Fee to pay for upgrade to 1st class on panaromic train GoldenPass from Lucerne to Interlaken

Hi, I am planning to take the panaromic train from Luzern to Interlaken. I have a 2nd class Swiss travel pass. I would like to reserve and pay for a 1st class in the panaromic train.When I go to reserve here for 1st class it is charging me 10CHF for the seathttp://reservation.goldenpass.ch/rese... from this cost do I need to pay anything else at the at the station as I am having a 2nd class swiss travel pass but I am wanting to travel in the 1st class of the panaromic train?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 06, 2017 16:35
    Hi Pradeep,

    Yes, if your pass is for 2nd class and you book your reservations for 1st class, then you would be charged a supplement locally to compensate. Since the fee is one that is assessed locally, we do not know how much it would be. You can pay the supplement either at the ticket window before boarding or with the conductor after you've boarded.

    Please note, both the 1st and 2nd class cars now have panoramic windows on the GoldenPass trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 06, 2017 20:52
      Mount Pilatus

      For a stay in Lucerne, you may also want to keep in mind that the Swiss Travel Pass is now valid on the full excursion to nearby Mount Pilatus. The excursion up Mount Pilatus starts with a steamer across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, the ascent continues by cog railway up to Mt Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Mt Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm), you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get from Kriens back to Lucerne, you would take a bus that is also covered by the Swiss Travel Pass. This would use a day on the rail pass.

      Mount Rigi

      The Swiss Travel Pass also covers the 2 different routes between Lucerne and nearby Mount Rigi.

      There are 2 different routes between Lucerne and Mt Rigi, both of which are fully covered by a Swiss Travel Pass.

      The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm.

      The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm.

      Using your Swiss Travel Pass on any of this would require the use of a ‘travel day’.

      Mount Titlis

      Another option for you in Lucerne is the trek to nearby Mount Titlis. The excursion from Lucerne to Mount Titlis consists of a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.

      For the trip between Lucerne and Titlis, the Swiss Travel Pass would only be valid on the train between Lucerne and Engelberg. However, the Swiss Travel Pass does enable you to receive a discount of about 45% on the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html. This pass also includes a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.

      Off the Trübsee stop, there are hiking and flower trails, as well as horse-drawn carriages around the lake. Here there are also additional cable cars ('Trübsee-Jochpass' and 'Trübsee-Engstlenalp' cable cars). At the foot of Mount Titlis in Engelberg, there is also the 'Engelberg-Gerschnialp Funicular Railway' to Gerschnialp and the 'Fürenalpbahn' cable car to Fürenalp. You would pay to board these additional cable cars locally when you're there. Just be sure to mention that you have the Swiss Travel Pass, because you may be able to receive discounts of about 50%.

      Mount Stanserhorn

      From April 8th to November 12th of this year, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby Mount Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.

      For the trip from Lucerne to Stanserhorn, the Swiss Travel Pass would only be valid on the short train between Lucerne and Stans. The Swiss Travel Pass does, however, enable you to receive a discount of about 50% on the funicular from Stans to Kälti and the CabriO cable car from Kälti to Stanserhorn. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Stans - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of the pass for Mount Stanserhorn here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 06, 2017 20:56
      For a stay in Interlaken, you'll want to keep in mind that the Swiss Travel Pass enables you to receive discounts on the various mountain excursions in the area.

      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 regard to the former, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you only as far as Grindelwald.

      With regard to the latter, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you as far as Wengen.

      For the remaining segments (Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch & Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch), the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Grindelwald or Wengen - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

      On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are 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 either 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.

      Schilthorn

      There are also 2 different routes you can take to get from Interlaken to Mount Schilthorn; one route that goes via Grütschalp and the other via Stechelberg.

      The Grütschalp route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp
      -'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren
      -‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn

      The Stechelberg route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway'
      -Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg
      -'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn

      With regard to the Grütschalp route, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the 'Grütschalpbahn' (cable car) from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, and the 'Mürrenbahn' from Grütschalp to Mürren.

      With regard to the Stechelberg route, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, and the ‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Stechelberg as far as Mürren (via Gimmelwald).

      The Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the ‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn.

      To receive the 50% discount for the segment between Mürren and Schilthorn, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Murren - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria'. You would purchase the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schilthorn-piz-gloria/index.html.

      'Piz Gloria’ refers to the panoramic revolving restaurant at the Schilthorn summit.

      Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)

      A Swiss Travel Pass would also enable you to receive a 50% discount on the Harderbahn funicular in Interlaken. The Harderbahn takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.

      To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of the ‘Harder Kulm Top of Interlaken’. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/harder-kulm/index.html.

      Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)

      The Firstbahn departs from its base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.

      To reach Grindelwald, you would have to take the train along the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken. The Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken to Grindelwald and enable you to receive a discount of 25-50% on the Firstbahn cable cars. To receive the 25%-50% discount on the Firstbahn, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Gindelwald - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of a pass called the ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’. You would purchase this here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/grindelwald-first/index.html.

      Please note, using your Swiss Travel Pass to take the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ between Interlaken and Grindelwald does require the use of a travel day. If you do not wish to expend a day of rail travel on your Swiss Travel Pass for the travel between Interlaken and Grindelwald, you would instead purchase the full fare option (‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken’) of the ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’.

      Schynige Platte

      The Swiss Travel Pass covers the full excursion to Schynige Platte from Interlaken. This journey consists of a train from Interlaken to Wilderswil on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ and then the nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte station. Please note, using your Swiss Travel Pass for this would require the use of a travel day. If you do not wish to expend a day of rail travel on your Swiss Travel Pass, then you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken’ option of the pass for the 'Schynige Platte' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schynige-platte/index.html.

      From Schynige Platte, you’ll have more amazing views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. By the station is also Switzerland’s only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.

      Please note, the ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ only runs from May 27th to October 22nd for 2017.
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