Innsbruck to Basel

The final leg of my train trip is Innsbruck to Basel.
I will have been traveling through Austria for 8 days. Do I need a pass for two countries or will the one pass for Austria be ok, as my trip ends in Basel?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 22, 2017 20:31
    Hi Brenda,

    Even though you'd be entering Switzerland just the once, I would recommend getting the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include both Austria and Switzerland. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here:

    A connection from Innsbruck to Basel takes just over 4.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Zurich along the way.

    Trains from Innsbruck to Zurich are Railjet trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    On trains from Zurich to Basel, reservations are not necessary at all, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Railjet from Innsbruck to Zurich by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass'). Generally, trains from Innsbruck to Zurich can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date. The Railjets from Innsbruck to Zurich follow along a famous scenic stretch of railway known as the Arlberg Railway. This stretch of railway starts right as you leave Innsbruck and goes as far as Bludenz, right before you get to the Swiss border.

    For planning purposes, you can then just use the search feature to view schedules for the unreserved segment from Zurich to Basel.
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