Does Eurail Global Pass cover Paris-Nice, Nice-Basel, Basel-Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Lucerne, Lucerne-Zurich, & Basel-Berlin?

Does the Eurail Global Pass cover Paris>Nice, Nice>Basel, Basel>Grindelwald>Lucerne>Zurich , Basel-Berlin
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 09, 2016 16:20
    Hello,

    With the exception of trains between Interlaken and Grindelwald (with regard to your trip from Basel to Grindelwald and your trip from Grindelwald to Lucerne), the Eurail Global Pass would cover the ticket costs for all of the trains you mentioned.

    When required, reservations would be a supplementary cost to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass').

    For planning purposes, you can still view schedules for non-reservable trains by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage. Generally, when just searching for schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    Paris to Nice

    Trains from Paris to Nice are high-speed TGV trains that do require reservations in addition to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Paris to Nice can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Nice to Basel

    The most feasible connections from Nice to Basel take about 8 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Lyon or Dijon en route. Both segments of either of these options would require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    For such connections, you would just have to break up your search in the city where you'd be changing trains. Therefore, for the option via Lyon, you would do one search for trains from Nice to Lyon and another search for connecting trains from Lyon to Basel. For the option via Dijon, you would do one search for trains from Nice to Dijon and another search for connecting trains from Dijon to Basel.

    Direct trains from Nice to Lyon and Lyon to Basel are high-speed TGV trains.

    Direct trains from Nice to Dijon are high-speed TGV trains, and direct trains from Dijon to Basel are high-speed TGV Lyria trains.

    Generally, these trains also can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Basel to Grindelwald

    A connection from Basel to Grindelwald takes just over 2.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Interlaken along the way. As I mentioned above, the rail pass would not be valid on the trains from Interlaken to Grindelwald. Therefore, you would need a regular ticket for this segment.

    In contrast, the rail pass is valid on the segment from Basel to Interlaken. On trains from Basel to Interlaken, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    You can purchase regular tickets for a train from Interlaken to Grindelwald by following the same procedure for checking schedules for non-reservable trains. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Basel to Interlaken to check schedules and another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Grindelwald to purchase tickets.

    Trains from Basel to Interlaken are IC (InterCity) or ICE (InterCity Express) trains. Trains from Interlaken to Grindelwald operate along the famed Bernese Oberland Railway on the trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch.

    Generally, tickets for trains from Interlaken to Grindelwald can be booked once within 60 days of an intended date of departure.

    Grindelwald to Lucerne

    A connection from Grindelwald to Lucerne would also take just over 2.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Interlaken along the way. Therefore, you would once again need a regular ticket for the train between Grindelwald and Interlaken, and your rail pass would cover you on the connecting train from Interlaken to Lucerne. Trains from Interlaken to Lucerne operate along the renowned GoldenPass scenic line.

    On the GoldenPass route from Interlaken to Lucerne, reservations are possible but not required. Therefore, your rail pass should be all you'd need to board one of these trains. For this connection, you would do one search for trains from Grindelwald to Interlaken to purchase tickets and then another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lucerne just to check schedules or, if you wish, to purchase passholder reservations.

    All trains on the GoldenPass line from Interlaken to Lucerne have panoramic windows for optimum scenery-gazing.

    Generally, tickets for trains from Grindelwald to Interlaken can only be booked once within 60 days of an intended date of departure, while trains from Interlaken to Lucerne can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Lucerne to Zurich

    From Lucerne to Zurich, there are frequently operating direct trains, and the ride only takes about 45 to 50 minutes. The trains from Lucerne to Zurich don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Basel to Berlin

    There are direct trains from Basel to Berlin that take just under 8 hours in duration. These trains are ICE (InterCity Express) trains. On the trains from Basel to Berlin, reservations would be highly recommended in addition to a rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Hi again,

    Would the Switzerland rail pass cover all the local train ( Interlaken to Grindelwald , Grindelwald to Lucerne...) ?
    Does that pass also cover the cable car to First Cliff Walk in Grindelwald?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 10, 2016 15:54
    Hi Tharsana,

    A Swiss Travel Pass does cover the trains between Interlaken and Grindelwald on the Bernese Oberland Railway.

    The 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)' is accessed by taking the 'Firstbahn' aerial cableway The departure point for the Firstbahn is located at the base of First right in Grindelwald. The 'Firstbahn' cable cars go from the base station in Grindelwald to Bort, Bort to Schreckfeld, and then Schreckfeld to First.

    The Swiss Travel Pass doesn't cover the Firstbahn cable cars, but it would enable you to receive a 50% discount. To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the 'Grindelwald-First for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Grindelwald-First: Top of Adventure' ticket. This ticket should soon be available to be purchased on our website, but right now it is only able to be purchased by calling us.

    The ‘First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)’ takes you to the observation platform from where you’ll be able to take in mesmerizing 360 degree views. The journey also gives you access to first-rate hiking, including the hike to (Lake) Bachalpsee and the Marmot Trail.
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  • THANK YOU so much, this is very helpful :)
    Just one more question, is there any way to get to Verdon Gorge, France using the Eurail pass from Paris ?
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  • I’m grateful
    omg thank you!! thank you!! I been trying to figure out an easy way to get to Verdon. Finally got the answer :D
    Thank you again Jeff :)
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