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  • April 05, 2018 16:35
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>IMPORTANT UPDATE</u></b><br /><br />As of this month (April 2018):<br /><br />The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:<br /><br />Any single country Eurail Pass, including:<br /><br />• Eurail France Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux Pass<br /><br />Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:<br /><br />• Eurail France-Italy Pass<br />• Eurail France-Switzerland Pass<br />• Eurail France-Germany Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux-France Pass<br />• Eurail France-Spain Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass<br /><br />BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.<br /><br />Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.<br /><br />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)..
  • April 05, 2018 16:32
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>IMPORTANT UPDATE</u></b><br /><br />As of this month (April 2018):<br /><br />The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:<br /><br />Any single country Eurail Pass, including:<br /><br />• Eurail France Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux Pass<br /><br />Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:<br /><br />• Eurail France-Italy Pass<br />• Eurail France-Switzerland Pass<br />• Eurail France-Germany Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux-France Pass<br />• Eurail France-Spain Pass<br />• Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass<br /><br />BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.<br /><br />Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.<br /><br />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)..
  • March 16, 2017 15:52
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/berlin-to-hamburg.html" rel="nofollow">Berlin to Hamburg</a> are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">ICE</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">InterCity Express</a>) or IC (InterCity) trains on which reservations are recommended but not required..
  • March 09, 2017 20:46
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Zurich to Lugano</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lugano.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Lugano</a>, there are direct IC or EC trains on which reservations are possible, but not required. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you'll need to board.<br /><br />Otherwise, if you prefer to take the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' route (that includes the short train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Lucerne</a>, the Lake Lucerne steamboat from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen, and the route from Flüelen to Bellinzona/Lugano through the old Gotthard Tunnel), the connection would be the same as described above for the trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona (just with Lugano as the destination instead of Bellinzona). On weekends, however, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen never run directly all the way through to Lugano. Therefore, if your travel falls on a weekend (no matter the time of year), you would take the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' from Flüelen to Bellinzona and then you would just have to switch to another train that would take you through to Lugano.<br /><br />Booking procedure for the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' would be the same as described above for connections to Bellinzona. On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/bellinzona-to-lugano.html" rel="nofollow">Bellinzona to Lugano</a>, reservations are not necessary at all, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Whether you're traveling on a weekday or a weekend, the regional trains from Erstfeld do run directly to Lugano after they stop in Bellinzona. Once again, the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona/Lugano don't even accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you'd need to board for this option.<br /><br /><b><u>Lugano to Locarno</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lugano-to-locarno.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lugano-to-locarno.html">Lugano to Locarno</a>, you would just follow the ‘<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>’ route back up to Bellinzona, where you would switch to another train that would take you to Locarno. The ride from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lugano-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow">Lugano to Bellinzona</a> only takes about a half hour, and the ride from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/bellinzona-to-locarno.html" rel="nofollow">Bellinzona to Locarno</a> also only takes about a half hour. The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lugano-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lugano-to-bellinzona.html">Lugano to Bellinzona</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/bellinzona-to-locarno.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/bellinzona-to-locarno.html">Bellinzona to Locarno</a> don’t accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lugano-to-locarno.html" rel="nofollow">Lugano to Locarno</a> by doing a search for the route right on our homepage, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>..
  • March 09, 2017 20:41
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Zurich to Lugano</u></b><br /><br />From Zurich to Lugano, there are direct IC or EC trains on which reservations are possible, but not required. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you'll need to board.<br /><br />Otherwise, if you prefer to take the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' route (that includes the short train from Zurich to Lucerne, the Lake Lucerne steamboat from Lucerne to Flüelen, and the route from Flüelen to Bellinzona/Lugano through the old Gotthard Tunnel), the connection would be the same as described above for the trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona (just with Lugano as the destination instead of Bellinzona). On weekends, however, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen never run directly all the way through to Lugano. Therefore, if your travel falls on a weekend (no matter the time of year), you would take the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' from Flüelen to Bellinzona and then you would just have to switch to another train that would take you through to Lugano.<br /><br />Booking procedure for the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' would be the same as described above for connections to Bellinzona. On trains from Bellinzona to Lugano, reservations are not necessary at all, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Whether you're traveling on a weekday or a weekend, the regional trains from Erstfeld do run directly to Lugano after they stop in Bellinzona. Once again, the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona/Lugano don't even accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you'd need to board for this option.<br /><br /><b><u>Lugano to Locarno</u></b><br /><br />To get from Lugano to Locarno, you would just follow the ‘<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>’ route back up to Bellinzona, where you would switch to another train that would take you to Locarno. The ride from Lugano to Bellinzona only takes about a half hour, and the ride from Bellinzona to Locarno also only takes about a half hour. The trains from Lugano to Bellinzona and Bellinzona to Locarno don’t accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these connections from Lugano to Locarno by doing a search for the route right on our homepage, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>..
  • March 09, 2017 20:38
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Zurich to Lugano</u></b><br /><br />From Zurich to Lugano, there are direct IC or EC trains on which reservations are possible, but not required. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board.<br /><br />Otherwise, if you prefer to take the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' route (that includes the Lake Lucerne steamboat and the route through the old Gotthard Tunnel), the connection would be the same as described above for the trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona (just with Lugano as the destination instead of Bellinzona). On weekends, however, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen never run directly all the way through to Lugano. Therefore, if your travel falls on a weekend (no matter the time of year), you would take the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' from Flüelen to Bellinzona and then you would just have to switch to another train that would take you through to Lugano.<br /><br />Booking procedure for the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' would be the same as described above for connections to Bellinzona. On trains from Bellinzona to Lugano, reservations are not necessary at all, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Whether you're traveling on a weekday or a weekend, the regional trains from Erstfeld do run directly to Lugano after they stop in Bellinzona. Once again, the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona/Lugano don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board for this option.<br /><br /><b><u>Lugano to Locarno</u></b><br /><br />To get from Lugano to Locarno, you would just follow the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ route back up to Bellinzona, where you would switch to another train that would take you to Locarno. The ride from Lugano to Bellinzona only takes about a half hour, and the ride from Bellinzona to Locarno also only takes about a half hour. The trains from Lugano to Bellinzona and Bellinzona to Locarno don’t accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these connections from Lugano to Locarno by doing a search for the route right on our homepage, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>..
  • March 09, 2017 20:38
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Zurich to Lugano<br /><br />From Zurich to Lugano, there are direct IC or EC trains on which reservations are possible, but not required. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board.<br /><br />Otherwise, if you prefer to take the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' route (that includes the Lake Lucerne steamboat and the route through the old Gotthard Tunnel), the connection would be the same as described above for the trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona (just with Lugano as the destination instead of Bellinzona). On weekends, however, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen never run directly all the way through to Lugano. Therefore, if your travel falls on a weekend (no matter the time of year), you would take the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' from Flüelen to Bellinzona and then you would just have to switch to another train that would take you through to Lugano.<br /><br />Booking procedure for the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' would be the same as described above for connections to Bellinzona. On trains from Bellinzona to Lugano, reservations are not necessary at all, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Whether you're traveling on a weekday or a weekend, the regional trains from Erstfeld do run directly to Lugano after they stop in Bellinzona. Once again, the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona/Lugano don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board for this option.<br /><br />Lugano to Locarno<br /><br />To get from Lugano to Locarno, you would just follow the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ route back up to Bellinzona, where you would switch to another train that would take you to Locarno. The ride from Lugano to Bellinzona only takes about a half hour, and the ride from Bellinzona to Locarno also only takes about a half hour. The trains from Lugano to Bellinzona and Bellinzona to Locarno don’t accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these connections from Lugano to Locarno by doing a search for the route right on our homepage, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>..
  • March 09, 2017 19:52
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to While the connection I described above is the quickest way to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to Locarno, there is an alternate scenic route, known as the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>', that comes highly recommended. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">'Gotthard Panorama Express' scenic route</a> consists of a steamboat across Lake Lucerne from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona. To connect to the boat, you would just have to take a short train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucernehtml">Zurich to Lucerne</a>.<br /><br />From April 14th to July 2nd of this year, the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona only operate on weekends. From July 3rd to October 22nd of this year, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona run daily. For taking in the scenery, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona have panoramic windows.<br /><br />As a supplement to a rail pass, reservations are required to take one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains with the panoramic windows. For this route, the reservation we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and the connecting '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona. In addition to the reservation, a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> would enable you to receive a discount of 50% for the actual ticket on the steamboat. For the ticket, you would pay right on board the boat and just show your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Select Pass</a> in order to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). To purchase reservations for the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' journey, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city. Therefore, you would search 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the Lake Lucerne boat from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona.<br /><br />If you'll be traveling on a day when the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains are not running (i.e. a weekday between April 14th and July 2nd, 2017), you can still follow the same route and enjoy the scenery; however, the trains that do run just won't have panoramic windows. On days when the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' don't operate, you would instead take a connection from Flüelen to Bellinzona comprised of regional trains. These connections involve changing trains once in Erstfeld along the way. Therefore, after your boat arrives in Flüelen, you would take a short regional train from Flüelen to Erstfeld and then another regional train from Erstfeld to Bellinzona.<br /><br />The regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona don't accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board. You would still need the ticket for the Lake Lucerne boat, which you would purchase right on board, but your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> would enable you to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Ersfeld to Bellinzona follow a slightly different path than the direct IC and EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Bellinzona</a>. The direct IC and EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Bellinzona</a> take passengers through the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel', while the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Erstfeld to Bellinzona take passengers through the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' (the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' is shorter than the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel').<br /><br />Schedules for the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona are not able to be viewed on our website, but these connections depart once every hour throughout the day, and the trip takes just under 2 hours. The direct '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona also take just under 2 hours. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Lucerne</a> take about 45-50 minutes, while the boat ride on Lake Lucerne takes about 2.5 hours..
  • March 09, 2017 19:20
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to While the connection I described above is the quickest way to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to Locarno, there is an alternate scenic route, known as the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>', that comes highly recommended. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">'Gotthard Panorama Express' scenic route</a> consists of a steamboat across Lake Lucerne from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona. To connect to the boat, you would just have to take a short train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucernehtml">Zurich to Lucerne</a>.<br /><br />From April 14th to July 2nd of this year, the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona only operate on weekends. From July 3rd to October 22nd of this year, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona run daily. For taking in the scenery, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona have panoramic windows.<br /><br />As a supplement to a rail pass, reservations are required to take one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains with the panoramic windows. For this route, the reservation we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and the connecting '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona. In addition to the reservation, a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> would enable you to receive a discount of 50% for the actual ticket on the steamboat. For the ticket, you would pay right on board the boat and just show your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Select Pass</a> in order to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). To purchase reservations for the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' journey, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city. Therefore, you would search 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the Lake Lucerne boat from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona.<br /><br />If you'll be traveling on a day when the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains are not running, you can still follow the same route and enjoy the scenery; however, the trains that do run just won't have panoramic windows. On days when the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' don't operate, you would instead take a connection from Flüelen to Bellinzona comprised of regional trains. These connections involve changing trains once in Erstfeld along the way. Therefore, after your boat arrives in Flüelen, you would take a short regional train from Flüelen to Erstfeld and then another regional train from Erstfeld to Bellinzona.<br /><br />The regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona don't accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board. You would still need the ticket for the Lake Lucerne boat, which you would purchase right on board, but your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> would enable you to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Ersfeld to Bellinzona follow a slightly different path than the direct IC and EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Bellinzona</a>. The direct IC and EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Bellinzona</a> take passengers through the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel', while the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Erstfeld to Bellinzona take passengers through the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' (the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' is shorter than the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel').<br /><br />Schedules for the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona are not able to be viewed on our website, but these connections depart once every hour throughout the day, and the trip takes just under 2 hours. The direct '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona also take just under 2 hours. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Lucerne</a> take about 45-50 minutes, while the boat ride on Lake Lucerne takes about 2.5 hours..
  • March 09, 2017 19:16
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to While the connection I described above is the quickest way to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to Locarno, there is an alternate scenic route, known as the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>', that comes highly recommended. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">'Gotthard Panorama Express' scenic route</a> consists of a steamboat across Lake Lucerne from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona. To connect to the boat, you would just have to take a short train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html">Zurich to Lucerne</a>.<br /><br />From April 14th to July 2nd of this year, the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona only operate on weekends. From July 3rd to October 22nd of this year, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona run daily. For taking in the scenery, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona have panoramic windows.<br /><br />As a supplement to a rail pass, reservations are required to take one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains with the panoramic windows. For this route, the reservation we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and the connecting '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona. In addition to the reservation, a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Pass</a> would enable you to receive a discount of 50% for the actual ticket on the steamboat. For the ticket, you would pay right on board the boat and just show your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Select Pass</a> in order to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). To purchase reservations for the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' journey, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city. Therefore, you would search 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the Lake Lucerne boat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona.<br /><br />If you'll be traveling on a day when the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains are not running, you can still follow the same route and enjoy the scenery; however, the trains that do run just won't have panoramic windows. On days when the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' don't operate, you would instead take a connection from Flüelen to Bellinzona comprised of regional trains. These connections involve changing trains once in Erstfeld along the way. Therefore, after your boat arrives in Flüelen, you would take a short regional train from Flüelen to Erstfeld and then another regional train from Erstfeld to Bellinzona.<br /><br />The regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona don't accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board. You would still need the ticket for the Lake Lucerne boat, which you would purchase right on board, but your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> would enable you to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Ersfeld to Bellinzona follow a slightly different path than the direct IC and EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Bellinzona</a>. The direct IC and EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Bellinzona</a> take passengers through the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel', while the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Erstfeld to Bellinzona take passengers through the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' (the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' is shorter than the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel').<br /><br />Schedules for the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona are not able to be viewed on our website, but these connections depart once every hour throughout the day, and the trip takes just under 2 hours. The direct '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-bookhtml">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona also take just under 2 hours. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Lucerne</a> take about 45-50 minutes, while the boat ride on Lake Lucerne takes about 2.5 hours..
  • March 09, 2017 19:14
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to While the connection I described above is the quickest way to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to Locarno, there is an alternate scenic route, known as the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>', that comes highly recommended. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">'Gotthard Panorama Express' scenic route</a> consists of a steamboat across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona. To connect to the boat, you would just have to take a short train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Lucerne</a>.<br /><br />From April 14th to July 2nd of this year, the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona only operate on weekends. From July 3rd to October 22nd of this year, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona run daily. For taking in the scenery, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona have panoramic windows.<br /><br />As a supplement to a rail pass, reservations are required to take one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains with the panoramic windows. For this route, the reservation we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the connecting '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona. In addition to the reservation, a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a> would enable you to receive a discount of 50% for the actual ticket on the steamboat. For the ticket, you would pay right on board the boat and just show your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a> in order to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). To purchase reservations for the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' journey, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city. Therefore, you would search 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the Lake Lucerne boat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona.<br /><br />If you'll be traveling on a day when the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains are not running, you can still follow the same route and enjoy the scenery; however, the trains that do run just won't have panoramic windows. On days when the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' don't operate, you would instead take a connection from Flüelen to Bellinzona comprised of regional trains. These connections involve changing trains once in Erstfeld along the way. Therefore, after your boat arrives in Flüelen, you would take a short regional train from Flüelen to Erstfeld and then another regional train from Erstfeld to Bellinzona.<br /><br />The regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona don't accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board. You would still need the ticket for the Lake Lucerne boat, which you would purchase right on board, but your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Pass</a> would enable you to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Ersfeld to Bellinzona follow a slightly different path than the direct IC and EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Bellinzona</a>. The direct IC and EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Bellinzona</a> take passengers through the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel', while the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Erstfeld to Bellinzona take passengers through the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' (the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' is shorter than the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel').<br /><br />Schedules for the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona are not able to be viewed on our website, but these connections depart once every hour throughout the day, and the trip takes just under 2 hours. The direct '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona also take just under 2 hours. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-lucerne.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Lucerne</a> take about 45-50 minutes, while the boat ride on Lake Lucerne takes about 2.5 hours..
  • March 09, 2017 19:03
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to The shortest connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to Locarno take about 2.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bellinzona along the way.<br /><br />On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bellinzona.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Bellinzona</a> (IC or EC trains), reservations are possible but not necessary at all. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you'll need to board.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/bellinzona-to-locarno.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/bellinzona-to-locarno.html">Bellinzona to Locarno</a> don't even accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you'll need to board.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-locarno.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Locarno</a> by doing a search for the route right on our homepage, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>..
  • March 09, 2017 19:01
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to The shortest connections from Zurich to Locarno take about 2.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bellinzona along the way.<br /><br />On trains from Zurich to Bellinzona (IC or EC trains), reservations are possible but not necessary at all. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board.<br /><br />Trains from Bellinzona to Locarno don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can view schedules for these connections from Zurich to Locarno by doing a search for the route right on our homepage, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>..
  • March 09, 2017 19:00
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to While the connection I described above is the quickest way to get from Zurich to Locarno, there is an alternate scenic route, known as the 'Gotthard Panorama Express', that comes highly recommended. The 'Gotthard Panorama Express' scenic route consists of a steamboat across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona. To connect to the boat, you would just have to take a short train from Zurich to Lucerne.<br /><br />From April 14th to July 2nd of this year, the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona only operate on weekends. From July 3rd to October 22nd of this year, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona run daily. For taking in the scenery, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona have panoramic windows.<br /><br />As a supplement to a rail pass, reservations are required to take one of the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains with the panoramic windows. For this route, the reservation we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the connecting 'Gotthard Panorama Express' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona. In addition to the reservation, a Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 50% for the actual ticket on the steamboat. For the ticket, you would pay right on board the boat and just show your Eurail Select Pass in order to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). To purchase reservations for the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' journey, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city. Therefore, you would search 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the Lake Lucerne boat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona.<br /><br />If you'll be traveling on a day when the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains are not running, you can still follow the same route and enjoy the scenery; however, the trains that do run just won't have panoramic windows. On days when the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' don't operate, you would instead take a connection from Flüelen to Bellinzona comprised of regional trains. These connections involve changing trains once in Erstfeld along the way. Therefore, after your boat arrives in Flüelen, you would take a short regional train from Flüelen to Erstfeld and then another regional train from Erstfeld to Bellinzona.<br /><br />The regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass would be all you'd need to board. You would still need the ticket for the Lake Lucerne boat, which you would purchase right on board, but your Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />The 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Ersfeld to Bellinzona follow a slightly different path than the direct IC and EC trains from Zurich to Bellinzona. The direct IC and EC trains from Zurich to Bellinzona take passengers through the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel', while the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Erstfeld to Bellinzona take passengers through the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' (the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' is shorter than the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel').<br /><br />Schedules for the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona are not able to be viewed on our website, but these connections depart once every hour throughout the day, and the trip takes just under 2 hours. The direct 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona also take just under 2 hours. Trains from Zurich to Lucerne take about 45-50 minutes, while the boat ride on Lake Lucerne takes about 2.5 hours..
  • March 09, 2017 18:56
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to While the connection I described above is the quickest way to get from Zurich to Locarno, there is an alternate scenic route, known as the 'Gotthard Panorama Express', that comes highly recommended. The 'Gotthard Panorama Express' scenic route consists of a steamboat across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona.<br /><br />From April 14th to July 2nd of this year, the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona only operate on weekends. From July 3rd to October 22nd of this year, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona run daily. For taking in the scenery, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona have panoramic windows.<br /><br />As a supplement to a rail pass, reservations are required to take one of the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains with the panoramic windows. For this route, the reservation we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the connecting 'Gotthard Panorama Express' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona. In addition to the reservation, a Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 50% for the actual ticket on the steamboat. For the ticket, you would pay right on board the boat and just show your Eurail Select Pass in order to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). To purchase reservations for the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' journey, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city. Therefore, you would search 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the Lake Lucerne boat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona.<br /><br />If you'll be traveling on a day when the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains are not running, you can still follow the same route and enjoy the scenery; however, the trains that do run just won't have panoramic windows. On days when the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' don't operate, you would instead take a connection from Flüelen to Bellinzona comprised of regional trains. These connections involve changing trains once in Erstfeld along the way. Therefore, after your boat arrives in Flüelen, you would take a short regional train from Flüelen to Erstfeld and then another regional train from Erstfeld to Bellinzona.<br /><br />The regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass would be all you'd need to board. You would still need the ticket for the Lake Lucerne boat, which you would purchase right on board, but your Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />The 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Ersfeld to Bellinzona follow a slightly different path than the direct IC and EC trains from Zurich to Bellinzona. The direct IC and EC trains from Zurich to Bellinzona take passengers through the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel', while the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona and the regional trains from Erstfeld to Bellinzona take passengers through the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' (the old 'Gotthard Tunnel' is shorter than the new 'Gotthard Base Tunnel').<br /><br />Schedules for the regional trains from Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Bellinzona are not able to be viewed on our website, but these connections depart once every hour throughout the day, and the trip takes just under 2 hours. The direct 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona also take just under 2 hours, while the boat ride on Lake Lucerne takes about 2.5 hours..
  • March 08, 2017 18:58
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to I'm sorry, but there is no way you could make it to the Eiffel Tower if you only have 1.5 hours in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/index.html" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>. In fact, I would not even recommend leaving the station unless it's somewhere right across the street or the immediate neighborhood. Just make sure you check-in to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> 45 minutes before your departure.<br /><br />You can do the check-in 90 minutes before departure, but you would have to stay in the waiting area from that point on..
  • March 08, 2017 18:57
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/berlin-to-dresden.html" rel="nofollow">Berlin to Dresden</a>, reservations would just be recommended, not required. These are EC (EuroCity) trains.<br /><br />In contrast, reservations are not at all necessary on trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bern.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-bern.html">Zurich to Bern</a>. Therefore, a rail pass that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a> would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/berlin-to-dresden.html" rel="nofollow">Berlin to Dresden</a> by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html" rel="nofollow">Germany</a> can be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure..
  • February 20, 2017 20:10
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html" rel="nofollow">London to Paris</a>) requires passengers to check in 45 minutes in advance of a departure.<br /><br />Other trains, however, do not have check-in. You can just show up before your departure and board..
  • February 15, 2017 22:50
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />That doesn't sound like our website, so there is no way I can comment. If you follow the procedures I described above, you can view a passholder fare's rules and guidelines.<br /><br />On a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/thalys/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> train, the most exchangeable fares offered can be exchanged only up until 1 hour after the train’s departure. Prior to departure, the exchange can be requested at the station or by calling us during our business hours. After departure, the exchange would have to be requested at the station, and there would be an additional fee assessed. Since the fee is assessed locally, we would not have information about how much it would be.<br /><br />On a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html">Eurostar</a>, exchangeable fares can only be exchanged before the train’s departure, and there would be a fee assessed. The fee would be determined by the type of fare. The exchange can be requested at the station or by calling us during our business hours.<br /><br />If you would like to verify exchange policies shown on our website for a particular fare, you would have to call us.<br /><br />We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600 or 1-847-916-1028. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays..
  • February 15, 2017 22:48
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />Above you had asked, "My Rail Pass was chosen as 6 days in 2 months. It means that I am able to travel with this pass and reservation in 6 different days within 2 months from the day I started the trip?" If your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a> is for '6 days in 2 months', then your pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame.<br /><br />With a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a>, 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.<br /><br />'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' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' 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' on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.<br /><br />In your case, since you said you purchased the 6 day option, you would have 6 of these days to complete within the 2 month time frame. With the flexipass, you have the freedom to travel on consecutive days, but you don't have to..
  • February 15, 2017 22:47
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a> would not cover any trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/index.html">England</a>. The pass would only cover trains in the countries included on it.<br /><br />To be covered on trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/index.html" rel="nofollow">England</a>, you would have to purchase regular tickets or another rail pass. For <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/index.html" rel="nofollow">England</a>, there is the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-england-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">BritRail England Pass</a>, which can be found here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-england-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-england-pass/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-england-pass/index.html</a>.<br /><br />For travel restricted to southern England, there is a very useful pass called the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html">BritRail London Plus Pass</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html">BritRail London Plus Pass</a> covers an area as far out as (clockwise from the southwest) Weymouth, Salisbury, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/bristol/index.html" rel="nofollow">Bristol</a>, Oxford, Worcester, Stratford-upon-Avon, Long Buckby, Bedford, Huntingdon, Kings Lynn, and Harwich; as well as all of the coastline in between Harwich and Weymouth that includes Southend-on-Sea, Dover, Hastings, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Bournemouth. Notable destinations within this area also include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/bath/index.html" rel="nofollow">Bath</a>, Cambridge, Windsor, Canterbury, and Reading. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html">BritRail London Plus Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-london-plus-pass/index.html</a>.<br /><br />However, if you only intend on doing a small amount of traveling while you're in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/index.html" rel="nofollow">England</a>, it is likely that a rail pass would not be worth it. Therefore, I'd imagine you would just want to purchase regular tickets for anything additional you do in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/index.html">England</a>. It just depends on what your plans are..
  • February 15, 2017 22:40
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />That's correct. The rail pass is all you'll need to board the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html">Zermatt</a>. You would just show the pass to the conductor as they come around.<br /><br />On the trains you reserved, you would show your rail pass and the reservations themselves.<br /><br />Your pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame. With a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a>, 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.<br /><br />'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' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' 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' on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.<br /><br />In your case, since you said you purchased the 6 day option, you would have 6 of these days to complete within the 2 month time frame..
  • January 27, 2017 21:41
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />I'm sorry, as we would not be able to assist with questions regarding VISA requirements. If you have questions about VISA requirements, you would contact your consulate or embassy.<br /><br />You would only need to show your passport when taking the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/index.html" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/london/index.html" rel="nofollow">London</a>. For your other trains, you would not have to show your passport. With that said, it is still advised that you have it with you..
  • January 13, 2017 18:38
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to The new passholder rates for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> are now able to be purchased through our website, so it would no longer be necessary to call us.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase the reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> can sell out quickly, so it's recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html">Eurostar</a> can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure..
  • January 13, 2017 18:38
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to As of January 1st, the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow">Visp to Zermatt</a> are covered by any <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">Eurail Select Pass</a> that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>. The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Visp</a> were covered previously (and are still covered)..
  • January 13, 2017 18:37
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to As of January 1st, the trains from Visp to Zermatt are covered by any <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Pass</a> that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>. The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Visp</a> were covered previously (and are still covered)..
  • January 13, 2017 18:36
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />Trains that require reservations are not "free" with a rail pass; a rail pass just covers the ticket costs, and reservations are a supplemental cost to the pass.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html">Visp to Zermatt</a> are already covered by <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Passes</a> that include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>. That started right on January 1st. The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Visp</a> have always been covered by <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Passes</a> that include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html">Switzerland</a>. There is no reservation needed for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html">Zurich to Visp</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html">Visp to Zermatt</a>, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Therefore, you don't have anything to worry about for this part of your trip.<br /><br />In contrast, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html">London-Paris</a>) does require reservations in addition to the rail pass, and these reservations are not yet able to be purchased on our website. However, I have verified that they are now available for purchase if you call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday. Hopefully, these fares will become available for purchase via our website very soon, but feel free to call us in the meantime..
  • January 13, 2017 18:36
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />Trains that require reservations are not "free" with a rail pass; a rail pass just covers the ticket costs, and reservations are a supplemental cost to the pass.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html">Visp to Zermatt</a> are already covered by <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Passes</a> that include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>. That started right on January 1st. The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Visp</a> have always been covered by <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Passes</a> that include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html">Switzerland</a>. There is no reservation needed for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html">Zurich to Visp</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html">Visp to Zermatt</a>, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Therefore, you don't have anything to worry about for this part of your trip.<br /><br />In contrast, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html">London-Paris</a>) does require reservations in addition to the rail pass, and these reservations are not yet able to be purchased on our website. However, I have verified that they are now available for purchase if you call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday. Hopefully, these fares will become available for purchase via our website very soon, but feel free to call us in the meantime..
  • January 13, 2017 18:36
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi,<br /><br />Trains that require reservations are not "free" with a rail pass; a rail pass just covers the ticket costs, and reservations are a supplemental cost to the pass.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html">Visp to Zermatt</a> are already covered by <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Passes</a> that include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>. That started right on January 1st. The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Visp</a> have always been covered by <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">Eurail Select Passes</a> that include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html">Switzerland</a>. There is no reservation needed for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html">Zurich to Visp</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html">Visp to Zermatt</a>, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Therefore, you don't have anything to worry about for this part of your trip.<br /><br />In contrast, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html">London-Paris</a>) does require reservations in addition to the rail pass, and these reservations are not yet able to be purchased on our website. However, I have verified that they are now available for purchase if you call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday. Hopefully, these fares will become available for purchase via our website very soon, but feel free to call us in the meantime..
  • January 13, 2017 18:31
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Happy New Year! Technically, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Select Pass</a> that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France</a> does now cover the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/london/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/indexhtml">Paris</a>. With that said, they have yet to load the appropriate fares into the international booking system. Until they do so, we would not be able to sell the reservations you'd need. We hope this would be fixed at some point within the next few days, so I would definitely recommend checking back with us daily.<br /><br />You would check for the 'Passholder' fares (reservations) by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').<br /><br />When you pull up the results of your search, if there is a yellow box that says 'Train Tickets Found', then you are being quoted for regular tickets instead of the passholder reservations. Currently, until the correct fares are loaded, this is what you would see next to every departure when you do a passholder reservation search for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html">Eurostar</a>. We are very sorry for any inconvenience, as this is a train we recommend booking as soon as possible..
  • January 13, 2017 16:19
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Happy New Year! Technically, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a> that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/index.html" rel="nofollow">France</a> does now cover the Eurostar trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/london/index.html" rel="nofollow">London</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/index.html">Paris</a>. With that said, they have yet to load the appropriate fares into the international booking system. Until they do so, we would not be able to sell the reservations you'd need. We hope this would be fixed at some point within the next few days, so I would definitely recommend checking back with us daily.<br /><br />You would check for the 'Passholder' fares (reservations) by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').<br /><br />When you pull up the results of your search, if there is a yellow box that says 'Train Tickets Found', then you are being quoted for regular tickets instead of the passholder reservations. Currently, until the correct fares are loaded, this is what you would see next to every departure when you do a passholder reservation search for the Eurostar. We are very sorry for any inconvenience, as this is a train we recommend booking as soon as possible..
  • January 13, 2017 16:16
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi, The 3 country option of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a> (to include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/index.html" rel="nofollow">France</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html" rel="nofollow">Germany</a>) would be the best option for your itinerary. In fact, starting in 2017, any Eurail Pass that includes France will cover the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-bookhtml">Eurostar</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/london/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/england/london/indexhtml">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/indexhtml">Paris</a>. Also starting in 2017, Eurail Passes that include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html">Switzerland</a> will cover trains between Visp and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zermatt</a> (which previously were only covered by the single country <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a> or a separate ticket). A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zermatt</a> does involve changing trains once in Visp en route. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Select Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html</a>. If you book the pass by December 31st, you can receive <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/indexhtml">20% off</a> by purchasing the pass from here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/indexhtml">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html</a>. Rail passes would just have to validated for use within 11 months from the date they are purchased. In addition to the pass, some of your trains will require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass'). <b><u>London to Paris</u></b> The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/london-to-parishtml">London to Paris</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-bookhtml">Eurostar</a> trains) do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-bookhtml">Eurostar</a> can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The new passholder reservations for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-bookhtml">Eurostar</a> trains are not yet available for bookings, so I would recommend checking back with us again after the new year. <b><u>Paris to Zurich</u></b> There are direct high-speed trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/paris-to-zurich.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/paris-to-zurichhtml">Paris to Zurich</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-bookhtml">TGV Lyria</a> trains). These trains also require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date. <b><u>Zurich to Zermatt &amp; Zermatt to Zurich</u></b> As alluded to above, connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/indexhtml">Zermatt</a> involve changing trains once in Visp en route. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatthtml">Visp to Zermatt</a> follow along a segment of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-bookhtml">Glacier Express scenic route</a>. On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zurich-to-visphtml">Zurich to Visp</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatthtml">Visp to Zermatt</a>, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. The same would apply for your trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/indexhtml">Zermatt</a> back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/indexhtml">Zurich</a>. A connection between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/indexhtml">Zurich</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/indexhtml">Zermatt</a> would take just over 3 hours each way. <b><u>Zurich to Berlin</u></b> A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Berlin</a> takes 8 to 8.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once along the way. The train change can be in either Hannover, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/frankfurt/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/germany/frankfurt/indexhtml">Frankfurt</a>, or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/basel/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Basel</a>. With trains comprising of these routes, it is generally the case that reservations would not be required, but they would be recommended. Only on trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html">Zurich to Basel</a> would I say that reservations would not be necessary at all. When checking schedules and purchasing reservations for a trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/indexhtml">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/berlin/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/germany/berlin/indexhtml">Berlin</a>, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. For example, for the option via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/basel/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/basel/indexhtml">Basel</a>, you would do one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html">Zurich to Basel</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/basel-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Basel to Berlin</a>. There would just be no need to actually purchase reservations for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html">Zurich to Basel</a>. Generally, reservations open up 120 days in advance of a departure for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-frankfurt.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zurich-to-frankfurthtml">Zurich to Frankfurt</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/frankfurt-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/frankfurt-to-berlinhtml">Frankfurt to Berlin</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-hannover.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/zurich-to-hannoverhtml">Zurich to Hannover</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/hannover-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/hannover-to-berlinhtml">Hannover to Berlin</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/basel-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/popular-routes/basel-to-berlinhtml">Basel to Berlin</a>.These are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/ice/how-to-bookhtml">ICE (InterCity Express)</a> trains..
  • December 27, 2016 15:40
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to It's always hard to say. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> in particular is a train on which the 'passholder' rates can sell out very quickly, and May falls within the busy travel season. Therefore, it might be worth purchasing your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> reservations further in advance..
  • December 26, 2016 18:32
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to With regard to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> trains and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> trains, it would be recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible..
  • December 26, 2016 18:27
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi, The 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass (to include France, Switzerland, and Germany) would be the best option for your itinerary. In fact, starting in 2017, any Eurail Pass that includes France will cover the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html">Eurostar</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/london/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/england/london/index.html">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/index.html">Paris</a>. Also starting in 2017, Eurail Passes that include Switzerland will cover trains between Visp and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zermatt</a> (which previously were only covered by the single country <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Swiss Travel Pass</a> or a separate ticket). A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zermatt</a> does involve changing trains once in Visp en route. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/indexhtml">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html</a>. If you book the pass by December 31st, you can receive <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html">20% off</a> by purchasing the pass from here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/indexhtml">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html</a>. Rail passes would just have to validated for use within 11 months from the date they are purchased. In addition to the pass, some of your trains will require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass'). <b><u>London to Paris</u></b> The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/london-to-paris.html">London to Paris</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-bookhtml">Eurostar</a> trains) do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html">Eurostar</a> can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The new passholder reservations for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-bookhtml">Eurostar</a> trains are not yet available for bookings, so I would recommend checking back with us again after the new year. <b><u>Paris to Zurich</u></b> There are direct high-speed trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/paris-to-zurich.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/paris-to-zurich.html">Paris to Zurich</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html">TGV Lyria</a> trains). These trains also require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date. <b><u>Zurich to Zermatt &amp; Zermatt to Zurich</u></b> As alluded to above, connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html">Zermatt</a> involve changing trains once in Visp en route. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html">Visp to Zermatt</a> follow along a segment of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html">Glacier Express scenic route</a>. On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-visp.html">Zurich to Visp</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/visp-to-zermatt.html">Visp to Zermatt</a>, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. The same would apply for your trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html">Zermatt</a> back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html">Zurich</a>. A connection between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html">Zurich</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html">Zermatt</a> would take just over 3 hours each way. <b><u>Zurich to Berlin</u></b> A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Berlin</a> takes 8 to 8.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once along the way. The train change can be in either Hannover, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/frankfurt/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/frankfurt/index.html">Frankfurt</a>, or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/basel/index.html" rel="nofollow">Basel</a>. With trains comprising of these routes, it is generally the case that reservations would not be required, but they would be recommended. Only on trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Basel</a> would I say that reservations would not be necessary at all. When checking schedules and purchasing reservations for a trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/berlin/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/berlin/index.html">Berlin</a>, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. For example, for the option via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/basel/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/basel/index.html">Basel</a>, you would do one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Basel</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/basel-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow">Basel to Berlin</a>. There would just be no need to actually purchase reservations for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-basel.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Basel</a>. Generally, reservations open up 120 days in advance of a departure for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-frankfurt.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-frankfurt.html">Zurich to Frankfurt</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/frankfurt-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/frankfurt-to-berlin.html">Frankfurt to Berlin</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-hannover.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-hannover.html">Zurich to Hannover</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/hannover-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/hannover-to-berlin.html">Hannover to Berlin</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/basel-to-berlin.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/basel-to-berlin.html">Basel to Berlin</a>.These are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html">ICE (InterCity Express)</a> trains..
  • December 26, 2016 17:40
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi, The 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass (to include France, Switzerland, and Germany) would be the best option for your itinerary. In fact, starting in 2017, any Eurail Pass that includes France will cover the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> train from London to Paris. Also starting in 2017, Eurail Passes that include Switzerland will cover trains between Visp and Zermatt (which previously were only covered by the single country Swiss Travel Pass or a separate ticket). A connection from Zurich to Zermatt does involve changing trains once in Visp en route. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html</a>. If you book the pass by December 31st, you can receive <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html" rel="nofollow">20% off</a> by purchasing the pass from here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html</a>. Rail passes would just have to validated for use within 11 months from the date they are purchased. In addition to the pass, some of your trains will require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass'). <b><u>London to Paris</u></b> The trains from London to Paris (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html">Eurostar</a> trains) do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the Eurostar can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The new passholder reservations for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/eurostar/how-to-book.html">Eurostar</a> trains are not yet available for bookings, so I would recommend checking back with us again after the new year. <b><u>Paris to Zurich</u></b> There are direct high-speed trains from Paris to Zurich (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> trains). These trains also require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date. <b><u>Zurich to Zermatt &amp; Zermatt to Zurich</u></b> As alluded to above, connections from Zurich to Zermatt involve changing trains once in Visp en route. Trains from Visp to Zermatt follow along a segment of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Glacier Express scenic route</a>. On trains from Zurich to Visp and Visp to Zermatt, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. The same would apply for your trip from Zermatt back to Zurich. A connection between Zurich and Zermatt would take just over 3 hours each way. <b><u>Zurich to Berlin</u></b> A connection from Zurich to Berlin takes 8 to 8.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once along the way. The train change can be in either Hannover, Frankfurt, or Basel. With trains comprising of these routes, it is generally the case that reservations would not be required, but they would be recommended. Only on trains from Zurich to Basel would I say that reservations would not be necessary at all. When checking schedules and purchasing reservations for a trip from Zurich to Berlin, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. For example, for the option via Basel, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Basel and another search for connecting trains from Basel to Berlin. There would just be no need to actually purchase reservations for the segment from Zurich to Basel. Generally, reservations open up 120 days in advance of a departure for trains from Zurich to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Berlin, Zurich to Hannover, Hannover to Berlin, and Basel to Berlin.These are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">ICE (InterCity Express)</a> trains..
  • December 26, 2016 17:38
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Eidi, The 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass (to include France, Switzerland, and Germany) would be the best option for your itinerary. In fact, starting in 2017, any Eurail Pass that includes France will cover the Eurostar train from London to Paris. Also starting in 2017, Eurail Passes that include Switzerland will cover trains between Visp and Zermatt (which previously were only covered by the single country Swiss Travel Pass or a separate ticket). A connection from Zurich to Zermatt does involve changing trains once in Visp en route. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html</a>. If you book the pass by December 31st, you can receive 20% off by purchasing the pass from here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass-off-peak/index.html</a>. Rail passes would just have to validated for use within 11 months from the date they are purchased. In addition to the pass, some of your trains will require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass'). <b><u>London to Paris</u></b> The trains from London to Paris (Eurostar trains) do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the Eurostar can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The new passholder reservations for Eurostar trains are not yet available for bookings, so I would recommend checking back with us again after the new year. <b><u>Paris to Zurich</u></b> There are direct high-speed trains from Paris to Zurich (TGV Lyria trains). These trains also require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the TGV Lyria trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date. <b><u>Zurich to Zermatt &amp; Zermatt to Zurich</u></b> As alluded to above, connections from Zurich to Zermatt involve changing trains once in Visp en route. Trains from Visp to Zermatt follow along a segment of the famed Glacier Express scenic route. On trains from Zurich to Visp and Visp to Zermatt, reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. The same would apply for your trip from Zermatt back to Zurich. A connection between Zurich and Zermatt would take just over 3 hours each way. <b><u>Zurich to Berlin</u></b> A connection from Zurich to Berlin takes 8 to 8.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once along the way. The train change can be in either Hannover, Frankfurt, or Basel. With trains comprising of these routes, it is generally the case that reservations would not be required, but they would be recommended. Only on trains from Zurich to Basel would I say that reservations would not be necessary at all. When checking schedules and purchasing reservations for a trip from Zurich to Berlin, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. For example, for the option via Basel, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Basel and another search for connecting trains from Basel to Berlin. There would just be no need to actually purchase reservations for the segment from Zurich to Basel. Generally, reservations open up 120 days in advance of a departure for trains from Zurich to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Berlin, Zurich to Hannover, Hannover to Berlin, and Basel to Berlin.These are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains..

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