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Does the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass cover Jungfraujoch, Mt Pilatus and Mt Rigi? Does it cover travel from Paris to Basel?

Hi, I am planning to purchase Eurail France-Switzerland Pass. I am assuming that train travel from Zurich to Lucerne should be covered but for travel to places like Mt.Jungfrau, Pilatus or Rigi, these passes offers some discounts but are not 100% covered by the rail pass? Could you please confirm? Also, I plan to travel to Paris from Basel by Eurostar ... does the rail pass I plan to buy cover this travel or is this separate?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 30, 2012 14:25
    Hi RR,

    The Eurail France-Switzerland would cover the ticket costs for trains between different cities in those countries, including trains from Zurich to Lucerne and trains from Paris to Basel.

    Trains from Zurich to Lucerne do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. The trains from Paris to Basel are high-speed trains that require reservations. The trains that run direct between Paris and cities in Switzerland, including Basel, are called Lyria TGV trains. You would purchase reservations on these trains by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. These trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    The mountain peaks would require additional tickets to the rail pass.

    In regards to Jungfraujoch, the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass would cover you as far as Interlaken. Therefore, to be covered from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, you would purchase the 'Interlaken-Jungfraujoch/Eurail Pass' option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' pass. To purchase this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    In regards to your trek up Mount Pilatus from Lucerne, the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass does cover the steamer from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you would then take the cog railway up the mountain. You would then take a cable car down to Kriens. Once you have descended by cable car back down to Kriens, you would then use your Eurail France-Switzerland Pass to board a bus back to Lucerne. To be covered on the cog from Alpnachstad up the mountain and the cable car down to Kriens, you would still have to purchase the 'Mount Pilatus' pass. You can find this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    Generally, you would then just have to be sure to select the 'Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus/Eurail Pass' option for this pass, but there is currently an error on website displaying options for an entirely different pass. Instead of 'Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus', our website is currently displaying opions reading 'Murren-Schilthorn' which is for an entirely different pass altogether. Therefore, to purchase your Mount Pilatus pass, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600. We hope to have this fixed as soon as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

    In regards to Mount Rigi, the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass would cover you as far as Arth Goldau, but an additional ticket would be needed to get between Arth Goldau and Rigi Kulm and then also for the cog railway between Rigi Kulm and Vitznau.

    We do sell the ticket between Arth Goldau and Rigi Kulm, but you would be able to get at least a 25% discount purchasing this ticket locally by showing your Eurail France-Switzerland Pass. The tickets for the cog railway between Rigi Kulm and Vitznau would have to be purchased locally, and you would be able to get at least a 25% discount once again by showing your Eurail France-Switzerland Pass.

    The Eurail France-Switzerland Pass would then cover you on the boat between Vitznau and Lucerne.
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  • Thank you so much for your detailed explanation. I actually purchased Swiss Pass only at this time as we would be doing quite a few train trips in the 5 days of our stay in Switzerland. You had mentioned that for trips to Jungfrau, the Eurail pass covers trips from Lucerne to Interlaken but since I purchased the Swiss Pass now, does it cover up to Grindelwald or Wengen? Also, does this trip require reservations since I read reviews that weather could be unpredictable and hence do not want to waste reservation if it doesn't make sense ... please advise. Thanks!!!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 02, 2012 18:12
    Since you purchased the Swiss Pass, you would now purchase the 'Grindelwald or Wengen-Jungfraujoch/Swiss Pass' option of the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe pass.

    Also, the error on our website displaying incorrect options for the Mount Pilatus pass appears to be fixed. Therefore, you should now be able to purchase this pass on our website. Since you purchased the Swiss Pass, you would purchase the 'Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus/Swiss Pass' option of the Mount Pilatus pass.

    These are both open vouchers for which you would not purchase reservations.
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