How do I book Interlaken to Jungfrau with a Eurail France-Swiss Pass?

I have a France- Switzerland rail pass bought from Rail europe. I need to buy train tickets from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, but looks like you have no option of considering that pass for discounts. I was told I will get 50 % discount if I have that pass, but I still see the price as $244 per person for a round trip from Interlaken to Jungfrau. Please advice. Have tried calling Rail europe multiple times but no one really seemed to have helped me. Does it really cost that much ?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 09, 2015 18:17
    Hi Juili.

    For travel with a Eurail France-Switzerland Pass, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' pass ("Eurail Pass" here accounts for any multiple country 'Eurail' pass that includes Switzerland). With the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass, the discount on the trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch is 25%, not 50%. The '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' pass accounts for this discount.

    You would purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    There are 2 different routes you can take for your travel between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch with this pass; one via Grindelwald and the other via Lauterbrunnen. Both of these routes involve 2 changes along the way. The option that goes via Grindelwald involves changing in Grindelwald and then Kleine Scheidegg. The option that goes via Lauterbrunnen involves changing in Lauterbrunnen and then Kleine Scheidegg. To maximize your experience, you might want to consider making your ascent via one route and then descending via the other route.

    Reservations are not accepted for any part of this trip. The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of these trains on the journey up to Jungfraujoch and back. The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is only valid for a period of 24 hours, so your round-trip would just have to be completed within that time frame.

    The segment from Interlaken to Grindelwald and the segment from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen are both on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway'. The segment from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg and the segment from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg are both on a cog railway called the 'Wengenalp Railway'. The segment from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch is a cog railway called the 'Jungfrau Railway' and is the highest railway in Europe, making Jungfraujoch itself the highest rail station in Europe.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 29, 2016 16:52
      Update:

      With regard to the excursion up to Jungfraujoch, reservations are now possible for the Jungfrau Railway segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch. In fact, as a supplement to the ‘Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’, reservations are now highly recommended on the Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch segment for travel between the months of May and October. The Kleine-Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch reservations can be purchased locally at the preceding stations in Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen; as well as the nearby station of Mürren.

      Reservations are still not accepted for the segments between Interlaken and Kleine Scheidegg, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the route via Lauterbrunnen. Therefore, the ‘Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’ would be all you’d need to board for these segments.
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