Which rail pass for Paris to Geneva, Geneva-Chamonix day-trip, Geneva-Montreux day-trip, Geneva-Zermatt, Zermatt-Matterhorn, Zermatt-St Moritz, and St Moritz to Zurich

We're staying in Paris/Switzerland for 13 days. I'm not sure which pass would be best for us-I am thinking of purchasing the 3 day pass. Here is my sample itinerary:Paris-Geneva (via the high-speed train)Geneva-Chamonix (day trip)Geneva-Montruex (day trip)Geneva-ZermattZermatt-Matterhorn(day trip)Zermatt-St Mortiz (i've already purchased tickets for the Glacier Express, can the RailEurope discount still be applied towards the Glacier Express?)St. Mortiz-ZurichTIA!-Navi
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 21, 2018 16:44
    Hi Navi,

    For the itinerary you laid out, I would recommend the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include France and Switzerland. For the 2 country Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039.

    Paris to Geneva

    Trains from Paris to Geneva are TGV Lyria high-speed trains. 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 Paris to Geneva.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase these reservations by searching the 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 (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 2 Countries’).

    When you pull up the results of this search, be sure to look for the actual direct trains, which are the TGV Lyria trains.

    To verify that you're being quoted the correct rate, you would click 'Fare details' after you click on the cost itself. Technically, the fare you're eligible for is called the 'Passholder 2' rate, but it will be labeled '1st Cl Pass 1' or '2nd Cl Pass 1'.

    These rates can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that the passholder reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date.

    Geneva-Chamonix

    Connections from Geneva to Chamonix take about 3 hours and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Martigny and then once in Vallorcine. The segments from Martigny to Vallorcine and Vallorcine to Chamonix represent the famed Mont Blanc Express scenic route.

    These trains do not accept reservations, so the 2 country Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for these trains. When checking schedules for this route, you would just break up your search once in Vallorcine. Therefore, you would do one search from Geneva to Vallorcine and then another search from Vallorcine to Chamonix.

    You would then follow the same route for your return back to Geneva.

    Geneva-Montreux

    Direct trains between Geneva and Montreux depart twice every hour throughout the day. The ride takes about 1 hour. These trains also do not accept reservations, so the 2 country Eurail Select Pass is once again all you'll need to board.

    You can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for the trains from Geneva to Montreux.

    Geneva to Zermatt

    Connections from Geneva to Zermatt take just over 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Visp along the way. Trains from Visp to Zermatt follow along part of the Glacier Express scenic route. These trains do not accept reservations, so the 2 country Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board.

    You can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for connections from Geneva to Zermatt.

    Zermatt-Matterhorn

    For the Matterhorn, you have a couple different options.

    One option is the observation deck at Gornergrat, which will give you spectacular views of the Matterhorn. To reach Gornergrat, you would take the Gornergratbahn cogwheel. The Gornergratbahn is not covered by Eurail Passes. To be covered on the Gornergratbahn you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Gornergrat Zermatt to Gornergrat Full Fare Ticket' option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for 'Mount Gornergrat' here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-gornergrat .

    The other options is the gondola and cable cars up to Klein Matterhorn/Glacier Paradise. To be covered on the journey from Zermatt up to Klein Matterhorn (gondola from Zermatt to Furi, cable car from Furi to Trockener Steg, and then the highest cable car in Europe from Trockener Steg to Klein Matterhorn), you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Zermatt to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Full Fare’ option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for ‘Matterhorn Glacier Paradise’ here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/matterhorn-glacier-paradise-8319 . This pass also includes entrance through the ice tunnel to the Glacier Palace and access to the viewing platform for more views of the Matterhorn and surrounding Alps.

    Zermatt to St Moritz

    If you already have tickets for the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz, then there would not be need use your 2 country Eurail Select Pass for this segment of your itinerary. Your tickets would likely have come with reservations. The ticket and the reservation will be all you'll need to board.

    St Moritz to Zurich

    Connections from St Moritz to Zurich take just over 3 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Chur or Landquart along the way.

    Trains from St Moritz to Chur and St Moritz to Landquart do not accept reservations, so the 2 country Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board.

    On trains from Chur to Zurich and Landquart to Zurich, reservations may be possible, but they're not necessary at all. Again, the 2 country Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for connections from St Moritz to Zurich.
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