Visp or Brig to Zermatt with a Eurail Select Pass, also Zurich Airport to Interlaken

I have a Select pass valid in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and France, and I'm having some trouble figuring out how to get to and from Zermatt. When I try to make a reservation, it says reservations aren't necessary on a Swiss Travel Pass, but if I have a Eurail pass I should click the link provided to get tickets that coincide with my pass. But when I click it and put in my travel information again, I get sent right back to the same page telling me I don't need a reservation with a Swiss Travel Pass. I need to get from Visp/Brig to Zermatt on June 16, and Zermatt to Brig on June 18, but I have no idea how to do it now. Also on the first day of my trip, I will be going from Zurich airport to Interlaken. From Zurich to Bern it says I can just hop on. Does this use a day on my travel pass? Also from Bern to Interlaken it says reservation recommended, but that none can be found at this time online. What do I do in this situation?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 31, 2017 20:45
    Hi Samantha,

    I'm not familiar with that specific error message, but a Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland is valid to cover these trains, the same as a Swiss Travel Pass would be.

    From Brig or Visp to Zermatt and Zermatt to Brig, reservations are not necessary. Rest assured, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still view schedules for trains between Brig or Visp and Zermatt by doing a search on our homepage, www.raileurope.com.

    From Zurich Airport to Interlaken, the shortest connections take just over 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way.

    Reservations are actually not necessary on either of these trains, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. We apologize for any confusion, but you can disregard any message on our website indicating otherwise. For planning, you can view schedules on our website for this route by doing a separate search for each segment. Also, for trains out of the station at the airport, you would just have to be sure to type 'Zurich Airport' in the field for the departure city. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Zurich Airport to Bern and another search for connecting trains from Bern to Interlaken.

    If you don't mind adding about an hour to your journey time, you can take a different route that involves following along a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for part of the way. This option would take just over 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Lucerne along the way, instead of Bern. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the GoldenPass scenic route.

    On the GoldenPass segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary. Trains from Zurich Airport to Lucerne do not even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Once again, you can still view schedules by doing a search for these routes right on the homepage of our website. For the option via the GoldenPass/Lucerne, you would just do one search for trains from Zurich Airport to Lucerne and another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.

    The Eurail Select Pass is only offered in the form of a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame. With a Eurail Select Pass, you would have 2 months to complete the number of 'travel days' you choose. The 2 months would start to count down after you get your pass 'validated' at the station, which is something you would do before boarding your first train.

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A ‘travel day’ is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24-hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were take a day train from 'city A' (Zurich Airport) to 'city B' (Bern or Lucerne) and then take a connecting train to 'city C' (Interlaken) on the same day, then you would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' (Interlaken) on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.
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  • Jeff, thank you for this answer. This would also be true for eurail global pass holders as well, yes?
    Thanks
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