How do I travel from Paris to Zermatt using a rail pass. The RailEurope website will not allow me to make a reservation.

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 30, 2018 15:06
    Hi Mitzi,

    To be covered for a trip from Paris to Zermatt, your rail pass would just have to include France and Switzerland.

    Some connections from Paris to Zermatt involve taking the TGV Lyria train from Paris to Lausanne while others involve taking the TGV Lyria train from Paris to Geneva or Basel. However, the TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Geneva and Paris to Basel actually do not accept rail passes. Therefore, for travel with a rail pass, you would want to go with an option that involves taking the TGV Lyria from Paris to Lausanne. The options via Lausanne take about 7 hours in duration and involve changing trains once more in Visp, as well.

    TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Lausanne would just require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Lausanne by searching the route on our homepage (, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Two-Country Select Pass’). Generally, these trains can be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date.

    Trains from Lausanne to Visp and Visp to Zermatt do not accept reservations, so the rail pass would be all you'd need to board. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage ( just to view schedules for the route from Lausanne to Zermatt.

    Trains from Visp to Zermatt run along a section of the famed Glacier Express scenic route.
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