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Do private trains count as days used on a pass?

We will be in Switzerland using a Select Pass and plan to do some of the private train trips - the chocolate train, Mount Pilatus, and the Jungfrau bahn. I've read that there are discounts for some legs of these while others need reservations, but I can't find anywhere that says if these trains count as a day on our pass (there won't be any other train travel on those days for us). So, will we need to fill in a day on our pass each of these days to get the discounts, or are they independent tickets with a special price for certain customers (similar to senior or student discounts)?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 15, 2012 14:48
    Hi Crystal,

    If you happen to take a private train that isn't covered by a rail pass, it would not use up a day of travel on the pass; however, the Chocolate Train is covered by a rail pass that includes Switzerland. Therefore, it would use up a day of rail travel on your pass if you were to use it to take the Chocolate Train. The Chocolate Train does require reservations in addition to the pass. Generally, you would be able to purchase reservations for the Chocolate Train on our website just by doing a search from Montreux to Broc under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' or 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'; however, this train is currently not able to be viewed or booked there. Therefore, to purchase reservations for this train and inquire about its reservation costs, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    For Mount Pilatus, the Eurail Select Pass would cover the steamer from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you would then take the cog railway up the mountain. You would then take a cable car down to Kriens. Once you have descended by cable car back down to Kriens, you would then use your Select Pass to board a bus back to Lucerne. To be covered on the cog from Alpnachstad up the mountain and the cable car down to Kriens, you would just have to purchase the 'Mount Pilatus' pass in addition to the Eurail Select Pass. You can find this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    Since you'll be traveling with the Eurail Select Pass, you would purchase the 'Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus/Eurail Pass' option of the Mount Pilatus pass.

    Since the Eurail Select Pass covers portions of this trip, it would use up a day of rail travel on the pass to use it for this.

    In regards to your trek up the Jungfraujoch, the Eurail Select Pass would cover you as far as Interlaken. Therefore, to be covered from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, you would purchase the 'Interlaken-Jungfraujoch/Eurail Pass' option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' pass. To purchase this pass, you would click on the following link: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/.... It would not use up a day of rail travel on your pass to travel between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, since you would actually be using a separate pass for this.

    Considering the information above, you would need to devote two days of rail travel on your pass for the three specific trips you mentioned, one for the Chocolate Train and then one for the Mount Pilatus excursion.
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