Copenhagen to Munich, Munich to Geneva, & Geneva to Dover. Can we purchase the Swiss Pass?

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We are traveling in Europe this fall. From Copenhagen to Munich Sept 24, and then Munich to Geneva Switzerland Oct 2nd and then from Geneva to Dover on Oct 6th.

Can we just purchase the Swiss pass for 2 at $562 .00

Nick
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 26, 2014 16:28
    Thank you for your question, Nick.

    The itinerary you laid out would take you through several different countries, so a Swiss Pass would not be sufficient to cover your travels. When selecting a rail pass, you would just want to be sure that all of the countries being traveled through are accounted for.

    The pass to cover your itinerary would be a Eurail Select Pass. The Eurail Select Pass is a pass that covers travel in 4 bordering countries of your choosing. Therefore, you would purchase your Eurail Select Pass to include Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and France (a rail connection from Geneva to Dover would take you through France en route, and Britain is not able to be included on any rail pass with countries on the mainland continent of Europe).

    A connection from Copenhagen to Munich would involve changing trains once in Hamburg along the way. Reservations are highly recommended on the trains from Copenhagen to Hamburg and the day trains from Hamburg to Munich. These trains are high-speed 'InterCity Express' trains. If you happen to take the overnight train to get from Hamburg to Munich (the 'City Night Line'), then reservations would be required. A daytime connection from Copenhagen to Munich would take about 11.5 hours in duration.

    A connection from Munich to Geneva would take about 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involves taking a bus from Munich to Zurich, where you would switch to a train that would take you to Geneva. The bus from Munich to Zurich does happen to be covered by the rail pass, but it would require reservations in addition. On the connecting trains from Zurich to Geneva, reservations are not necessary at all, so the rail pass would be all you'd need board.

    The most feasible connection from Geneva to Dover would take about 8 to 8.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Paris and then once in Ashford (Ashford International). The Eurail Select Pass would qualify you to receive a 'Passholder 2' discount on the train from Geneva up to Paris (high-speed 'TGV Lyria' trains). The train from Paris to Ashford International (high-speed 'Eurostar' trains) is not entirely covered by any rail pass, but the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 'Passholder' rate for a ticket on this train. You would then purchase a regular ticket to take the train from Ashford International to Dover, since this train would not be covered by your rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when prompted. This is also how you would purchase the reservations at the 'Passholder 2' rate on the train from Geneva to Paris and the 'Passholder' rate on the Eurostar from Paris to Ashford International. Since each of your trips involve multiple train changes, you would piece together the connections by doing a separate search for each segment when you go to purchase your reservations (i.e. one search for trains from Copenhagen to Hamburg and another search for connecting trains from Hamburg to Munich). With that said, reservations for the bus from Munich to Zurich are only able to be purchased by calling us at 1-800-622-8600.

    You would purchase regular tickets for the train from Ashford International to Dover by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass. This is also how you can just check schedules for the trains from Zurich to Geneva that you won't need to purchase reservations for (for planning purposes).

    With regard to your connection from Geneva to Dover, you will see that trains from Geneva to Paris arrive into the Gare de Lyon station in Paris, while the trains from Paris to Ashford International depart from the Nord station. To commute from the Gare de Lyon station to the Nord station, you would take Line D of the local RER network. The ride on Line D of the RER from Gare de Lyon to Nord would only be about 8 minutes. You would pay to board the RER locally at the turnstiles upon arrival.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 13, 2018 14:32
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 13, 2018 14:47
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Geneva-Paris) are no longer valid. For a TGV Lyria to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
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