Eurailpass or Swiss Rail Pass?

A few years ago I stayed in Lucerne and took the Golden Panorama train out and back to Lucerne. I think Interlaken was the turning point, and that I didn't need a Swiss Rail pass for that. It was beautiful. Are there other loops I can take, based in Lucerne, using just the Eurail Global Pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 27, 2017 15:04
    Hi Rich,

    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 Switzerland, whether it bea 'Eurail Select Pass' that includes Switzerland , a Eurail Global Pass, or the single country 'Swiss Travel Pass', is valid to cover the full length of the GoldenPass scenic route. Trains from Lucerne to Interlaken are GoldenPass trains; however, this only represents just one segment of the full GoldenPass scenic route. The full route consists of a train from Lucerne to Interlaken, another train from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, and then another train from Zweisimmen to Montreux.

    Of the trains comprising of the GoldenPass route, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Zweisimmen to Montreux. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Zweisimmen to Montreux by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (, entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

    On the other segments of the GoldenPass 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 Lucerne to Interlaken, another search for trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Montreux.

    All trains from Lucerne to Interlaken do have panoramic windows for taking in all the scenery.

    Trains on the Interlaken-Zweisimmen segment do not have panoramic windows, but the views would still of course be very scenic.

    On the segment from Zweisimmen to Montreux, 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.

    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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