Western Europe Tour through Switzerland, France, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy

Hi!I am planning a trip to bring my parents around Europe. The countries/cities that we will cover are:Switzerland(Zurich, Bern, Luzern,Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Interlaken, Jungfrau), France(Paris), England (around London), Belgium (Brussels), Netherlands (Amsterdam and Rotterdam), Germany(Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt), Prague, Austria (Vienna), Italy(Sicilly, Milan, Rome, Venice) and back to Switzerland.I was thinking on getting the Eurail Global Pass but after looking through the benefits, they do not cover most trains or bus tickets.As we will be spending more time in Switzerland, England, Germany and Italy, I was wondering which pass would be the most cost effective and will give the most benefits? Could you give me some suggestions?Thank you x
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 20, 2017 15:15
    Hi Crystal,

    I'm not sure where you saw that the Eurail Global Pass doesn't cover most trains, because that is not the case. It won't cover most buses, true; but it does cover trains all throughout Europe, including trains between each of the destinations you listed (except the trains between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch).

    What to purchase for your travels would depend on the specifics of the itinerary itself and various other factors. However, for such extensive travel through that many countries, your best option would be to go with the Eurail Global Pass.

    For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations would be required for many of your trips there. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase 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 Global Pass').

    Most reservable trains in Europe can generally only be booked once within 60, 90, or 120 days of an intended departure date.

    While the Eurail Global Pass does not cover the routes between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, it would enable you to receive a 25% discount. To receive the 25% discount, you would just purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    This version of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is valid to cover you on both of the routes between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch.

    The Grindelwald route looks like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route looks like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in Interlaken (Interlaken Ost station), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.
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