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Is there a night train from Barcelona to Geneva or Zurich? We are trying to get to Zermatt to take the Glacier Express. Then we go to Frankfurt.

We are planning to buy a Global Pass and travel from Barcelona to Zermatt, take the Glacier Express train around May 18th, then go on to Frankfurt, where our son is currently living. Please give us some advice. Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 09, 2015 18:08
    Hi Colleen,

    I'm sorry, however, there are no longer any overnight trains from Barcelona to Switzerland. A rail connection from Barcelona to Zermatt would be during the day, taking about 12 hours in duration, and involving 3 train changes en route; once in Lyon or Valence, once in Geneva, and then once in Visp. The trains from Barcelona to Lyon or Valence are 'France-Spain High Speed' trains that would just require reservations in addition to the Eurail Global Pass. Additionally, the Eurail Global Pass does not cover the portion of this route between Visp and Zermatt. You would purchase the Eurail Global Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Barcelona to Lyon or Barcelona to Valence by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted.

    To be covered between Visp and Zermatt, you would purchase a special ticket called the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare'. For inbound from Visp to Zermatt (coming from Barcelona), you would purchase the 'One-Way From Visp to Zermatt - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare'.

    The Eurail Global Pass would also not cover from Zermatt to Disentis for your trip on the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz. Therefore, you would also have to purchase the 'One-Way From Zermatt to Disentis - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare'.

    You would purchase the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/glacier-express-eurail-passholder-fare/index.html.

    In addition to the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' and the Eurail Global Pass, the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz would require reservations. You would refer back to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage to purchase reservations for the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz.

    The shortest connections from St Moritz to Frankfurt would take about 7 to 8 hours in duration and involve at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Chur and then once in either Basel or Zurich. Of the trains that comprise of such a connection, reservations would only be recommended on the trains from Basel to Frankfurt or Zurich to Frankfurt (both high-speed 'InterCity Express' trains). Once again, you would purchase these reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage.

    The France-Spain High Speed trains from Barcelona to Lyon or Valence, the Glacier Express trains from Zermatt to St Moritz, and the InterCity Express trains from Basel or Zurich to Frankfurt can all only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Since your intended travel happens to fall just outside of this time frame, you would enter a more imminent date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching these trains on our site.

    The France-Spain High Speed trains and the Glacier Express trains can both sell out very quickly, so it would be recommended that reservations for these trains be purchased as soon as it becomes possible to do so.

    For any of the trains I mentioned that don't accept reservations, you can just view schedules by entering the routes under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass. This would include trains from Lyon or Valence to Geneva, Geneva to Visp, Visp to Zermatt for a trip from Barcelona to Zermatt, as well as trains from St Moritz to Chur and Chur to Basel or Zurich for a trip from St Moritz up to Frankfurt.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 28, 2016 20:02
      Update:

      Starting in 2017, the Eurail Global Pass will begin covering ticket costs for the stretch of railway on the Glacier Express line between Disentis, Visp and Zermatt. Therefore, the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket would no longer be necessary to cover this segment.

      Seat reservations would still be necessary for the actual Glacier Express train from St Moritz to Zermatt (to go along with a Eurail Select Pass).
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