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Hi we are planning a cruise which will end on Venice on June 27th, we need to travel back to France,(plane back to the states) with a short (2 days) stop on Switzerland, our desired destination in Switzerland is Zermatt,I believe purchasing a Eurorail pass will help us with the traveling between the three countries and I have read that a train reservation is also suggested, but am having a hard time trying to find out a few things:
1- Which train station location from venice and which is the nearest train location to Zermatt and how do I get to Zermatt from it ( Do i need to purchase a swiss transfer ticket ? )
2- will also like to travel from Zermatt to france , so which train and when am I able to purchase the tickets.
3- I also would like to find out where we can see the trains schedules, since our plane leaves at 11:30 on the 29th of june to make sure we are on time. Thanks in advance. any input would be greatly appreciated, I tried purchasing the train reservations on line but maybe am either putting the wrong name for the station locations or is too early to book it, since I get an error and it suggested for me to call the (800) number which I have been in hold for the past 45 minutes.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 15, 2012 19:49
    Hello,

    For the requested itinerary, you would purchase a 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include Italy, Switzerland and France. You can purchase the Eurail Select Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    A rail connection from Venice to Zermatt takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Brig. Trains from Venice to Milan and trains from Milan to Brig both require reservations. Trains from Brig to Zermatt do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    You would purchase reservations for a train from Venice to Milan and then a connecting train from Milan to Brig by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    For your reference, you can just view the schedules for the non-reservable trains from Brig to Zermatt by entering these towns under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'.

    The connection from Zermatt to France would depend on the specific city you're heading to in France. However, schedules from Zermatt to Paris or locations in southern France would both involve changing trains at least twice along the way; once in Visp and then once in either Geneva or Basel. Trains from Zermatt to Visp and then trains from Visp to either Geneva or Basel both do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Therefore, you can just view schedules for these trains by following the same procedure as you would for the non-reservable trains from Brig to Zermatt.

    Depending on where you wish to go in France, reservations may be needed on your train out of Geneva or Basel. For instance, trains from Geneva or Basel to Paris are high-speed TGV trains that do require reservations. You can book reservations on such a train by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on our homepage.

    The reservable trains making up your itinerary can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Since your intended dates of departure happen to fall just outside of this time frame, you may have to enter dates within the next 90 days to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the routes. The reservable trains can sell out quickly, especially during the busy Summer travel season, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as it becomes possible.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 15, 2012 19:55
    Also, to adress your question regarding the stations in Venice - there are two major rail stations in Venice; the Mestre station and the Santa Lucia station. The Mestre station is located on the mainland continent of Italy off of the actual island of Venice. The Santa Lucia station is located on the actual island of Venice where tourists visit, directly in front of the Grand Canal. Therefore, you would more than likely want to book your reservations to Milan out of the Santa Lucia station. In any case, most trains from Venice to Milan do go through both stations, so you would be able to board at either station, no matter which station is reflected on the actual reservation documents you purchase from us.
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    Thank you Very Much Jeffrey, great tips!! I do believe I won't be able to make it to Zermatt this time around, but all your information will definitely help me out a lot!!
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