Vienna to Zurich & Zurich to Wengen with a Eurail 2 country Select Pass

My husband and I have a eurail select 2 country pass. We are traveling from Vienna to Zurich. Once we get to Zurich how do we get to Wengen and do we need reservations or do the trains run frequently? Will our eurail pass be enough for the tickets. We will arrive in Zurich on July 17, 2017
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 16, 2017 16:16
    Hi,

    Vienna to Zurich

    To get from Vienna to Zurich, you would take a Railjet train. The ride takes just under 8 hours. On these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Vienna to Zurich 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. a 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    Zurich to Wengen

    The most feasible connections from Zurich to Wengen take just under 3 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Bern, once in Interlaken, and then once in Lauterbrunnen.

    However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, you can take a route that follows a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic line through Lucerne. This option takes just under 4 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Lucerne, once in Interlaken, and then once in Lauterbrunnen. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken runs along the GoldenPass scenic line.

    In either case, the Eurail Select Pass would just not cover beyond Interlaken, Therefore, you would have to purchase a regular ticket to cover you on the trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen (Bernese Oberland Railway) and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (Wengernalp Railway).

    The Eurail Select Pass should enable you to receive a discount of about 25% for tickets on the trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. To receive the discount, you would purchase these tickets locally when you're in Switzerland and just mention that you have the Eurail Select Pass.

    On the GoldenPass from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary. On the trains from Zurich to Lucerne and Lucerne to Interlaken, the Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board. On the trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen, the tickets you purchase are all you'll need to board.

    To view schedules 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.

    If you'd like to have reservations for the leg from Lucerne to Interlaken, you would click on the 'Seat Reservations' tab when you do your search and indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. ‘Eurail Two Country Select Pass'). Generally, the trains from Lucerne to Interlaken can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    For your reference, the trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 20 minutes, while trains from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 15 minutes.

    If you go with the option via Bern, reservations would still not be necessary on any of the segments. On the trains from Zurich to Bern and Bern to Interlaken, the Eurail Select Pass is all you'll need to board. On the trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen, the tickets you purchase are all you'll need to board.

    If you do a schedule search from Zurich to Interlaken on our website, the options that go via Bern will display.
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