Which pass to purchase for Paris to Chamonix, Chamonix to Zermatt, and Zermatt to Geneva?

Good day. I want to know which rail pass makes the most sense. Swiss pass, france pass or any other. I want to travel from paris to chamonix on Wed August 9th. Then from chamonix to Zermatt on August 20th and from Zermatt to Geneva on August 24. So three rail travel days. Which pass is best. I noted that some of the passes give free admission at museums etc. We will do the most sight seeing in Paris. Please advise which pass is best
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 19, 2017 18:44
    Hi Shane,

    For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include France and Switzerland. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    The Eurail Select Pass does not cover museums. The Swiss Travel Pass does cover museums in Switzerland, however, this pass does not make sense for your full itinerary.

    Paris to Chamonix

    A connection from Paris to Chamonix takes about 6.5 hours in duration and involves 2 changes along the way; once in Bellegarde and then once in St Gervais Les Bains.

    The trains from Paris to Bellegarde are high-speed TGV trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Bellegarde by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass'). Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Trains from Bellegarde to St Gervais Les Bains and St Gervais Les Bains to Chamonix are regional 'TER' trains, which do not even accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all that would be needed to board these trains.

    To help you plan, you can view schedules from Bellegarde to St Gervais Les Bains and St Gervais Les Bains to Chamonix on our website. You would just have to break up the search once in St Gervais Les Bains. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Bellegarde to St Gervais Les Bains and then another search for connecting trains from St Gervais Les Bains to Chamonix.

    Chamonix to Zermatt

    A connection from Chamonix to Zermatt would have you following along the famed Mont Blanc Express scenic route for much of the way. The full connection from Chamonix to Zermatt takes about 4 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Vallorcine, once in Martigny, and then once in Visp. The segment from Chamonix up to Martigny is considered the Mont Blanc Express scenic route. The segment from Visp to Zermatt runs along a portion of the Glacier Express scenic route.

    None of the trains that comprise of this connection will accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules on our site for the trains from Chamonix to Vallorcine, Vallorcine to Martigny, and Visp to Zermatt. However, schedules from Martigny to Visp are currently not able to be viewed. For your reference, the trains from Martigny to Visp do depart about 3 times every hour throughout the day, and ride can take anywhere from 40 minutes to about an hour. If you'd like specific schedules for the trains from Martigny to Visp, then you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    Zermatt to Geneva

    Connections from Zermatt to Geneva take just under 4 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Visp along the way. Once again, these trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all that would be needed to board. For planning purposes, schedules from Zermatt to Geneva can be viewed by doing a search on our website.
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