Does Eurail Global Pass cover: Frankurt-Zurich, Zurich-Lucerne, Zurich-Bern, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Chur, Chur-Milan, Milan-Zermatt, Zermatt-Geneva, and Geneva-Zurich?

Does Eurail global pass cover the following routes?1. Frankfurt to Zurich.2. Zurich to Lucerne3. Zurich to Bern4. Zurich to Interlaken5. Interlaken to Chur6. Chur to Milan6. Milan to Zermatt7. Zermatt to Geneva8. Geneva to ZurichThanks for your help?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 20, 2019 20:43
    Hi Siravara,

    The Eurail Global Pass is valid on each of the routes you mentioned. Rail passes are valid on trains running between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass.

    The objective of a rail pass is to cover ticket costs on these trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. Within Switzerland, reservations are generally not necessary (or even accepted), so it would usually be the case that the rail pass itself is all that's needed to board when traveling there.

    When they're necessary, you would purchase reservations by searching a 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 Global Pass’).

    For trains that do not accept reservations, there is nothing you need to book, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board. On such trains, you would just hop on and show your pass. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for many unreserved trains. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    To purchase the Eurail Global Pass itself, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    For the most comfortable and enjoyable experience, 1st class is recommended.

    Frankfurt to Zurich

    From Frankfurt to Zurich, there are direct ICE (InterCity Express) high-speed trains. On these ICE trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. When you pull up the results of your 'passholder' reservation search for trains from Frankfurt to Zurich, just be sure to look for the actual direct trains.

    Zurich to Lucerne

    Direct trains run frequently between Zurich and Lucerne throughout the day. These trains do not accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all that's needed to board. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from Zurich to Lucerne. For trains from Zurich to Lucerne, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to view the schedules.

    Zurich to Bern

    Direct trains also run frequently between Zurich and Bern throughout the day. On these trains, reservations are not necessary. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass is all that's needed to board. For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from Zurich to Bern. Once again, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when doing this search.

    Zurich to Interlaken

    The shortest/fastest options from Zurich to Interlaken take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there are also options via Lucerne that involve following along the famed GoldenPass scenic line. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken follows a beautiful stretch of the GoldenPass scenic line. All trains from Lucerne to Interlaken have panoramic windows for viewing the scenery.

    Once again, reservations are not even accepted on the trains from Zurich to Lucerne, so the Eurail Global Pass is all that's needed to board.

    On trains from Lucerne to Interlaken (the GoldenPass line), reservations are possible but not necessary.

    For planning purposes, you can refer back to the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in Lucerne. Therefore, you would do one search from Zurich to Lucerne and then another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.

    Interlaken to Chur

    Connections from Interlaken to Chur take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bern and then once in Zurich.

    Reservations are not necessary on any of these trains, so the Eurail Global Pass is again all that's needed to board.

    For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for these trains. For a trip from Interlaken to Chur, you would just need to piece together by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Interlaken to Bern, another search for connecting trains from Bern to Zurich, and then another search for connecting trains from Zurich to Chur.

    Chur to Milan

    Much of this summer, it looks like there is construction on the most direct route between Chur and Milan. Depending on when you're planning on traveling, you could be affected. This route involves taking the scenic Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano, and then switching to a direct train from Tirano to Milan. Specifically, it's the trains between Tirano and Milan showing to be affected by construction.

    If your travel falls during the construction, you would instead have to take a train back up to Zurich, where you can then switch to a direct EC (EuroCity) train that would take you to Milan.

    On trains from Chur to Zurich, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    However, the trains from Zurich to Milan do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    When accessing schedules for this route on our website, you would have to be sure to break up your search in Zurich. Therefore, you would do one search from Chur to Zurich and then another search for connecting trains from Zurich to Milan. For the Zurich-Milan segment, you would actually have to proceed to purchase reservations, so be sure to check the 'I have a rail pass' when doing your search for this segment. For the Chur-Zurich segment. leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked.

    Milan to Zermatt

    Connections from Milan to Zermatt take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Brig along the way. Trains from Brig to Zermatt follow along a section of the famed Glacier Express scenic route.

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

    On trains from Brig to Zermatt, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Global Pass is all that's needed to board.

    When accessing schedules for this route on our website, you would have to be sure to break up your search in Brig. Therefore, you would do one search from Milan to Brig and then another search for connecting trains from Brig to Zermatt. For the Milan-Brig segment, you would actually have to proceed to purchase reservations, so be sure to check the 'I have a rail pass' when doing your search for this segment. For the Brig-Zermatt segment, leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked.

    Zermatt to Geneva

    Connections from Zermatt to Geneva take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Visp along the way. Trains from Zermatt to Visp take you back over part of the Glacier Express scenic route.

    On trains from Zermatt to Visp and Visp to Geneva, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Global Pass is all that's needed to board.

    For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. To do so, you would just have to break up your search in Visp. Therefore, you would do one search from Zermatt to Visp and another search for connecting trains from Visp to Geneva. Just be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked.

    Geneva to Zurich

    From Geneva to Zurich, you would take a direct IC train. On these trains, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board. You can refer to the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from Geneva to Zurich.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 23, 2019 15:58
      For time spent in Lucerne, the excursions to nearby Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi are discounted by about 50% with a Eurail Global Pass, while the Mount Titlis and Stanserhorn excursions are discounted by about 25% with a Eurail Global Pass.

      Mount Pilatus

      The excursion to the Mount Pilatus summit starts with a steamer across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, you would make your ascent by taking the cog railway up to Mount Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Pilatus Kulm, you would descend via a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get back to Lucerne, you would take a bus from Kriens.

      With the Eurail Global Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount between Lucerne and Mount Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm). To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Pilatus Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus/Eurail Pass’ option of the pass for 'Mount Pilatus' here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus.

      Mount Titlis

      The ascent to Mount Titlis starts in Engelberg (43 minute train ride from Lucerne). It starts with a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the famous 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.

      The train between Lucerne and Engelberg is covered by the Eurail Global Pass. For the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis, the Eurail Global Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 20-25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Titlis Engelberg-Mt Titlis/Eurail Pass’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165.

      This pass covers the round-trip between Engelberg and Klein Titlis, as well as a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.

      Stanserhorn

      From April 13th to November 17th of 2019, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby (Mount) Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.

      The Eurail Global Pass is valid on the train between Lucerne and Stans. For the remaining part of the excursion (funicular from Stans to Kälti and the CabriO cable car from Kälti to Stanserhorn), however, the Eurail Global Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Stanserhorn Stans – Stanserhorn for Eurail Pass Holder’ option of the pass for 'Mount Stanserhorn' here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-stanserhorn.

      Mount Rigi

      Between Lucerne and Mount Rigi, there are 2 different routes you can take.

      The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. For this first route, the Eurail Global Pass is only valid to cover you on the train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau, but it would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Global Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount.

      The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. The Eurail Global Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on both the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' both can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Global Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount. The boats on Lake Lucerne are operated by SGV.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 23, 2019 16:08
      When visiting the Interlaken area and the Bernese Oberland region, a Eurail Global Pass would enable you to receive a 25% discount on the excursions to nearby Jungfraujoch, Mount Schilthorn, Harder Kulm, First, and Schynige Platte.

      Jungfraujoch Top of Europe

      The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. The Eurail Global Pass does not cover the trains that make up a connection between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. However, with the Eurail Global Pass you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315.

      This pass covers the 2 different routes up to Jungfraujoch (and a return to be done within 24 hours). These routes are as follows:

      The Grindelwald route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
      -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

      The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
      -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

      On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, or Wengen.

      Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

      At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

      Mount Schilthorn

      Interlaken also serves as the gateway to Mount Schilthorn. The Eurail Global Pass enables passengers to receive a discount of about 25% on the excursion between Interlaken and Mount Schilthorn. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn Eurail Pass Holder' option of the pass for ‘Mount Schilthorn’ here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schithorn.

      There are then 2 different routes you can take to get from Interlaken to Mount Schilthorn; one via Grütschalp and the other via Stechelberg.

      The Grütschalp route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp
      -'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren
      -‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn

      The Stechelberg route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg
      -'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn

      Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)

      A Eurail Global Pass would also enable you to receive a 25% discount on the Harderbahn funicular in Interlaken. The Harderbahn takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.

      To receive the 25% discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Harder Kulm Interlaken to Harder Kulm for Eurail Pass Holder’ option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for ‘Harder Kulm’ here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178.

      Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)

      The Firstbahn departs from its base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. To reach Grindelwald, you would take a train along the famed ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station in Grindelwald to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.

      The Eurail Global Pass would enable you to receive a 25% discount on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ (Interlaken-Grindelwald) and the Firstbahn cable cars. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First Interlaken to First for Eurail Pass Holder’ option of the pass for ‘Grindelwald-First’ here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first.

      Schynige Platte (seasonal)

      The Eurail Global Pass enables you to receive a discount of about 25% on the excursion between Interlaken and Schynige Platte. To receive this 25% discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte Interlaken to Schynige Platte for Eurail Pass Holder’ option of the pass for ‘Schynige Platte’ here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312.

      The excursion consists of a 4-minute train ride on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Wilderswil and then the nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte station.

      At Schynige Platte, you’ll have more amazing views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. Right by the station is also Switzerland’s only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.

      In 2019, the 'Schynige Platte Railway’ only runs from May 30th to October 27th.
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