Is the Swiss Pass & the Swiss Golden Pass the same thing? I can't find the Golden Pass option on your site. How does it work?

I'm referring to Swiss Golden Pass. I try to book under rail europe but cant see Golden Pass option.

Is this same as Swiss Pass?
As this package include accomodation, may I know how does it works?
Can I buy the ticket at train station? Any Swiss station?

Thanks.
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  • Hi Janice,

    The Swiss Pass is a rail pass that covers the ticket costs for travel all throughout the country of Switzerland. You would purchase the Swiss Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html .

    The GoldenPass is a specific route in Switzerland, popularized by the fact that it has been specially designated as a 'scenic route'. Therefore, the word 'pass' here is used to refer to a passage (i.e. a passage between mountains or a path you would follow) and not a physical document that allows for travel. The GoldenPass route is between Lucerne and Montreux and involves changing trains twice in between; once in Interlaken and then once in Zweisimmen.

    If you purchase a Swiss Pass, ticket costs for the full route of the GoldenPass route would be covered.

    While the Swiss Pass covers the ticket costs on these trains, actual seat reservations would still be a supplementary cost to the rail pass. On the GoldenPass, it is really only advisable to have seat reservations on the segment between Zweisimmen and Montreux. Reservations aren't really necessary on the segment of this route that's between Lucerne and Interlaken and the segment between Interlaken and Zweisimmen.

    For travel with a rail pass, reservations are purchased 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 prompted.

    If you decide to purchase reservations for the full route of the GoldenPass, you would break up your search once in Interlaken. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment between Lucerne and Interlaken and another search for the segment between Interlaken and Montreux. Otherwise, you can just purchase reservations for the segment between Zweisimmen and Montreux, and then the Swiss Pass would be all you'd need to board the train between Lucerne and Interlaken and the train between Interlaken and Zweisimmen.

    For planning purposes, you can just check the schedules for any segments you don't reserve by entering the cities after clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and not indicating that you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    The GoldenPass trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for your reply.

    In that case, I would prefer to purchase the Swiss pass online. Should I get the pass validated in station?

    Understand too, this package depart from Lucerne>Geneva>Jungfrau. May I know how do this works? Reason being the hotel package is in Lucerne, Interlaken & Montreux?

    And how does the accommodation works? Choose the preferred hotel during online bookings or all is fixed by rail Europe?
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  • Hi Jeff,

    I just understand that golden pass tour is an offer by USA website?

    http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket...

    In this case, how should I proceed? Fyi, I will be flying from Amsterdam to Zurich. Afterthat, take train Zurich to Lucerne to join the golden pass tour.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    In view of cost effective (i.e travel intercity, hotel accomodation, etc), I believe taking Golden Pass tour is more appopriate.

    In this case, I will get the free quote & see how to proceed from there.

    Reason being is I understand that I need to go thru agent if I would like to proceed with this tour.
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Train tickets and seats.


    Hi,
    Just asking, if I have a swiss pass and I am travelling on the GoldenPass Train within the validated dates, although a booking is a must, do I still need to pay for making a reservation? And one more thing, what is the difference between a first class and a second class seat? Thanks if you can reply me :)
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