With a 2nd class Swiss Pass, can I upgrade to 1st class on the Glacier Express portion of my trip? How do I make the reservation?

I am buying a 2nd class 3 day Swiss flexi pass. I want to upgrade to 1st class for the Glacier express portion of my trip. Is that possible? How do i make a reservation?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 02, 2014 21:32
    Hi Hollie,

    If you purchase a rail pass for 2nd class and you end up wanting to travel in 1st class on a particular train, you would end up having to pay a supplement to compensate for that locally. Since that fee to upgrade would be assessed locally, we would not have any information about how much it would cost. You would do so at the station prior to boarding that train.

    You would also have to be sure to remember to purchase your actual reservations for 1st class. The Glacier Express does require reservations in addition to the rail pass. You would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.
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  • Thanks Jeff for your help. I went ahead and ourchased a 3 day Swiss Flexi Saver pass for my husband and I. Now I will try to make reservations for the Glacier Express. I have noticed the date by when you can make the reservations varies on different websites between 60 and 90 days. Can you explain that?

    Also, when we arrive at ZRH we will travel immediately to Luzern. I am not planning to use this short and inexpensive trip as one of our 3 flexi pass days but am wondering if the pass will allow me to buy this fare at half price.

    Tahnsk again for your help. Regards- Hollie
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2014 21:38
    Hi Hollie,

    Yes, by mentioning that you have the Swiss Pass, you actually would be able to receive a 50% discount on regular tickets purchased locally. The travel would just have to fall within the validity period of your pass. This way, you wouldn't expend a day of rail travel on your pass, and you'd be able to receive the 50% discount on that ticket.

    There are different booking horizons for different trains, although most reservable trains in Europe can be booked within 90 days of a departure. Generally, the Glacier Express trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. This train is one that can sell out very quickly, so I would recommend booking the reservations as soon as the 90 day booking window arrives.
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  • Hello Jeff

    I have a similar query. We have the 2nd Class Swiss pass but we have reserved for 1st Class Glacier Express travel and paid for the Charges as shown. But on booking GE there was no question to the Class of Swiss pass. Do I need to pay any Extra Charges? If so, where and how ?

    Thanks

    AJAY
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    • Thanks Jeff, You have replied to my query. I have purchased the Swiss Pass - 2nd Class and if I intend to travel on 1st Class travel on Glacier Express I need to pay a supplement charge at the Local ticket window.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 31, 2017 16:40
      You're welcome, Ajay. Have a great trip!
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