We will be traveling for 4 days on our own afer a RS tour later this fall. I want to make sure I understand train travel as that appears to be our mode of transportation those 4 days. I cannot purchase tickets yet so my $$ estimates are based on earlier fall prices.
We will spend one extra night in Vienna then travel to Strasbourg for 2 nights and Cologne for our last night in Europe. I've checked out individual train reservations for all legs of travel and come out spending just a little more for the 3 country pass than the individual tickets. I did not include our transportation to/from airports, though so that may even up the price a bit.
First of all, if we go from Vienna to Strasbourg to Cologne we would still need a 3 country pass, right? Even if the Vienna to Strasbourg leg travels through Zurich to Mulhouse to Strasbourg? It's the destinations that count and not the countries you pass through, is that correct? I count Austria as the first country because that is where we are starting out from.....then Germany (Cologne) and France (Strasbourg). Also, if we are using passes I understand we STILL need to reserve tickets for certain legs (the ICE and TVG legs)? So there would be reservation fees not included in the price of the passes themselves.
I do like the idea of not having to stress over missed trains/connections....if we had reservations/pre-purchased tickets that would mean losing the price of the tickets if we missed the train or got held up doing something else.