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Traveling with 2 country Eurail Select Pass, would like to reserve Lucerne to St Moritz, St Moritz to Salzburg, and Salzburg to Vienna

HelloI (and 3 other family members) will be travelling in Switzerland and Austria and have specific days we want to travel with hotel stays in each location. The 2-country, 6-day package interests us.Specifc days and train trips are as follows:Lucerne to St Moritz(June 9), St Moritz to Salzburg (june 11), Salzburg to Vienna (June 13). To minimize hassels, I would like to make reservations on all these trip now. What is the cost of the reservation fees?As well, we would be taking additional trips that I do not need to book now.How would this work?Hopefull happy traveller
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 31, 2017 17:34
    Hi Derek, I hope I can help!

    Some of your trains won't even accept reservations, but on others, reservations would be recommended or required. For the trains that don't accept reservations, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    For the Eurail Select Pass itself, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    Lucerne to St Moritz

    From Lucerne to St Moritz, you would actually have a few different options; each one scenic, although one more so than the others. I'm going to recommend the most scenic, which would take you down through Andermatt, at which point you would meet up with the famed Glacier Express scenic route and take it all the way to St Moritz. This would take a few hours longer than the other option, but the scenery is spectacular and the train is a destination in itself.

    The connection takes just over 7.5 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Erstfeld, once in Goeschenen, and then once in Andermatt. If you have the time, you might even choose to take a steamboat across Lake Lucerne to Flüelen, where you would connect to the train to Erstfeld. The boat ride from Lucerne to Flüelen takes about 2.5 hours. With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount on the steamboat. Tickets for the steamboat can only be purchased locally; just be sure to mention that you have the Eurail Select Pass.

    The ride from Erstfeld to Goeschenen only takes about 25 minutes and follows along a portion of the longer Gotthard scenic route. In Goeschenen, you would board a very short train to Andermatt (the ride from Goeschenen to Andermatt only takes about 10 minutes). In Andermatt, you would switch to the Glacier Express scenic train and take it all the way to St Moritz (the ride from Andermatt to St Moritz takes about 5 hours).

    Reservations are not accepted on trains from Lucerne or Flüelen to Erstfeld, Erstfeld to Goeschenen, and Goeschenen to Andermatt. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board.

    In contrast, reservations are required on the Glacier Express from Andermatt to St Moritz as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, passholder reservations are able to be purchased through our website. However, due to an error, it is currently not possible for the Glacier Express trains from Andermatt to St Moritz. Until this is resolved, you would have to purchase these particular reservations and inquire about their costs by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. 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. Generally, the Glacier Express can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Additionally, our website is not able to display schedules for trains from Lucerne or Flüelen to Erstfeld and Erstfeld to Goeschenen. You can inquire about the scheduling for these segment when you call us to book the Andermatt-St Moritz Glacier Express reservations. Schedules from Goeschenen to Andermatt are able to be viewed from a search on our website.

    Otherwise, a shorter option from Lucerne to St Moritz takes just under 4.5 hours in duration and involves 2 changes along the way; once in Thalwil and then once in Chur. The segment from Chur to St Moritz does follow along 2-hours-worth of the Glacier Express scenic route.

    Reservations are not accepted on trains from Lucerne to Thalwil and Thalwil to Chur, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    The segment on the Glacier Express from Chur to St Moritz only requires reservations if you want seats in a coach with panoramic windows. To book this reservation, you would have to call us. In the meantime, schedules for the other segments can be viewed on our website just by doing a search from Lucerne to Chur.

    The shortest option from Lucerne to St Moritz takes 4 hours and involves 2 train change along the way, this time being in Zurich and then Landquart. The final segment, from Landquart to St Moritz, is on the Rhaetian Engadin line, which is also incredibly scenic. Reservations are not necessary on any of these trains, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. Nonetheless, schedules for this option can be viewed on our website just by breaking up your search in Landquart. Therefore, you would do one search for the portion from Lucerne to Landquart (results will reflect the train change in Zurich) and then another search for connecting trains from Landquart to St Moritz.

    St Moritz to Salzburg

    A connection from St Moritz to Salzburg takes about 7 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Chur and then once in Sargans.

    On the segment from St Moritz to Chur, taking about 2 hours, you would be following along the Glacier Express scenic route. Once again, the trains from St Moritz to Chur only requires reservations if you want seats in a coach with panoramic windows, and you would have to call us if you wish to book these reservations.

    The ride from Chur to Sargans only takes about 20 minutes and reservations are not necessary at all, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board.

    From Sargans to Salzburg, you would take a high-speed Railjet train, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. The rail line from Sargans to Salzburg will have you traveling along a renowned scenic stretch of railway known as the 'Arlberg Railway'. This stretch of railway starts in Bludenz right after you cross the border into Austria and goes to Innsbruck, although the rail lines beyond Innsbruck (the Rosenheim-Kufstein Railway and the Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway) are also very scenic. The Railjets run direct over these rail lines all the way from Sargans to Salzburg.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Sargans to Salzburg 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 (i.e. a ‘Eurail Two Country Select Pass'). Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    For planning purposes, schedules for the segments from St Moritz to Chur and Chur to Sargans can be viewed on our website.

    Salzburg to Vienna

    From Salzburg to Vienna, you would take a high-speed Railjet train, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Salzburg to Vienna 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 (i.e. a ‘Eurail Two Country Select Pass'). Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 31, 2017 17:54
      For a stay in Lucerne, you would also want to keep in mind that the Eurail Select Pass enables you to receive discounts on the various mountain excursions in the area.

      Mount Pilatus

      The excursion to the Mount Pilatus summit starts with a steamer across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, you would make your ascent by taking the cog railway up to Mt Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Mt Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm), you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get back to Lucerne, you would take a bus from Kriens.

      With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount on this journey between Lucerne and Mount Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm). To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Alpnachstad or Kriens - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Pilatus' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html.

      Mount Rigi

      There are 2 different routes between Lucerne and nearby Mount Rigi.

      The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. For this first route, the Eurail Select Pass is only valid to cover you on the train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau, but it would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount.

      The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. The Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on both the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' both can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount. The boats on Lake Lucerne are operated by SGV.

      Mount Titlis

      The excursion from Lucerne to nearby Mount Titlis consists of a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the famous 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.

      The Eurail Select Pass is valid on the train between Lucerne and Engelberg. For the remaining part of the excursion (cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis), however, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 20-25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html. This pass also includes a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.

      Off the Trübsee stop, there are hiking and flower trails, as well as horse-drawn carriages around the lake. Here there are also additional cable cars ('Trübsee-Jochpass' and 'Trübsee-Engstlenalp' cable cars). At the foot of Mount Titlis in Engelberg, there is also the 'Engelberg-Gerschnialp Funicular Railway' to Gerschnialp and the 'Fürenalpbahn' cable car to Fürenalp. You would pay to board these additional cable cars locally when you're there. Just be sure to mention that you have the Eurail Select Pass, because they might be able to offer you a discount.

      Mount Stanserhorn

      From April 8th to November 12th of this year, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby Mount Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.

      The Eurail Select Pass is valid on the train between Lucerne and Stans. For the remaining part of the excursion (funicular from Stans to Kälti and the CabriO cable car from Kälti to Stanserhorn), however, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Stans - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Stanserhorn' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 31, 2017 18:01
      Additional tours for the area around Lucerne can be found here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

      For time spent in Salzburg, you can view various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

      For city passes and tours in Vienna, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....
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