to Zermatt, reservations would only really be recommended on the first segment from Freiburg to either Bern or Basel. Trains from Freiburg to Bern and Freiburg to Basel are ICE or EC trains.

    On the remaining segments, reservations are not necessary at all, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    To view schedules, you would once again do a separate search for each segment of the connection. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Freiburg to Bern or Freiburg to Basel, another search for trains from Bern to Visp or Basel to Visp. and then another search for trains from Visp to Zermatt. If you like, you can purchase a reservation for that first segment from Freiburg to Bern or Freiburg to Basel.

    Zermatt to Como (via the Centovalli Express)

    From Zermatt to Como, I would recommend going with a route that involves taking the scenic Centovalli Express. If you'd like to take the Centovalli Express on your way from Zermatt to Como, the connection would take about 6 to 6.5 hours in duration and involve 4 train changes en route; once in Brig, once in Domodossola, once in Locarno, and then once in Bellinzona. The segment from Domodossola to Locarno is on the Centovalli Express. Trains from Zermatt to Brig traverse back over the same stretch of the Glacier Express that you arrived in on coming from Freiburg.

    Reservations are not necessary on any of these trains, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Currently, our website is not able to display schedules for the segments from Brig to Domodossola and Domodossola and Locarno. Therefore, if you’d like to inquire about schedules for these segments, you would have to call us.

    In the meantime, you can use our website to view schedules for the segments from Zermatt to Brig, Locarno to Bellinzona and for the EC (EuroCity) trains from Bellinzona to Como. To do so, you would do a search for each of these segments right on the homepage of our website.

    Zermatt to Como (via Milan)

    The fastest connections from Zermatt to Como only take 4.5 or 5.5 hours and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Brig and then once in Milan. If you go with this option, you would just need reservations for the segment from Brig to Milan.

    Trains from Brig to Milan are EC (EuroCity) trains that require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Reservations are not necessary on trains from Zermatt to Brig and the regional trains from Milan to Como, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    You can view schedules from Zermatt to Brig by doing a search on our homepage. From Milan to Como, only schedules for the EC trains will display on our site. If you'd like to inquire about schedules for the regional trains from Milan to Como, you would have to call us.

    Como to Innsbruck (via Milan, Verona, and the Brennero Pass)

    From Como to Innsbruck, the fastest connections only take about 6.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Verona. On the train from Verona up to Innsbruck, you will have incredible views, as this is another very scenic journey.

    On regional trains from Como to Milan, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Trains from Milan to Verona are Frecciarossa trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    From Verona to Innsbruck, you would take a 'Brennero' EC train, which also would require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    When purchasing these reservations, you would just do a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Milan to Verona and another search for the segment from Verona to Innsbruck.

    Innsbruck to Salzburg (direct Railjet trains)

    The most feasible/fastest way to get from Innsbruck to Salzburg is to take a direct Railjet train. These trains follow another very scenic route, running over both the Rosenheim-Salzburg and Rosenheim-Kufstein Railways.

    On the Railjets from Innsbruck to Salzburg, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.

    Innsbruck to Salzburg (via Bischofshofen/Schwarzach)

    Other options from Innsbruck to Salzburg, considered to be even more scenic, would involve being routed a different direction over to Schwarzach and Bischofshofen, before cutting north to Salzburg. The most feasible of these options takes about 3.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains at least once in Schwarzach along the way.

    From Innsbruck to Schwarzach, you can then take a direct IC or a direct EC train that goes right from Innsbruck to Schwarzach. Otherwise, following the same path, there are Railjets to Wörgl, where you would switch to a regional train to Schwarzach. Reservations are not necessary at all on any of these trains, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    From Schwarzach to Salzburg, you would take either a Railjet or EC (EuroCity) train. On these trains, reservations are accepted but not necessary.

    For planning purposes, schedules for the trains from Schwarzach to Salzburg are able to be viewed by doing a search on our website.

    Schedules for trains between Innsbruck and Schwarzach are not able to be viewed on our website. If you'd like to inquire about schedules for this option, you would have to call us.

    Taken all together, this option from Innsbruck to Salzburg is considered the Salzburg-Tyrol Railway.

    Salzburg to Munich

    From Salzburg to Munich, there are Railjet and Meridian trains. On the Railjet trains, reservations are recommended as a supplement to the pass. In contrast, the Meridian trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass would be all that is needed to board.

    These trains follow along the scenic Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway for a duration of the trip.
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    • Thank you so very much for all this information! Just a few more questions. So if I purchase the railpass, all of the trains you have mentioned would be covered with the pass, correct? Reservations are an additional fee? Are reservations included with a first class pass? Does the pass cover all the way to the Munich airport? And if I call someone can magically book everything for me and just tell me where to be and when? Is there an additional fee for that service?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 25, 2017 15:28
      You're welcome. Yes, ticket costs for all the trains I mentioned are covered by the rail pass.

      A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains running ‘inter-city’ between different cities within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still can often work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

      Running between the city of Munich and the Munich Airport, there are local S-Bahn trains. These trains depart several times every hour and the ride takes about 40-45 minutes. Rail passes are valid on these trains.

      We are the only company of our kind that staffs a call center to provide assistance to customers. Therefore, if you prefer to speak with someone, you can certainly call us to place your order. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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  • Thank you so very much for all this information! Just a few more questions. So if I purchase the railpass, all of the trains you have mentioned would be covered with the pass, correct? Reservations are an additional fee? Are reservations included with a first class pass? Does the pass cover all the way to the Munich airport? And if I call someone can magically book everything for me and just tell me where to be and when? Is there an additional fee for that service?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 25, 2017 15:07
      You're welcome.Yes, ticket costs for all the trains I mentioned are covered by the rail pass.

      A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains running ‘inter-city’ between different cities within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still can often work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

      Running between the city of Munich and the Munich Airport, there are local S-Bahn trains. These trains depart several times every hour and the ride takes about 40-45 minutes. Rail passes are valid on these trains.

      We are the only company of our kind that staffs a call center to provide assistance to customers. Therefore, if you prefer to speak with someone, you can certainly call us to place your order. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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