Eurail France-Swiss Pass cover Zurich Airport-Interlaken, Interlaken-Zermatt, Furi-Trockener Steg-Matterhorn cable car, Zermatt-Interlaken, Interlaken-Lake Thun, Interlaken-Alpnachstad-Mount Pilatus cogwheel, Frakmuntegg-Kriens cable car, Kriens to Lucerne, Lucerne-Interlaken, Interlaken-Paris?

Dear RailEurope personnel,We are a family of 4, visiting Zurich in the last week of May. We plan to get an EU Rail pass (2 country Swiss + France) for 5 days. We tried to gather as much train information covered by this pass. I know for sure 1,10,11 are covered by this pass.Cable car/cog wheel on 3,7,8 get 50% discount with EU rail pass, is that right ?Could you please tell us which of these numbered itineraries are fully and/or partially covered by this pass ? 1. Zurich Airport to Interlaken West (change in Bern)2. Interlaken West to Zermatt (change in Spiez, Visp)3. Cable Car : Furi-Trockener Steg route4. Zermatt to Interlaken West (change in Visp, Spiez)5. Interlaken to Lake Thun, Cruise to Oberhofen Castle, back to Interlaken6. Interlaken West to Alpnachstad7. Cogwheel to Mt Pilatus8. Cable car to Frakmuntegg -Kriens9. Train from Kriens to Lucerne10. Lucerne to Interlaken West11. Interlaken West to Paris Gar De Lyon (change in Basel) Thank you!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2017 19:16
    Hi Ava,

    Zurich Airport to Interlaken

    The fastest connections from Zurich Airport to Interlaken take 2 to 2.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern en route. Any Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland does cover both of these trains.

    Interlaken to Zermatt

    A connection from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 2 to 2.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Spiez and then once in Visp. Any Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland does cover each of these trains.

    The segment from Visp to Zermatt would have you following along part of the famous Glacier Express scenic route (the rail lines from Interlaken to Spiez and Spiez to Visp are also both very scenic).

    Zermatt-Furi-Trockener Steg-Klein Matterhorn (Matterhorn Glacier Paradise)

    A Eurail Select Pass does not cover the gondola from Zermatt to Furi, nor does it cover the cable cars from Furi to Trockener Steg and Trockener Steg to Klein Matterhorn. For this particular journey, you would have to pay locally.

    Zermatt to Interlaken

    Just like with your inbound trip into Interlaken, the Eurail Select Pass will cover you from Interlaken back to Zermatt.

    Lake Thun

    Interlaken itself is right on Lake Thun. Otherwise, if you wish, you can take the train to nearby Spiez or Thun, both also located right on the lake. Any Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland does cover these trains, as well as boats on Lake Thun.

    Interlaken to Alpnachstad

    A connection from Interlaken to Alpnachstad takes just under 2 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Sarnen along the way. Any Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland does cover both of these trains.

    Sarnen is the stop just before Lucerne on the middle segment of the renowned GoldenPass scenic route. The trains from Interlaken to Sarnen have panoramic windows for gazing out at the scenery.

    Mt Pilatus (Alpnachstad-Pilatus Kulm-Fräkmüntegg-Kriens)

    From Alpnachstad, you would take the Pilatusbahn cog railway up Mount Pilatus to Pilatus Kulm. From Pilatus Kulm, you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens.

    With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount on the journey from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm and Pilatus Kulm to Kriens. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Alpnachstad or Kriens - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Pilatus' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html.

    Kriens to Lucerne

    To get from Kriens to Lucerne, you would take a bus. This bus would not be covered by a Eurail Select Pass. The bus ride only takes about 20 minutes.

    Lucerne to Interlaken

    To get from Lucerne back to Interlaken, you would again be following along the GoldenPass scenic route, along the same line you took to get from Interlaken to Sarnen. Any Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland does cover both of these trains.

    Interlaken to Paris

    A connection from Interlaken to Paris takes 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel en route.

    Trains from Interlaken to Basel are covered by any Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland.

    With a Eurail Select Pass that includes France, you would be eligible to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 2' on a TGV Lyria from Basel to Paris.

    Currently, the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets for trains from Basel to Paris are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would have to call us in order to purchase tickets at a 'Passholder 2 rate' for this train. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays. Generally, the TGV Lyria can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • This is amazing, Jeff! Thank you so very much and I appreciate your time and effort and interest in responding with all the essential details and much more.

    One more question - Would a Switzerland Travel Pass cover 100% of Zermatt-Furi-Trockener Steg-Klein Matterhorn & Mt Pilatus (Alpnachstad-Pilatus Kulm-Fräkmüntegg-Kriens) or will it also provide discount rates just like the EU pass ?

    Thank you once again :)
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  • Thanks again, Jeff!

    How do I purchase this Matterhorn Glacier Paradise excursion pass ?
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  • This has been ever so helpful! My question is related. Should I purchase the Eurail 3 country select pass (Amsterdam, Paris, Switzerland) or the Swiss Pass if the majority of my travel will be in Switzerland. Does the Swiss Pass cover travel from Paris to Zurich?
    Our Itinerary is :
    Amsterdam to Paris
    Paris to Zurich
    Zurich to Interlakken
    Interlakken to Zermatt
    Zermatt to Geneve
    Fly to Paris
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 29, 2017 14:53
      For a stay in Interlaken, you would want to keep in mind that the Eurail Select 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 the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a discount of about 25% on either of these routes between Interlaken and the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe. To receive this 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' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

      On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations would be 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 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 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 the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a discount of about 25% on either of these routes between Interlaken and Schilthorn. To receive this 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 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria'. For the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria', you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schilthorn-piz-gloria/index.html.

      With the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria' pass, only the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg would not be covered. If you take the bus between Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg, you would pay locally.

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

      Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)

      A Eurail Select Pass would also enable you to receive a 25% 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 25% discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ 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. To reach Grindelwald, you would have to take a train along the famed ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station in Grindelwald 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.

      The Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 25% discount on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ (Interlaken-Grindelwald) and the Firstbahn cable cars. To receive this 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 ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’. You would purchase this pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/grindelwald-first/index.html.

      Schynige Platte

      The nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ runs from the nearby village of Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte station. Wilderswil is only a 4-minute train ride from Interlaken on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’.

      The Eurail Select Pass enables you to receive a discount of about 25% to take this excursion. To receive this 25% discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ 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.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 29, 2017 15:05
      If you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the 'Paris Pass' or the 'Paris Visite'.

      The 'Paris Pass' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/attractions/things-to-do/paris-pass/index.html.

      The 'Paris Visite' just covers local transportation in Paris, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the 'Paris Visite' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html.

      There is also the 'Paris Museum Pass', which does not cover any transportation, but it does cover entry to over 60 museums and historic sites around Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Museum Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-museum-pass/index.html.

      Various other city passes and tours for Paris can be found here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/paris/.

      For time spent in Amsterdam, you can view various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/netherlands/amsterdam/.

      For Zurich, you can view various city passes and tours here:https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/zurich/.

      For activities and tours in the area around Interlaken, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/interlaken/.

      For Geneva, you can view various city passes and tours here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/switzerland/geneva/.
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