Travelling from Paris to Interlaken with a Swiss Pass?

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I am planning for a trip to Interlaken on 25/9 by train. I will be travelling from Paris. I would like to know, which train line should i go for that we could travel from Paris to Interlaken? I was a little overwhelm with euro train and i was told Swiss pass do work as well. Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 29, 2015 19:32
    Hi Sarah.

    The most feasible connections from Paris to Interlaken take about 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Basel along the way. The 'Swiss Travel Pass' is not valid on the 'TGV Lyria' trains from Paris to Basel.

    If you'll be traveling with a 'Swiss Travel Pass', you would be eligible to receive a special rate called the 'Passholder 3' on one of the direct 'TGV Lyria' trains from Paris to Lausanne. Therefore, you could instead enter into Switzerland by taking one of these trains; however, it is possible that there will be regular ticket costs offered less expensive than the 'Passholder 3' rates. Considering this, I would still recommend checking the route from Paris to Interlaken via Basel.

    You would purchase tickets from Paris to Basel by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering the route. Since the rail pass is not valid on these trains, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with one when our system prompts you.

    Reservations are not necessary on trains from Basel to Interlaken, so the 'Swiss Travel Pass' is all you'd need to board. For planning purposes, you can refer back to 'Find Fares & Schedules' just to view schedules for the trains from Basel to Interlaken. Since you wouldn't be purchasing actual reservations for these trains and your objective is just to view their schedules, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when prompted.

    If you happen to go with the option via Lausanne, the connection would involve one more train change en route, in between Lausanne and Interlaken. You would check costs and purchase tickets at a 'Passholder 3' rates for a 'TGV Lyria' train from Paris to Lausanne by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (instead of 'Find Fares & Schedules'), entering the route, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Swiss Travel Pass'

    To ensure that it's a 'Passholder 3' rate you're being quoted when you pull up the results of your search, you would click the 'View' button for the cost listed under your preferred class of service for your preferred departure. After you click the 'View' button, a box will expand out underneath. In this box, you would refer to the option(s) listed under where it says 'Ticket Flexibility' and click 'Read More'. When you click 'Read More', the name of the fare should display as something like 'TGV Lyria Passholder 3'. Generally, the 'Passholder 3' rates for these trains would be the 'Semi Flexible' option under 'Ticket Flexibility'.

    Just like the trains from Basel to Interlaken, reservations are not necessary on trains from Lausanne to Bern and Bern to Interlaken, so the 'Swiss Travel Pass' is all you'd need to board. For planning purposes, you can check schedules for the trains from Lausanne to Bern and Bern to Interlaken, just as you would for trains from Basel to Interlaken.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 29, 2015 19:58
    If you're planning on going up Jungfraujoch while you're in Interlaken, it would be important to point out that the ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ would only cover you as far as Grindelwald (via one route from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch) and Wengen (via the other route from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch).

    The ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ would, however, enable you to receive a 25% discount on the segment from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch (and vice-versa) and the segment from Wengen to Jungfraujoch (and vice-versa). To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the ‘Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’.

    This would cover you on the ‘Wengernalpbahn’ cogwheel railway from Grindelwald or Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg (and vice-versa) and the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch. Wengen is a stop of the branch of the ‘Wengernalpbahn’ between Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg.

    Therefore, the 'Swiss Travel Pass' is valid to cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen (and vice-versa) and the stretch of the 'Wengernalpbahn' cogwheel that's between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen.

    You would purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    If you're planning on going up to Schilthorn whille you're in Interlaken, the 'Swiss Travel Pass' would be valid as far as Mürren but only via the Grütschalp route; it would not be valid to cover the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg and the cable cars from Stechelberg to Mürren via Gimmelwald. With the ‘Swiss Travel Pass’, however, you would be able to receive a 50% discount for the segment from Mürren to Schilthorn (and vice-versa) or all the way from Interlaken to Schilthorn (with the option to go via Stechelberg or Grütschalp).

    To receive the 50% discount between Mürren and Schilthorn only, you would purchase the ‘Murren-Schilthorn for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the ‘Schilthorn/Piz Gloria’.

    To receive the 50% discount between Interlaken and Schilthorn, you would purchase the ‘Interlaken to Schilthorn for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the ‘Schilthorn/Piz Gloria’.

    You would purchase the ‘Schilthorn/Piz Gloria’ here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/schilthorn-piz-gloria/index.html.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 29, 2015 20:27
    If you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER networks to get around the city, you'd 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' Pass just covers local transportation in Paris, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the 'Paris Visite' Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html.

    There is also the 'Paris Museum Pass', which doesn't cover any transportation, but 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.

    To browse other city passes for a stay in Paris, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/paris/.
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