Will we lose some of the perks of the Swiss Pass (i.e. museums & scenic trains) if we purchase the Germany-Switzerland Pass instead? Zurich-Lucerne-Hamburg

Will we lose some of the perks of the Swiss Pass (like the museums, scenic trains) if we add a 3 day German Pass with it?
Or should we buy them seperate? We (2 Seniors)will be arriving Zurich and staying in Lucerne for 7 days and then to Hamburg by train for 3 days.

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 29, 2014 15:09
    Thank you for your question, Lynda.

    The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass would not cover any museums, as the Swiss Pass would.

    The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass would cover the Swiss scenic trains, with the exception of the segment of the Glacier Express route between Zermatt and Disentis (the full route of the Glacier Express being between Zermatt and St. Moritz). Only a Swiss Pass would cover the full route of the Glacier Express between Zermatt and St. Moritz.

    If you'll be traveling with the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass (or any other multiple country rail pass that includes Switzerland, for that matter) and wish to take the Glacier Express, you would have to purchase the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket in addition to the rail pass. You would purchase either the 'One-Way From Disentis to Zermatt - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of this ticket or the 'One-Way From Zermatt to Disentis - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of this ticket, depending on the direction you'd be traveling.

    If you'll only be visiting Hamburg in Germany, you could always just purchase the Swiss Pass in combination with a regular point-to-point ticket for a train from Zurich or Basel to Hamburg (a connection from Lucerne to Hamburg would involve changing trains once in Basel along the way). That way, you'd still be able to have the bonuses that come with the Swiss Pass, like museum entry.

    You would purchase regular tickets from Zurich to Hamburg or Basel to Hamburg by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 28, 2016 20:22
      Update:

      Starting in 2017, a multi-country pass that includes Switzerland (Eurail Select Pass or Eurail Global Pass) will begin covering ticket costs for the stretch of railway on the Glacier Express line between Zermatt and Disentis. Therefore, the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket would no longer be necessary to cover this segment.

      Seat reservations would still be necessary for the actual Glacier Express train from Zermatt to St Moritz (to go along with a rail pass).
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