Would a Eurail Italy & Switzerland Pass work for Rome to Milan, Milan to Grindelwald, Grindelwald to Interlaken, Interlaken to Lucerne, & Lucerne to the Zurich Airport?

with the 2 country pass listed above, does it work ROME TERMINI TO MILANO CENTRALE?THEN FROM MILAN TO GRINDELWALD and then TO TRAVEL THROUGHOUT SWITZERLAND? (Grindelwald, interlaken, lucerne, zurich airport?)I'm confused on how i would use it or make reservations. please send me the links i need to plan this. Which ones need reservations? Does this work on buses and boats? Thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 20, 2018 18:22
    Hi Lissette,

    A 2 country Eurail Select Pass that includes Italy and Switzerland does cover all the requested trains, with the exception of the railway between Interlaken and Grindelwald.

    For the 2 country Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039.

    Rome to Milan

    From Rome to Milan, you would take a Frecciarossa high-speed train. There are also trains on this route called Italo trains, which do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would just want to be sure to take one of the Frecciarossa trains so that you can use your pass.

    Frecciarossa trains just require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. However, passholder reservations for trains in Italy are currently not able to be booked on our website. Instead, to purchase passholder reservations from Rome to Milan, you would have to call 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 and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Generally, trains in Italy can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.

    Milan to Grindelwald

    Connections from Milan to Grindelwald take about 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involve at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Spiez and then once in Interlaken. In some cases, there is another change in Brig in between Milan and Spiez.

    Trains from Milan to Spiez or Milan to Brig are EC (EuroCity) trains that require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a direct train from Milan to Brig by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), 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 Select Pass 2 Countries’).

    The direct trains from Milan to Spiez are currently not able to be viewed or reserved on our website, so you would have to call us if you'd like to purchase reservations for one of these trains.

    Trains from Brig to Spiez and Spiez to Interlaken do not accept reservations, so the 2 country Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can just view the schedules from Brig to Spiez and Spiez to Interlaken by doing a search on our homepage.

    Since trains from Interlaken to Grindelwald (Bernese Oberland Railway) do not accept rail passes, you would need a regular ticket. The regular tickets from Interlaken to Grindelwald can be purchased by searching the route on our homepage. You would then need another ticket to account for your return from Grindelwald back to Interlaken.

    Interlaken to Lucerne

    Trains from Interlaken to Lucerne run along the famed GoldenPass scenic route. On these trains, reservations are possible but not necesary. All of these trains have panoramic windows for taking in all the scenery.

    For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from Interlaken to Lucerne by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), 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 Select Pass 2 Countries’).

    Lucerne to Zurich Airport

    Trains from Lucerne to the Zurich Airport do not accept reservations, so the 2 country Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. Currently, it is not possible to view schedules for trains into the Zurich Airport station on our website, however, the trains from Lucerne to the Zurich Airport depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes about 1 hour.
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  • Hi Jeff: Wow you give amazing responses. Thank you. I believe we decided to do the travel pass flex. Because we want to do many things within switzerland and in the mountains. Everyone tells us its better to book trenitalia then a train to grindelwald.
    1st Problem is: I just got off phone with seurail and they said it was too early to book the italy to switzerland train? they said it has to wait until 90 days in advance. Then after she hung up i realized we are within 90 days/ so now im confused. did she mean 60 days? Leaving roma termini to milano centrale on june 11 am (round 630am or so) then connecting to go to grindelwald.

    Second issue. If we are purchasing a travelpass flex? why is there a booking fee to reserve seats on the 2nd train? do i have to pay that for every connection? all your suggestions would be highly valuable.

    3rd question: we need about 4 or 5 days worth of train travel. Swiss travel pass only offers 4 or 8 days? the Travel flex has more options and can be used non consecutive but CAN WE get the free buses, boats and stuff on the in between days? What the eurail guy told me is different than what i just read on a chart. Please clarify.

    4th question: Should I purchase the travel passes first then book trains? Can i use 2 different credit cards?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 21, 2018 19:12
      Hi Lissette,

      Trains from Rome to Milan can be booked within 120 days of an intended departure. Trains from Milan to Spiez or Milan to Brig can be booked within 90 days of an intended departure.

      Rail passes only cover ticket costs on trains. Some trains require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. When applicable, reservations are an additional cost. With regard to your specific itinerary, I advised you above where you need and don't need reservations. However, if you make the decision to purchase regular tickets (instead of a rail pass) for your trains from Rome to Milan and Milan to Spiez/Milan to Brig, the reservations would be included with your ticket purchase. Your trains within Switzerland do not need or even accept reservations, so a rail pass would be all you'd need to board. Reservations are possible on the GoldenPass from Interlaken to Lucerne but not necessary. Therefore, you would end up not needing to purchase any passholder reservations for your specific itinerary.

      To avoid having to pay any unnecessary shipping or processing costs, I would recommend purchasing any reservations or additional tickets within the same order as your rail pass.

      I'm sorry, I don't really understand your third question.
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  • 1. i am waiting for 1 passport. Does that mean i cant purchase the Swiss travel passes? (we decided to do travel passes instead of 2 country euro)
    2. I tried to purchase the train trips from Mian to Grindewald - and from Rome to Grindewald. It wont let me search my date of JUNE 11 for the connecting train. Why?
    3. Should I buy the Rome to Milan or Rome to Domodossola NOW? What if i buy it ad it doesnt match up with the connecting train to swiss? Should I wait?
    4. Why is Rome to Domodossola - a lot more expensive?
    5. If i buy Rome to Milan- will I have to pay again to get to the border?
    6. When I make the train booking- will it let me pay with 2 separate credit cards? If i book them separate im afraid we wont be able to sit together. Is there an easier way? any suggestions?
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    • Thank you. I purchased tickets.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 29, 2018 14:31
      You're welcome, Lissette. Have a great trip!
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  • So we are travelling from Amsterdam to Switzerland, have not yet decided which area yet. We may fly to Zurich or train it. After 4 or 5 days in Switzerland we will be going to Lake Como for 4 days. Is it better to get a Swiss travel pass for 4 or 5 days OR get a 2 country rail pass ?? my understanding is the swiss travel pass gives you museum admission, bus, boat, venicular etc......
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 23, 2018 14:45
      Hi Wendy,

      What to purchase for your travels would depend on the specifics of the itinerary itself and various other factors. If you’d like assistance determining the best option for an itinerary such as this, you would call 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 and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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