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  • July 17, 2018 21:07
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Great Advise Needed for Rail Travel from Annecy to Vevey & Vevey to Lake Como by Jeff to Hi Casse,<br /><br />There are no direct trains for either of these routes, so the trip would involve several tickets.<br /><br /><b><u>Annecy to Vevey (via Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard and Geneva)</u></b><br /><br />The fastest connections from Annecy to Vevey take 3.5 to 4.5 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard and then once in Geneva.<br /><br />Tickets from Annecy to Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard can be purchased by searching this segment of the 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>. When searching for trains to Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard, you would just type 'Aix les Bains' in the field for the arrival city.<br /><br />Tickets for trains from Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard to Geneva can only be purchased locally when you're in France.<br /><br />Tickets from Geneva to Vevey are not able to be purchased on our website, but you can purchase these by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Annecy to Vevey (via the Mont Blanc Express route)</u></b><br /><br />As an alternate option from Annecy to Vevey, you can go by way of the Mont Blanc Express scenic route. This option would take at least about 5.5 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in St-Gervais-les-Bains, once in Vallorcine, and then once in Martigny.<br /><br />The segments from St-Gervais-les-Bains to Vallorcine and Vallorcine to Martigny represent the actual Mont Blanc Express scenic route.<br /><br />Tickets for each of these segments can be purchased by searching 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>. When checking schedules and purchasing tickets from Annecy to Vevey via the Mont Blanc Express, you would just have to break up your search in St Gervais les Bains and then in Martigny.<br /><br />Also, when purchasing tickets on our website for the segment from Martigny to Vevey, you would actually have to enter 'Lausanne' as your end destination. Even though the ticket we issue for this segment would reflect 'Lausanne' as the arrival station, you would just get off the train when it stops in Vevey. For your reference, all direct trains from Martigny to Lausanne stop in Vevey 16 minutes before they are shown on our site to be arriving into Lausanne.<br /><br />Therefore, for this option from Annecy to Vevey, you would do one search for trains from Annecy to St Gervais les Bains, another search from St Gervais les Bains to Martigny, and then you would do a search for connecting trains from Martigny to Lausanne.<br /><br /><b><u>Vevey to Como</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Vevey to Como take about 4.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Montreux and then once in either Gallarate or Milan.<br /><br />You would purchase tickets by searching the 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>. For a trip from Vevey to Como, you would have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Vevey to Montreux, another search for connecting trains from either Montreux to Gallarate or Montreux to Milan, and then another search for connecting trains from either Gallarate to Como or Milan to Como..
  • July 17, 2018 18:58
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Is it worth getting the Swiss pass if not traveling on continuous days? by Jeff to You’ll also want to keep in mind what the Swiss Travel Pass can do for you on the mountain excursions out of Lucerne.<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Pilatus</u></b><br /><br />The excursion up Mount Pilatus 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 Mt Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm), you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get from Kriens back to Lucerne, you would take a bus.<br /><br />With the use of a ‘travel day’, the Swiss Travel Pass is valid for you to get from Lucerne to Alpnachstad (either by train or by the steamboat across Lake Lucerne) and also valid on the bus ride from Kriens back to Lucerne.<br /><br />On the cog rail and cable car segments (Alpnachstad-Pilatus Kulm and Pilatus Kulm-Kriens), the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount. To receive this discount, you would purchase a 50% off option of the pass for 'Mount Pilatus' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus</a>.<br /><br />The option specific to the Swiss Travel Pass has not yet been added to our website; however, you can still purchase the 'Eurail Pass' or 'Swiss Half Fare Card' option and either would still be valid for you to use (both still grant you a 50% discount). The 'Mount Pilatus' pass would cover you on the cog railway from Alpnachstad to Mount Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm), the cable car from Pilatus Kulm to Fräkmüntegg and the gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens.<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Titlis</u></b><br /><br />Another option for you in Lucerne is the trek to another nearby mountain, Mount Titlis. The excursion from Lucerne to Mount Titlis consists of a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.<br /><br />For the trip between Lucerne and Titlis, the Swiss Travel Pass would only be valid on the train between Lucerne and Engelberg. However, the Swiss Travel Pass does enable you to receive a discount of about 45% on the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Titlis Engelberg to Mt Titlis for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165</a>. This pass also includes a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.<br /><br />Please be advised that getting from Lucerne to Engelberg would require the use of a ‘travel day’ on your Swiss Travel Pass.<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Stanserhorn</u></b><br /><br />From April 14th to November 18th of 2018, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.<br /><br />As of 2018, the Swiss Travel Pass is now valid to cover the full excursion between Lucerne and Stanserhorn. Please be advised that this would require the use of a ‘travel day’.<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Rigi</u></b><br /><br />There are 2 different routes between Lucerne and Mt Rigi, both of which are fully covered by a Swiss Travel Pass.<br /><br />The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm.<br /><br />The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm.<br /><br />Please be advised that it would require the use of a ‘travel day’ on your Swiss Travel Pass for either of these 2 routes to Mount Rigi..
  • July 17, 2018 18:16
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Is it worth getting the Swiss pass if not traveling on continuous days? by Jeff to As for other nearby mountain excursions out of Interlaken, the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive discounts.<br /><br /><b><u>Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</u></b><br /><br />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 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 />With regard to the former, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you only as far as Grindelwald.<br /><br />With regard to the latter, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you as far as Wengen.<br /><br />For the remaining segments (Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch &amp; Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch), the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch Swiss Travel Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) 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" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />If you do not want to squander a travel day on your Swiss Travel Pass for the segments between Interlaken and either Grindelwald or Wengen, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Swiss Travel Pass Holder' (still Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of 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 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and 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>Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)</u></b><br /><br />A Swiss Travel Pass would also enable you to receive a 50% discount on the Harderbahn funicular in Interlaken. 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 50% discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Harder Kulm Interlaken to Harder Kulm for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of the pass for Harder Kulm. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)</u></b><br /><br />A Swiss Travel Pass also grants a 50% discount on the Firstbahn cable cars out of nearby Grindelwald. 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 />To receive the 50% discount on the Firstbahn out of Grindelwald, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First GRINDELWALD to First for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the pass for ‘Grindelwald-First’. You would purchase this here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first</a>.<br /><br />If you do not want to squander a travel day on your Swiss Travel Pass to get from Interlaken to Grindelwald, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First INTERLAKEN to First for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the pass for ‘Grindelwald-First’ instead.<br /><br /><b><u>Schynige Platte Railway</u></b><br /><br />The nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ runs from the nearby village of Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte station. Wilderswil is only a 4-minute train ride from Interlaken on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’.<br /><br />The Swiss Travel Pass enables you to receive a discount of about 50% to make this excursion. To receive the 50% discount out of Wilderswil, you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte WILDERSWIL to Schynige Platte for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the pass for 'Schynige Platte' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312</a>.<br /><br />If you do not want to squander a travel day on your Swiss Travel Pass to get from Interlaken to Wilderswil, then you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte INTERLAKEN to Schynige Platte for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the pass for 'Schynige Platte' instead.<br /><br />Please be advised that the ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ only runs from May 26th to October 28th of 2018.<br /><br />From Schynige Platte, you’ll have more amazing views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. By the station is also Switzerland’s only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant..
  • July 17, 2018 17:30
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Is it worth getting the Swiss pass if not traveling on continuous days? by Jeff to <b><u>Schilthorn</u></b><br /><br />For a stay in Interlaken, you’ll also want to keep in mind that the Swiss Travel Pass is now valid on the full excursion to (Mount) Schilthorn.<br /><br />There are 2 different routes you can take to get from Interlaken to Schilthorn, and the Swiss Travel Pass is valid on boat. One route up to Schilthorn goes via Grütschalp and the other goes 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.
  • July 17, 2018 16:57
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Is it worth getting the Swiss pass if not traveling on continuous days? by Jeff to Hi Meg,<br /><br />Travelers love the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a>, because it covers more than just rail travel. In that sense, it is unique from the typical rail pass. While the main objective of a rail pass is to cover train travel, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow">Swiss Travel Pass</a> is unique in that it also covers boats, city buses, and city transit networks in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland">Switzerland</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a> also provides for the best possible discounts on mountain railways (including cable cars and funiculars) and allows for entry to over 490 museums around <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>.<br /><br />You can check costs for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow">Swiss Travel Pass</a> here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934</a>.<br /><br />In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>, it is generally the case that reservations are not necessary, so there is nothing else you'd need to purchase in addition to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a> for the trips you said you'll be doing.<br /><br />To determine your overall most economical option, you can compare the cost of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow">Swiss Travel Pass</a> to that of the cumulative total of regular ticket costs for the trains you plan to take.<br /><br />You would check ticket costs and 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>.<br /><br />Before you decide to drop one of these cities from your plans, just keep in mind that the rail travel between these cities is very quick, easy, and convenient. But I definitely get you wanting to have more time at each destination.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Bern</u></b><br /><br />Direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-bern" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Bern</a> depart every half-hour throughout the day and the ride takes just under 1 hour. On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow">Bern</a>, reservations are not necessary at all. Therefore, if you'll have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a>, then that would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br /><b><u>Bern to Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />Direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/bern-interlaken" rel="nofollow">Bern to Interlaken</a> also depart every half-hour throughout the day and the ride takes just under 1 hour. On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern">Bern</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>, reservations are not necessary at all. Therefore, if you'll have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a>, then that would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken to Lucerne</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> run over one segment 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 scenic line</a>. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-lucerne-5759" rel="nofollow">Interlaken to Lucerne</a> depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes just under 2 hours in duration. On these trains, reservations are possible but not necessary. Therefore, if you'll have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a>, then that would be all you'd need to board. If you do want reservations for a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-lucerne-5759" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-lucerne-5759">Interlaken to Lucerne</a>, you would purchase them by searching the 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 that you'll be traveling with the 'Swiss Travel Pass'.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-lucerne-5759" rel="nofollow">Interlaken to Lucerne</a> have panoramic windows for taking in all the surrounding scenery.<br /><br /><b><u>Lucerne to Zurich</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-zurich" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-zurich">Lucerne to Zurich</a> depart every half-hour throughout the day and the ride only takes about 45-50 minutes. Trains 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/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> do not accept reservations. Therefore, if you'll have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a>, then that would be all you'd need to board..
  • July 17, 2018 14:46
    Jeff Dispute this change
  • July 16, 2018 20:25
    Jeff
    Changed title of I bought Global Pass and there is NO way to book train by Hector Cervantes to I bought the Eurail Global Pass and there is NO way to book train.
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  • July 16, 2018 19:28
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of I bought the Eurail Global Pass and there is NO way to book train by Jeff to Hi Hector,<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam to Bacharach</u></b><br /><br />Rail connections from Amsterdam to Bacharach take about 5.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Cologne along the way.<br /><br />Trains from Amsterdam to Cologne are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />Trains from Cologne to Bacharach are regional trains that don't even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations just for the segment from Amsterdam to Cologne by searching the 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 />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for the unreserved segment from Cologne to Bacharach.<br /><br /><b><u>Bacharach to Rothenburg ob der Tauber</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Bacharach to Rothenburg ob der Tauber take just under 5 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Mainz, once in Wurzburg, and then once in Steinach.<br /><br />On the trains that make up this connection, reservations are not necessary (or even accepted), so the rail pass is all you would need to board. On the segment from Mainz to Wurzburg, reservations are possible, but they're not necessary at all.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For a route from Bacharach to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you would just have to break up your search once in Wurzburg, Additionally, when searching schedules to 'Rothenburg ob der Tauber', you would type 'Rothenburg O D Taube' in the field for the arrival city. Therefore, you would do one search from Bacharach to Wurzburg and then another search from Wurzburg to 'Rothenburg O D Taube'.<br /><br />Once again, there is no need to purchase anything additional for any of these trains, because the Eurail Global Pass is all you need to board.<br /><br /><b><u>Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Munich</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Munich take just under 3 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Steinach, once in Ansbach, and then once in Nuremberg.<br /><br />Of the trains comprising of this connection, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Nuremberg to Munich (ICE trains). On the other trains, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Steinach and Steinach to Ansbach are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, trains from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Steinach depart every hour throughout the day and the ride only takes 14 minutes, while trains from Steinach to Ansbach depart every hour throughout the day and the rid takes 19-23 minutes. If you'd like to inquire about specific schedules for these trains, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.<br /><br />For the segment from Ansbach to Nuremberg, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules.<br /><br />You would purchase reservations for the segment from Nuremberg to Munich by searching this segment of the 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 /><b><u>Munich to Venice</u></b><br /><br />From Munich to Venice, there is one direct train during the day. This is an EC (EuroCity) train, which runs over the scenic Brenner Railway. This train requires reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />You would purchase reservations for the direct train from Munich to Venice by searching this segment of the 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 /><b><u>Rome to Riomaggiore</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Rome to Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre take about 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Trains from Rome to La Spezia are Frecciabianca or IC (InterCity) trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />Trains from La Spezia to Riomaggiore are regional trains (Cinque Terre Express) that do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the segment from Rome to La Spezia just by searching this segment of the 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 />For searches from Rome to La Spezia, it might be the case that our website is only capable of displaying one train per search. In addition to that, due to an error, the 'Later Trains' button does not work. As a result, when searching schedules from Rome to La Spezia, you would need to adjust to the specific hour of the day for which you want to view schedules. For example, if you want to view trains departing after 10am, you would have to click '10AM' when you enter the criteria of your search.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for the unreserved segment from La Spezia to Riomaggiore.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore to Milan</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to Milan take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Levanto along the way.<br /><br />The trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Trains from Levanto to Milan are IC (InterCity) trains that require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for the unreserved segment from Riomaggiore to Levanto.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the segment from Levanto to Milan just by searching this segment of the 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 /><b><u>Milan to Paris</u></b><br /><br />The night train from Milan to Paris is the Thello night train, which is technically not covered by any rail pass; however, any pass that includes Italy does enable a 20% discount on its tickets. Additionally, this discount is currently not able to be booked on our website. Instead, to receive this discount, you would have to call us to book. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br />The Thello night train from Milan to Paris carries Single compartments, Double compartments, Triple compartments, 4-berth compartments, and 6-berth compartments. It also currently be the case regarding this train that our website is only able to offer a maximum of two of these accommodation types (usually, our website only seems to be offering the Triple compartment and either the 4-berth or 6-berth compartment). For an accommodation type that doesn't display, customers would have to call us to book..
  • July 16, 2018 15:20
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of With a Britrail Pass, would I get a discount for roundtrip tickets on the Eurostar London-Paris? by Jeff to Hi Erin,<br /><br />As of 2018, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Passes</a> are no longer valid on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a>. If you need to take the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> but only have a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a>, you would have to purchase regular tickets.<br /><br />You would purchase tickets from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-paris" rel="nofollow">London to Paris</a> by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>. With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a>, your seat reservation would be included in the cost of the ticket you purchase.<br /><br />Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure..
  • July 16, 2018 15:08
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of With a Britrail Pass, would I get a discount for roundtrip tickets on the Eurostar London-Paris? by Jeff to <b><u>UPDATE:</u></b><br /><br />As of April 2018:<br /><br />The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:<br /><br />Any single country Eurail Pass, including:<br /><br />• Eurail France Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux Pass<br /><br />Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:<br /><br />• Eurail France-Italy Pass<br />• Eurail France-Switzerland Pass<br />• Eurail France-Germany Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux-France Pass<br />• Eurail France-Spain Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass<br /><br />BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.<br /><br />Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.<br /><br />Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux)..
  • July 16, 2018 15:05
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of With a Britrail Pass, would I get a discount for roundtrip tickets on the Eurostar London-Paris? by Jeff to <b><u>UPDATE:</u></b><br /><br />As of this year, BritRail Passes no longer enable passengers to receive any kind of Passholder rate on the Eurostar.<br /><br />While that is true with regard to BritRail Passes, any Eurail Pass that includes France is now valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Paris and the UK, while any Eurail Pass that includes the Benelux is valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Brussels and the UK. As a supplement to the Eurail Pass, reservations on the Eurostar would still be necessary.<br /><br />If a BritRail Pass is the only rail pass with which you’ll be traveling, then it would be necessary to purchase regular tickets in order to ride on the Eurostar. Please note, this applies to any BritRail Pass, including the BritRail England Pass, the BritRail London Plus Pass, the BritRail South West Pass, and the regular BritRail Pass..
  • July 16, 2018 14:38
    Jeff
    Reason: Duplicate post. See http://community.raileurope.com/raileurope/topics/i-bought-global-pass-and-there-is-no-way-to-book-train
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  • July 13, 2018 19:22
    Jeff
    Changed title of How do I apply the Rail Pass online. by sahil osman to How do I apply my rail pass when trying to book reservations from Paris to Zurich, Zurich to Salzburg, Salzburg to Vienna, and Vienna to Prague?.
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  • July 13, 2018 19:22
    Jeff
    Changed description of Hello I just booked 4 city rail pass that is valid for two months. I am trying to book reservations but I dont seem to be able to apply my rail pass. I going from Paris to Zurich, Zurich to Salzburg, Salzburg to Vienna and then Vienna to Prague. When I put the tickets in my cart it is trying to charge me for the tickets. How do I apply my euro pass? by sahil osman to Hello I just booked 4 city rail pass that is valid for two months. I am trying to book reservations but I dont seem to be able to apply my rail pass. I going from Paris to Zurich, Zurich to Salzburg, Salzburg to Vienna and then Vienna to Prague. When I put the tickets in my cart it is trying to charge me for the tickets. How do I apply my euro pass?.
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  • July 13, 2018 19:15
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of How do I apply my rail pass when trying to book reservations from Paris to Zurich, Zurich to Salzburg, Salzburg to Vienna, and Vienna to Prague? by Jeff to Hi Sahil,<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">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. By indicating that you'll be traveling with a rail pass for these trains, you would be quoted the 'passholder' reservation fees.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Zurich</u></b><br /><br />Trains from Paris to Zurich are high-speed TGV Lyria trains that require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, the trains from Paris to Zurich can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Salzburg</u></b><br /><br />Trains from Zurich to Salzburg are Railjet trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Zurich to Salzburg can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />These trains run along a notably scenic stretch of railway called the Arlberg Railway. The Arlberg Railway starts at around Bludenz (just after the train crosses the border into Austria) and goes up until Innsbruck. However, beautiful scenery will continue all the way up until Salzburg, as you pass through a small corner of Bavaria.<br /><br /><b><u>Salzburg to Vienna</u></b><br /><br />Trains from Salzburg to Vienna are Railjet trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Salzburg to Vienna can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Vienna to Prague</u></b><br /><br />Trains from Vienna to Prague are Railjet trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Vienna to Prague can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date..
  • July 13, 2018 14:46
    Jeff
    Changed title of How to take train to from Zurich to Interlaken without a travel pass by Jill Siegmann Sigler to Zurich to Interlaken without a travel pass.
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  • July 13, 2018 14:46
    Jeff
    Changed description of We will not have a travel pass... do we need to purchase our train tickets in advance or can we just arrive at the train station and purchase a ticket then? If we need to purchase in advance, how much time should we allow between landing and booking a train ticket? by Jill Siegmann Sigler to We will not have a travel pass... do we need to purchase our train tickets in advance or can we just arrive at the train station and purchase a ticket then? If we need to purchase in advance, how much time should we allow between landing and booking a train ticket?.
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  • July 13, 2018 14:45
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    Changed reply in topic of Zurich to Interlaken without a travel pass by Jeff to Hi Jill,<br /><br />It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance, so you have them before arriving.<br /><br />There is a station right at the Zurich Airport. At the airport itself, the time it takes to get from the gate to the trains can depend. I would just recommend allowing a time that is comparable to the amount of time it would take for you to walk through a typical major North American airport and retrieve luggage. It is also recommended that you allow an additional hour to get through customs if your flight is arriving from overseas.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich Airport to Interlaken (via Bern)</u></b><br /><br />From Zurich Airport to Interlaken, the fastest connections take just under 2.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way.<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">www.raileurope.com</a>. For the fastest options from Zurich Airport to Interlaken, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from 'Zurich Airport' to Bern and another search for connecting trains from Bern to Interlaken.<br /><br />Currently, when searching for fares and schedules on our website, 'Zurich Airport' will not actually populate into the city fields. However, you can still type it in there anyway and the schedules will display. When you pull up the results of your search from ‘Zurich Airport’ to Bern, the station at the airport would be labeled as ‘Zuerich Flughafen’.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich Airport to Interlaken (via Lucerne/GoldenPass)</u></b><br /><br />If you don't mind adding about an hour to your journey time, you can take a different route that involves following along a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for part of the way. This option would take just over 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Lucerne along the way, instead of Bern. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the GoldenPass scenic route.<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>. For the options via Lucerne, you would just have to actually break up your search in Lucerne. Once again, be sure to type out 'Zurich Airport' in the field for your departure city for the first segment. Therefore, you would do one search from 'Zurich Airport' to Lucerne and another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.<br /><br />The trains from Lucerne to Interlaken have panoramic windows for taking in all the surrounding scenery..
  • July 12, 2018 18:19
    Jeff
    Changed title of 4 days in Switzerland - which Rail Pass? by Tim Kearns to 4 days in Switzerland - Basel/Mulhouse to Lauterbrunnen, exploring Lauterbrunnen (including Schilthorn), & return to Mulhouse - Which Rail Pass should I purchase??.
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  • July 12, 2018 18:11
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of 4 days in Switzerland - Basel/Mulhouse to Lauterbrunnen, exploring Lauterbrunnen (including Schilthorn), & return to Mulhouse - Which Rail Pass should I purchase?? by Jeff to Hi Tim,<br /><br />It depends on what you do while you're in Lauterbrunnen. However, if you'll just be traveling round-trip between Basel and Lauterbrunnen, as well making a trip up to Schilthorn, then your most economical option would be the Swiss Half Fare Card.<br /><br />The Swiss Half Fare Card enables travelers to receive 50% off all tickets for trains operating within Switzerland (as well as public transit in Swiss cities, buses, and boats).<br /><br />For the Swiss Half Fare Card, click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card-8025</a>.<br /><br />The actual half-priced tickets (between Basel and Lauterbrunnen) are not available to be purchased on our website, but they can be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br />The return from Lauterbrunnen to Mulhouse goes through Basel. The Swiss Half Fare Card is not valid in France, so you would just have to purchase a regular ticket to cover you on a connecting train from Basel to Mulhouse.<br /><br />You would purchase tickets from Basel to Mulhouse by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>. For planning purposes, you can also use this same search feature just to view schedules for trains between Basel and Lauterbrunnen. Connections between Basel and Lauterbrunnen do involve changing trains once in Interlaken along the way.<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Schilthorn</u></b><br /><br />For the excursion to Schilthorn, you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn for Swiss Half Fare Card Holders' option of the pass for 'Mount Schilthorn'. You would purchase this pass 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 />This pass is valid on 2 different routes between Interlaken and Schilthorn.<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.
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