Tickets or railpass for trip that includes Amsterdam, London, Paris, Switzerland, Belgium, Geneva, Zermatt, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Bern, Luzern & Basel over 20 days?

hi~~ i will travel to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Switzerland & Belgium in 20 days.. I have few question to ask..
1) Which pass is suitable for me?
2) Or should i just buy the point to point ticket for each trip?
3) do Eurail Global pass cover most Switzerland area? ( i would like to go Geneva, Zermatt, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Bern , Luzern & Besel)

thanks for answering my question. Have a nice day~~
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  • Hello.

    For that much travel, it more than likely would be in your best interest to purchase a rail pass. With that said, the specific pass (or passes) you should purchase would depend on the specifics of your itinerary and several other factors. Therefore, to determine the best option for this itinerary, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    A 'Eurail Global Pass' (or any multiple country 'Eurail' pass for that matter) would only cover as far as Interlaken on the trek up to Jungfraujoch. However, such a pass would enable you to receive a 25% discount on the rail lines between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. This includes the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Grindelwald or Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the 'Wengernalp Railway' from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg or Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg, and the 'Jungfrau Railway' from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch.

    To receive the 25% discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. You would purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of the trains on the journey from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch (and a return) within a time period of 24 hours (the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is only valid for a period of 24 hours.)

    To maximize your experience, if you take the route from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch that ascends via Grindelwald, you might want to take the route via Wengen for your descent.

    Since you mentioned Zermatt, it would also be important to point out that a 'Eurail Global Pass' (or any multiple country 'Eurail' pass) is not valid on the rail line between Visp and Zermatt, and It happens to be the case that most connections into and out of Zermatt involve passing through Visp en route.

    To be covered on the rail line between Visp and Zermatt, you would purchase the 'Visp-Zermatt' option (for an inbound trip to Zermatt) and/or the 'Zermatt-Visp' option (for a trip leaving Zermatt) of a special ticket called the Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare'. You would purchase the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/glacier-express-eurail-passholder-fare/index.html.

    The last fact I'd want to point out to you with regard to your itinerary is that the 'Eurostar' train (the train that connects London with either Paris or Brussels) is not fully covered by any rail pass. By purchasing a rail pass that includes France or the 'Benelux', you would be able to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder' rate for a ticket on this train. The 'Benelux' includes Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg; counting them all together as one country for the purpose of rail passes.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on a 'Eurostar' by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass'). Incidentally, this is also how you would book passholder reservations for trains in continental Europe that are covered by rail passes.

    It would not use up a day of travel on your pass to receive the Passholder rate for tickets on the 'Eurostar'; however, your pass would still have to be validated at the station prior to boarding.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 28, 2016 19:11
      Update:

      Starting in 2017, the Eurail Global Pass will begin covering ticket costs for the stretch of railway between Disentis, Visp and Zermatt. Therefore, the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket would no longer be necessary.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2018 20:58
      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).
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  • thanks for your reply. There are few question i would like to ask:
    1) is Eurail Global Passs can use in below route? (can you help me to state "Yes" or "No")
    a) Geneva --> Bern
    b) Bern --> Visp
    c) Visp --> Spiez
    d) Spiez --> Interlaken
    e) Interlaken --> Lucerne
    f) Lucerne --> Basel

    2)can Eurail Global pass also use in Golden pass sceneric train route in Switzerland? ( I just want to travel from Interlaken to Luzerne)

    3) Can i purchase the Visp to Zermatt train ticket directly at the train station?

    4) can i purchase the 1 day round trip journey from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch ticket directly at the train station and enjoy my eurail pass 25 % dscount?

    thanks for answering my question
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  • Yes, any rail pass that includes Switzerland would be valid on each of the trains you mentioned.

    a.) Geneva to Bern - Yes

    b.) Bern to Visp - Yes

    c.) Visp to Spiez - Yes

    d.) Spiez to Interlaken - Yes

    e.) Interlaken to Lucerne (GoldenPass scenic route) - Yes

    f.) Lucerne to Basel - Yes

    Reservations are not necessary on any of these routes, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering a route. Since you wouldn't be purchasing actual reservations for these trains and your objective would just be to view schedules, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when entering your search criteria.

    The tickets from Visp to Zermatt and the excursion from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch can both be purchased locally; however, it is generally recommended that these be purchased in advance, prior to departing for Europe.
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