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Zurich, Gimmelwald, Lucerne, Paris, England

We land in Zurich, go to Grimmelwald 2 days, then to Lucerne 2 days, then to Paris 5 days. Will probably take 2 day trips out of Paris. Then on to England. Trying to determine if Eurail 2 country pass (for 2 passengers) is best deal, or should we buy each Swiss Pass and France Pass? Will train tickets from Lucerne to Paris be covered by Eurail 2 country pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 18, 2016 15:35
    Hi Shannon,

    The best option for any itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. For the itinerary you laid out, however, your most economical option would be to get the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass (with Switzerland and France being the countries you include). For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html

    For your first destination, are you referring to Grindelwald or Gimmelwald? There is no such place as 'Grimmelwald'. Grindelwald and Gimmelwald are both located in the same area known as the 'Bernese Oberland'.

    Lucerne to Paris

    This Eurail Select Pass would only cover your trip from Lucerne to Paris if you take the route that goes via Zurich. Such a connection would have you taking a short train from Lucerne over to Zurich, where you would connect to a high-speed train that would take you up to Paris. The high-speed train from Zurich to Paris is a TGV Lyria train. In addition to the rail pass, this train would still require reservations. For travel with the pass, you would purchase reservations on a TGV Lyria from Zurich to Paris by entering the cities on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass'.

    The trains from Lucerne to Zurich don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board. For planning, you can still check schedules for trains from Lucerne to Zurich by doing a search on our homepage.

    Paris to England

    To get from Paris to England, you would take the Eurostar train from Paris to London. Since you will have France included on your Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder' for a ticket on the Eurostar. You would book tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar the same way you would book reservations on the TGV Lyria from Zurich to Paris.

    To verify the type of fare you're being quoted, you would click on the 'View' button under the cost. After you click 'View', a box will expand out underneath with the 'Ticket Flexibility' options. By clicking 'Read More' for the 'Ticket Flexibility' options, the name of the fare being quoted will display (i.e. 'TGV Lyria Passholder 1' or 'Eurostar Passholder III').
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 18, 2016 15:38
      Trains from Zurich to Paris can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while the Eurostar can generally be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. These trains can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that they be booked as soon as possible.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 06, 2018 16:35
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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