Eurail Select Pass benefits / Does it cover Visp to Zermatt, Zermatt to destinations near the Mattherhorn, and Zermatt to Lugano? What are the benefits of 1st class?

It's hard to find some conclusive information about the benefits of the EURail pass in Switzerland ( apart from the free train travel on major routes ). I've got a couple of questions I need cleared up:1. Is the train from Visp to Zermatt covered by the EURail pass?2. Is the train from Zermatt to the various destinations near the Matterhorn ( Klene Matterhorn, Gornergrat, Glacier paradise ) covered? Or is it discounted?Is the discount the same for 1st and 2nd class passes? 3. Does the 1st class pass have any benefits over the 2nd class pass apart from being able to sit in 1st class where one exists? (E.g.: A greater discount on a discounted train which has only 2nd class ) 4. I've heard 1st class is on the upper deck and has a better panoramic view. Is this the case on regular trains or only on special trains? Would it be the case on any of the routes from Zermatt to say, Lugano ? )
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 14, 2017 17:15
    Hi Krishnan,

    As of just this year, any rail pass that includes Switzerland is valid to cover the trains on the segment of the Glacier Express route from Visp to Zermatt.

    However, multiple country Eurail Passes do not cover the Gornergratbahn (cog train) to Gornergrat, nor do they cover the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise excursion (Zermatt-Furi-Trockener Steg-Klein Matterhorn).

    To be covered on the Gornergratbahn cog train, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Gornergrat Full Fare Ticket' option of a pass called the 'Gornergrat Mountain Peak'. You would purchase this pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/gornergrat/index.html.

    Tickets for the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise excursion (Zermatt-Furi-Trockener Steg-Klein Matterhorn) are only able to be purchased locally when you're in Zermatt.

    The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise excursion consists of a gondola from Zermatt to Furi, cable car from Furi to Trockener Steg, and a cable car from Trockener Steg to Klein Matterhorn (the highest cable car in Europe).

    If you have a 1st class rail pass and are taking a train that only carries 2nd class accommodations, there is nothing to purchase. Therefore, there is nothing to even discount. You would just board the train with your rail pass.

    In Switzerland, only certain IC (InterCity) trains have 2 levels but not any train with panoramic windows and/or any trains designated as 'scenic trains'.
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    • That clears a lot of things up!
      Thank you!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 15, 2017 15:27
      You're welcome, Krishnan. Have a great trip!
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