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Rail Pass and IsarCard?

By Traveller September 26, 2017
Munich

Rail Pass and IsarCard?

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By Todd Traveller September 26, 2017

I'm a little confused as to what the best option for me is. I'm trying to save money, and I plan to travel to a few cities outside of Munich (Fussen, Bamberg, Wurzburg, and possibly elsewhere) I wanted to know if the DB Rail Pass would be a good option and if the IsarCard for the U-Bahn and MVV? I live in a city where we never use Public Transportation and I've used public transit a few times in Japan and in Oregon. What would be the best thing for me to get?

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Hi Todd, A lot of it depends on where you're traveling and for how long. Within Munich, if you're taking more than three trips in a day, a day pass is your best option. There are also 3-day passes for consecutive sightseeing days. The IsarCard is good for regular commuters, but not for someone who is only using the MVV system occasionally. For options outside of Munich, look at DB's special passes. You can get a Bayern Ticket and travel anywhere in Bavaria that day (after 9 am) for 25 Euros. And it's good till the following morning. Other regional passes are similar, and many of them cover your local transportation to get to or from the train station.
Local September 26, 2017
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Hi Michelle! Thank you for the info. I will definitely be traveling longer than just a day. I plan to visit Wurzburg for an entire day, then that evening travel to Bamberg (overnight stay) and then come back to Munich the next day (possibly visiting a city on the way, and then being back in Munich by the evening.

As for my travel within Munich, I have book marked so many things in so many districts of Munich, which is why I was thinking perhaps the IsarCard would be a good options. At the same time, I also don't want to spend frivolously and buy a card that I don't need.

The "rings/zones" confuses too when traveling with the MVV....some of the locations I wanted to travel too are far outside the general RINGS of the inner city, whilst others are within the 9 rings of the inner city....it seems very confusing lol
Todd Traveller September 26, 2017
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We purchased the ISARCard. We are only traveling within the city. You can go to information at the train station on the lower level and they will help you decide. The person who helped us spoke English. We told her we're we would be traveling and she told us what to purchase.
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Local September 26, 2017
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Oh that's great! Thank you Roberta, how long were you in Munich for? Did you also purchase a German Rail Pass for high speed trains? I'm unsure if I would need both the IsarCard and the RailPass
Todd Traveller September 27, 2017
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