Swiss Pass/Italy Pass

Hi,
I will travel in Switzerland and Italy this July. When I input 4 days in Switzerland and 3 days in Italy, it suggests that I could buy a Swiss pass and Italy pass.

Question 1: If I travel from Zurich to Milan, will these two passes cover my trip? I live chatted with someone from this site yesterday and he mentioned it should be a single pass with Switzerland and Italy name on it. But I could not find this kind of pass and in my shopping cart, it shows as 2 items (Swisspass and Italypass).

Question 2: For those routes that says Reservation Recommended, can I still get on a train without a reservation?

Question 2: Should I buy a Eurail Global Pass instead?

Thanks for your help.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 28, 2013 18:20
    Hi Laura,

    A Eurail Global Pass would be excessive if you only plan on traveling within Switzerland and Italy, though you could purchase a 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include Switzerland, Italy, and one other bordering country. A dual country rail pass to cover just Switzerland and Italy has not been created, so the 3 country Eurail Select Pass is the option travelers go with frequently if they just plan on traveling within those two countries.

    You can purchase the Eurail Select Pass by clicking here:
    http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    Another option would be the one you alluded to, separate individual country passes for each country (i.e. the Swiss Pass and the Eurail Italy Pass). You can use two different passes to cover one train, if need be. If you were to take a train from Zurich to Milan, the Swiss Pass would be used to cover the portion of this train from Zurich up to the border with Italy and the Eurail Italy Pass would be used to cover the portion of this train after it crosses to border into Italy until it gets to Milan. Therefore, a day of rail travel would be used up on each pass with this scenario.

    In addition to the rail passes, the train from Zurich to Milan would still require reservations, which you would book by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website. Otherwise, after you add the rail passes to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders'.

    When you go to purchase the reservations, you will be prompted to enter the name of the rail pass that you'll be traveling; however, our website only provides the option for you to indicate one pass. Even if you decide to purchase two rail passes to cover a particular journey (i.e. a Swiss Pass and a Eurail Italy Pass to cover a train from Zurich to Milan), you can indicate that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass' just for the purpose of purchasing the reservations.

    In response to your second question, 'Reservation Recommended' should mean that the train in question doesn't require reservations but that we recommend having them. Still, it would depend on the train, and in some instances, this notification appears on our website in error, even when a reservation isn't at all necessary. For example, it will say 'Reservation Recommended' on our website for trains from Zurich to Bern, when it is actually the case that there is no need at all to purchase reservations for this train. The vast majority of trains in Switzerland do not even accept reservations. Even if reservations happen to be accepted on a particular train in Switzerland, they are not at all necessary and a rail pass is all you would need to board.

    In Italy, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there. Reservations would also be required on internationally operating trains traveling between Switzerland and Italy, like the one from Zurich to Milan.

    Reservable trains in this part of Europe can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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