Amsterdam Airport - Koblenz - Cochem on the Mosel & Bacharach on the Rhine - Interlaken - Lucerne - Munich

Travelling with 4 adults. Looking to travel rail from Amsterdam airport on June18 to Koblenz Germany. Take in Mosel to Cochem and Rhein boat to Bacharach. Then depart via train for Interlaken SZ on June 20 with possible stop for lunch in Freiburg Germany. Take in Lauterbrunnen day and Junfraujoch train tour. Head to Lucerne SZ via train on June 23. Then head to Munich via train on June 24.

What train pass should we use? 4 country EuroRail pass? How much (2 under 60 adults and 2 over 60)?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 03, 2016 20:49
    Hi Mike,

    For the requested itinerary, you can purchase either tickets or a rail pass.

    The rail pass that would cover your itinerary is the 3 country option of the 'Eurail Select Pass'. On your 3 country Eurail Select Pass, you would include the 'Benelux', Germany, and Switzerland. The Netherlands is included as a part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them as one country for the purpose of rail passes.

    You would purchase the Eurail Select Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....

    The Eurail Select Pass would also enable you to receive a 20% discount on the 'KD German Rhine Line' cruises on the Mosel and Rhine Rivers, and a 25% discount on the trek from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch.

    Amsterdam Schipol Airport to Koblenz

    The most feasible rail connections from the Amsterdam Schipol Airport to Koblenz would take about 4.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Utrecht and then once in Cologne. Of the trains that comprise of this connection, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Utrecht to Cologne ('InterCity Express' trains).

    You would purchase reservations for this segment by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the cities (Utrecht to Cologne), and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Select Pass'. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    For planning purposes, you would view schedules for the other segments by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') on our homepage and entering the cities, without indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of pass. To view trains departing out of the station at the Schipol Airport, you would just have to be sure to type 'Amsterdam Airport' in the field for the departure city. Therefore, you would do one search for the first segment from 'Amsterdam Airport' to Utrecht and another search for the final segment from Cologne to Koblenz.

    Mosel & Rhine River Cruises/trains from Cochem to Koblenz

    In Koblenz, you can begin your journey on a 'KD German Rhine Line' cruise on the Mosel River down to Cochem. To receive the 20% discount, you would just show your Eurail Select Pass as you board.

    You can then take the train back up to Koblenz, so you can board a 'KD German Rhine Line' cruise on the Rhine down to Bacharach. Once you again, you would receive the 20% discount by showing your Eurail Select Pass as you board.

    The train ride from Cochem to Koblenz only takes 35 or 55 minutes on the 'Koblenz-Trier Railway'. These trains don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board. The schedules for these trains are not able to be viewed on our site, but they depart frequently throughout the day.

    Bacharach to Interlaken

    A rail connection from Bacharach to Interlaken takes just under 6.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains at least once in Mainz along the way. With that said, most connections from Bacharach to Interlaken involve 2 train changes en route; once in Mainz and then once in either Mannheim or Basel.

    The trains from Bacharach to Mainz operate along the scenic 'West Rhine Railway' and don't accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board. If you wish, you could even make your way to Mainz by continuing down the Rhine on another 'KD German Rhine Line' cruise.

    If you take the direct train from Mainz to Interlaken ('EuroCity' train), reservations would be recommended.

    If you go with an option that involves changing in Mannheim en route, reservations are not necessary on the trains from Mainz to Mannheim ('EuroCity' train or 'InterCity' train) and recommended on the trains from Mannheim to Interlaken ('InterCity Express' trains).

    If you go with the option that involves changing trains in Basel en route, reservations are recommended on the trains from Mainz to Basel ('InterCity Express' trains) but not necessary on the trains from Basel to Interlaken ('InterCity' or 'InterCity Express' trains).

    For any of the reservable segments, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the cities, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Select Pass'. The reservable trains would be able to be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    For the non-reservable segments, you can just view schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and entering the cities, without indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass.

    Just be sure to do your searches segment by segment.

    Interlaken/Jungfraujoch

    The Eurail Select Pass does not cover beyond Interlaken on the trek up to Jungfaujoch. As I alluded to above, however, this pass does entitle you to a 25% discount on this journey.

    From Interlaken, you would start your trek up to Jungfraujoch. Between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, there are two different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and another that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

    The route through Grindelwald 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 route through Lauterbrunnen would look like this:

    Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
    Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’

    Generally, we offer the 25% discounted tickets for the Jungfraujoch excursion on our website, but these are only able to be purchased locally at this time. It is likely we'll be able to sell these tickets again before your trip, so feel free to check back with us again during the next couple months. Otherwise, you'll be able to receive the discount locally just by mentioning that you have the Eurail Select Pass when you go to buy the tickets.

    Interlaken to Lucerne


    To get from Interlaken to Lucerne, you would take a train along the scenic 'GoldenPass' line. All of these trains have panoramic windows for you take in the views. These trains don't require reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board. You can view their schedules just by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the cities.

    Lucerne to Munich

    A connection from Lucerne to Munich would take about 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Zurich along the way.

    The trains from Lucerne to Zurich don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board. Reservations are recommended on the trains from Zurich to Munich.

    You can view schedules for the trains from Lucerne to Zurich by doing a search under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and not indicating that you'll be traveling with a rail pass. You can purchase reservations for a train from Zurich to Munich by doing a search under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Select Pass' when prompted. The trains from Zurich to Munich can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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