Zurich to Munich & Munich to Salzburg with a rail pass

My son and I are using a 4 country Eurail select pass to visit Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary. We would love to make a side trip for a few days to Munich, confused about options that would allow us to go from Zurich to Munich to Salzburg.
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  • I just discovered we can purchase the Global Eurail Pass which would allow us to travel to Germany en route to the other locations, for just another $30 for my son and about $45 for me, that would be worth it to me.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 06, 2016 15:18
    Hi Marty,

    Great. The Eurail Global Pass would be an ideal solution so that you'll have Germany covered.

    Zurich to Munich

    To get from Zurich to Munich, you would take a bus or a direct 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, 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 Global 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, reservations would only be recommended on the direct trains.

    The buses are 'InterCity Buses', while the trains on this route are EC (EuroCity) trains.

    Munich to Salzburg

    The trains from Munich to Salzburg are Railjet trains, EC (EuroCity) trains, and Meridian trains. On the Railjet and EC 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 EC trains on the route between Munich and Salzburg. Instead, reservations for one of these trains can only be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    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 Global Pass').

    The Meridian trains don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Global 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 EC trains on this route would have 3 digit train numbers, while the Meridian trains would have 5 digit train numbers.
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