If anyone has a minute to help please I would appreciate it. I would like to take the train from Prague to Munich, and was wondering if the global pass covers this? Travelling with 2 kids under 15, seems like swiss pass and German pass is the way to go given all other discounts. But will this train ride (with seat reservations) be included or necessitate another ticket? Thank you!!
Are you thinking of getting a Eurail Global pass as opposed to a a Swiss Travel Pass and a German Rail Pass? Tell us your plans and we can comment on the over all strategy. Offhand, the Prague to Munich train is pretty cheap, especially if you buy the ticket in Czech Republic.
Right now, I can get tickets for 1 adult and 2 14 yo's for 942 CZK, about $41, for tomorrow's 7:45 direct train to Munich.
Thank you Sam. We are in Switzerland for 4 days and Germany for 4 days, so the individual country passes seem perfect because they offer free or discounted admission to so many other things. We are flying from Zurich to Prague so no train needed there, so the last decision to make is how to get from Prague to Munich. I couldn't find a quick train on Aug 21 other than one that cost 152 euros for the 4 of us. That made me question whether the global pass would be worth it rather than the swiss and German passes. Clearly we are European travelling rookies, so I appreciate the advice.
Where will you be going in Germany besides a train to Switzerland? I ask because there may be cheap Laender Tickets available for what you want to do.
Right now, checking for August 21, I am getting some conflicting information. Deutsche Bahn is showing the Prague-Munich train operating as normal. But Ceske Drahy (Czech national railway) is showing for that week, a train change in Plzen is required and the departure from Prague 30 minutes sooner. But the price is 1046 CZK for the 7:15 departure and 916 CZK for the 10:45 departure, for 2 adults and 2 children under 15. That is about $46 and $41 respectively. That might indicate some track work scheduled that week.
Thanks, Sam. I saw the same thing on DB train. While in Germany, we plan to take trains at least 3 of the 4 days we are there. Salzburg one day, Rothenburg ob tauber potentially, and to the castles. That's why I thought the Germany pass was beneficial. And in Switzerland, we'll be using trains/boats all 4 days, and therefore the Swiss Pass made sense.
It's hard to guess all the relevant math on this, but I'd probably stick with your original plan and buy one separate train ticket from Prague to Munich (cheap if you buy it now from DB). Or you can add an extra day on the German Rail Pass if you want to use it to cover the DB bus that departs Prague at 10:15 (separate seat reservation required to buy locally).
Note that kids under 15 are free with the Swiss Travel Pass plus free Swiss Family Card, while the would pay the Youth rate (not free) on Eurail brand passes. The Eurail Pass also doesn't cover as many Swiss extras as the STP (see link for a summary).
Hi from Wisconsin,
Two websites that can help.
cd.cz is the Czech train ticket place to go.
dbahn is a german train place to find train times, how many changes might be required, etc, but not prices or tickets.
I appreciate everyone's assistance - thank you very much!
buy one separate train ticket from Prague to Munich (cheap if you buy it now from DB)
You shouldn't ever buy it from DB. The trains from Prague to Munich are not operated by the DB but by a joint venutere of CD and Laenderbahn. DB will sell you either a expensive international ticket (five times the cheapest fare available) or a train / bus combo via Nuremberg or a bus +) ticket (please note: the "Prague Special" offer is not bookable in the direction Prague - Munich). Search for cheap tickets in the E-Shop of Czech Rail (prices start from just under €15).
+) if you want to take the bus look up www.busliniensuche.de (more comprehensive than trainline, omio etc.)
I am a bit confused! What site is the best place to buy train tickets? Looking to travel between Munich, Prague and Salzburg ? Thanks!
The E-Shop of Czech Rail (České dráhy) offers all you need and always at a better price than German or Austrial Railways.
From Munich to Prague there are buses too, cf. www.busradar.com