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Does the Swiss Rail Pass cover Paris to Interlaken? Jungfraujoch? Schynige Platte?

I am spending 3 days in Switzerland (Interlaken & Geneva) and am arriving in Interlaken via train from Paris. Would the Swiss Rail Pass cover this fare? Also, while I'm in Interlaken, I plan on going to Schynige Platte and Jungfraujoch. Would the Swiss Rail Pass cover either of these railways? Thank you for you help!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 20, 2012 16:07
    Hi Alex,

    A rail connection from Paris to Interlaken involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. With the Swiss Pass, you can purchase your tickets for the Lyria high-speed train from Paris to Basel at what is known as the 'Passholder 3' rate. The Passholder 3 rate is a special rate that was created to allow passengers in possession of a Swiss Pass to take a direct train from Paris to certain cities in Switzerland at a lesser cost, even though the train would be starting in France.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 3 rate for a direct train from Paris to Basel, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' or 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'Swiss Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Lyria Passholder 3' or 'Lyria TGV (France-Switzerland) Passholder 3'. Generally, the Passholder 3 rate for this train would be found under the 'Fully Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'Lyria Passholder 3' or 'Lyria TGV (France-Switzerland) Passholder 3' is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    For your trek up to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken, you would purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' pass for Swiss Pass holders. You would purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    Since you would be traveling with a Swiss Pass, you would purchase the 'Grindelwald or Wengen-Jungfraujoch/Swiss Pass' option of the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe pass.

    The Schynige Platte railway is a separate part of the Jungfraujoch from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte. It's a 4 minute train ride to get to Wilderswil from Interlaken. The Schynige Platte railway is not covered with a rail pass, however, you would be able to receive a 50% off discount locally by showing your Swiss Pass. Keep in mind that the Schynige Platte railway only runs until October 21st for 2012.
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