Rail Pass valid for Paris to Bern, Bern to Brienz, Brienz to Jungfraujoch & Briez to the Aare Gorge in Meiringen?

Does the rail road pass work for ferry boats running between Bern and Brienz?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 16, 2017 15:30
    Hi Wentao,

    I'm not aware of any boats that would go all the way down the Aare from Bern to Brienz. However, boats on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are fully covered by either a Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland or a Swiss Travel Pass.

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

    For a Swiss Travel Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

    Paris to Bern

    A rail connection from Paris to Bern takes 4.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. The trains from Paris to Basel are high-speed TGV Lyria trains. The Swiss Travel Pass, however, does not provide for any discounts on the TGV Lyria route from Paris to Basel. If you purchase the Swiss Travel Pass, then you would need to purchase regular tickets to take the TGV Lyria from Paris to Basel.

    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 Basel. Currently, the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets on trains from Paris to Basel are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would have to call us in order to receive a 'Passholder 2’ rate on this train. 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.

    Connecting trains from Basel to Bern would be fully covered by either rail pass (a Eurail Select Pass or a Swiss Travel Pass).

    Trains from Basel to Bern don't accept reservations, so a rail pass is all that would be needed to board. Schedules from Basel to Bern are able to be viewed on our website by doing a search right on the homepage.

    Bern to Brienz

    Rail connections from Bern to Brienz take just under 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Interlaken along the way. Trains from Bern to Interlaken and Interlaken to Brienz would both be fully covered by either rail pass (a Eurail Select Pass or a Swiss Travel Pass).

    Reservations are not at all necessary on trains from Bern to Interlaken and Bern to Brienz, so a rail pass is all that would be needed to board. Schedules from Bern to Brienz are able to be viewed on our website by doing a search right on the homepage.

    Brienz to Jungfraujoch

    To begin the excursion up to Jungfraujoch, you would take the train back to Interlaken from Brienz. Interlaken serves as the gateway for the trek up Jungfraujoch.

    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, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you only as far as Grindelwald.

    With regard to the latter, a 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 '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Grindelwald or Wengen - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    In contrast, a Eurail Select Pass would not cover anything beyond Interlaken. Therefore, a Eurail Select Pass would only cover your train from Brienz back to Interlaken.

    With the Eurail Select Pass, however, you would be able to receive a discount of about 25% on either of these routes between Interlaken and the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' (the segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch), reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October, especially July and August. 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.

    Brienz to the Aare Gorge

    For the Aare Gorge, you would take a short train from Brienz over to Meiringen. In Meiringen, you would switch to a train that goes to Innertkirchen (Meiringen-Innertkirchen Railway). The Aare Gorge can be accessed from the stops along this rail line. It only takes about 10 minutes for the train to get from Meiringen to the final stop in Innertkirchen, but there are 5 stops on the route.

    Trains from Brienz to Meiringen and Meiringen to Innertkirchen would both be fully covered by either rail pass (a Eurail Select Pass or a Swiss Travel Pass). These trains do not accept reservations, so a rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Schedules for these trains are not able to be viewed on our website. Trains from Brienz to Meiringen depart every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 11-13 minutes. Trains from Meiringen to Innertkirchen depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 10 or 11 minutes.
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