Travel to Switzerland & Paris Week of August 13 / visiting Zurich, Rhine Falls, Lucerne, Mount Titlis, Interlaken, Geneva, & then taking train from from Zurich to Paris.

I will be travelling to Switzerland and paris with my wife and 2 kids, 4 &7 years old. I was considering buying a 2 country pass that include Switzerland and France for 4 days. I have few questions about the coverage under 2 country select pass.1- We are planning to go from zurich to Rhine falls, rhine falls to lucerne and then back to zurich on Day 1. Then, go from zurich to Mount Titlis then to interlaken and then back to zurich. Then go from Zurich to Geneva and back to Zurich on Day 3. Finally, from zurich to Paris on Day 4. Q1- Is all of this travel covered by the 2 country aural select pass or do I need to buy any additional tickets/reservations?Q2- Are there any discounts available for cable car/ bridge or museum at mount Titlis and for boat ride at interlaken lake with the eurail select pass?Q3- Can I use the 4 day select pass for discounts in Paris after the 4th day of the pass? Thank you in advance for your quick response.Rehan
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 09, 2017 14:29
    Hi Rehan,

    The rail station at Rhine Falls is 'Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall', which lies on a local rail line called the 'Rheinfall Railway' between Schaffhausen and Winterthur.

    Zurich to Rhine Falls ('Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall')

    A connection from Zurich to 'Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall' only takes about 45 to 50 minutes in duration and involves changing trains once in Schaffhausen en route. A Eurail Select Pass that includes Switzerland is valid to cover the trains from Zurich to Schaffhausen and Schaffhausen to 'Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall'.

    Schedules from Zurich to Schaffhausen can be viewed by doing a search right on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Trains from Schaffhausen to 'Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall' are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart twice every hour throughout the day, and it's only a 5 minute ride (note: the trains between Schaffhausen and Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall only operate between April and October.)

    The 'Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall' station is located at the southern banks of the falls and is just a short walk from the visitor center.

    From Schaffhausen, you would also have the option of taking a bus to 'Neuhausen am Rheinfall' and exiting at the 'Zentrum' stop, which is a 10 minute walk from the northern banks of the falls (note: this walk is down a very steep hill and would not be recommended for those who have difficulty walking.) However, this bus (between Schaffhausen and Neuhausen am Rheinfall/Zentrum) would not be covered by the rail pass.

    Rhine Falls ('Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall') to Lucerne

    For a connection from 'Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall' to Lucerne, you would follow the same route back down to Zurich, where you would switch to a train to Lucerne. The connections from 'Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall' to Lucerne take just under 2 hours in duration and just involve the 2 train changes along the way; once in Schaffhausen and then once in Zurich.

    None of these trains even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Once again, the schedules between 'Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall' and Schaffhausen are not able to be viewed on our website.

    Schedules from Schaffhausen to Lucerne can be viewed by doing a search for the route on our homepage.

    Lucerne to Zurich

    You would then just take a direct train to get back to Zurich from Lucerne. Schedules for the trains from Lucerne to Zurich can be viewed by doing a search on our homepage. These trains do not accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Zurich to Mount Titlis (Lucerne)

    For the excursion to Mount Titlis, you would head right back to Lucerne. From Lucerne, the remaining part of the excursion consists of the following: a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the famous 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis.

    The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.

    The Eurail Select Pass is valid on the trains from Zurich to Lucerne, as well as the trains between Lucerne and Engelberg.

    For the remaining part of the excursion (cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis), the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 20-25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html. This pass also includes a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.

    Off the Trübsee stop, there are hiking and flower trails, as well as horse-drawn carriages around the lake. Here there are also additional cable cars ('Trübsee-Jochpass' and 'Trübsee-Engstlenalp' cable cars). At the foot of Mount Titlis in Engelberg, there is also the 'Engelberg-Gerschnialp Funicular Railway' to Gerschnialp and the 'Fürenalpbahn' cable car to Fürenalp. You would pay to board these additional cable cars locally when you're there. Just be sure to mention that you have the Eurail Select Pass, because they might be able to offer you a discount.

    Mount Titlis (Lucerne) to Interlaken

    As I alluded to above, the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' covers you on the descent back to Engelberg, where you would use your Eurail Select Pass to board a train to Lucerne. In Lucerne, you would switch to a direct train that would take you to Interlaken. The trains from Lucerne to Interlaken represent a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route.

    On the GoldenPass trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary at all. The Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. The schedules from Engelberg to Lucerne and Lucerne to Interlaken can be viewed on our website.

    The GoldenPass trains from Lucerne to Interlaken do have panoramic windows for taking in all the surrounding scenery.

    Interlaken to Zurich

    For a return from Interlaken back to Zurich, you can just take the fastest route, which takes about 2 hours and involves changing trains once in Bern along the way. Reservations are not necessary on trains from Interlaken to Bern and Bern to Zurich, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can do a search on our website to view schedules for the trains from Interlaken to Bern and Bern to Zurich.

    Zurich to Geneva

    From Zurich to Geneva, direct trains take about 2 hours and 25 minutes. On the trains from Zurich to Geneva, reservations are possible but not necessary at all. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    Zurich to Paris

    There is a direct high-speed train from Zurich to Paris called the TGV Lyria. On the TGV Lyria trains from Zurich to Paris, a Eurail Select Pass that includes both Switzerland and France would enable you to receive a rate called the 'Passholder 1'.

    To receive the 'Passholder 1' rate for a direct train from Zurich to Paris, you would do a search for the route on our homepage and indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass' (including both Switzerland and France).

    When you pull up the results of your Zurich-Paris search, you can verify if you're being quoted the 'Passholder 1' rate by clicking the 'View' button for the cost. After clicking 'View', a box will expand out underneath displaying the 'Ticket Flexibility' options. Under the 'Semi Flexible' option, you would click 'Read More' and the name of the fare would display as either 'TGV Lyria Passholder 1'.

    Generally, TGV Lyria trains can be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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