Eurail Select Pass for France & Switzerland. Reservations needed for Paris to Lucerne (via Basel) & Lucerne to Interlaken on the Golden Pass? Also, I only see 2nd class for the trip to Jungfraujoch.

I am in process to buy 2 Country Euro Rail select Pass for 1st class (France and Switzerland) with my first use of Pass during my train trip from Paris to Lucerne (TGV + Local Train from Basel to Lucerne). For this , where will I validate my pass in Paris? And, if Paris any direction for validation?Also, When I check train schedules it's asking me to do reservation for my travel with Eoro Rail Pass from Lucerne to Interlaken, is this required for Golden Pass 1st Class?Excursion packages bought at discounted rate via Rail Europe are open voucher and can be used for any day which fits our schedule right? Also, what is the process of using this voucher (like validation etc.)?When I buy Jungfaouch excursion package from rail Europe it is showing me 2nd class price but my pass is for 1st class. Can I still Travel 1st class from Interlaken to Klein Scheidegg via Grindelwald Or other route via Lauteebrunne?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 19, 2017 21:20
    Hi Ripal,

    Paris to Lucerne

    A connection Paris to Lucerne takes just under 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. Trains from Paris to Basel are high-speed TGV Lyria 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 Paris to Basel.

    It is currently the case that the specific discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets on trains from Paris to Basel are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would have to call us in order to receive a 'Passholder 2’ rate on this train. 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.

    Generally, the TGV Lyria trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    On trains from Basel to Lucerne, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For your reference, you can view schedules from Basel to Lucerne by doing a search on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Lucerne to Interlaken (GoldenPass)

    On the GoldenPass segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are actually not necessary. We're sorry for any confusion if it indicates otherwise on our website. Rest assured, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board one of these trains, and you would not need to have reservations. For planning purposes, you can also check schedules from Lucerne to Interlaken on our homepage. All trains from Lucerne to Interlaken have panoramic windows for taking in the scenery.

    Interlaken to Jungfraujoch (Jungfraujoch Top of Europe)

    To get from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

    The Grindelwald route would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a discount of about 25% on either of these routes between Interlaken and the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    Rest assured, the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is only listed in 2nd class, because the trains making up the connection do not classify their accommodations as being '1st class'. The only accommodations are considered 2nd class.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations would be highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

    Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.
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