Berlin-Munich, Munich-Lucerne, Lucerne-Montreux, Montreux-Interlaken, Interlaken-Lucerne, Lucerne-Zurich (with a Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass). Does the Golden Pass let you do multiple days?

I'm very confused about using a Germany/Switzerland rail pass in Switzerland. I understand that the rail pass only gives discounts on Swiss trains, but how do I know? Also, I am planning to go to Lucerne, Montreux and Interlaken over 4 days and was wondering if I should get a Golden Pass (does it let you do multiple days?).
Here's our trips:
Berlin to Munich
Munich to Lucerne
Lucerne to Montreux, Montreux to Interlaken (same day, and while we are in Interlaken for two days we plan to do day trips which will probably require bus/gondola)
Interlaken to Lucerne
Lucerne to Zurich
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 11, 2015 21:48
    Hi Alice. Thank you for your question.

    You would purchase the 'Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-germany-switzerland-pass/index.html.

    This pass would cover the ticket costs for all of the trains you'll be taking, including the 'GoldenPass' scenic route from Lucerne to Montreux and/or Montreux back to Lucerne. There are shorter connections between Lucerne and Montreux via Lausanne, but you can just go via the GoldenPass scenic route instead. If you wish, you can take the faster connection for your outbound from Lucerne to Montreux and then the GoldenPass route for your return back to Lucerne, since it sounds as though you're not planning on stopping in Interlaken until after you visit Montreux anyway. In any case, if you need to stop in Interlaken at any point en route between Lucerne and Montreux, the GoldenPass option is the route you would have to take.

    The shorter connections from Lucerne to Montreux take just over 2.5 hours in duration and only involve the one train change in Lausanne en route. The trains from Lucerne to Lausanne and the trains from Lausanne to Montreux both don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass is all you would need to board.

    In total, the GoldenPass connection between Montreux and Lucerne would involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Zweisimmen and then in Interlaken. 'GoldenPass' doesn't refer to an actual rail pass, it just refers to a route. Therefore, you can take the trains that comprise of the GoldenPass on any day you wish (so you would be able to take travel the segments from Montreux to Interlaken (via Zweisimmen) and Interlaken to Lucerne on different days.)

    Of the trains that comprise of the GoldenPass route, reservations are only recommended on the trains from Montreux to Zweisimmen in addition to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Montreux to Zweisimmen by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering these cities, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted (i.e. the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass).

    The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass is then all you would need to board any of the connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, as well as any of the trains from Interlaken back to Lucerne.

    Trains from Lucerne to Zurich don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is once again all you would need to board any of these trains.

    Going back to the start of your itinerary, there are direct trains from Berlin to Munich (high-speed 'ICE' trains) on which reservations would be highly recommended. Therefore, you would refer to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage to purchase reservations for a train from Berlin to Munich.

    A connection from Munich to Lucerne would first involve taking a bus or a train from Munich to Zurich ('IC Buses'). The buses from Munich to Zurich require reservations in addition to the rail pass; however, the reservations for these buses are currently not able to be purchased on our site. If you take a bus from Munich to Zurich, you would purchase the reservations by calling us at 1-800-622-8600. Reservations are highly recommended on the trains from Munich to Zurich ('EuroCity' trains), and these reservations are able to be purchased under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage.

    In Zurich, you would switch to a short train that would take you to Lucerne. The trains from Zurich to Lucerne don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    All of the reservable trains I mentioned in your itinerary (and the buses from Munich to Zurich) can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a more imminent date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the passholder reservation costs and view schedules when searching a route on our site in the meantime.

    If, for planning purposes, you just wish to view schedules for any of the trains in your itinerary that I mentioned as being non-reservable, you would click on 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') on our homepage and enter the city-pair for the train, this time not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when you're prompted.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 12, 2015 17:57
    Since you'll be in Interlaken, I assume you'll be making the trek up to Jungfraujoch. The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass does not cover beyond Interlaken on the way up to Jungfraujoch, but it would enable you to receive a 25% discount.

    For a trek up Jungfraujoch, you would have a couple different options: You could purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' mountaintop excursion or the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'.

    The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' covers a roundtrip between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch (via Grindelwald or Wengen) that must be completed within a 24 hour time period once the journey is begun. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    For the 25% discount with the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of this pass.

    Grindelwald and Wengen are located along 2 different routes of the Jungfraujoch trek between Interlaken and the peak of Jungfraujoch. You might want to go up one way and back down the other way. For instance, if you ascend Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald, you might want to descend via Wengen. Reservations are not accepted for any part of the Jungfraujoch trip. The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' mountaintop excursion is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of the trains up to Jungfraujoch and back.

    The 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' would be valid to cover you in the Jungfraujoch region (between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch) over the course of 3 days. You can purchase the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfrau-vip-pass/index.html.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 12, 2015 18:20
    If you plan on going up to Mt. Pilatus while you're in Lucerne, you would purchase the 'Mount Pilatus' mountaintop excursion. The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass would cover the first part of this journey (a steamer from Lucerne to Alpnachstad) and the final part of this journey (a bus from Kriens back to Lucerne).

    To receive the 25% discount for the rest of this journey, 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 'Mount Pilatus' excursion. By purchasing this, you would be covered for the cog railway from Alpnachstad up the mountain and then the cable car down to Kriens. You would purchase this here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 12, 2015 18:23
    Many visitors to Lucerne, will also make the trek up nearby Mt. Titlis. For travel with a Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass, you would be able to receive a 25% discount by purchasing the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Mount Titlis' mountaintop excursion. You would purchase this by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-titlis/index.html.

    Reservations are not accepted on the Mt. Titlis trip from Engelberg. The 'Mount Titlis' mountaintop excursion is an open voucher that is all you will need to board. The trek up Mt. Titlis is by cable cars that do not have set schedules, as they operate continuously. The first cable car is from Engelberg to Trübsee, the second cable car is from Trübsee to Stand, and the third cable car is from Stand to Titlis.

    There are frequently operating direct trains to get you from Lucerne to Engelberg, and the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass is all you would need to board any of these trains.
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  • Thank you for your help, Jeff! Your first post is incredibly helpful.

    I know Switzerland is expensive, but the Jungfrau and Schilthorn passes from Interlaken, even with the Swi/Germany pass discount, are pretty crazy. We've done Mt Titlis several times but might end up doing that again, just because I'd rather not spend almost as much for 3 days on the Jungfraujoch as we do for our entire Swiss/German pass. Unless you have any other suggestions? We're not married to the idea of staying in Interlaken.
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