Are boat trips on Leman Lake (Lake Geneva) free with a Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass?

We will travel from Geneva to Montreax with the Swiss-German pass. I want to know if the boat trip on leman lake is free for us and if reservation is necessary.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 11, 2015 19:41
    Hi Shelley.

    The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass is valid to cover the CGN boat services on Lake Geneva. Reservations are not necessary, so the pass is all you would need to board. For information about the CGN boat services, you would click here: http://www.cgn.ch/en-gb/accueil.aspx.

    You would purchase the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-germany-switzerland-pass/index.html.

    To view the bonuses offered, you would click the 'Travel Bonuses' tab once you have accessed the page for this pass on our website.

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  • Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for your help.
    I am finalizing my daily itinerary but still have some questions about the use of my Swiss-Germany pass.
    I will stay in Interlaken and plan to visit the towns such as Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Wengen, Grindelwald. I am still not sure if my Swiss-Germany pass will cover the train and cable costs to these towns or offer some reduction. I went to SBB online timetable but only found reductions for Swiss pass.
    If no reductions are offered for Swiss-Germany pass, how and where can I buy the tickets to these towns and to the Mountain Schilthorn?
    Thank you for any assistance

    Shelley
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 17, 2015 16:25
    Hi Shelley.

    There is a 24 hour pass valid for a trek to Schilthorn and a 24 hour pass and a 3 day pass valid for the routes to Jungfraujoch.

    Schilthorn with a Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass

    A Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass does not cover beyond Interlaken on the way to Schilthorn. It would, however, enable you to receive a 25% discount on the trains between Interlaken and Schilthorn. To receive the 25% discount for a trek to Schilthorn, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Schilthorn/Piz Gloria' pass. You would purchase the 'Schilthorn/Piz Gloria' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/schilthorn-piz-gloria/index.html.

    To begin the ascent, you would first take the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen. With the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Schilthorn/Piz Gloria' pass, there are then 2 different routes you would be able to take to reach Schilthorn from Lauterbrunnen. Since there are 2 different routes, you might want to consider making your ascent via one way and then descending via the other.

    One route would have you taking the 'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp. In Grütschalp, you would switch to the 'Mürrenbahn' train to Mürren. From Mürren, you would then continue on the 'Schilthornbahn' up to Schilthorn.

    The other route would have you taking a bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg. In Stechelberg, you would switch to the 'Schilthornbahn' cable cars that will take you to Schilthorn. On the way from Stechelberg to Schilthorn, there are stops in Gimmelwald, Mürren, and Birg.

    Reservations are not accepted for any part of this trip. The 'Schilthorn/Piz Gloria' is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of these trains between Interlaken and Schilthorn. This pass is only valid for a period of 24 hours, so your round-trip would just have to be completed within that time frame.

    'Piz Gloria’ refers to the panoramic revolving restaurant at the Schilthorn summit.

    Jungfraujoch with a Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass

    A Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass does not cover beyond Interlaken on the way up to Jungfraujoch. It would, however, enable you to receive a 25% discount on the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe', which is the 24 hour pass that covers the trains between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. To receive the 25% discount, 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'. 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; 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. Since there are 2 different routes, 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. This pass 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.

    There is also the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass', which covers travel on the rail lines between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch over the course of 3 days. The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass would enable you to receive a 10% discount on this pass. To receive the discount, you would purchase the '3 Consecutive Days - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass or Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'. You would purchase this here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfrau-vip-pass/index.html.

    Aside from Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, other stations you can travel to with the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' include Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Zweilütschinen, Wilderswil, Kleine Scheidegg, and Eigergletscher.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 29, 2016 16:51
      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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