Eurail Select Pass 3 countries going to be cost effective for: Venice to Interlaken, Interlaken to Thun round-trip, Jungfraujoch, Interlaken to Paris, Paris to Lyon round-trip ?

My wife and I are planning to have trip by train from Venice to Interlaken to Paris. There might be a plan for travelling up and down from Paris to Lyon. In Interlaken I am planning to make a trip to jungfraujoch and also a train journey to Thun and return.My question is should I buy a Eurail Select Pass 3 countries for my wife and me or should I buy separate tickets for all my trips. I heard that for certain trains we have to do seat reservations in addition to the eurail pass. Kindly guide me to know for which all trains I need to do reservations and which all trains I need no reservation/ticket
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 06, 2018 17:34
    Hi George,

    For the requested itinerary, your most economical option would be the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Italy, Switzerland, and France. For this pass, click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037

    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. I'll outline below which of your trains will require reservations.

    For travel with a rail pass, 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).

    Venice to Interlaken

    A connection from Venice to Interlaken takes 6 to 7.5 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Spiez. In most cases, there would be another train change in Brig in between Milan and Spiez.

    Trains from Venice to Milan are Frecciarossa high-speed trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.

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

    Trains from Brig to Spiez and Spiez to Interlaken do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all that would be needed to board.

    When booking the reservations for this trip, you would have to break up your search. Generally, you would do one search for the segment from Venice to Milan and then another search for connecting trains from Milan to Spiez. However, the direct EC train from Milan to Spiez is currently not able to be reserved on our website for passholders. Therefore, to book reservations for this particular train, 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.

    Otherwise, passholder reservations for the direct EC trains from Milan to Brig are able to be booked on our website. For this option, you would book reservations by doing one search from Venice to Milan and then another search for connecting trains from Milan to Brig.

    As I mentioned above, trains from Brig to Spiez and Spiez to Interlaken do not accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can just view schedules for this part of the trip by doing a search from Brig to Interlaken under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on our homepage.

    Interlaken-Thun

    Trains between Interlaken and Thun depart 1 to 2 times every hour throughout the day. The ride only takes about a half hour.

    Interlaken to Paris (involving TGV Lyria from Basel to Paris)

    The most feasible connections from Interlaken to Paris take just under 5.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Basel along the way.

    On trains from Interlaken to Basel, reservations are possible but not necessary. Rest assured, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board any of these trains.

    Trains from Basel to Paris are TGV Lyria high-speed trains. 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 Basel to Paris.

    However, the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets on these trains are currently not able to be purchased on our website. Instead, you would have to call us to purchase tickets at the Passholder 2 rate on one of these trains.

    In the meantime, you can view schedules from Interlaken to Basel and Basel to Paris by doing a search for these segments under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on our homepage.

    Interlaken to Paris (via Basel and Strasbourg)

    Another option from Interlaken to Paris, taking only about 5.5 or 6 hours in duration, involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Basel and then once in Strasbourg.

    Once again, on trains from Interlaken to Basel, reservations are possible but not necessary. Trains from Basel to Strasbourg are regional TER trains, which do not accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you need to board the trains from Interlaken to Basel and Basel to Strasbourg.

    Trains from Strasbourg to Paris are TGV trains, which require reservations. You would purchase reservations from Strasbourg to Paris by searching the 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules for the non-reservable segments under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on our homepage. You would just do one search from Interlaken to Basel and then a separate search for connecting trains from Basel to Strasbourg. Additionally, when searching schedules for non-reservable trains on our site, it is often necessary to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked.

    Paris to Lyon

    Trains between Paris and Lyon are high-speed TGV trains, which require reservations. You would purchase reservations from Paris to Lyon by searching the 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 18:07
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of just this month (April 2018):

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains are no longer valid. For a TGV Lyria to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
    • Thanks for free info
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