Eurail Pass for London to Paris, Paris to Interlaken (trip to Jungfraujoch), Interlaken to Zurich (trip to Mt Titlis), Zurich to Vienna, and Vienna to Salzburg

we a family of 2, one senior and 1 adult intend to travel from Paris to Interlaken. after staying 2 days in Interlaken including a tour to Jungfrau, we want to go to Zurich and stay for 2 days. we want to visit Mt. Titlis from Zurich. Then we intend to go to Vienna. from Vienna we want to make a 1 day tour to Salzburg. please suggest what pass ot ticket we should purchase. Journey is between 20th to 25th of June. also suggest if there is any pass covering our journey from London-Paris.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 20, 2017 21:06
    Hi Gautam,

    For the requested itinerary, your most economical option would be to purchase the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include France, Switzerland, and Austria. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    A couple of your trains would just require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. On a couple more, reservations would be recommended.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').

    London to Paris

    As of just this year, a Eurail Select Pass that includes France does also now cover the Eurostar trains between London and Paris. Eurostar trains would just require reservations as a supplement to the pass.

    The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, the Eurostar can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    Paris to Interlaken

    A connection from Paris to Interlaken takes just over 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel along the way.

    For the segment from Paris to Basel, you would take a direct high-speed train called the TGV Lyria. With a Eurail Select Pass that includes France, you would be eligible to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 2' on a TGV Lyria from Paris to Basel.

    It is currently the case that the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets for trains from Paris to Basel are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would have to call us in order to purchase tickets at a 'Passholder 2 rate' for this train. 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. Generally, TGV Lyria trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    On trains from Basel to Interlaken, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For planning, you can still view schedules for trains from Basel to Interlaken by searching the route on our homepage.

    Interlaken to Jungfraujoch

    To get from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. A Eurail Select Pass would not cover either of these routes, but one would enable you to receive a discount of about 25%.

    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)

    To receive the 25% discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations would be 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 Interlaken (Interlaken Ost station), 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 Zurich

    The shortest connections from Interlaken to Zurich take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way.

    Reservations are not necessary on either of these trains, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For planning, you can view schedules for this route on our website by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Interlaken to Bern and another search for connecting trains from Bern to Zurich.

    If you don't mind adding about an hour to your journey time, you can take a different route that involves following along a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for part of the way. This option would take just under 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Lucerne along the way, instead of Bern. The segment from Interlaken to Lucerne is on the GoldenPass scenic route.

    On the GoldenPass segment from Interlaken to Lucerne, reservations are possible but not necessary. Trains from Lucerne to Zurich don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Once again, you can still view schedules by doing a search for these routes right on the homepage of our website. For the option via the GoldenPass/Lucerne, you would just do one search for trains from Interlaken to Lucerne and another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Zurich.

    Zurich to Mt Titlis

    For an excursion from Zurich to Titlis, you would first just have to take the short train back down to Lucerne and then another train from Lucerne to Engelberg. The Eurail Select Pass is valid on both of these trains.

    The remaining part of the excursion consists of 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.

    A Eurail Select Pass does not cover any part of the excursion to Titlis beyond Engelberg; however, one would enable you to receive a discount of about 20-25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html. This pass also includes a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.

    Off the Trübsee stop, there are hiking and flower trails, as well as horse-drawn carriages around the lake. Here there are also additional cable cars ('Trübsee-Jochpass' and 'Trübsee-Engstlenalp' cable cars). At the foot of Mount Titlis in Engelberg, there is also the 'Engelberg-Gerschnialp Funicular Railway' to Gerschnialp and the 'Fürenalpbahn' cable car to Fürenalp. You would pay to board these additional cable cars locally when you're there. Just be sure to mention that you have the Eurail Select Pass, because they might be able to offer you a discount.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules for trains from Zurich to Lucerne and Lucerne to Engelberg by searching them on our homepage. For a return to Zurich, you would just follow the same route via Engelberg and Lucerne.

    Zurich to Vienna

    Direct trains from Zurich to Vienna are high-speed Railjet trains. On these trains, reservations are not required, but they are highly recommended. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    On the way from Zurich to Vienna, the Railjet trains run along a famous scenic stretch of railway known as the Arlberg Railway (over the Arlberg Pass). This stretch of railway runs from the town of Bludenz (right after you cross the border into Austria) to Innsbruck.

    Vienna to Salzburg

    From Vienna to Salzburg, you would take another Railjet train on which reservations would just be recommended. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 05, 2018 16:22
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 19, 2018 21:06
      IMPORTANT UPDATE:

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (i.e. Paris- Basel) are no longer valid. For a TGV Lyria to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
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