Eurail Select Pass - Paris to Zermatt

Hi, I would like to check if the route from Paris to Zermatt is covered fully by Eurail Select Pass.

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 03, 2012 20:01
    Hi,

    A rail connection from Paris to Zermatt involves changing trains at least twice along the way; once in Geneva and then once in Visp (in some cases, the connection might involve changing trains in Basel or Lausanne instead of Geneva).

    Any Eurail Select Pass that includes both France and Switzerland will cover the ticket costs for the connection from Paris up to Visp. However, France will only be able to be included on the Eurail Select Pass for purchases made up until December 31st of this year. On January 1st of 2013, France will no longer be able to be included on a Eurail Select Pass.

    If you were to purchase a Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland and not France, you would still be able to purchase reservations on the trains from Paris to Geneva (or Basel or Lausanne) at what is known as the 'Passholder 3' rate. The Passholder 3 rate is a special rate that was created to allow passengers in possession of a pass that includes Switzerland and not France, to take a direct train from Paris to certain cities in Switzerland at a lesser cost, even though the train would be starting in France.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 3 rate for a direct train from Paris to Geneva (or Basel or Lausanne) you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted.

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'TGV Lyria Passholder 3' (or something similar). Generally, the Passholder 3 rate for this train would be found under the 'Fully Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'TGV Lyria Passholder 3' is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    A Eurail Select Pass, even one that includes Switzerland, does not cover the route in Switzerland between Disentis and Zermatt. This includes the portion of your specific connection between Visp and Zermatt. With a Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland, you would also still have to purchase the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket in addition to the pass, so that the ticket costs for the portion of the route between Visp and Zermatt can be covered. You can purchase this ticket by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    You would then just choose the 'Visp-Zermatt' option of this ticket.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 28, 2016 21:57
      Update:

      Starting in 2017, a Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland will begin covering ticket costs for the stretch of railway on the Glacier Express line between Disentis, Visp and Zermatt. Therefore, the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket would no longer be necessary to cover this segment.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 24, 2018 16:10
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Paris-Geneva, Paris-Basel, Paris-Lausanne) are no longer valid for travel with Eurail Passes. TGV Lyria now requires that Eurail Passes include all countries being traveled through to be valid.

      The ‘Passholder 3’ rate would now only be valid for travel with a Swiss Travel Pass.
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