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  • September 22, 2017 20:11
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Rich,<br /><br />You don't "need" a rail pass for any trip; you can always just purchase regular tickets instead. As it happens, any rail pass that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>, whether it bea '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Select Pass</a>' that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/indexhtml">Switzerland</a> , a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>, or the single country '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/indexhtml">Swiss Travel Pass</a>', is valid to cover the full length of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-bookhtml">GoldenPass scenic route</a>. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-bookhtml">GoldenPass</a> trains; however, this only represents just one segment of the full <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-bookhtml">GoldenPass</a> scenic route. The full route consists of a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlakenhtml">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, another train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmenhtml">Interlaken to Zweisimmen</a>, and then another train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreuxhtml">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>.<br /><br />Of the trains comprising of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-bookhtml">GoldenPass</a> route, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreuxhtml">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a> by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.<br /><br />On the other segments of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-bookhtml">GoldenPass</a> route, reservations are possible but not necessary. If you also would like to have reservations on those segments, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlakenhtml">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, another search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken to Zweisimmen</a>, and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreuxhtml">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>.<br /><br />All trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlakenhtml">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> do have panoramic windows for taking in all the scenery. Trains on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmenhtml">Interlaken-Zweisimmen</a> segment do not have panoramic windows, but the views would still of course be very scenic. On the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreuxhtml">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>, there are either ‘Classic’ GoldenPass trains or ‘Panorama’ GoldenPass trains for you to choose from. These will be labeled accordingly when you pull up the results of your search for this segment of the trip.<br /><br />Coaches on the 'Classic' GoldenPass trains have a vintage turn-of-the-century Belle Époque look, whereas the 'Panorama' GoldenPass trains have a more modern look with panoramic windows. 'Classic' GoldenPass trains also have 'wine cellar' coaches, which offer a wider selection of wine than would be offered in the bar cars on the 'Panorama' trains; however, food is available for purchase on both the 'Classic' and 'Panorama' trains. The Classic trains have large windows, but the windows on the Panorama trains are more “panoramic”..
  • September 22, 2017 19:38
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to There is also the nearby mountain peaks. Close to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>, there is <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html">Mount Pilatus</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html">Mount Titlis</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html">Mount Stanserhorn</a>, and Mount Rigi. What to purchase for these excursions depends on the rail pass you purchase. It would be different whether you have a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a> that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a> or just the single country <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Swiss Travel Pass</a>.<br /><br />For <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html" rel="nofollow">Mount Pilatus</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html</a>.<br /><br />For <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html" rel="nofollow">Mount Titlis</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html</a>.<br /><br />For <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html" rel="nofollow">Mount Stanserhorn</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html</a>.<br /><br />For Mount Rigi, you pay locally..
  • September 22, 2017 19:34
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>, there is also the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">'Gotthard Panorama Express' scenic route</a>. This scenic route consists of the steamboat over Lake Lucerne from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona or Lugano.<br /><br />From July 3rd to October 22nd of 2017, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains run daily from Flüelen to Bellinzona and Lugano. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass. For this route, the reservation that we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat (from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen) and the connecting '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona or Lugano.<br /><br />To purchase reservations for the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' journey on our website, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city, with either 'Bellinzona' or 'Lugano' in the opposite field. Therefore, your search would be from either 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona' or 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Lugano'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the steamboat from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and the panoramic '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to either Bellinzona or Lugano. Also, when you go to purchase these reservations, be sure to indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.<br /><br />Generally, these reservations can only be issued once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />As the name suggests, these trains do have panoramic windows..
  • September 22, 2017 19:31
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Rich,<br /><br />You don't "need" a rail pass for any trip; you can always just purchase regular tickets instead. As it happens, any rail pass that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>, whether it be a '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a>' that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html">Switzerland</a> or the single country '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a>', is valid to cover the full length of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html">GoldenPass scenic route</a>. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html">GoldenPass</a> trains; however, this only represents just one segment of the full <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html">GoldenPass</a> scenic route. The full route consists of a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, another train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html">Interlaken to Zweisimmen</a>, and then another train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>.<br /><br />Of the trains comprising of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html">GoldenPass</a> route, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a> by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.<br /><br />On the other segments of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html">GoldenPass</a> route, reservations are possible but not necessary. If you also would like to have reservations on those segments, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, another search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html" rel="nofollow">Interlaken to Zweisimmen</a>, and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>.<br /><br />All trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> do have panoramic windows for taking in all the scenery. Trains on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html">Interlaken-Zweisimmen</a> segment do not have panoramic windows, but the views would still of course be very scenic. On the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>, there are either ‘Classic’ GoldenPass trains or ‘Panorama’ GoldenPass trains for you to choose from. These will be labeled accordingly when you pull up the results of your search for this segment of the trip.<br /><br />Coaches on the 'Classic' GoldenPass trains have a vintage turn-of-the-century Belle Époque look, whereas the 'Panorama' GoldenPass trains have a more modern look with panoramic windows. 'Classic' GoldenPass trains also have 'wine cellar' coaches, which offer a wider selection of wine than would be offered in the bar cars on the 'Panorama' trains; however, food is available for purchase on both the 'Classic' and 'Panorama' trains. The Classic trains have large windows, but the windows on the Panorama trains are more “panoramic”..

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