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To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

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To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

Hi!

We are planning a 10 day family trip of 5 adults in early October 2017:

Our itinerary is as follows:

1. Land in frankfurt

2. Stay at Oppenau/Freiburg

*Explore black forest

*Visit Baden Baden for a day

* Visit Calw for a day

3. stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen/Farchant

*Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

* Check out other attractions around

4. Onwards to Austria (Hallstatt, Salzburg, Vienna)

*Sightseeing

5. Leave from the Vienna Airport

Would the DB pass work for us? Is there a special pass type we should pick?

How much luggage can we carry on the train?

Will there be trains to all the locations mentioned above or should we pick a cab?

Any help would be appreciated! :)

Edited: 29 August 2017, 18:41
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1. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

I am sure you will soon get plenty of advice re. your itinery,but I think to visit Neuschwanstein you need to be in Fussen,which is at least 2 hours from Garmish P

You can effectively take as much luggage on the train as you can carry, but DON'T do so, travel as light as you can,remember you and your party will have to carry it between trains,taxis and hotels.

Have a look at www.oebb.at which is the Austrian railway company site, where you will be able to see ticket prices for you travel within Austria. Advance booking should offer some worthwhile savings.

Edited: 29 August 2017, 19:56
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2. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

Thank you! there isn't one single pass for travel within & without all european countries. Is there?

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3. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

"there isn't one single pass for travel within & without all european countries. "´

There are but in most cases not worth the bother. Search 'Eurorail' Eurail etc etc. An important thing is that do not run trains. Any problems in country and you could be stuck.

They are sold by travel agents with all kind of terms and conditions. If you assess the cost of the pass per day against fares quoted on the respective railway websites, you can soon discover whether it is economical to even consider a pass.

Looking quickly at your planned trips, they would mostly be on local trains, except for Frankfurt Airport - Freiburg and your trip into Austria which you can and should book in advance to get best prices and confirmed reservations if needed at www.bahn.de

For the local trains buy tickets on the day. Much less bother.

I do also warn that currently, with no date yet known for a solution, is that a tunnel has collapsed on the route between Frankfurt and Freiburg. Passengers are currently being taken by bus around the closed section of railway. The bus trip is factored into train times and bookings, it takes only 20 minutes.

Check for updates at www.bahn.de

Edited: 29 August 2017, 20:37
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4. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

Yes there is, but read all the previous threads on Eurail pass in this forum, which is 99% negative. Would you still be interested in buying that afterwards?

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g1-…

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g1-…

Read also the Bible of European train travel : www.seat61.com

You are basically ONLY travelling in Germany and Austria, and those places you travel in Germany, the use of local regional trains are value for money compared to an expensive and inflexible Eurail pass.

See this ticket for travel in Bavaria (costs €25 plus €6 for each additional person)

https:/…regional-day-tickets.shtml

From Munich to Salzburg, you can use the same ticket, provided you travel from 9am weekdays (anytime weekends)

From Salzburg to Vienna, you can travel using this train (costs €26.50 per person, everyday price)

https://westbahn.at/en/

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5. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

Local train it is. This is so helpful! Thank you!

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6. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

What's the best way to get to Fussen, from Garmish? Can I plan it as a day trip?

Edited: 30 August 2017, 05:55
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7. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

Anything is possible using Regional train/bus, but you must plan the timing carefully.

This is the journey planner

www.vvt.at/page.cfm…

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8. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

such a helpful website.thank you!

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9. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

>>> there isn't one single pass for travel within & without all european countries. Is there? <<<

There is, but it is hugely expensive and as you are only going to two of them, totally unnecessary.

Canny use of local passes (as outlined above) and advance purchase for longer journeys is the way to save money on European train travel.

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10. Re: To Deutsche Bahn(DB) or not to DB...

Should the Frankfurt Airport - Freiburg train be booked in advance?

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