Do I buy the Golden Pass or Swiss Rail pass? Where do I find the Golden Pass? And do I need reservations with the Golden Pass?

I am traveling in July from Zurich to Bern for 3 days, taking side trips to Gruyere and Fribourg and possibly to Interlaken

Then, if stay a 4th night, we could go to Montreux for a night before leaving from Geneva airport
If stay only 3 nights, we would fly home from Zurich airport, leaving from Bern

We may also take one scenic train ride..........

Do I buy the Golden pass (and how/where do I buy it?) or the Swiss rail pass (for 3 or 4 days)

I know how much the Swiss rail pass costs & how to buy it but I can't find the Golden pass information.

I know the Golden pass is a specific route, which I will be on, but I don't understand the difference/benefits between buying the 2 passes.

Thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 26, 2016 17:49
    Hi Libby,

    The word 'pass' in 'GoldenPass' refers to a 'mountain pass', as in a passage through a mountain range. Therefore, the 'GoldenPass' is a train route, not a rail pass.

    The GoldenPass route runs between Montreux and Lucerne. It involves changing trains in Zweisimmen and Interlaken along the way.

    The 'Swiss Travel Pass' covers the ticket costs the full GoldenPass route. Reservations would only be recommended on the segment between Montreux and Zweisimmen. In contrast, reservations aren't really necessary on the segments between Zweisimmen and Interlaken or Interlaken and Lucerne.

    You would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (, entering the route, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Swiss Travel Pass'. If you decide to purchase reservations for the entire route of the GoldenPass, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for the Montreux-Zweisimmen segment, another search for the Zweisimmen-Interlaken segment, and another search for the Interlaken-Lucerne segment).

    Otherwise, you can just purchase reservations for the Montreux-Zweisimmen segment, since that is the segment on which reservations are recommended. The Swiss Travel Pass is all you'd need to board for the remaining part of the route between Zweisimmen and Lucerne (via Interlaken).

    Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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