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Extra Fees even with rail pass?

When looking to travel from Nice to either Interlaken, Lucerne, or Zurich the only way it seems you can get there is routes with additional fees. I was under the impression that purchasing a select rail pass for the given countries meant that we could board these trains for no additional charge. Two questions:

1. Is it still worth the select pass? i.e. would point to point be less expensive
2. Can you help us figure out the best way to these locations with as little fees or the lowest cost as possible?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2014 14:32
    Hi Zach,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on a pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass (considering that any costs for needed reservations would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains of substantial distances while in Europe.)

    Reservations are required on all night trains, many international routes, and most high-speed trains. For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    The most feasible rail connections from Nice to Interlaken involve 2 train changes along the way in the following combinations of cities:

    1.) Geneva and Bern
    2.) Avignon and Basel

    With regard to a connection from Nice to Interlaken that involves changing trains in Geneva and Bern en route, reservations would only be required on the segment from Nice to Geneva in addition to your Eurail Select Pass. Trains from Geneva to to Bern and Bern to Interlaken don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you'd need to board. Therefore, you would refer to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage to book your reservations for the train from Nice to Geneva.

    With regard to a connection from Nice to Interlaken that involves changing trains in Avignon and Basel en route, reservations would be required on the train from Nice to Avignon and the connecting train from Avignon to Basel. Trains from Basel to Interlaken don't reservations, so the rail pass is all you'd need to board. Therefore, you would refer to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage to book your reservations for the train from Nice to Avignon and then a connecting train from Avignon to Basel.

    If it works out that regular tickets are the most economical option for your specific itinerary, then we provide that option as well. For travel without a rail pass, you would purchase regular point-to-point tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'. For a route such as one from Nice to Interlaken, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment when pricing out regular tickets (i.e. one search for trains from Nice to Geneva, another search for connecting trains from Geneva to Bern, and then another search for connecting trains from Bern to Interlaken).

    If you need assistance determining the best option for your itinerary, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2014 14:36
    The most feasible connection from Nice to Lucerne or Zurich only involves changing trains once in Geneva along the way. As alluded to above, the trains from Nice to Geneva would require reservations in addition to a rail pass. Trains from Geneva to Lucerne or Zurich don't accept reservations, so the rail pass would be all you'd need to board. Therefore, with regard to one of these connections, you would only purchase reservations for the first leg from Nice to Geneva, should you purchase a rail pass for your itinerary.
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