Does a Eurail Select Pass cover Venice to Zermatt, Zermatt to Lucerne, Lucerne to Zurich Airport ?

will the Eurail Select two country pass include all needed trains for this itinerary?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 21, 2017 20:28
    Hi Ann,

    A Eurail Select Pass that includes Italy and Switzerland is all that would be needed to cover the routes you mentioned.

    For the Eurail Select Pass, click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    Venice to Zermatt

    A connection from Venice to Zermatt takes about 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Brig.

    Trains from Venice to Milan and Milan to Brig will require reservations, as a supplement to your rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass'). When purchasing these reservations, you would have to do a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Venice to Milan and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Brig. Generally, these trains can be reserved within 90 to 120 days of an intended departure.

    Trains from Venice to Milan are Frecciarossa and Frecciabianca trains. Trains from Milan to Brig are EC (EuroCity) trains.

    Trains from Brig to Zermatt don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still view schedules for trains from Brig to Zermatt by doing a search for the route on our homepage.

    Zermatt to Lucerne

    The shortest connections from Zermatt to Lucerne take just under 3.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Visp and then once in Bern. The segment from Zermatt to Visp follows runs along part of the Glacier Express scenic route.

    Reservations are not necessary or even accepted on any of these trains, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning, you can view schedules for this route on our website by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Zermatt to Visp, another search for connecting trains from Visp to Bern, and then another search for connecting trains from Bern to Lucerne.

    If you don't mind adding about an hour to your journey time, you can take a different route that involves following along a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for part of the way. This option would take just under 4.5 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Visp, once in Spiez, and then once in Interlaken. The segment from Zermatt to Visp follows runs along part of the Glacier Express scenic route, and the segment from Interlaken to Lucerne is on the GoldenPass scenic route.

    Reservations would not be necessary on any of these trains, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. On the GoldenPass segment from Interlaken to Lucerne, reservations are possible but not necessary. For planning, you can view schedules for this route on our site by breaking up your search once in Interlaken. Therefore, you would do one search for the part of the connection from Zermatt to Interlaken and then another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lucerne.

    Lucerne to Zurich Airport

    There are direct trains from Lucerne to the Zurich Airport. These trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. The trains from Lucerne to the Zurich Airport take about 1 hour and depart once every hour throughout the day. For your reference, schedules from Lucerne to Zurich Airport can be viewed on our website. For the trains to the airport, just be sure to type 'Zurich Airport' in the field for the arrival city.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) February 21, 2017 20:36
      Many visitors to Zermatt will make the ascent to Gornergrat, where there is an observatory with spectacular views of the Matterhorn. To reach Gornergrat, you would take the 'Gornergrat Railway' (Gornergratbahn) from Zermatt. To be covered for this trip, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Gornergrat Full Fare Ticket' option of a pass called the 'Gornergrat Mountain Peak'. You would purchase this pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/gornergrat/index.html.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) February 21, 2017 20:37
      For a stay in Lucerne, you would also want to keep in mind that the Eurail Select Pass enables you to receive discounts on the various mountain excursions in the area.

      Mount Pilatus

      The excursion to the Mount Pilatus summit starts with a steamer across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, you would make your ascent by taking the cog railway up to Mt Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Mt Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm), you would make your descent by taking a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and then a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get back to Lucerne, you would take a bus from Kriens.

      With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount on this journey between Lucerne and Mount Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm). 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.

      Mount Rigi

      There are 2 different routes between Lucerne and nearby Mount Rigi.

      The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. For this first route, the Eurail Select Pass is only valid to cover you on the train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau, but it would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount.

      The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. The Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on both the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' both can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount. The boats on Lake Lucerne are operated by SGV.

      Mount Titlis

      The excursion from Lucerne to nearby Mount Titlis consists of a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 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 train between Lucerne and Engelberg. For the remaining part of the excursion (cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis), however, 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 Stanserhorn

      From April 8th to November 12th of this year, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby Mount Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.

      The Eurail Select Pass is valid on the train between Lucerne and Stans. For the remaining part of the excursion (funicular from Stans to Kälti and the CabriO cable car from Kälti to Stanserhorn), however, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Stans - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland’ option of the pass for 'Mount Stanserhorn' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-stanserhorn/index.html.
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