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Does the Swiss Travel Pass include the scenic trains? Are reservations needed for these trips?

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  • September 22, 2017 18:12
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Chocolate Train</u></b><br /><br />For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/chocolate-train/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Chocolate Train</a> excursion, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/chocolate-train/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Chocolate Train</a> excursion is a roundtrip between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/montreux/index.html" rel="nofollow">Montreux</a> and Broc, starting in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/montreux/index.html" rel="nofollow">Montreux</a>. On the way from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/montreux/index.html" rel="nofollow">Montreux</a> to Broc, the train will make a stop in Gruyères. When you get off the train in Gruyères, you'll be taken by bus to the actual village there. The trip includes free admission to the cheese factory there in the village. After a couple hours in Gruyères, the bus would take you to Broc, where you'd visit the Cailler-Nestlé Chocolate Factory. After a couple of hours at the factory in Broc, you would then take the train back down <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/montreux/index.html" rel="nofollow">Montreux</a>.<br /><br />When booking passholder reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/chocolate-train/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/chocolate-train/how-to-book.html">Chocolate Train</a> on our website, you would enter 'Montreux' and 'Broc' as your city-pair. Therefore, you would just search from 'Montreux' to 'Broc', and then even though the reservation is issued as a 'one-way', it will be valid to cover the entire roundtrip excursion, including the bus from the train station in Gruyères to the village and the bus from Gruyères to Broc, as well as admission to the cheese factory in Gruyères and the chocolate factory in Broc..
  • September 22, 2017 18:10
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Gotthard (Gotthard Panorama Express)</u></b><br /><br />At the start of 2017, the ‘William Tell Express’ scenic route became known as the ‘<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>’ scenic route.<br /><br />This scenic route consists of the steamboat over Lake Lucerne from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona or Lugano.<br /><br />From April 14th to July 2nd of 2017, the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains out of Flüelen only operate on weekends and also will not run all the way to Lugano. Therefore, during this time frame, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains out of Flüelen will only take you as far as Bellinzona. In Bellinzona, you would switch to another train that would take you the short distance to Lugano.<br /><br />From July 3rd to October 22nd of 2017, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains run daily from Flüelen to Bellinzona and Lugano.<br /><br />To take one of the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains (with the panoramic windows), reservations are required. For this route, the reservation that we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat (from Lucerne to Flüelen) and the connecting '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona or Lugano.<br /><br />To purchase reservations for the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' journey on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/index.html" rel="nofollow">our website</a>, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city, with 'Bellinzona' or 'Lugano' in the opposite field. Therefore, your search would be from either 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona' or 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Lugano'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the steamboat from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to Flüelen and the panoramic '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' train from Flüelen to either Bellinzona or Lugano. Also, when you go to purchase these reservations, be sure to indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Swiss Travel Pass').<br /><br />If you will be traveling on a day when the actual '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains do not run (i.e. a weekday between April 14th and July 2nd, 2017), you can still follow the same route and enjoy the same scenery; however, the trains that go over these rail lines will not have panoramic windows. On days when the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' do not operate, you would instead have to take a connection from Flüelen to Bellinzona that is comprised of regional trains. From Flüelen to Lugano, such connections would involve changing trains in Erstfeld and Bellinzona along the way. Therefore, after your boat arrives in Flüelen, you would take a short regional train from Flüelen to Erstfeld, another regional train from Erstfeld to Bellinzona, and then another regional train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/bellinzona-to-lugano.html" rel="nofollow">Bellinzona to Lugano</a>.<br /><br />The regional trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you'd need to board. Schedules for these regional trains are not able to be viewed on our website, but the connections will depart once every hour throughout the day, and the trip takes just under 2 hours. The direct '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/william-tell-express/how-to-book.html">Gotthard Panorama Express</a>' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona also take just under 2 hours. The boat ride on Lake Lucerne takes about 2.5 hours..
  • September 22, 2017 18:01
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Bernina Express</u></b><br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Bernina Express scenic route</a> consists of a train from either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/st-moritz/index.html" rel="nofollow">St Moritz</a> or Chur to Tirano and then a bus from Tirano to Lugano (or vice-versa). The bus segment, however, only runs from April 14th to October 29th, 2017.<br /><br />As a supplement to a rail pass, reservations are required on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Bernina Express</a> trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/st-moritz/index.html" rel="nofollow">St Moritz</a> or Chur to Tirano and the bus from Tirano to Lugano.<br /><br />When booking reservations for the full route, you would just have to break up your search in Tirano. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/st-moritz-to-tirano.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/st-moritz-to-tirano.html">St Moritz to Tirano</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/chur-to-tirano.html" rel="nofollow">Chur to Tirano</a> and then another search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/tirano-to-lugano.html" rel="nofollow">Tirano to Lugano</a> to access the bus.<br /><br />While the actual <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html">Bernina Express</a> trains do require reservations, there are also regional trains following the same route, which do not even accept reservations. Therefore, on these trains, the rail pass is all you would need to board. Please note, however, the actual <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html">Bernina Express</a> trains have panoramic windows, while the regional trains do not.<br /><br />There are regional trains that run direct all the way from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/st-moritz-to-tirano.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/st-moritz-to-tirano.html">St Moritz to Tirano</a> on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html">Bernina Express</a> route. The direct regional trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/st-moritz-to-tirano.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/st-moritz-to-tirano.html">St Moritz to Tirano</a> take about the same amount of time as the actual <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html">Bernina</a> trains, about 2 to 2.5 hours.<br /><br />Otherwise, if starting from Chur and taking regional trains, you would do one of the following combinations:<br /><br />-Chur to St Moritz,<br />St Moritz to Tirano<br /><br />-Chur to Samedan,<br />Samedan to Pontresina,<br />Pontresina to Tirano<br /><br />The options via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/st-moritz/index.html" rel="nofollow">St Moritz</a> would take about 5 hours in duration, while the options via Samedan and Pontresina would take about 4 to 4.5 hours in duration.<br /><br />The actual <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Bernina</a> train direct from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/chur-to-tirano.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/chur-to-tirano.html">Chur to Tirano</a> takes just over 4 hours.<br /><br />On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/index.html" rel="nofollow">our site</a>, you can view regional train schedules on every one of these segments, except for the the segment from Pontresina to Tirano. If you do a search from Pontresina to Tirano, only the actual <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/bernina-express/how-to-book.html">Bernina Express</a> trains will display. Regional trains will display for the segments from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/chur-to-st-moritz.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/chur-to-st-moritz.html">Chur to St Moritz</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/st-moritz-to-tirano.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/st-moritz-to-tirano.html">St Moritz to Tirano</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/chur-to-samedan.html" rel="nofollow">Chur to Samedan</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/samedan-to-pontresina.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/samedan-to-pontresina.html">Samedan to Pontresina</a>. For your reference, the regional trains from Pontresina to Tirano do depart once every hour throughout the day and the ride only takes about 2 hours..
  • September 22, 2017 17:50
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>GoldenPass</u></b><br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-bookhtml">GoldenPass scenic route</a> runs from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/lucerne/index.html" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/montreux/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/montreux/index.html">Montreux</a> (or vice-versa) and involves changing trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/interlaken/index.html" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> and Zweisimmen along the way. The full route of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> is covered by any rail pass that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html">Switzerland</a>.<br /><br />Of the trains comprising of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-bookhtml">GoldenPass</a> route, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>. In fact, on this segment of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-bookhtml">GoldenPass</a> journey, it is highly recommended that you have reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Zweisimmen to Montreux by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Swiss Travel Pass').<br /><br />On the segment between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow">Zweisimmen and Montreux</a>, there are either ‘Classic’ GoldenPass trains or ‘Panorama’ GoldenPass trains for you to choose from. These will be labeled accordingly when you pull up the results of your reservation search for this segment of the trip.<br /><br />Coaches on the 'Classic' GoldenPass trains have a vintage turn-of-the-century Belle Époque look, whereas the 'Panorama' GoldenPass trains have a more modern look with panoramic windows. 'Classic' GoldenPass trains also have 'wine cellar' coaches, which offer a wider selection of wine than would be offered in the bar cars on the 'Panorama' trains; however, food is available for purchase on both the 'Classic' and 'Panorama' trains. The Classic trains have large windows, but the windows on the Panorama trains are more “panoramic”.<br /><br />Reservations are possible on the other segments of the route but not necessary. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />All trains on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html">Lucerne-Interlaken</a> segment have panoramic windows.Trains on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html">Interlaken-Zweisimmen</a> segment do not have panoramic windows, but the views would still of course be very scenic.<br /><br />When checking schedules on our site for the full route, you would just need to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/lucerne-to-interlaken.html">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/interlaken-to-zweisimmen.html">Interlaken to Zweisimmen</a>, and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html">Zweisimmen to Montreux</a>. Once again, you would only really want to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zweisimmen-to-montreux.html" rel="nofollow">Zweisimmen-Montreux</a> segment..
  • September 22, 2017 17:45
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>GoldenPass</u></b><br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html">GoldenPass scenic route</a> runs from Lucerne to Montreux (or vice-versa) and involves changing trains in Interlaken and Zweisimmen along the way. The full route of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a> is covered by any rail pass that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>.<br /><br />Of the trains comprising of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html">GoldenPass</a> route, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Zweisimmen to Montreux. In fact, on this segment of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/golden-pass/how-to-book.html">GoldenPass</a> journey, it is highly recommended that you have reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Zweisimmen to Montreux by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Swiss Travel Pass').<br /><br />On the segment between Zweisimmen and Montreux, there are either ‘Classic’ GoldenPass trains or ‘Panorama’ GoldenPass trains for you to choose from. These will be labeled accordingly when you pull up the results of your reservation search for this segment of the trip.<br /><br />Coaches on the 'Classic' GoldenPass trains have a vintage turn-of-the-century Belle Époque look, whereas the 'Panorama' GoldenPass trains have a more modern look with panoramic windows. 'Classic' GoldenPass trains also have 'wine cellar' coaches, which offer a wider selection of wine than would be offered in the bar cars on the 'Panorama' trains; however, food is available for purchase on both the 'Classic' and 'Panorama' trains. The Classic trains have large windows, but the windows on the Panorama trains are more “panoramic”.<br /><br />Reservations are possible on the other segments of the route but not necessary. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />All trains on the Lucerne-Interlaken segment have panoramic windows.Trains on the Interlaken-Zweisimmen segment do not have panoramic windows, but the views would still of course be very scenic.<br /><br />When checking schedules on our site for the full route, you would just need to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, and then another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Montreux. Once again, you would only really want to have reservations on the Zweisimmen-Montreux segment..
  • September 22, 2017 17:42
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Glacier Express</u></b><br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Glacier Express</a> runs from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zermatt-to-st-moritz.html" rel="nofollow">Zermatt to St Moritz</a> (or vice-versa) and does require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. There are also regional trains that run this same route and do not take reservations. However, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html">Glacier Express</a> trains have panoramic windows, while the regional trains do not.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow">Glacier Express</a> trains also run direct all the way from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/zermatt-to-st-moritz.html" rel="nofollow">Zermatt to St Moritz</a>, while a connection comprised of the regional trains would require changing trains along the route. A connection comprised of the regional trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zermatt/index.html" rel="nofollow">Zermatt</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/st-moritz/index.html" rel="nofollow">St Moritz</a> would involve changing trains in either Visp or Brig, then Andermatt, then Disentis, and then either Reichanau or Chur.<br /><br />The direct <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/glacier-express/how-to-book.html">Glacier Express</a> trains take just over 8 hours in duration, while a connection comprised of regional trains would take about 8.5 hours if you take them straight through..
  • September 22, 2017 17:40
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Joanne,<br /><br />Yes, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Swiss Travel Pass</a> does cover ticket costs for the trains designated as scenic trains. In certain cases, reservations would be required as a supplement.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Swiss Travel Pass')..
  • July 06, 2017 20:26
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Chocolate Train</u></b><br /><br />For the Chocolate Train excursion, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />The Chocolate Train excursion is a roundtrip between Montreux and Broc, starting in Montreux. On the way from Montreux to Broc, the train will make a stop in Gruyères. When you get off the train in Gruyères, you'll be taken by bus to the actual village there. The trip includes free admission to the cheese factory there in the village. After a couple hours in Gruyères, the bus would take you to Broc, where you'd visit the Cailler-Nestlé Chocolate Factory. After a couple of hours at the factory in Broc, you would then take the train back down Montreux.<br /><br />When booking passholder reservations for the Chocolate Train on our website, you would enter 'Montreux' and 'Broc' as your city-pair. Therefore, you would just search from 'Montreux' to 'Brock', and then even though the reservation is issued as a 'one-way', it will be valid to cover the entire roundtrip excursion, including the bus from the train station in Gruyères to the village and the bus from Gruyères to Broc, as well as admission to the cheese factory in Gruyères and the chocolate factory in Broc..
  • July 06, 2017 20:26
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Gotthard (Gotthard Panorama Express)</u></b><br /><br />At the start of 2017, the ‘William Tell Express’ scenic route became known as the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ scenic route.<br /><br />This scenic route consists of the steamboat over Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Flüelen and then trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona or Lugano.<br /><br />From April 14th to July 2nd of 2017, the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains out of Flüelen only operate on weekends and also will not run all the way to Lugano. Therefore, during this time frame, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains out of Flüelen will only take you as far as Bellinzona. In Bellinzona, you would switch to another train that would take you the short distance to Lugano.<br /><br />From July 3rd to October 22nd of 2017, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains run daily from Flüelen to Bellinzona and Lugano.<br /><br />To take one of the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains (with the panoramic windows), reservations are required. For this route, the reservation that we issue is inclusive of both the steamboat (from Lucerne to Flüelen) and the connecting 'Gotthard Panorama Express' train from Flüelen to Bellinzona or Lugano.<br /><br />To purchase reservations for the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' journey on our website, you would type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city, with 'Bellinzona' or 'Lugano' in the opposite field. Therefore, your search would be from either 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Bellinzona' or 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' to 'Lugano'. By doing this, our website will know to issue the reservation that will cover you on the steamboat from Lucerne to Flüelen and the panoramic 'Gotthard Panorama Express' train from Flüelen to either Bellinzona or Lugano. Also, when you go to purchase these reservations, be sure to indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Swiss Travel Pass').<br /><br />If you will be traveling on a day when the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains do not run (i.e. a weekday between April 14th and July 2nd, 2017), you can still follow the same route and enjoy the same scenery; however, the trains that go over these rail lines will not have panoramic windows. On days when the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' do not operate, you would instead have to take a connection from Flüelen to Bellinzona that is comprised of regional trains. From Flüelen to Lugano, such connections would involve changing trains in Erstfeld and Bellinzona along the way. Therefore, after your boat arrives in Flüelen, you would take a short regional train from Flüelen to Erstfeld, another regional train from Erstfeld to Bellinzona, and then another regional train from Bellinzona to Lugano.<br /><br />The regional trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you'd need to board. Schedules for these regional trains are not able to be viewed on our website, but the connections will depart once every hour throughout the day, and the trip takes just under 2 hours. The direct 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains from Flüelen to Bellinzona also take just under 2 hours. The boat ride on Lake Lucerne takes about 2.5 hours..
  • July 06, 2017 20:24
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Bernina Express</u></b><br /><br />The Bernina Express scenic route consists of a train from either St Moritz or Chur to Tirano and then a bus from Tirano to Lugano (or vice-versa). The bus segment, however, only runs from April 14th to October 29th, 2017.<br /><br />As a supplement to a rail pass, reservations are required on the Bernina Express trains from St Moritz or Chur to Tirano and the bus from Tirano to Lugano.<br /><br />When booking reservations for the full route, you would just have to break up your search in Tirano. Therefore, you would do one search from St Moritz to Tirano or Chur to Tirano and then another search from Tirano to Lugano to access the bus.<br /><br />While the actual Bernina Express trains do require reservations, there are also regional trains following the same route, which do not even accept reservations. Therefore, on these trains, the rail pass is all you would need to board. Please note, however, the actual Bernina Express trains have panoramic windows, while the regional trains do not.<br /><br />There are regional trains that run direct all the way from St Moritz to Tirano on the Bernina Express route. The direct regional trains from St Moritz to Tirano take about the same amount of time as the actual Bernina trains, about 2 to 2.5 hours.<br /><br />Otherwise, if starting from Chur and taking regional trains, you would do one of the following combinations:<br /><br />-Chur to St Moritz,<br />St Moritz to Tirano<br /><br />-Chur to Samedan,<br />Samedan to Pontresina,<br />Pontresina to Tirano<br /><br />The options via St Moritz would take about 5 hours in duration, while the options via Samedan and Pontresina would take about 4 to 4.5 hours in duration.<br /><br />The actual Bernina train direct from Chur to Tirano takes just over 4 hours.<br /><br />On our site, you can view regional train schedules on every one of these segments, except for the the segment from Pontresina to Tirano. If you do a search from Pontresina to Tirano, only the actual Bernina Express trains will display. Regional trains will display for the segments from Chur to St Moritz, St Moritz to Tirano, Chur to Samedan, and Samedan to Pontresina. For your reference, the regional trains from Pontresina to Tirano do depart once every hour throughout the day and the ride only takes about 2 hours..
  • July 06, 2017 20:21
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>GoldenPass</u></b><br /><br />The GoldenPass scenic route runs from Lucerne to Montreux (or vice-versa) and involves changing trains in Interlaken and Zweisimmen along the way. The full route of the GoldenPass is covered by any rail pass that includes Switzerland.<br /><br />Of the trains comprising of the GoldenPass route, reservations would only be recommended on the segment from Zweisimmen to Montreux. In fact, on this segment of the GoldenPass journey, it is highly recommended that you have reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Zweisimmen to Montreux by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Swiss Travel Pass').<br /><br />On the segment between Zweisimmen and Montreux, there are either ‘Classic’ GoldenPass trains or ‘Panorama’ GoldenPass trains for you to choose from. These will be labeled accordingly when you pull up the results of your reservation search for this segment of the trip.<br /><br />Coaches on the 'Classic' GoldenPass trains have a vintage turn-of-the-century Belle Époque look, whereas the 'Panorama' GoldenPass trains have a more modern look with panoramic windows. 'Classic' GoldenPass trains also have 'wine cellar' coaches, which offer a wider selection of wine than would be offered in the bar cars on the 'Panorama' trains; however, food is available for purchase on both the 'Classic' and 'Panorama' trains. The Classic trains have large windows, but the windows on the Panorama trains are more “panoramic”.<br /><br />Reservations are possible on the other segments of the route but not necessary. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />All trains on the Lucerne-Interlaken segment have panoramic windows.Trains on the Interlaken-Zweisimmen segment do not have panoramic windows, but the views would still of course be very scenic.<br /><br />When checking schedules on our site for the full route, you would just need to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, and then another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Montreux. Once again, you would only really want to have reservations on the Zweisimmen-Montreux segment..
  • July 06, 2017 20:19
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to <b><u>Glacier Express</u></b><br /><br />The Glacier Express runs from Zermatt to St Moritz (or vice-versa) and does require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. There are also regional trains that run this same route and do not take reservations. However, the Glacier Express trains have panoramic windows, while the regional trains do not.<br /><br />The Glacier Express trains also run direct all the way from Zermatt to St Moritz, while a connection comprised of the regional trains would require changing trains along the route. A connection comprised of the regional trains from Zermatt to St Moritz would involve changing trains in either Visp or Brig, then Andermatt, then Disentis, and then either Reichanau or Chur.<br /><br />The direct Glacier Express trains take just over 8 hours in duration, while a connection comprised of regional trains would take about 8.5 hours if you take them straight through..
  • July 06, 2017 20:18
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Joanne,<br /><br />Yes, the Swiss Travel Pass does cover ticket costs for the trains designated as scenic trains. In certain cases, reservations would be required as a supplement.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Swiss Travel Pass')..
  • July 06, 2017 20:17
    Jeff
    Changed title to Does the Swiss Travel Pass include the scenic trains? Are reservations needed for these trips?
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