Golden Pass from Montreux to Interlaken - Why do some routes have a price?

I have a Eurail Select Pass. When looking up trains on the Golden Pass, why do some routes have an additional price, while others have none? And are all the trains on the Golden Pass Panoramic?
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  • Hi Karen,

    The route you searched is actually not the GoldenPass route. If you do one search all the way from Montreux to Interlaken, it pulls up a different route altogether between these cities. When purchasing tickets or reservations for the GoldenPass route, your search would need to be broken up. The GoldenPass does run between Montreux and Interlaken (and then on to Lucerne), but it does not follow the route that goes via Visp and Spiez. Going from west to east, the GoldenPass route involves taking a train from Montreux to Zweisimmen, then a train from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, and then a train from Interlaken to Lucerne.

    Of the trains comprising of the GoldenPass route, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Montreux to Zweisimmen. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Montreux to Zweisimmen by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

    On the segments from Zweisimmen to Interlaken and Interlaken to Lucerne, reservations are possible but not necessary. If you were to purchase reservations for each segment, you would have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Montreux to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Interlaken. If you're planning on continuing on to Lucerne, you would then do another search from Interlaken to Lucerne.

    On the segment from Montreux to Zweisimmen (where reservations are recommended), there are either ‘Classic’ GoldenPass trains or ‘Panorama’ GoldenPass trains for you to choose from. These will be labeled accordingly when you pull up the results of this search. Coaches on the 'Classic' trains have a vintage turn-of-the-century Belle Époque look, whereas the 'Panorama' trains have a more modern look with panoramic windows. 'Classic' GoldenPass trains also have 'wine cellar' coaches, which offer a wider selection of wine than would be offered in the bar cars on the 'Panorama' trains; however, food is available for purchase on both the 'Classic' and 'Panorama' trains. The Classic trains have large windows, but the windows on the Panorama trains are more “panoramic”, as the name suggests.

    Trains on the Zweisimmen-Interlaken segment do not have panoramic windows, but the views would still be very scenic nonetheless. All trains on the Interlaken-Lucerne segment have panoramic windows for gazing out at the scenery.
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