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Recommendation about Eurail pass and coverage in Switzerland and Italy

  • 10 January 2024
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Hi Guys,

Just joined this community and trying to get few answers. We are planning a 15 days trip to Europe in April starting from Amsterdam and ending in Rome. We are planning to cover Prague, Munich, Switzerland. Do you recommend that i should get Euro rail pass for inter country travel and local travel inside Switzerland and Italy ? Also Euro rail pass works on RE trains ? Thanks for the help.

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Best answer by thibcabe 10 January 2024, 02:20

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Eurail should probably be good value yes. Eurail coverage works by train companies and the vast majority of European trains are included. Some exceptions :

  • low-cost competitors like Flixtrain
  • mountain railways like Jungfraujoch in Switzerland (you often get 25-50% discount)

Amsterdam - Prague is a very long journey by daytime trains. Take a look at the convenient European Sleeper linking the two → https://www.europeansleeper.eu/

22:34 departure, 10:56 arrival (running on Mon, Wed, Fri). With Eurail expect to pay 88€ for 2 couchettes or 258€ for a private double sleeper. It’s a bit expensive but remember that you’re spending the night travelling a thousand km!

Switzerland : Eurail is really good value there as regular tickets are expensive. Boats on Lake Thun and Brienz are fully included and (newly!) trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Grindelwald too. As said above 25-50% discount on mountain railways/cable cars.

Reservations are mandatory on Italian fast/high-speed trains. Availability a day or two in advance shouldn’t be an issue as trains are frequent. Have a look at https://www.seat61.com/interrail-and-eurail-reservations.htm

Questions welcome of course!

Amazing. Thanks for your response. We won’t be going directly to Prague from Amsterdam. We’ll have a stop in Berlin for a day and then we’ll go from Berlin to Prague.

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Hi all!

I would like to add to @thibcabe ‘s contribution that since mid-December 2023 certain routes of Jungfrau Railways have been included in the Pass network. To travel on these routes, you will need to have a travel day activated and create a journey.

 

BLM (Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren AG)

Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp

Grütschalp – Mürren

 

BOB (Berner Oberland Bahn)

Interlaken – Wilderswil – Lauterbrunnen – Wengen

Interlaken – Wilderswil - Grindelwald

 

The rest of the routes operated by Jungfrau Railways can be accessed with a Pass holders discount. Please note, to use that benefit you need an activated and valid Pass, however, no activated travel day is needed.

 

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe from Grindelwald / Wengen

25% discount

Wengen – Kleine Scheidegg

Grindelwald – Kleine Scheidegg

Jungfraujoch – Kleine Scheidegg

 

Grindelwald-First – Top of Adventure

50% discount

Grindelwald Firstbahn – Schreckfeld – First

 

Harder Kulm – Top of Interlaken

50% discount

Interlaken – Harderkulm

 

Schynige Platte – Top of Swiss Tradition

50% discount

Wilderswil – Schynige Platte

 

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Hi all!

I would like to add to @thibcabe ‘s contribution that since mid-December 2023 certain routes of Jungfrau Railways have been included in the Pass network. To travel on these routes, you will need to have a travel day activated and create a journey.

 

BLM (Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren AG)

Lauterbrunnen – Grütschalp

Grütschalp – Mürren

 

BOB (Berner Oberland Bahn)

Interlaken – Wilderswil – Lauterbrunnen – Wengen

Interlaken – Wilderswil - Grindelwald

 

Lauterbrunnen - Wengen is operated by Wengernalpbahn ;) 

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Hi @seewulf 

Thank for the feedback! We will correct the info accordingly :)

Have a nice day!

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