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Train travel Help

Hi,

We are traveling to Germany Sept 27-Oct 2.

We are looking for help on what train stations (names) we need (and buses) using a 6 day Twin Eurail Pass for all our stops.

We are staying in Frankfurt for 1 night, taking a train to Ingolstadt, staying 2 nights there while taking the train back and forth to Munich for Oktoberfest on Sept 28 and 29th. On Sept 30th we want to go from Ingolstadt to see Neuschwanstein castle.

We also need station directions from Neuschwanstein castle to the Black Forest. We are looking at a hotel in Hornberg. I also want to stop in Triberg or around the black forest area along the train lines for a cuckoo clock shop. From Hornberg we take the train back to Frankfurt Airport Holiday Inn Express.

Any help would be appreciated!

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11. Re: Train travel Help

"Would it work if we got a 3 day pass plus a Bayern pass for Ingolstadt to Munich and back on the Saturday?"

I don't see why not. The flexibility of a railpass could be an advantage if you don't mind the additional cost. The Bayern ticket is good at any hour on regional and local (RB or RE designation) trains on Saturday. To find the eligible trains for the Bayern Ticket, be sure to specify "only local transport" under "means of transport" at the DB itinerary page: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en (This is necessary because certain ineligible high-speed trains also use this route.) I notice there are direct trains leaving Ingolstadt Hbf (main station) for Munich at 7:28, 8:28, 9:06, and 9:28, all good with the Bayern Ticket.

"The Friday we plan on staying in Ingolstadt and checking out the sites. Should we get a Bayern pass for that day too?"

There's no point of getting a Bayern pass just for Ingolstadt. If you need transport within the town, a zone 10 (Ingolstadt) daypass for two.(Partnertageskarte) costs 7.20€ from a bus driver. This map shows you Zone 10 (white area) and the lines you might use. "Hauptbahnhof" is the main station; ZOB is the central bus station and "Nordbahnhof" is the north train station: invg.de/liniennetz/…liniennetzplan2012.pdf

Your railpass days should work fine as planned.

9/29: Use a Bayern ticket.

A 3 day German railpass (twinpass version or otherwise) means you have 3 calendar days of travel within a month. They don't have to be consecutive.

As I suggested previously, in place of N'stein (not a real castle anyway and covered in scaffolding now for repairs) you can catch a fine palace in the city of Würzburg - the Residenz - as you travel between Frankfurt and Ingolstadt. I believe that any itinerary headed for Ingolstadt stops in Würzburg. When your DB itinerary pops up - just click on the white on read arrow next to the itinerary of your choice, then click on the train number to the right under products - a pop-up will show you what cities that train stops in. Anyway, stow your bags in a station locker and walk (about 15 min.) to the palace. See the cool chapel next door too. Your railpass will enable you to use another train to continue to Ingolstadt when you're ready to leave.

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12. Re: Train travel Help

Thank you so much for all your help! This has saved us money and time for our trip!

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" I notice there are direct trains leaving Ingolstadt Hbf (main station) for Munich at 7:28, 8:28, 9:06, and 9:28, all good with the Bayern Ticket."

The Bayern ticket says it's only good for 9am-3am (the next day) on the Bahn website?

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Are the ticket counters only open during certain hours? For example if we went to the station at 7am to purchase a bayern for the day what time do they open?

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15. Re: Train travel Help

This past 9am applies only for weekdays. On Sa or Sa the Bayern Ticket is valid already from midnight on. Also on public holidays (like the 3rd October).

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Thanks I missed that on the website.

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If I buy a 3 day rail pass for $351 CAD and a 1 day Bayern would cost me 26 Euros ($32 CAD).

Or I could buy a 4 day rail pass for $380 CAD.

I'm confused as to which one is more advantageous.

Edited: 11:33 am, August 30, 2012
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18. Re: Train travel Help

rail pass

+ long distance trains (IC/EC and ICE)

+ regional trains (S-Bahn, RB, RE and others)

- no other local public transport (U-Bahn (metro), trams, buses)

Bayern Ticket

- no long distance trains

+ regional trains

+ all other local public transport in Ingolstadt and Munich

.

Thus e.g. a question if you stay close to a train station in Ingolstadt. Or if you want to do anything else beyond Oktoberfest (which is in walking distance from Munich main train station) in Munich.

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20. Re: Train travel Help

go on to the german rail website,www.bahn.de,click on U.K.,not the union flag for the english version, thenclick on offers,regional tickets within Germany,Lander tickets (also listed under regional offers),under BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE there is a list of german states. the Bavaria ticket costs 34 euros for unlimited travel in Bavaria for 4 pe0ple (total cost!) from 0905 a.m till0305a.m the following day.other regions/states are similar the ticket is a variable price from 1 to 5 people.see also the weekend ticket offer,Wochende in German.We have just returned and used this extensively in Bavaria.the ticket can be bought from the machine in the station and it has an english language version.dead easy to use.

In the Black forest,schwartzwald in German, there is a scwartzland pass that is issues FREE by either the hotel that you are staying in or the tourist office that gives FREE rail and Bus travel within the Blackforest area,We werre given it in the hotel Schloss in Hornberg .So, check out the regional rail maps of Germany via Google to see the limit on the area covered by regional passesi.e. where bavaria stops and the black forest and Rhineland palatinate begin .Google the Black forest tourist office and ask them about theSchwarstwakder pass.This could really cut your travel costshope this helps.p.s. Hornberg is very tiny but has a rail station,as a visit it warrants about 3 hours max.

Neil