One day travel from Munich to Lucerne with a Eurail Select (for Germany & Austria) and a Swiss Travel Pass

I have a two country select pass (germany and austria) and swiss travel pass, what is the best way to travel from munich to lucerne in one day. I know I will use 1 day from the two country select pass and 1 day also from my swiss pass.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 27, 2016 18:29
    HI Zenaida,

    A connection from Munich to Lucerne takes about 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing in Zurich along the way.

    For the segment from Munich to Zurich, you would take either a bus (InterCity Bus) or a direct train (EuroCity train). The bus ride from Munich to Zurich only takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes, while the train takes just over 4 hours in duration. The buses require reservations in addition to the pass, while reservations would only be recommended on the trains.

    Passholder reservations for the direct trains can be booked on our website, but the buses are currently only able to be reserved by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    For a train from Munich to Zurich, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. However, when booking reservations on our site, it is not possible to indicate that you'll be using two different items (passes) to cover the ticket costs for a train. Therefore, just for the purpose of booking this reservation, you can indicate that you'll be traveling with any single rail pass that does cover the full route of the train from Munich to Zurich (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass', which does include both Germany and Switzerland). Even though the Eurail Global Pass is not the pass you'll be traveling with, doing this would prompt our website to issue you the correct reservations for this

    When you're on the train, you would show your Eurail Select Pass to cover you from Munich up to the German/Swiss border and your Swiss Travel Pass to cover you from the German/Swiss border to Zurich. As you indicated, this will require the use of a 'travel day' off of each pass.

    The trains from Zurich to Lucerne don't even accept reservations, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still check schedules for these trains just by entering the route on our homepage.

    Therefore, you would end up doing one search from Munich to Zurich to book actual reservations and another search from Zurich to Lucerne just to view schedules. If you'd like to take the bus for the segment from Munich to Zurich, then you would just have to call us.
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  • Thanks Jeff for the comprehensive and detailed reply you sent about our travel from Munich to Zurich using our passes. I checked also the prices of travel if you don't have a pass. I can definitely advise all travelers to use any pass applicable to the respective countries they will visit because it is really cheaper and worth the price especially if you are going to different countries in Europe. Our trip covers Austria, Germany and Switzerland in 30 days.
    My next question is about the Rail Europe website. I opened an account at the website planning to put all my itineraries there as my guide during our travel. I was happy to find out that I can book a trip on the days that we are traveling sometime in August and September but it does not consider my passes. Is there another group of trains that is being used by people not using a pass? I am confused. Thanks again.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 01, 2016 18:51
      Hi Zenaida,

      I'm sorry, but I'm not sure I understand your question. Is there a specific route to which you're referring? Are you suggesting that you're not able to view schedules for a particular route once you indicate that you'll be traveling with a rail pass?

      If ever you do a passholder search that doesn't turn up any results, it would likely be for one of the following reasons:

      1.) Your travel date is too far in advance. Most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked once within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure.

      2.) The train doesn't accept reservations, in which case the rail pass is all you'd need to board

      3.) Reservations are possible but only able to be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

      4.) Reservations are possible but only able to be purchased locally in Europe.

      5.) The train has already sold out. In some cases, you may still be able to take such a train by purchasing regular tickets (not using your rail pass). Otherwise, the train would be completely sold out, in which case there would be no possible way to board.

      6.) The connection you're searching is comprised of multiple trains, and therefore your search would have to be pieced together according to the cities where you'd be changing trains. In such a case, it might be the case that not all segment of the connection are reservable, so you'd want to keep that in mind.
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