Rail Pass for Zurich, Interlaken, Geneva, Lucerne, Jungfraujoch, and maybe Bern

Hi can someone suggest us how to plan our visit to Switzerland. Arriving to Zurich on May 25th. Would like to go to Interlachen, Geneva, Lucerne, Jungfraujoch and may be Bern . Planing to stay for 7 days and buy 8 day Swiss Rail Pass. Thnka
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 06, 2018 15:25
    Hi,

    For that much travel within Switzerland, your best option would be to get the Swiss Travel Pass. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934.

    You'd likely want to go from Zurich to Interlaken by way of Lucerne, then go up to Bern, and then continue on to Geneva.

    If you do it this way, you would follow along part of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for your trip from Lucerne to Interlaken. All trains from Lucerne to Interlaken have panoramic windows for viewing the scenery. On trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary. In fact, reservations would not be necessary on any of the trains you mentioned, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board. For planning, you can still view schedules by searching a route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 06, 2018 15:26
      The gateway to Jungfaujoch is Interlaken.

      To get from Interlaken to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

      The Grindelwald route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
      -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

      The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
      -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

      With regard to the former, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you only as far as Grindelwald.

      With regard to the latter, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you as far as Wengen.

      For the remaining segments (Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch & Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch), the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch Swiss Travel Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315.

      If you do not wish to expend a travel day on your Swiss Travel Pass for the segments between Interlaken and either Grindelwald or Wengen, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Swiss Travel Pass Holder' (still Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'.

      On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

      Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

      At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.
    • Thank you so much .
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