Interlaken to Zermatt covered by Eurail France-Switzerland Pass?

Is train from Interlaken Ost to Zermatt covered with Eurail France-Switzerland flexi pass?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 02, 2012 19:23
    Hello,

    A connectin from Interlaken to Zermatt involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Spiez and then once in Visp.

    The Eurail France-Switzerland Pass actually does not cover the portion of this route from Visp to Zermatt. For this portion of the connection, you would have to purchase an additional ticket to be covered. Instead of purchasing a regular point-to-point ticket, you can purchase the 'Visp-Zermatt' option of a ticket known as the 'Glacier Expres Eurail Passholder Fare'. You can purchase this ticket by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/glacier-express-eurail-passholder-fare/index.html. This ticket would be less expensive than the regular point-to-point ticket between Visp and Zermatt.

    The Eurail France-Switzerland Pass does cover the ticket costs for the remaining part of this route from Interlaken to Visp.

    You wouldn't book reservations for any of these trains. You can just view the schedules by entering the requested city-pairs under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 28, 2016 22:29
      Update:

      Starting in 2017, a multi-country pass that includes Switzerland (a Eurail Select Pass or a Eurail Global Pass) will begin covering ticket costs for the stretch of railway on the Glacier Express line between Visp and Zermatt. Therefore, the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket would no longer be necessary to cover this segment.
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  • Hello! I already purchased a 4-day Swiss Pass for my trip later this month. I want to take a day trip down to Zermatt from Interlaken, but I'm unable to find a schedule or ticket options for this trip. Can someone guide me in how I can get down there and the times I'll need to plan around? Hoping for an early train down and an evening train back up. Thanks!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 05, 2017 18:22
      Hi Taylor,

      A connection from Zermatt to Interlaken takes just under 2.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Visp and then once in Spiez. Reservations are not necessary on any of these trains, so your Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

      Schedules for trains from Zermatt to Visp and Visp to Spiez are able to be viewed on our website. However, schedules from Spiez to Interlaken are currently not able to be viewed on our website. Trains from Spiez to Interlaken depart 2 to 3 times every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes about 25 minutes.

      Trains from Zermatt to Visp follow along a stretch of the famed Glacier Express scenic route. The ride from Visp to Spiez and Spiez to Interlaken will both be very scenic, as well.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 05, 2017 18:58
      For a stay in Interlaken, you'll want to keep in mind that the Swiss Travel Pass enables you to receive discounts on the various mountain excursions in the area.

      Jungfraujoch Top of Europe

      To get from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

      The Grindelwald route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
      -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

      The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
      -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

      With regard to the former, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you only as far as Grindelwald.

      With regard to the latter, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you as far as Wengen.

      For the remaining segments (Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch & Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch), the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Grindelwald or Wengen - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

      On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

      Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

      At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

      Schilthorn

      There are also 2 different routes you can take to get from Interlaken to Mount Schilthorn; one route that goes via Grütschalp and the other via Stechelberg.

      The Grütschalp route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp
      -'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren
      -‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn

      The Stechelberg route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway'
      -Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg
      -'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn

      With regard to the Grütschalp route, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the 'Grütschalpbahn' (cable car) from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, and the 'Mürrenbahn' from Grütschalp to Mürren.

      With regard to the Stechelberg route, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, and the ‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Stechelberg as far as Mürren (via Gimmelwald).

      The Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the ‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn.

      To receive the 50% discount for the segment between Mürren and Schilthorn, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Murren - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria'. You would purchase the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schilthorn-piz-gloria/index.html.

      'Piz Gloria’ refers to the panoramic revolving restaurant at the Schilthorn summit.

      Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)

      A Swiss Travel Pass would also enable you to receive a 50% discount on the Harderbahn funicular in Interlaken. The Harderbahn takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.

      To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of the ‘Harder Kulm Top of Interlaken’. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/harder-kulm/index.html.

      Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)

      The Firstbahn departs from its base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.

      To reach Grindelwald, you would have to take the train along the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken. The Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken to Grindelwald and enable you to receive a discount of 25-50% on the Firstbahn cable cars. To receive the 25%-50% discount on the Firstbahn, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Gindelwald - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of a pass called the ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’. You would purchase this here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/grindelwald-first/index.html.

      Please note, using your Swiss Travel Pass to take the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ between Interlaken and Grindelwald does require the use of a travel day. If you do not wish to expend a day of rail travel on your Swiss Travel Pass for the travel between Interlaken and Grindelwald, you would instead purchase the full fare option (‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken’) of the ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’.

      Schynige Platte

      The Swiss Travel Pass covers the full excursion to Schynige Platte from Interlaken. This journey consists of a train from Interlaken to Wilderswil on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ and then the nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte station. Please note, using your Swiss Travel Pass for this would require the use of a travel day. If you do not wish to expend a day of rail travel on your Swiss Travel Pass, then you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken’ option of the pass for the 'Schynige Platte' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schynige-platte/index.html.

      From Schynige Platte, you’ll have more amazing views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. By the station is also Switzerland’s only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.

      Please note, the ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ only runs from May 27th to October 22nd for 2017.
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