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Need advice on RailPass: Netherlands-Germany-Czech
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Hi All,

I’m going away to Europe in June for 16 days with this rough itinerary:

Amsterdam: 3 days

Dusseldorf: 1 night

Rhine Valley (Bonn – Mainz) via ferry: 2 days

Stuttgart: 1 days

Munich: 3 days

Prague: 3 days

Budapest: 3 days

What would be the best railpass to use? I’ve done some research and I think getting the regional Germany-Czech pass would probably be the most practical. Other than this pass, the only other train tickets would be from Amsterdam- Dusseldorf and from Prague-Budapest.

More importantly, how many days should I get the railpass for? In Germany, I will likely be travelling every day (either by rail or local transportation) so I was thinking of a 6 or 8 day pass. The 8 day Germany-Czech pass is already$369US, should I just shell out another $100US and get the 15 day global pass?

Also from what I gathered from the Eurail site the rail passes also cover S-bahn and the Rhine ferry? Do these benefits only last the # of days your pass is valid for? For example, if I get a Germany regional pass for 6 days in 2 months, is local transportation free only during those 6 days? Or will i still be able to use local transportation if I haven’t used the rail that day?

Thanks in advance for the help!

I am leaving from Toronto with $1500 for 17 days
Amsterdam, Bonn, Mainz, Stuttgart, Munich, Prague, Budapest
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I will likely be travelling every day (either by rail or local transportation) so I was thinking of a 6 or 8 day pass.
Most subways, buses and trams you’ll use in cities AREN’T covered by the railpass. While S-bahn will help in some cities, it doesn’t have as many stops in the city as U-bahn (traditional subway), so you’ll still have some local transportation costs. You wouldn’t want to pay $35 to $50 for an extra day on the railpass to cover $5 worth of S-bahn tickets or a $25 roundtrip ticket for a day trip.

Depending on what you choose for your Rhine cruise, it might not be worth using your railpass, either. St. Goar to Bacharach (the most scenic part of the cruise) is around 8 euros on the KD line (the one covered by your railpass) and other lines, like Bingen-Rudesheimer are slightly cheaper. A ticket from Dusseldorf to St. Goar to start the trip will add 19 to 37 euros — which means you might want to use your railpass if you’re doing it all in one day and aren’t able to get a cheap on-line train ticket. If you’re splitting the trip into two days, it will probably be cheaper to buy tickets and not burn 2 days of the railpass.

Regular fare for Amsterdam to Dusseldorf is about 52 euros – so you may want to look at covering that ticket with a railpass, although adding an extra country to the pass might not be worth it. Specials as low as 19 euros are available on-line for this route, so if you’re willing to book a non-refundable ticket up to 60 days in advance, this trip might not be worth getting a more expensive railpass.