Starting in Geneva, traveling around Switzerland for 6 days, & then Zurich to Munich. Should I purchase the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass?

Hi Jeff,

My friends and I are going to visit Switzerland and Germany this fall. We are going to visit Geneva first and travel in Switzerland for six days and finally leave Zurich for Munich. I am thinking to purchase Germany and Switzerland rail pass for our journey. But I still have some questions:

Can we start the travel from Switzerland Geneva instead of any city from Germany?

The last day we will travel from Interlaken, stop over in Zurich and then take the train to Munich.

I want to know what choice is better, buy a 7 days Germany and Switzerland rail pass or buy 6 days Swiss pass and then buy separately a rail ticket from Zurich to Munich?

Thank you

Shelley from Toronto Canada
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 31, 2015 19:08
    Hi Shelley,

    For an itinerary like the one you described, I probably would recommend purchasing the 'Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass', as opposed to just the 'Swiss Travel Pass'. Currently, there is a promotion on this pass that would grant you 1 free extra day of rail travel. Therefore, if you opt to purchase your Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass for 6 days, you would receive a free 7th day. Please note, this promotion is only valid for purchases made by April 29th, 2015.

    You would purchase the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass here: http://www.raileurope.ca/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-germany-switzerland-pass/index.html (from our Canadian website).

    In addition to the rail pass, reservations would be recommended on the trains from Zurich to Munich ('EuroCity' trains). Generally, you would be able to purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage; however, there may currently be an error on our site that prevents trains on this particular route from being booked there. If nothing displays when you do a search for this route under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our site, you would call us at 1-800-361-7245 in order to purchase these reservations.

    You can begin your travels in any city in the country or countries included on your rail pass, and your travels would not have to be done in any particular sequence.

    All of the links in this response are to our Canadian website.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 31, 2015 19:13
    Since you'll be in Interlaken, I assume you'll be making the trek up to Jungfraujoch. The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass does not cover beyond Interlaken on the way up to Jungfraujoch, but it would enable you to receive a 25% discount.

    For a trek up Jungfraujoch, you would have a couple different options: You could purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' mountaintop excursion or the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'.

    The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' covers a roundtrip between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch (via Grindelwald or Wengen) that must be completed within a 24 hour time period once the journey is begun. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.ca/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    For the 25% discount with the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of this pass.

    Grindelwald and Wengen are located along 2 different routes of the Jungfraujoch trek between Interlaken and the peak of Jungfraujoch. You might want to go up one way and back down the other way. For instance, if you ascend Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald, you might want to descend via Wengen. Reservations are not accepted for any part of the Jungfraujoch trip. The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' mountaintop excursion is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of the trains up to Jungfraujoch and back.

    The 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' would be valid to cover you in the Jungfraujoch region (between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch) over the course of 3 days. You can purchase the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.ca/activities/jungfrau-vip-pass/index.html.

    Once again, all of the links in this response are to our Canadian website.
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