Milan to Interlaken & Interlaken to Paris using a 4 country Eurail Select Pass

Dear All,

I alongwith two friends intend to arrive at Milan on June 30, 2015.

On 03 July we wish to travel from Milan Central to Interlaken
On 05 July we wish to travel from Interlaken to Paris

Question 01:
While purchasing the 04 country select pass from Milan station can we reserve the trains of above listed destination without any charge/reservation fee from the counter?

Question 02:
If the ans of question 01 is no then while making reservation on any of the above route if the train has no more reservation space can we still show up at the train station and board the train by using our select pass?

If i am working on the wrong lines please do guide me

thanks.

Bilal
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 25, 2015 16:52
    Hi Bilal.

    Reservations are a supplemental cost to a rail pass.

    A connection from Milan to Interlaken involves at least one train change in Spiez along the way. However, most connections from Milan to Interlaken involve 2 train changes en route; once in Brig and then once in Spiez.

    The trains from Milan to Spiez or Milan to Brig would require reservations in addition to a rail pass. You would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Select Pass'. The trains from Milan to Spiez or Milan to Brig are 'EuroCity' trains.

    Reservations are not necessary on trains from Spiez to Interlaken and Brig to Spiez. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board any of these trains.

    A connection from Interlaken to Paris would involve changing trains once in Basel along the way. Reservations are not necessary on the trains from Interlaken to Basel, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Any rail pass that includes France (including a Eurail Select Pass that includes France) would enable you to receive a rate called the 'Passholder 2' on a direct train from Basel to Paris. The direct trains from Basel to Paris are high-speed 'TGV Lyria' trains.

    You would purchase tickets at a 'Passholder 2' rates for a 'TGV Lyria' train from Basel to Paris by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating that you'll be traveling with any rail pass that includes France. The 'TGV Lyria' trains from Basel to Paris can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that you purchase these reservations as soon as possible.

    To ensure that it's a 'Passholder 2' rate you're being quoted when you pull up the results of your search, you would click the 'View' button for the cost listed under your preferred class of service for your preferred departure. After you click the 'View' button, a box will expand out underneath. In this box, you would refer to the option(s) listed under where it says 'Ticket Flexibility' and click 'Read More'. When you click 'Read More', the name of the fare should display as something like 'TGV Lyria Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rates for these trains would be the 'Semi Flexible' option under 'Ticket Flexibility'.

    For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for the unreserved trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and entering the route. Since your purpose with these searches would just be to view schedules and you wouldn't be purchasing actual reservations, you would not mention that you'll be traveling any type of rail pass.
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  • Thanks alot loved your reply :)

    However; the second question remained unanswered will appreciate if you could please answer that one too.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 25, 2015 18:00
    My apologies, Muhammed. If a train that requires reservations (like the trains from Milan to Spiez or Brig and the trains from Basel to Paris) is sold out, then there would be no way to board. There is no way to board these trains without reservations.
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