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With a Swiss Pass, does one just walk on to a train without having to purchase tickets? What do I do if I want to travel from Zurich to Salzburg, Austria?

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  • October 18, 2017 18:51
    Jeff
    Changed title to With a Swiss Pass, does one just walk on to a train without having to purchase tickets? What do I do if I want to travel from Zurich to Salzburg, Austria?
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  • September 28, 2017 14:55
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Carol,<br /><br />1. You can look at a map, and if it looks like there is a possibility that the route might run through another country, you can ask us.<br /><br />2. When traveling from <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> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a>, you can either take a route that involves changing trains in <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> along the way or you can take a route that involves changing trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/mannheim/index.html" rel="nofollow">Mannheim</a>.<br /><br />If you take the route through <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>, then you would pass through <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html">Austria</a>, just like I described above.<br /><br />If you take the route through <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/mannheim/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/mannheim/index.html">Mannheim</a>, you would not pass through <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html">Austria</a>. Geographically, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/mannheim/index.html" rel="nofollow">Mannheim</a> is out of the way, not located directly between <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> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Munich</a>; however, the rail connections via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/mannheim/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/mannheim/index.html">Mannheim</a> only take about 5 hours and 20 minutes in duration (very comparable to the options that go through <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a>).<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/basel-to-mannheim.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/basel-to-mannheim.html">Basel to Mannheim</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/mannheim-to-munich.html" rel="nofollow">Mannheim to Munich</a> are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html">ICE</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html">InterCity Express</a>) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. When purchasing these reservations on our site, you would do one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/basel-to-mannheim.html" rel="nofollow">Basel to Mannheim</a> and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/mannheim-to-munich.html" rel="nofollow">Mannheim to Munich</a>.<br /><br />3. You can book reservations for a connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html">Lucerne</a> or <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> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Munich</a> at the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/train-station/zurich-hauptbahnhof-station.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/train-station/zurich-hauptbahnhof-station.html">station in Zurich</a>. However, it would not be possible to purchase these reservations when you're in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Finland</a>.<br /><br />4. CT refers to Central Time..
  • September 28, 2017 14:43
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Tours for the area around <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> can be found here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/lucerne/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/lucerne/">https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/lucerne/</a>.<br /><br />For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a>, you can view various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/germany/munich/" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/germany/munich/</a>..
  • September 28, 2017 14:43
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Carol,<br /><br />A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Munich</a> involves taking a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> and then switching to a bus or train that will take you to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Munich</a>.By taking the bus 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/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Munich</a> (InterCity Bus), the full connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a> would take just under 5 hours in duration.<br /><br />By taking the train 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/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a> (EC train), the full connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a> would take just under 5.5 hours in duration.<br /><br />The trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-zurich.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne and Zurich</a> do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />The bus 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/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a> and the train 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/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a> both go through <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html">Austria</a> en route. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a> would only cover you up to Swiss/Austrian border, you would need a separate ticket to cover you for when you pass through <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html">Austria</a>, and then the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html">German Rail Pass</a> would cover you from the Austrian/German border to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Munich</a>. Therefore, this travel would require the use of a 'travel day' off both your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a> and your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/german-rail-pass/index.html">German Rail Pass</a>.<br /><br />To be covered in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html" rel="nofollow">Austria</a>, you would purchase a ticket from the town of St Margrethen (at the Switzerland/Austria border) to Lindau (at the Austria/Germany border).<br /><br />On the bus 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/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Munich</a>, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />On the train 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/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a>, reservations are not required, but they are recommended.<br /><br />Generally, passholder reservations can be purchased through our website, but the buses and trains 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/germany/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/munich/index.html">Munich</a> are not able to reserved there at this time. Instead, to purchase reservations 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/munich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Munich</a>, you would have to call us. Incidentally, the St Margrethen-Lindau ticket also can only be purchased by calling 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 and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays..
  • September 28, 2017 14:31
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a>, you can view various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/zurich/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/zurich/">https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/zurich/</a>.<br /><br />For time in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/salzburg/index.html" rel="nofollow">Salzburg</a>, you can view various city passes and tours here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/austria/salzburg/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/austria/salzburg/">https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/austria/salzburg/</a>..
  • September 28, 2017 14:30
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi,<br /><br />Rail passes cover ticket costs on trains. Therefore, you would just use your pass as your ticket. To board a train, you would just show your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a>. However, in certain cases, a train might require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. In <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>, it is really only a few different scenic routes that would require reservations. For all other trains within <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>, the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />With regard to a trip 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/austria/salzburg/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/salzburg/index.html">Salzburg</a>, you would not have to get off the train at the last station in <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>, but you would need to purchase an additional ticket to cover you for after you cross the border into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/index.html" rel="nofollow">Austria</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a> would only cover you as far as the border.<br /><br />To cover you from the border to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/salzburg/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/salzburg/index.html">Salzburg</a>, the specific ticket you need is a ticket from the town of Buchs (at the border) to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/salzburg/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/salzburg/index.html">Salzburg</a>. For this ticket, you would call us at 1-800-622-8600. 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.<br /><br />In addition to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a> and the Buchs-Salzburg ticket, reservations are highly recommended on the train itself. Trains 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/austria/salzburg/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/salzburg/index.html">Salzburg</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/railjet/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/railjet/how-to-book.html">Railjet</a> trains.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, reservations for a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-salzburg.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zurich-to-salzburg.html">Zurich to Salzburg</a> can be purchased 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 that you'll be traveling with either a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Even though it is actually the case that you'll be traveling with a combination of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html">Swiss Travel Pass</a> and a Buchs-Salzburg ticket, our system would just require that you enter one rail pass that covers the entire route, so it can offer you the correct reservations. If you just indicate that you'll be traveling with a Swiss Travel Pass, our website will think that you do not have the necessary coverage for the entire route and then fail to quote you the appropriate passholder reservation fees.<br /><br />Generally, the trains 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/austria/salzburg/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/austria/salzburg/index.html">Salzburg</a> can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date..
  • June 13, 2017 16:19
    Jeff
    Changed title to With a Swiss Pass, one just walks on to a train without having to purchase tickets? What do I do if I want to travel from Zurich to Salzburg, Austria?
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  • June 13, 2017 16:19
    Jeff
    Changed description to I have a question regarding the usage of the Swiss Pass. Am I correct in thinking that with a Swiss Pass, one just walks on to any train without having to purchase a ticket?Also, what would I have to do if I wanted to travel from Zurich to Salzburg? Would I have to get off at the last station at the Switzerland border and purchase a separate ticket from that station to Salzburg?
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