Can Eurail Pass be used for Paris CDG-Paris, Paris-Lyon, Lyon-Zurich, Zurich-Bern, Bern-Zermatt, & Zermatt-Zurich?

We are two seniors traveling from CDG airport in Paris to Lyon on October 16, 2019. We will board a river cruise in Lyon. Then, we plan to travel from Lyon to Switzerland, a few cities there, and end back up in Zurich on October 29th to fly back to the U.S. If we buy the senior global pass, can we use it from the airport in Paris to our hotel in Paris and then to Lyon to board our ship? Can we use it from Lyon to Zurich, Bern, Zermatt, and back to Zurch to fly home? I'm thinking of the 15 day pass. It looks to be around $900 plus dollars for the two of us. Is this the best purchase for us?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 25, 2019 16:39
    Hi Patti,

    The Eurail Global Pass is valid on all the routes you mentioned, except for the local commuter trains from the Paris CDG Airport into the city of Paris.

    The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs for trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. So, rail passes cover 'city -to-city' trains operated by the national rail network(s) of the included country or countries. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains.

    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 (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    For the Eurail Global Pass itself, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    Paris CDG Airport to Paris

    To commute from Paris CDG to the city of Paris, you would take Line B of Paris's commuter rail network called the RER. The RER departs out of terminal 2 every 7-15 minutes throughout the day and the ride to the city takes about 35-45 minutes, making stops at stations that include Nord, Châtelet Les Halles, St. Michel, Luxembourg, Port Royal, and Denfert Rochereau.

    To be covered on this line of the RER, as well as the RER and Métro in the city of Paris, you could purchase the 'Zones 1-5' option of a pass called the Paris Visite. For the 'Paris Visite', you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339.

    Otherwise, you would just pay to ride the RER locally at the turnstiles before boarding.

    Paris to Lyon with a Eurail Global Pass

    To get from Paris to Lyon, you would take a high-speed TGV train. The TGV does require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    To purchase reservations from Paris to Lyon, you would do a search for the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), check the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the ‘Eurail Global Pass’. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date. Since your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would use an earlier date (within the next 90 days from now) just to get an idea of the passholder reservation costs and schedules in the meantime.

    Lyon to Zurich with a Eurail Global Pass

    Connections from Lyon to Zurich take just under 5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Geneva along the way.

    Trains from Lyon to Geneva are regional TER trains, which do not accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    On trains from Geneva to Zurich, reservations are not necessary at all. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass is again all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. To do so for this route, you would just break up the search in Geneva. Therefore, you would do one search from Lyon to Geneva and then another search for connecting trains from Geneva to Zurich. Also, when checking schedules for unreserved trains, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    Zurich to Bern with a Eurail Global Pass

    From Zurich to Bern, you would take a direct train. On trains from Zurich to Bern, reservations are not necessary at all, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board. You can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for your reference. When checking schedules for unreserved trains, remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    Bern to Zermatt with a Eurail Global Pass

    Connections from Bern to Zermatt take just over 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Visp along the way. Trains from Visp to Zermatt follow along part of the famed Glacier Express scenic line.

    Reservations are still not necessary (or even accepted), so the Eurail Global Pass is again all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for these trains. When checking schedules for unreserved trains, remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    Zermatt to Zurich with a Eurail Global Pass

    The fastest and most feasible connections from Zermatt to Zurich take just under 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Visp along the way.

    Reservations are still not necessary (or even accepted), so the Eurail Global Pass is again all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for these trains. When checking schedules for unreserved trains, remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    Zermatt to Zurich with a Eurail Global Pass (alternate scenic option)

    If you have the time and you want to experience more of the Glacier Express scenic route, then you would continue on past Visp to Andermatt. This option would have you connecting to another scenic line known as the Gotthard route, which you would follow for part of the way up toward Zurich.

    In its entirety, this connection would take about 6 to 6.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Andermatt, once in Goeschenen, once in Erstfeld, and then once in Arth Goldau.

    With this option, the direct train from Zermatt to Andermatt on the Glacier Express would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. Reservations on the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Andermatt are only able to be booked within 90 days of an intended departure date; however, these are currently not able to be booked on our website (even for dates within the next 90 days). Instead, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600 to inquire about this train and purchase the reservations.

    On the remaining trains, reservations are not accepted, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board. The part of this journey from Goeschenen to a little past Ertfeld represents a segment of the Gotthard scenic route.

    Schedules for the segments from Andermatt to Goeschenen and Arth Goldau to Zurich are able to be viewed using the route search feature on our homepage and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    However, trains from Goeschenen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Arth Goldau are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, trains from Goeschenen to Erstfeld depart hourly throughout the day and the ride only takes about 26 minutes, while trains from Erstfeld to Arth Goldau depart every 30 minutes throughout the day and the ride only takes about 31-32 minutes.
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