Zurich-Lucerne, Lucerne-Interlaken, Interlaken-Jungfraujoch R/T, Interlaken-Geneva, Geneva-Paris & Paris-London

Can you suggest the most economical train passes for the following connections for 4 people in April 2017 (flying into Zurich from Dallas(US)/London):Zurich to Lucerne 1-way/stay overnightLucerne to Interlaken 1-way/stay 2 nightsInterlaken to Jungfraujoch same dayroundtripInterlaken to Geneva 1-way/stay overnightGeneva to Paris 1-way/stay 3 nightsParis to London 1-way/flt home to Dallas after 6 nightsAges of travelers - 40, 45, 75, 75 - all healthy with good walking/mobility capabilityTom
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  • Hi Tom,

    For the itinerary you're planning, I would recommend purchasing the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass for France and Switzerland. You would purchase the Eurail Select Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....

    The Eurostar (the train that will get you from Paris to London) is not fully covered by any rail pass, but the pass does enable passengers to purchase tickets at a discounted rate called the 'Passholder III' rate.

    Zurich to Lucerne (with a Eurail Select Pass)

    Trains from Zurich to Lucerne operate very frequently throughout the day and the ride only takes about 45-50 minutes. Trains from Zurich to Lucerne don't accept reservations, so the rail pass would be all you'd need to board.

    Lucerne to Interlaken (with a Eurail Select Pass)

    Trains from Lucerne to Interlaken operate along a renown scenic route called the GoldenPass line. All trains on this segment of the GoldenPass line have panoramic windows for gazing out at the scenery. The trains from Lucerne to Interlaken depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes just under 2 hours. On these trains, reservations are possible but not necessary.

    Jungfraujoch excursion from Interlaken (with a Eurail Select Pass)

    A Eurail Select Pass would not cover any part of the trip between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch; however, it would enable you to receive a 25% discount. 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 a separate pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. You would purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities....

    The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of the 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.

    There are 2 different routes you can take out of Interlaken on the way up to Jungfraujoch; one via Grindelwald and the other via Lauterbrunnen.

    Via Grindelwald, the trek up to Jungfraujoch would look like this:

    -Interlaken to Grindelwald on the Bernese Oberland Railway

    -Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the Wengernalp Railway

    -Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the Jungfrau Railway (the highest railway in Europe)

    Via Lauterbrunnen, the trek up to Jungfraujoch would look like this:

    -Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the Bernese Oberland Railway

    -Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the Wengernalp Railway

    -Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the Jungfrau Railway (the highest railway in Europe)

    Interlaken to Geneva (with a Eurail Select Pass)


    The shortest connections from Interlaken to Geneva take just under 3 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way. Reservations are not at all necessary on these trains, so the Eurail Select Pass would be all you'd need to board.

    Otherwise, you can get from Interlaken to Geneva by continuing on the remaining part of the GoldenPass scenic route. This would just add about 1.5 hours to your journey time. The remaining part of the GoldenPass route goes from Interlaken to Montreux and involves a train from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and a train from Zweisimmen to Montreux. From Montreux, you would then take another train over to Geneva. Therefore, this option would take just under 4.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Zweisimmen and then once in Montreux.

    Of the trains comprising of the GoldenPass route, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Zweisimmen to Montreux. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Zweisimmen to Montreux by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    On the Zweisimmen-Montreux segment, there are either ‘Classic’ GoldenPass trains or ‘Panorama’ GoldenPass trains for you to choose from. These will be labeled accordingly when you pull up the results of this search. Coaches on the 'Classic' trains have a vintage turn-of-the-century Belle Époque look, whereas the 'Panorama' trains have a more modern look. 'Classic' GoldenPass trains also have 'wine cellar' coaches, which offer a wider selection of wine than would be offered in the bar cars on the 'Panorama' trains; however, food is available for purchase on both the 'Classic' and 'Panorama' trains. The Classic trains have large windows, but the windows on the Panorama trains are more “panoramic”, as the name suggests.

    On the GoldenPass segment from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, reservations are possible but not necessary. If you'd like to have reservations on this segment, as well, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Montreux.

    Trains from Montreux to Geneva don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass would be all you'd need to board.

    Geneva to Paris (with a Eurail Select Pass)

    From Geneva to Paris, you would take a direct high-speed train called the 'TGV Lyria'. With a Eurail Select Pass that includes France, you would be eligible to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 2' on a TGV Lyria from Geneva to Paris.

    It is currently the case that the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets for this route are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would instead have to call us in order to purchase the 'Passholder 2' tickets. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    Paris to London (with a Eurail Select Pass)

    As I alluded to above, the Eurostar train is not covered by any rail pass; however, a Eurail Select Pass that includes France would enable you to purchase tickets at a discounted rate called the 'Passholder III' rate. To do this, you would follow the same procedure for booking regular passholder reservations on other trains. Therefore, you would click the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), input the route ('Paris' to 'London'), and indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    The Eurostar is unique in that it can generally be booked up to 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. Due to high demand, the passholder rates on the Eurostar can sell out very quickly, so it would be recommended that these tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 05, 2018 16:37
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 20, 2018 15:27
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Geneva-Paris) are no longer valid. For a TGV Lyria train to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
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  • Hi! I'm a bit confused. My husband and I are staying in Grindelwald this July. We have purchased the Two Country Eurail Select Pass for Austria-Switzerland. I don't see an option for Grindelwald-->Jungfraujoch (only the Interlaken one). Do I purchase the Interlaken one ("1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland "), but hop on at Grindelwald? And in addition, reserve seats for the Kleine-Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch segment?

    Also, to confirm, this counts as a travel day, correct?
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 15, 2017 17:24
      Hi Rebecca,

      You would reach Grindelwald by taking a train on the Bernese Oberland Railway from Interlaken. However, the Eurail Select Pass does not cover trains from Interlaken to Grindelwald. With that being the case, you would purchase a separate ticket for this train locally and the Eurail Select Pass should enable you to receive a 25% discount.

      As for your trip from Grindelwald up to Jungfraujoch, you are correct that you would have to 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. To purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe', you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities....

      Even though this pass covers the full route between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, you would be able to board in Grindelwald. However, this pass is only valid for a time period of 24 hours, so it would not cover your inbound train to Grindelwald from Interlaken (unless you do it on the same day), which is why I recommended purchasing that ticket separately.

      The ticket from Interlaken to Grindelwald would be purchased locally when you're there; just be sure to mention that you have the Eurail Select Pass, so that they issue you the 25% discount.

      The trek from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch with the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' would not use up a 'travel day' on your rail pass.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 15, 2017 17:58
      Reservations are only recommended on the segment from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch and only between the months of May and October (especially during the peak months of July of August). The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

      On the segment from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg, reservations are not possible, so the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is all you would need to board.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 05, 2018 16:40
    IMPORTANT UPDATE

    As of this month (April 2018):

    The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

    Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

    • Eurail France Pass
    • Eurail Benelux Pass

    Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

    • Eurail France-Italy Pass
    • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
    • Eurail France-Germany Pass
    • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
    • Eurail France-Spain Pass
    • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

    BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

    Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

    Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 20, 2018 15:28
    IMPORTANT UPDATE

    As of April 2018:

    ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Geneva-Paris) are no longer valid. For a TGV Lyria train to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
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