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Date: 02/08/21 19:40
Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: gaspeamtrak

Just wondering if the pass is good on all of the railways in Switzerland including the narrow gauge lines?
Thank you...:):):)



Date: 02/09/21 00:29
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: pennengineer

It's a mixed bag: the pass is generally valid on SBB plus a variety of other services. Some private railways accept it, some accept it only on certain lines, and some offer a discounted fare to passholders. The Man in Seat 61 has a good overview: https://www.seat61.com/interrail-and-eurail-reservations.htm#Switzerland



Date: 02/09/21 19:33
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: DevalDragon

Depending on how long you plan to spend in Switzerland and how much you want to ride, it might be worth your while to get a Swiss Pass, which covers all transit in the country. Most of the narrow guage is operated by private companies and not on Eurail.

https://www.swiss-pass.ch/

I had one for 4 days and it paid for itself on the first day.
 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/21 18:54 by DevalDragon.



Date: 02/10/21 21:04
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: gaspeamtrak

oops ! I forgot to check seat 61.com. my bad.



Date: 02/13/21 00:12
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: cricketer8for9

If it's public transport for residents then yes; if it's holiday transport for walkers and skiers then no. So it's valid to Wengen on the rack line, as Wengen is a car free village (and it certainly used to have some quite late services), but not beyon. Similarly not valid on the Glacier Express, but valid on public trains on the same route.

While the mountain lines are the most scenic my personal view is that the most amazing parts of Switzerland can be in the relative lowlands, where trains run through peaceful areas, sometimes on the side of roads in a way that is quite rare anywhere else. And of course the timetabling. A country junction can have all its activity concentrated in ten to fifteen minutes each hour as trains are scheduled to arrive, connect and depart in a way that makes travel almost seamless. And it's not just the trains. The local buses from smaller villages arrive just before the trains and depart just afterwards too. 



Date: 02/15/21 12:25
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: sums007

I've used to on the boat that crosses Lake Luzerne.  I wonder if it's still valid on that service.



Date: 02/16/21 23:11
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: pennengineer

cricketer8for9 Wrote:
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> If it's public transport for residents then yes;
> if it's holiday transport for walkers and skiers
> then no. So it's valid to Wengen on the rack line,
> as Wengen is a car free village (and it certainly
> used to have some quite late services), but not
> beyon. Similarly not valid on the Glacier Express,
> but valid on public trains on the same route.
>
> While the mountain lines are the most scenic my
> personal view is that the most amazing parts of
> Switzerland can be in the relative lowlands, where
> trains run through peaceful areas, sometimes on
> the side of roads in a way that is quite rare
> anywhere else. And of course the timetabling. A
> country junction can have all its activity
> concentrated in ten to fifteen minutes each hour
> as trains are scheduled to arrive, connect and
> depart in a way that makes travel almost seamless.
> And it's not just the trains. The local buses from
> smaller villages arrive just before the trains and
> depart just afterwards too. 

Except that it is allowed on the "normal", non-luxury coaches that the Rhaetische Bahn offers on their portion of the Glacier Express route...



Date: 02/19/21 10:48
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: cricketer8for9

Which is what I said at the end of the first paragraph isn't it?



Date: 02/21/21 02:42
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: pennengineer

cricketer8for9 Wrote:
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> Which is what I said at the end of the first
> paragraph isn't it?

No, you suggested that the Eurail Pass is accepted on other trains on the route, whereas I am pointing out that it is accepted in different parts of the same trains. In other words, the Glacier Express cars are the "premium class" whereas there are also standard class cars on the very same train that one can ride. It is not necessary to take a different departure as you implied.



Date: 02/21/21 10:45
Re: Eurail Pass ...in Switzerland
Author: 86235

pennengineer

> it is accepted in different
> parts of the same trains. In other words, the
> Glacier Express cars are the "premium class"
> whereas there are also standard class cars on the
> very same train that one can ride. It is not
> necessary to take a different departure as you
> implied.

Like this



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