Suggestions for transport between Bern, Interlaken & Grindelwald for travel with a Eurail France-Switzerland Pass?

We are traveling to Bern using our France/Swiss pass and would like to travel further to Interlaken and then Grindelwald (where we will stay for a few days). We would then go to/from Interlaken during our stay. Finally would need to go back to Bern to catch outgoing train. Suggestions on transportation between Bern, Interlaken & Grindewald? There does not seem to be any reservations available using our RailEuro pass. Also, not too sure about car rental costs. Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 03, 2014 14:49
    Hi Rob,

    The vast majority of trains in Switzerland do not even accept reservations. Even if reservations happen to be accepted on a particular train in Switzerland, they are not at all necessary.

    The trains from Bern to Interlaken don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning, you can just check schedules for trains from Bern to Interlaken by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and not indicating that you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    The Eurail France-Switzerland Pass would only cover up to Interlaken with regard to travel to Grindelwald and the Jungfraujoch peak beyond that.

    For a trek up Jungfraujoch, you would have a couple different options: You could purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' mountaintop excursion or the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'.

    The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' covers a roundtrip between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch (via Grindelwald or Wengen) that must be completed within a 24 hour time period once the journey is begun. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    For travel with a Eurail France-Switzerland Pass, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of this pass.

    Grindelwald and Wengen are located along 2 different routes of the Jungfraujoch trek between Interlaken and the peak of Jungfraujoch. You might want to go up one way and back down the other way. For instance, if you ascend Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald, you might want to descend via Wengen.

    Reservations are not accepted for any part of the Jungfraujoch trip. The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' pass is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of the trains up to Jungfraujoch and back.

    The Jungfrau VIP Pass would be valid to cover you in the Jungfraujoch region over the course of 3 days, including the trains between Interlaken and Grindelwald. Therefore, if you have the Jungfrau VIP Pass, you would not need to purchase separate tickets for the short trains between Interlaken and Grindelwald, and you would be covered for other travel in this region as well. You can purchase the Jungfrau VIP Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfrau-vip-pass/index.html.
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