Overnight train Switzerland to Amsterdam

Is there an overnight train from Bern, Switzerland (or perhaps another city in Switzerland) to Amsterdam, Netherlands?
If so, how do I book it? Will my EuroRail Select pass cover the cost or is there an additional fee for sleeper accommodation?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 03, 2018 21:11
    Hi,

    I'm sorry, there is no overnight connection from Bern to Amsterdam. Daytime connections take 8-9 hours in duration and involve changing trains at least once along the way in either Frankfurt, Cologne, or Basel.

    Bern to Amsterdam via Frankfurt

    Direct trains from Bern to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Amsterdam are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. For this option, you would just need to break up your search in Frankfurt. Therefore, you would do one search from Bern to Frankfurt and another search for connecting trains from Frankfurt to Amsterdam.

    Bern to Amsterdam via Cologne

    Direct trains from Bern to Cologne are EC (EuroCity) trains and direct trains from Cologne to Amsterdam are high-speed ICE trains. On both of these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. However, the EC train from Bern to Cologne is currently not able to be reserved or viewed on our website. Instead, to purchase reservations for this train, you would call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600 or 1-847-916-1028. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Bern to Amsterdam via Basel

    Trains from Bern to Basel do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Trains from Bern to Basel depart every half hour throughout the day and the ride only takes about 1 hour.

    The direct train from Basel to Amsterdam is a high-speed ICE train on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. However, the direct ICE from Basel to Amsterdam is currently not able to be reserved or viewed on our website. Instead, to purchase reservations for this train, you would call us.
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  • Thank you for your quick response.
    Unfortunately our EuroRail Select pass does not include Germany. Our pass is for France, Switzerland and Benelux.
    We are thinking we may go through Paris and then on to Amsterdam. I'm hoping these are highspeed trains but am not certain.
    Or maybe there is a better option?
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