Does the Swiss Travel Pass, Eurail Select Pass, & Eurail Global Pass grant the same discounts on mountain railways, cable cars, and boats in Switzerland?

Trying to decide if we should get a Swiss Pass,a 2 Country select pass or a Global pass. Do we get the same discounts in Switzerland on mountain railways and cable cars with these different passes? Also, do all these passes cover boats in Switzerland?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 29, 2017 17:51
    Hi Rivka,

    Eurail Select Passes (that include Switzerland) and Eurail Global Passes have the same bonuses as one another, but they do not offer the same bonuses as a Swiss Travel Pass. The main objective of a rail pass is to cover trains running ‘inter-city’ between different cities within the country or countries included on the pass. However, the Swiss Travel Pass is unique from that, as it covers more than just rail travel. The Swiss Travel Pass is unique from other rail passes in that it also covers boats, city buses, and city transit networks in Switzerland. The Swiss Travel Pass will also provide for the best possible discounts on mountain railways (including cable cars and funiculars) and allows for entry to over 500 museums around Switzerland.

    Eurail Select Passes (that include Switzerland) and Eurail Global Passes also will provide for discounts on many mountain railways, but the discounts are generally not as much as they would be with the Swiss Travel Pass. For instance, in cases where a Swiss Travel Pass might provide for a 50% discount, the Eurail Pass discount would only be 25%.

    The Eurail Passes only will cover boats on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. On other lakes, the Eurail Passes will provide for a 50% discount.

    If you ever wish to view the bonuses offered with a particular pass, you would click the 'Travel Bonuses' tab once you have accessed the page for that pass on our website.

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

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

    For the Swiss Travel Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.
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  • Hi. I would like to work out the nnumber of days to purchase for the swiss pass.


    For days which i do not need to travel on train but need to use the swiss bus for free boat ride or free museums entry, do i need to count such days ?


    Similarly, if i need to use Eurail Select Pass for cable car discounts but i do not travel on the train on the same day, do i need to count the day ?


    Please help advise. Thanks
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    • Thank you Jeff. Appreciate the details.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 27, 2017 14:36
      You're welcome, Carol. Have a great trip!
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