Salzburg to Zurich on Railjet with only the Austrian Rail Pass. Best Value

I was going to buy the Austrian Rail pass but the last part of our trip is from Salzburg to Zurich for the flight back to the US. What is my best option for the Railjet from Salzburg to Zurich if we only have the Austrian Rail Pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 17, 2018 16:07
    Hi Ray,

    The Eurail Austria Pass would only cover you as far as the border with Switzerland. Therefore, you would just need to purchase an additional ticket to cover you for after you cross the border into Switzerland. To cover you from the border to Zurich, the specific ticket you need is from the town of Buchs to Zurich. For this ticket, you would have to call 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.

    In addition to the Eurail Austria Pass and the Buchs-Zurich ticket, reservations are highly recommended on the train itself. To purchase these reservations, you would do a search from Salzburg to Zurich on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and check the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’. Even though you will actually be using a combination of the Eurail Austria Pass and the Buchs-Zurich ticket to cover the route, our website would just need you to type in one rail pass that covers the full route. Therefore, for you to be quoted and issued the correct reservations, you would indicate that you’ll be traveling with a ‘Eurail Global Pass’.

    Trains from Salzburg to Zurich are Railjet trains. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date. Railjets from Salzburg to Zurich run along a notably scenic stretch of railway called the Arlberg Railway. The Arlberg Railway starts as you pass through Innsbruck and goes up until Bludenz (just before the Swiss border).
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  • Jeff
    Thank you. We will also be spending a few days prior to Salzburg in Vienna. Would the same instructions apply if we want to take a day trip to Budapest? Would our Austrian Rail Pass cover us to the border of Austria and then contact your company for a separate ticket on to Budapest?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) January 18, 2018 16:05
      You're welcome, Ray. Yes, it works the same way. The additional ticket you'd need to request is from the town of Hegyeshalom (at the border) to Budapest. Just like the Buchs-Zurich ticket, you can purchase the Hegyeshalom-Budapest ticket by calling us.

      In addition to the Eurail Austria Pass and the Hegyeshalom-Budapest ticket, reservations would once again be highly recommended on the train itself. Reservations for the train from Vienna to Budapest can be purchased on our website (www.raileurope.com) by searching the route and indicating that you’ll be traveling with a ‘Eurail Global Pass’. Just like above, even though you will actually be using a combination of the Eurail Austria Pass and the Hegyeshalom-Budapest ticket to cover the route, our website would just need you to type in one rail pass that covers the full route.

      Trains from Vienna to Budapest are also Railjet trains. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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