Does a Eurail Global Pass cover all the Swiss travel pass benefits, such as buses, boats, ferry, Mt Pilatus, etc.?

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  • Hi.

    1.) A Eurail Global Pass (or any multiple country rail pass that includes Switzerland) is generally not valid on buses. One notable exception, however, is the 'Bernina Express' (Rhätische Bahn) bus between Tirano and Lugano on which the rail pass would be valid.

    2.) A Eurail Global Pass (or any multiple country rail pass that includes Switzerland) is valid on certain boats, including boats on Lake Geneva, Lake Lucerne, Lake Thun, Lake Brienz, Lake Zurich, and Lake Biel. In contrast, boats on Lake Constance would not be fully covered the pass. With that said, the pass would still enable you to receive a 50% on the Lake Constance boats.

    3.) A Eurail Global Pass (or any multiple country rail pass that includes Switzerland) would provide for discounts of 25%-50% on certain mountain railways. For instance, you would be able to receive a discount of about 25% on uncovered segments of the excursion to Mt Pilatus.

    Mount Pilatus

    To begin the Mt Pilatus excursion, you would first take a steamer on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. The steamer is actually covered by the Eurail Global Pass. Alpnachstad is where you would connect to the cog railways that take you up the mountain. After ascending the mountain, you would take cable cars down to Kriens.

    To receive the discount for the cog railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus and the cable cars from Pilatus to Kriens, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Alpnachstad or Kriens - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Mount Pilatus' pass. You would purchase this here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html.

    Once you reach Kriens, you would board a bus that would take you back to Lucerne. The bus from Kriens to Lucerne is covered by the Eurail Global Pass.
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  • To view bonuses offered with the Eurail Global Pass, you would access the page for this pass on our website and click the 'Travel Bonuses' tab. For the bonuses offered in Switzerland, you would click 'Travel Bonuses in Switzerland' after you click on the 'Travel Bonuses' tab.

    The page on our website for the Eurail Global Pass would be found here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.
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