Zurich - Interlaken / Interlaken - Jungfraujoch daytrip / Interlaken - Grindelwald daytrip / Interlaken - Paris / Paris - London

Could you please recommend the cheapest way to book train tickets?

1. Zurich to Interlaken
2. Interlaken to Jungfraujoch daytrip (round trip)
3. Interlaken to Grindelwald daytrip (round trip)
4. Interlaken to Paris
5. Paris to London
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 16, 2017 19:34
    Hi Inhee,

    For the requested itinerary, you may want to purchase the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include France and Switzerland. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    Zurich to Interlaken

    The shortest connections from Zurich to Interlaken take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way.

    Reservations are not necessary on either of these trains, so the Eurail Select 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 Zurich to Bern and Bern to Interlaken.

    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 journey. This option would take just under 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Lucerne along the way, instead of Bern. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the GoldenPass scenic route.

    On the GoldenPass trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary. Trains from Zurich to Lucerne do not even accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    To view schedules for the options from Zurich to Interlaken via Lucerne, you would just have to break up your search once in Lucerne. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Lucerne and another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.

    Interlaken-Jungfraujoch

    To get from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

    The Grindelwald route would look 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 would look 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)

    With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a discount of about 25% on either of these routes between Interlaken and the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe. To receive this discount, you would 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.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' (the segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch), reservations would be 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), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

    Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

    Interlaken-Grindelwald

    If you plan to visit Grindelwald on a different day than your trek to Jungfraujoch, then I would just recommend purchasing separate tickets locally, rather than utilizing a 'travel day' on your rail pass. Therefore, I would recommend that you not account for this trip when determining the number of 'travel days' for which to purchase your Eurail Select Pass. It would not be worth it to devote a 'travel day' for such a short trip, and you should be able to receive a 25% discount by mentioning that you have the Eurail Select Pass.

    Schedules from Interlaken to Grindelwald are currently not able to be viewed on our website; however, these trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride from Interlaken to Grindelwald only takes about 35 minutes.

    Interlaken to Paris

    A connection from Interlaken to Paris takes just over 5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. Trains from Basel to Paris are high-speed TGV Lyria trains.

    On trains from Interlaken to Basel, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. For your reference, you can view schedules from Interlaken to Basel by doing a search on the homepage of our website.

    With a Eurail Select Pass that includes France, you would be eligible to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 2' on a TGV Lyria from Basel to Paris.

    It is currently the case that the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets on trains from Basel to Paris are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would have to call us in order to receive a 'Passholder 2’ rate on this train. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Generally, the TGV Lyria trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Paris to London

    As of just this year, any Eurail Select Pass that includes France (except for the 2 country option with the combination of France and Italy) does cover the Eurostar trains between Paris and London. Eurostar trains would just require reservations as a supplement to the pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase the reservations for a Eurostar from Paris to London by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, the Eurostar can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.
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