Eurail Pass (Switzerland-Italy) vs separate Swiss Pass & Italy Pass for Montreux, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Lucerne, Zermatt, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan?

Hi, we are 4 adults wondering whether to Get Eurail Pass for 2 countries or get separate pass for each country.Our itinerary would cover Montreux, Interlaken, Lucerne, Zermatt in Switzerland and Rome, Venice, Milano, Florence, Pisa in Italy.Our question is if we were to get Eurail Pass for 2 countries, Can we still take all the train at Swiss pass and Italy pass for free? And also got the discount for the train to Jungfraujoch and Grindelwald like Swiss pass? Then from Zermatt to Rome termini station, is it free using the Eurail Pass?And all the train like from Rome-Florence, Florence-Venice, Venice-Milano, all these will be covered in Eurail Pass? Thanks.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 13, 2018 21:08
    Hi Jamie,

    It would probably be best just to get one dual country Eurail Select Pass for Switzerland and Italy. For the 2 country Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039.

    Montreux to Interlaken

    The shortest connections from Montreux to Interlaken take just over 2 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Visp and then once in Spiez. On these trains, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    If you do not mind adding about 50 minutes to your journey time, you can make the trip from Montreux to Interlaken by way of the famed GoldenPass scenic route. These connections from Montreux to Interlaken take about 3 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way.

    On the GoldenPass segment from Montreux to Zweisimmen, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to any rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Montreux to Zweisimmen by searching this segment 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 Two Country Select Pass’).

    On the GoldenPass segment from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary at all. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Jungfraujoch

    The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. With a Eurail Select Pass (that includes Switzerland), you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on the excursion from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch. 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 routes up to Jungfraujoch. 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, and 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.

    Interlaken to Lucerne

    Trains from Interlaken to Lucerne actually represent the final segment of the full GoldenPass scenic route. All trains from Interlaken to Lucerne have panoramic windows for viewing the scenery. On the trains from Interlaken to Lucerne, reservations are possible but not necessary at all. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Lucerne to Zermatt

    The most feasible connections from Lucerne to Zermatt take just over 3.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bern and then once in Visp. Reservations are not necessary (or even accepted) on these trains, so the Eurail Select Pass is once again all you would need to board.

    Zermatt to Rome

    A connection from Zermatt to Rome takes about 6hr45min in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Brig and then once in Milan.

    Most trains from Zermatt to Brig do not even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

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

    Trains from Milan to Rome are Frecciarossa high-speed trains and Italo high-speed trains. Italo trains do not accept rail passes, so you would want to be sure to take one of the Frecciarossa trains for this segment of the trip. However, passholder reservations for trains in Italy are currently not able to be booked on our website. Instead, to purchase passholder reservations from Milan to Rome, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Rome to Florence

    Trains from Rome to Florence are high-speed Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Italo trains. Since Italo trains do not accept rail passes, you would want to be sure to take one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains on this route. Frecciarossa and Frecciargento do require reservations as a supplement to any rail pass. Since passholder reservations for trains in Italy are currently not able to be booked on our website, you would have to call us to purchase these reservations.

    Florence to Venice

    From Florence to Venice, there are high-speed Frecciarossa and Italo trains. Since Italo trains do not accept rail passes, you would want to be sure to take one of the Frecciarossa trains on this route. Frecciarossa trains do require reservations as a supplement to any rail pass. Since passholder reservations for trains in Italy are currently not able to be booked on our website, you would have to call us to purchase these reservations.

    Venice to Milan

    Trains from Venice to Milan are Frecciarossa high-speed trains. Once again, Frecciarossa trains do require reservations as a supplement to any rail pass. Since passholder reservations for trains in Italy are currently not able to be booked on our website, you would have to call us to purchase these reservations as well.
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  • Thank you so much on your detailed information.. Now we know what should we get now.. One more question, as told high-speed Frecciarossa train need to call and make reservation, how early can the train be book? Can we call and book maybe 2-3 weeks before the travel date?
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    • Thank you so much for your help..
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 15, 2018 14:46
      You're welcome. Have a great trip!
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