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  • April 04, 2019 21:27
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Will the Eurail Global Pass cover costs for London to Paris, travel within Spain, Spain to Portugal & return to Spain? by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow">London Travel Card</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">Visitor Oyster Card</a>', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.<br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow">London Travel Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327</a><br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">Visitor Oyster Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331</a><br /><br />To browse other city passes for a stay in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a>, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737</a>.
  • April 04, 2019 21:22
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Will the Eurail Global Pass cover costs for London to Paris, travel within Spain, Spain to Portugal & return to Spain? by Jeff to Hi Julio,<br /><br />For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For as much travel as you intend to do, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would cover the ticket costs, so all that would be left would be for you to purchase reservations where required. The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/spain">Spain</a>, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow">AVE</a> high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations would be required when traveling there. Reservations are also required on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurostar</a>, which is the train that connects <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/spain">Spain</a> can be booked once within 60-90 days of an intended departure date. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurostar</a> (London-Paris) is unique in that it can usually be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.<br /><br />IC and Alfa Pendular trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal">Portugal</a> also will require reservations, but reservations for trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal">Portugal</a> can only be purchased when you're there. Reservations for trains in Portugal can only be purchased at the CP offices in the stations. The cost would only be a small amount in addition to your rail pass. When you go to purchase your reservation, just be sure to mention that you already have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>.<br /><br />There are few rail lines between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/spain">Spain</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal">Portugal</a>. The most common way to travel by rail between these countries is by way of the Lusitania overnight that runs between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lisbon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon</a>. This night train is actually the only train that runs on this route, so there would not be any day trains on this route.<br /><br />As all night trains do, the Lusitania would also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. This night train carries single compartments, double compartments, 4-berth compartments, and 2nd class seats. Currently, however, there is an error preventing actual sleeping compartments on the Lusitania from being booked on our website. Therefore, if you're interested in purchasing reservations on this train, you would have to email us at <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. Generally, the Lusitania night train can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date..
  • April 04, 2019 21:22
    Jeff
    Changed title of Eurail Global Pass by JUlio Quinones to Will the Eurail Global Pass cover costs for London to Paris, travel within Spain, Spain to Portugal & return to Spain?.
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  • April 04, 2019 21:21
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Will the Eurail Global Pass cover costs for London to Paris, travel within Spain, Spain to Portugal & return to Spain? by Jeff to Hi Julio,<br /><br />For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For as much travel as you intend to do, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> would cover the ticket costs, so all that would be left would be for you to purchase reservations where required. The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain">Spain</a>, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by AVE high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations would be required when traveling there. Reservations are also required on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a>, which is the train that connects <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain">Spain</a> can be booked once within 60-90 days of an intended departure date. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> (London-Paris) is unique in that it can usually be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.<br /><br />IC and Alfa Pendular trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal">Portugal</a> also will require reservations, but reservations for trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal">Portugal</a> can only be purchased when you're there. Reservations for trains in Portugal can only be purchased at the CP offices in the stations. The cost would only be a small amount in addition to your rail pass. When you go to purchase your reservation, just be sure to mention that you already have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>.<br /><br />There are few rail lines between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain">Spain</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/portugal">Portugal</a>. The most common way to travel by rail between these countries is by way of the Lusitania overnight that runs between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow">Madrid</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lisbon" rel="nofollow">Lisbon</a>. This night train is actually the only train that runs on this route, so there would not be any day trains on this route.<br /><br />As all night trains do, the Lusitania would also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. This night train carries single compartments, double compartments, 4-berth compartments, and 2nd class seats. Currently, however, there is an error preventing actual sleeping compartments on the Lusitania from being booked on our website. Therefore, if you're interested in purchasing reservations on this train, you would have to email us at <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. Generally, the Lusitania night train can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date..
  • April 04, 2019 20:20
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Help!! Need advice on train tickets Zurich to Interlaken with day trip to Lucerne by Jeff to For a stay in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> and the Bernese Oberland region, there are several nearby mountain excursions:<br /><br />• Jungfraujoch Top of Europe<br />• Mount Schilthorn<br />• Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)<br />• Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)<br />• Schynige Platte<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would be able to receive a 50% discount on each of these excursions. Otherwise, if you opt to purchase regular tickets, you would have to pay the full fare to do these excursions.<br /><br /><b><u>Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</u></b><br /><br /><a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> is the gateway to Jungfraujoch. To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.<br /><br />The Grindelwald route looks like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route looks like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would receive the 50% discount by purchasing the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Swiss Half Fare Card Holder' option of a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'</a>. For <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">this pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />Without the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Full Fare' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">same pass</a>.<br /><br />Be sure to specify Low season, Mid-season or High-season, depending on when you'll be making the trip.<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, or Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Schilthorn</u></b><br /><br /><a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> also serves as the gateway to Mount Schilthorn. From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, there are 2 different routes you can take to reach Schilthorn.<br /><br />The Grütschalp route looks like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp<br />-'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren<br />-‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />The Stechelberg route looks like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg<br />-'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would receive the 50% discount by purchasing the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn for Swiss Half Fare Card Holders' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo">pass for 'Mount Schilthorn'</a> here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo</a><br /><br />Without the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn Full Fare' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo">same pass</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)</u></b><br /><br />The Harderbahn in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would receive the 50% discount for the Harderbahn by purchasing the ‘Mountain Tops: Harder Kulm Interlaken to Harder Kulm for Swiss Half Fare Card Holder’ option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178" rel="nofollow">pass for ‘Harder Kulm’</a> here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/harder-kulm-8178">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178</a>.<br /><br />Without the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the ‘Mountain Tops: Harder Kulm Interlaken to Harder Kulm Full Fare Ticket' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178" rel="nofollow">same pass</a>.<br /><br />Be sure to specify Low season, Mid-season or High-season, depending on when you'll be making the trip.<br /><br /><b><u>Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)</u></b><br /><br />The Firstbahn cable cars departs from their base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. To reach Grindelwald, you would take a train along the famed ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station in Grindelwald to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would receive the 50% discount for this excursion by purchasing the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First Interlaken to First for Swiss Half Fare Card Holder' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first" rel="nofollow">pass for 'Grindelwald-First'</a> here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/grindelwald-first">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first</a>.<br /><br />Without the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First Interlaken to First Full Fare Ticket' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first">same pass</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Schynige Platte (seasonal)</u></b><br /><br />The famed Schynige Platte Railway starts in the nearby village of Wilderswil, which is just a 4-minute train ride from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’. The Schynige Platte Railway runs between Wilderswil and the Schynige Platte station.<br /><br />At Schynige Platte, you'll have more amazing views of Eiger Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. Right by the station is also Switzerland's only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would receive the 50% discount for this excursion by purchasing the 'Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte Interlaken to Schynige Platte for Swiss Half Fare Card Holder' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312">pass for 'Schynige Platte'</a> here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/schynige-platte-8312">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312</a>.<br /><br />Without the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the ‘Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte Interlaken to Schynige Platte Full Fare Ticket' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312">same pass</a>.<br /><br />In 2019, the Schynige Platte Railway only runs from May 30th to October 27th..
  • April 04, 2019 20:08
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Help!! Need advice on train tickets Zurich to Interlaken with day trip to Lucerne by Jeff to For a stay in Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland region, there are several nearby mountain excursions:<br /><br />• Jungfraujoch Top of Europe<br />• Mount Schilthorn<br />• Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)<br />• Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)<br />• Schynige Platte<br /><br />With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would be able to receive a 50% discount on each of these excursions. Otherwise, if you opt to purchase regular tickets, you would have to pay the full fare to do these excursions.<br /><br /><b><u>Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</u></b><br /><br />Interlaken is the gateway to Jungfraujoch. To get from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.<br /><br />The Grindelwald route looks like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route looks like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would receive the 50% discount by purchasing the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Swiss Half Fare Card Holder' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />Without the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Full Fare' option of the same pass.<br /><br />Be sure to specify Low season, Mid-season or High-season, depending on when you'll be making the trip.<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, or Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Schilthorn</u></b><br /><br />Interlaken also serves as the gateway to Mount Schilthorn. From Interlaken, there are 2 different routes you can take to reach Schilthorn.<br /><br />The Grütschalp route looks like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp<br />-'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren<br />-‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />The Stechelberg route looks like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg<br />-'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would receive the 50% discount by purchasing the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn for Swiss Half Fare Card Holders' option of the pass for Mount Schilthorn here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo</a><br /><br />Without the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn Full Fare' option of the same pass.<br /><br /><b><u>Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)</u></b><br /><br />The Harderbahn takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.<br /><br />With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would receive the 50% discount for the Harderbahn by purchasing the ‘Mountain Tops: Harder Kulm Interlaken to Harder Kulm for Swiss Half Fare Card Holder’ option of the pass for ‘Harder Kulm’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/harder-kulm-8178">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178</a>.<br /><br />Without the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the ‘Mountain Tops: Harder Kulm Interlaken to Harder Kulm Full Fare Ticket' option of the same pass.<br /><br />Be sure to specify Low season, Mid-season or High-season, depending on when you'll be making the trip.<br /><br /><b><u>Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)</u></b><br /><br />The Firstbahn cable cars departs from their base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. To reach Grindelwald, you would take a train along the famed ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station in Grindelwald to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.<br /><br />With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would receive the 50% discount for this excursion by purchasing the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First Interlaken to First for Swiss Half Fare Card Holder' option of the pass for 'Grindelwald-First' here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/grindelwald-first">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first</a>.<br /><br />Without the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First Interlaken to First Full Fare Ticket' option of the same pass.<br /><br /><b><u>Schynige Platte (seasonal)</u></b><br /><br />The famed Schynige Platte Railway starts in the nearby village of Wilderswil, which is just a 4-minute train ride from Interlaken on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’. The Schynige Platte Railway runs between Wilderswil and the Schynige Platte station.<br /><br />At Schynige Platte, you'll have more amazing views of Eiger Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. Right by the station is also Switzerland's only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.<br /><br />With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would receive the 50% discount for this excursion by purchasing the 'Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte Interlaken to Schynige Platte for Swiss Half Fare Card Holder' option of the pass for 'Schynige Platte' here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/schynige-platte-8312">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312</a>.<br /><br />Without the Swiss Half Fare Card, you would purchase the full fare by instead selecting the ‘Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte Interlaken to Schynige Platte Full Fare Ticket' option of the same pass.<br /><br />In 2019, the Schynige Platte Railway only runs from May 30th to October 27th..
  • April 04, 2019 19:22
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Help!! Need advice on train tickets Zurich to Interlaken with day trip to Lucerne by Jeff to The toboggan run in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> that you're likely referring to is the one off the Mount Pilatus excursion.<br /><br />The excursion to the Mount Pilatus summit starts with a steamboat across Lake Lucerne from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, the ascent continues by cog railway up to Mt Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Pilatus Kulm, you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>, you take a bus from Kriens.<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you can receive the 50% discount for the Mount Pilatus excursion by purchasing the ‘Mountain Tops: Pilatus Alpnachstad or Kriens to Mt Pilatus for Swiss Half Fare Card Holders’ option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus" rel="nofollow">pass for ‘Mount Pilatus’</a> here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount...</a>.<br /><br />Without the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow">Swiss Half Fare Card</a> (if you just opt to purchase regular tickets for your trains between Zurich, Lucerne, and Interlaken), then you would instead purchase full fare tickets for the Mount Pilatus excursion by choosing the 'Mountain Tops: Pilatus Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus/Full Fare' option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus">pass for 'Mount Pilatus'</a>..
  • April 04, 2019 19:00
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Help!! Need advice on train tickets Zurich to Interlaken with day trip to Lucerne by Jeff to The toboggan run in Lucerne that you're likely referring to is the one off the Mount Pilatus excursion.<br /><br />The excursion to the Mount Pilatus summit starts with a steamboat across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, the ascent continues by cog railway up to Mt Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Pilatus Kulm, you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get back to Lucerne, you take a bus from Kriens.<br /><br />With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you can receive the 50% discount for the Mount Pilatus excursion by purchasing the ‘Mountain Tops: Pilatus Alpnachstad or Kriens to Mt Pilatus for Swiss Half Fare Card Holders’ option of the pass for ‘Mount Pilatus’ here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount...</a>.<br /><br />Without the Swiss Half Fare Card (if you just opt to purchase regular tickets for your trains between Zurich, Lucerne, and Interlaken), then you would instead purchase full fare tickets for the Mount Pilatus excursion by choosing the 'Mountain Tops: Pilatus Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus/Full Fare' option of the pass for 'Mount Pilatus'..
  • April 04, 2019 18:58
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Help!! Need advice on train tickets Zurich to Interlaken with day trip to Lucerne by Jeff to Hi Kelsey,<br /><br />If you're going from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, then stopping in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> is actually the perfect plan. That way, you can experience a section of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> scenic line when you take your train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />The fastest connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> go via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow">Bern</a>; however, some travelers will opt to travel via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> instead, just so they can take the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a>.<br /><br />All of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne-Interlaken</a> trains have panoramic windows for viewing the scenery.<br /><br />You would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>. If you plan to route yourself through <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>, just be sure to break up your searches accordingly. To do so, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a> and then another search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />If you're heading back to Zurich and you need an actual round-trip, then I would definitely recommend purchasing the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">Swiss Half Fare Card</a> instead of regular tickets. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">Swiss Half Fare Card</a> enables travelers to receive 50% off all tickets for trains operating within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">Swiss Half Fare Card</a> combined with the corresponding half-price tickets would end up being less expensive if it is a round-trip that you'll be doing. Plus, it would enable you to receive 50% discounts on all the mountain railways and cable cars/funiculars while you're in Interlaken and Lucerne. With regular tickets, you would have to pay full price for these.<br /><br />For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025</a>.<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">Swiss Half Fare Card</a>, you would just purchase your half-price discounted tickets when you're there. You can still use our website just to view the trains' schedules for planning purposes..
  • April 04, 2019 18:50
    Jeff
    Changed title of help!! Need advice on train tickets Zurich to Interlaken with day trip to Lucerne by Kelsey Carrier to Help!! Need advice on train tickets Zurich to Interlaken with day trip to Lucerne.
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  • April 04, 2019 18:50
    Jeff
    Changed description of Any advice appreciated!!! need advice on Swiss trains!! I will be in Zurich for a couple days, then moving on to Interlaken, and thinking about doing a day trip to Lucerne on the way to Interlaken. Is Lucerne worth the day trip (have heard the toboggan run is really cool)? Can I book a train ticket departing in the morning from Zurich-->Interlaken via Lucerne, get out at Lucerne and spend the day there, and get back on a connecting train later that afternoon/evening to go to Interlaken? by Kelsey Carrier to Any advice appreciated!!! need advice on Swiss trains!! I will be in Zurich for a couple days, then moving on to Interlaken, and thinking about doing a day trip to Lucerne on the way to Interlaken. Is Lucerne worth the day trip (have heard the toboggan run is really cool)? Can I book a train ticket departing in the morning from Zurich--&gt;Interlaken via Lucerne, get out at Lucerne and spend the day there, and get back on a connecting train later that afternoon/evening to go to Interlaken?.
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  • April 04, 2019 17:50
    Jeff
    Changed title of Online Booking Question by Sierra Alvarado to When booking the 3 month rail pass, is the "departure date to Europe" also the date that my pass starts?.
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  • April 04, 2019 17:50
    Jeff
    Changed description of When booking my Rail 3 months continuous pass, will the date given for "Specify your departure date to Europe" also be the date that my pass starts? by Sierra Alvarado to When booking my Rail 3 months continuous pass, will the date given for "Specify your departure date to Europe" also be the date that my pass starts?.
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  • April 04, 2019 17:49
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of When booking the 3 month rail pass, is the "departure date to Europe" also the date that my pass starts? by Jeff to Hi Sierra,<br /><br />The date you indicate as your "departure date to Europe" would not be the same as when you begin using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> and start your rail travels. You can validate your pass for usage at any point after you arrive in Europe. The pass just has to be validated within 11 months from the date it is purchased.<br /><br />Validating your pass is something you would do at the rail station before you take your first train. You would just go the ticket window in the station and request that your pass be validated.<br /><br />Your "departure date to Europe" is for our reference, so we know by when you need to receive the pass in the mail.<br /><br />For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.
  • April 04, 2019 17:34
    Jeff
    Changed title of Rail in Italy's Cinque Terre region when you have a Eurail Pass by Jeff to The Cinque Terre - Rail in Italy's Cinque Terre region when you have a Eurail Pass.
  • April 04, 2019 17:29
    Jeff
    Changed title of Rail in the Cinque Terre when you have a Rail Pass by Jeff to Rail in Italy's Cinque Terre region when you have a Eurail Pass.
  • April 04, 2019 17:28
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of The Cinque Terre - Rail in Italy's Cinque Terre region when you have a Eurail Pass by Jeff to If you have a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Italy Pass</a> and you’re staying in one of the villages of the Cinque Terre (or La Spezia to south, or Levanto to the north), you can use your pass to travel to the other villages.<br /><br />There are regional (Cinque Terre Express) trains that run between these villages regularly throughout the day.<br /><br />If your pass is 'non-consecutive' (flexi), then you want to keep in mind that using your pass would involve the use of a 'travel day'. Therefore, if you don't want to squander a 'travel day' on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally. These are short trips/distances, so the tickets would not cost much at all.<br /><br />The villages of the Cinque Terre are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and&nbsp;Riomaggiore. La Spezia is the hub just to the south of the Cinque Terre, and Levanto is just to the north of the Cinque Terre.<br /><br />If you're interested in activities or tours in the Cinque Terre region, click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=57&amp;cities=cities-22149" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/activities/countries57citiescities-22149">https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=57&amp;cities=cities-22149</a>.
  • April 04, 2019 17:27
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of The Cinque Terre - Rail in Italy's Cinque Terre region when you have a Eurail Pass by Jeff to If you have a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922" rel="nofollow">Eurail Italy Pass</a> and you’re staying in one of the villages of the Cinque Terre (or La Spezia to south, or Levanto to the north), you can use your pass to travel to the other villages.<br /><br />There are regional (Cinque Terre Express) trains that run between these villages regularly throughout the day.<br /><br />If your pass is 'non-consecutive' (flexi), then you want to keep in mind that using your pass would involve the use of a 'travel day'. Therefore, if you don't want to squander a 'travel day' on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally. These are short trips/distances, so the tickets would not cost too much at all.<br /><br />The villages of the Cinque Terre are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and&nbsp;Riomaggiore. La Spezia is the hub just to the south of the Cinque Terre, and Levanto is just to the north of the Cinque Terre.<br /><br />If you're interested in activities or tours in the Cinque Terre region, click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=57&amp;cities=cities-22149" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=57&amp;cities=cities-22149">https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=57&amp;cities=cities-22149</a>.
  • April 04, 2019 17:09
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of German Rail Pass and seat reservations / Berlin to Nuremberg, Nuremberg to Rothenburg, Rothenburg to Augsburg, and Augsburg to Munich by Jeff to Hi Elena,<br /><br />The trains that make up a connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/nuremberg" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/nuremberg">Nuremberg</a> to Rothenburg ob der Tauber are InterCity (IC) or regional trains that do not accept reservations. With that being the case, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/german-rail-pass-5913" rel="nofollow">German Rail Pass</a> is all you would need to board. The whole objective of the rail pass is to cover your ticket costs, so you would not purchase additional tickets. Tickets are redundant to a rail pass.<br /><br />Since the trains Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber don't take reservations, you would just be able to sit wherever this an open seat. Rest assured, you don't need to worry availability on these trains. There will be seats for you.<br /><br />I would recommend that you review my response above, trip-by-trip. That way, you know what to expect for each of your trips. I address the route from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/nuremberg" rel="nofollow">Nuremberg</a> to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, as well as each of the other trips you mentioned in your initial question. It will clarify the objective of the rail pass, tell you which trains need reservations and which don't, and provide you with instructions for how to book the reservations when they're needed..
  • April 04, 2019 14:21
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Honeymoon Help!! Turin-Vernazza, Vernazza-Bologna, Bologna-Lake Como, Lake Como-Interlaken, Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken-Paris by Jeff to <b><u>Mountaintop Excursions from Interlaken &amp; the Bernese Oberland with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />When visiting the Interlaken area and the Bernese Oberland region, a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would enable you to receive a 25% discount on the excursions to nearby Jungfraujoch, Mount Schilthorn, Harder Kulm, First, and Schynige Platte.<br /><br /><b><u>Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> does not cover the trains that make up a connection between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 different routes up to Jungfraujoch (and a return to be done within 24 hours). These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, or Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Schilthorn</u></b><br /><br /><a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> also serves as the gateway to Mount Schilthorn. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> enables passengers to receive a discount of about 25% on the excursion between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Mount Schilthorn. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn Eurail Pass Holder' option of the pass for ‘<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schilthorn-eo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mount Schilthorn</a>’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schithorn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/mount-schithorn">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schithorn</a>.<br /><br />There are then 2 different routes you can take to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> to Mount Schilthorn; one via Grütschalp and the other via Stechelberg.<br /><br />The Grütschalp route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp<br />-'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren<br />-‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />The Stechelberg route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg<br />-'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br /><b><u>Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)</u></b><br /><br />A <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would also enable you to receive a 25% discount on the Harderbahn funicular in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. The Harderbahn takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.<br /><br />To receive the 25% discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Harder Kulm Interlaken to Harder Kulm for Eurail Pass Holder’ option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for ‘<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harder Kulm</a>’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/harder-kulm-8178">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)</u></b><br /><br />The Firstbahn departs from its base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. To reach Grindelwald, you would take a train along the famed ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station in Grindelwald to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would enable you to receive a 25% discount on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ (Interlaken-Grindelwald) and the Firstbahn cable cars. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First Interlaken to First for Eurail Pass Holder’ option of the pass for ‘<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grindelwald-First</a>’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/grindelwald-first">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Schynige Platte (seasonal)</u></b><br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> enables you to receive a discount of about 25% on the excursion between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Schynige Platte. To receive this 25% discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte Interlaken to Schynige Platte for Eurail Pass Holder’ option of the pass for ‘<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schynige Platte</a>’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/schynige-platte-8312">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312</a>.<br /><br />The excursion consists of a 4-minute train ride on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Wilderswil and then the nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte station.<br /><br />At Schynige Platte, you’ll have more amazing views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. Right by the station is also Switzerland’s only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.<br /><br />In 2019, the 'Schynige Platte Railway’ only runs from May 30th to October 27th..
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