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Travel Prague, Austria, Switzerland with eurail select pass.

I'm planning to visit prague, budpest, austria, salzburg and switzerland.
i'm looking into eurail select pass for 3 countries.
do i need a specail pass to travel within switzerland ? (for example, Zurich - Luzern- Lausanne) or eurail select pass will cover it? what's the best option.
Also, is threre a specail pass to travel from Prague to Budapest?
many thanks.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 08, 2012 20:54
    Hi Iryna,

    For the requested travel, you can purchase a 4 country Eurail Select Pass to include the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Switzerland. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    You would have to be sure that your connection from Prague to Budapest travels through Austria and not Slovakia, because Slovakia is not able to be covered by the Eurail Select Pass.

    The direct trains from Prague to Budapest do run through Slovakia, in which case, you would have to pay a supplement locally since Slovakia is not able to be covered by the pass.

    Otherwise, you can choose a connection that involves a train change in Vienna along the way. This way your ticket costs will be covered for the entire portion of the route, as long as you include Austria on your Eurail Select Pass, as well as the Czech Republic and Hungary. Just be sure to choose a connection that involves that train change in Austria.

    You would book reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' or 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. To book reservations for a connection from Prague to Budapest via Vienna, you would have to do a separate search for each segment of the trip. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Prague to Vienna and then another search for connecting trains from Vienna to Budapest.

    Trains from Prague to Vienna are only able to be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure, while trains from Vienna to Budapest, Budapest to Salzburg and Salzburg to Zurich can all be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Regular trains operating within Switzerland do not require reservations. In fact, most trains within Switzerland do not even accept reservations or else they are not at all necessary. Therefore, unless you are taking a specialty Swiss scenic train (see 'Scenic Trains' after clicking on 'Trains' from our homepage), the rail pass is all you would need to board trains in Switzerland.
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  • many thanks for the reply.

    My original plan was to travel this way:

    Prague to Vienna
    Vienna to Budapest
    Budapest to Salzburg
    Salzburg to Zurich

    and then travel within Switzerland.

    Now i would like to add Colmar (Alsace) to my list:

    Do you think this is a good route to follow:

    Prague to Vienna
    Vienna to Budapest
    Budapest to Salzburg
    Salzburg to Zurich
    Zurich to Colmar
    Colmar to Zurich

    and travel within Switzerland

    Pls advise.

    Also, originally i was going to buy 4 country Eurail Select Pass. But now since i'm adding Colmar (Alsace), do you think it's worth while to buy 5 country Eurail Select Pass or buy a separate train ticket Zurich-Colmar -Zurich and stick with 4 country Eurail Select Pass? What's your thought on that? many thanks, iryna
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 20, 2012 14:54
    Hi Iryna,

    To compare, you can check the ticket costs for the portion of a connection between Zurich and Colmar that's in France. A connection between Zurich and Colmar involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. The segment of this connection between Zurich and Basel would be covered by your rail pass since you'll definitely be including Switzerland on it. Therefore, you would just purchase tickets for the portion of the connection between Basel and Colmar. You can check the costs of these roundtrip tickets and then compare the total with the difference in cost between the 5 country Eurail Select Pass and the 4 country Eurail Select Pass.
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  • Hi Jeff, a couple of questions:

    where can i check the train schedule for December?

    do you think it's a good idea to take Glacier Express in Dec or summer time would be better? many thanks.
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  • Hi Iryna,

    Trains from Prague to Vienna are only able to be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure, while trains from Vienna to Budapest, Budapest to Salzburg and Salzburg to Zurich can all be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. The Glacier Express between St. Moritz and Zermatt is also able to be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended date of departure happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 60 or 90 days to get an idea of the reservation cost and view schedules when searching the route on our website.

    Trains from Zurich to Basel and Basel to Colmar don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is you would need to board.

    The Glacier Express route is incredibly scenic during both the Summer and Winter.
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  • Hi Jeff, for the above trip i will be getting the 4 country Eurail Select Pass.

    Will this pass cover the travel within Switzerland as well, for example, Zurich-Bern, Zurich-Luzern?

    I do not need Swiss pass on top of it?

    Also, with Eurail Select Pass, if we board the train at night and arrive our destination in the next morning, does it count for 1 day only?

    pls advise, thank you, iryna
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  • Hi Iryna,

    You would not purchase a Swiss Pass, because you will be including Switzerland on your Eurail Select Pass. Since you'll be including Switzerland on your Eurail Select Pass, you would be covered on your trips that are in Switzerland.

    If you happen to take a night train that departs prior to 7 pm to arrive into the destination the next morning, then 2 days of rail travel will be used up on a rail pass. Most night trains; however, do depart after 7 pm, in which case only 1 day of rail travel would be used up on a rail pass.
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  • with the following plan, do you think 9 day Eurail Select Pass (4 countries) will be sufficient? anything else do i need?

    Prague to Vienna 12/17 (night train)
    Vienna to Budapest 12/21
    Budapest to Salzburg 12/23
    Salzburg to Zurich 12/25
    Zurich to Bern to Zurich 12/26
    Zurich to Interlaken to Zurich 12/27
    Zurich to Luzem to Zurich 12/28
    Zurich to Basel (Colmar) 12/29
    (Colmar) Basel to Zurich 12/30
    12/31, 1/1, Zurich no train ride.

    many thanks.
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  • Iryna,

    There is no 9 day Eurail Select Pass, so you would purchase the 10 day Eurail Select Pass. That would be sufficient to cover each of the indicated trips.
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  • Hello, i'm taking a morning train from Prague to Vienna, do i need to make seat reservation?

    We have received eurial select passes on Sept 27. There was Eurail timetable 2012 inclosed. Would that be up to dated for travelling in Dec?

    what 's the website to check the train timetable?

    many thanks, iryna
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 25, 2012 15:51
    Hi Iryna,

    Reservations are highly recommended on the trains from Prague to Vienna.

    You can check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Since you'll be traveling with a rail pass, you would purchase your actual seat reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage.

    Generally, the trains from Prague to Vienna are able to be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure.

    However, December is the time of year when the annual Winter schedule changes occur with some of the train operators in Europe, including the one for the trains from Prague to Vienna. As a result of the Winter schedule change, it will take longer to update many trains operating after (approximately) December 8th into the international booking system, even for dates within the usual 60 day booking window for this route. Therefore, if your intended travel is after December 8th, you would just enter a date prior to then to get an idea of cost and schedules when performing your search.

    We expect the schedules for such trains to be released some time by mid to late November, at which point you would be able to purchase the tickets. Please continue to check our website periodically to see when these trains will become available to book. Please note this is an expected and annual occurrence that impacts all travelers.

    This being said, the timetable you received should still reflect the accurate schedules, as the schedules generally do not fluctuate much, if at all, throughout the year.
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  • Hello, i'm trying to make reservation from Prague to Vienna for December.

    How do i know what my seat number is when it says "you will have a reserved seat on this train"

    I'm making a reservation from Canada, but would like to reservation docs to be shipped to US.

    Where it says "Country/Territory", it does not give me a chance to enter US (it only says 'Canada')

    Also, if i'd like this reservation to be shipped to US , how much is the shipping and handling fee?

    thank you.
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  • Hello, My parnter is in Australia right now and is trying to make the following reservations (currently have Eurail Selec passes for 4 countries) using this website: www.raileurope.com
    Prague to Vienna
    Vienna to Budapest
    Budapest to Salzburg
    Salzburg to Zurich

    He can not complete the reservation, as it takes him back to Australian website. Is there another website?

    Also, do you have to go city by city reservation or you can do one reservation for multi cities?

    Is it possible to ship the reservations it to my partner's home address in US? by one package?

    thank you.
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  • Hi Iryna,

    Since your partner is in Australia they will want to purchase their reservations through the correct website http://www.raileurope.com.au because the reservations will have to be sent to them.

    To make the reservations you will go city by city.

    The tickets/reservations can be sent to an address in the U.S. You will book on www.raileurope.com using a U.S. credit card.
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