How can you use the Swiss Pass to travel from Chur to Salzburg? At what point do I Pay for the additional train travel into Austria?

I am purchasing a Swiss Pass for travel within Switzerland but cannot figure out how far the Pass will cover on travel from Chur to Salzburg. At what point do I pay for additional train travel?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 21, 2017 19:44
    Hi Carrie,

    A connection from Chur to Salzburg takes about 5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Sargans along the way.

    Trains from Chur to Sargans operate entirely within Switzerland, so the Swiss Travel Pass is valid to cover you for this segment. The trains from Chur to Sargans do not accept reservations, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    Sargans is right near the Austrian border. Therefore, with regard to the train from Sargans to Salzburg, the Swiss Travel Pass would only cover you for about 10 minutes of the ride until you get to the stop in Buchs. You would then just need a ticket to cover you from Buchs from Salzburg.

    You would purchase the ticket from Buchs to Salzburg by doing a search for these cities under 'Find Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, To see what time these trains depart out of Sargans (since that is actually where you would be boarding), you can then just do a separate search from Sargans to Salzburg. When you pull up the results of your Sargans-Salzburg, you would just locate/match the train number for the train you chose when you purchased your ticket from Buchs to Salzburg.

    Trains from Sargans to Salzburg are Railjet trains. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    The path of the Railjets 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 until Innsbruck. The rail lines you'll travel along beyond Innsbruck (the Rosenheim-Kufstein Railway and the Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway) are also very scenic.
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