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Montreux and Milan day trips with the Eurail Select Pass

Hi

We are a family of 2 adults and a 7 year old. We’re

travelling to Switzerland and Italy and have planned the following train

journeys:

  • Geneva to Montreux – one way (Switzerland)

  • Montreux to Zermatt return (Switzerland)

  • Montreux to Bern return (Switzerland)

  • Montreux to Lausanne return (Switzerland)

  • Montreux to Milan one way (Switzerland->

    Italy)

  • Milan to Lake Como return (Italy)

  • Milan to Bergamo return (Italy)

  • Milan to Lake Garda return (Italy)

We think the Eurail Select Pass would suit us but have a few

questions:

  1. Why can’t we select 2nd class for

    this eurail pass?

  2. If we had the pass, do we still have to purchase

    rail tickets with say SBB.ch, for the montreux to bern day trip as an example? If

    so, would we have to select the “half fare card” option when purchasing the individual

    journey tickets on the SBB.ch site?

  3. Do we just book the seats via your website? If so

    do we need an eticket of some sort still?

  4. Do we need to get individual etickets for the

    day trains? Or do we just board the train with the pass?

  5. What do we need to bring on the day we’re

    travelling? Photo ID? Pass? Train ticket?

  6. Are we able to select the Montreux to Milan trip

    as “First class” and the rest as “2nd class”?

  7. If we have the Eurail Select Pass would we be

    able to use it to purchase the Half fare ticket for the Chocolate train (i.e.

    golden pass) from Montreux? Or would we have to include this day as a “travel

    day” within the Eurail select pass (i.e instead of the 8 days above, we’d have

    to do 9 travel days) and then be able to purchase a half fare ticket for the

    Chocolate train?

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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Rail Europe Posted 4 years ago

Hello Liza,

Thanks for your question.

As per your travel plan I would suggest that you buy Swiss Pass and Italy Pass.

Kindly note the difference between a Swiss Pass and a Swiss Half Fare Pass :-

With a Swiss Pass you can travel free within Switzerland on the STS (Swiss Travel System) network on trains, buses and boats. Also with a Swiss Pass you would get discounts on mountain excursions and museum within Switzerland. These discount can be availed by showing your Swiss Pass at the ticketing office in Switzerland.

Free admission in Museum: valid for the whole duration for a consecutive pass and valid only for the days used (entitled to 50% if they do not use a day, between the 1st day and the last day used)

The Swiss Half Fare Card offers you unlimited travel on the national rail networks of Switzerland.

Seat reservation: Not included in the pass. Must be booked separately.

You can purchase Swiss Half Fare Card at the train station.

Eurail Italy Pass allows you unlimited travel on the national rail network of Italy.

Passes can be purchased up to 6 months before your first day of travel. The pass must be validated within 6 months from the original date of issue.

Reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains, night trains, scenic trains and border crossing trains with both the pass. With a Pass the seat reservations will be offered at discounted fares (Pass holder fares).

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "book a compulsory seat reservation when using your rail pass" & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

In order to book pass, please visit our website.

Hope this helps!!!

Priyanka, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Hi Priyanka,

A few followup questions:

1. Which pass do we use for the day we are travelling from Montreux to Milan?

2. Do we need to get individual etickets for the day trains? Or do we just board the train with the pass without having to buy tickets?

Thank you.

Kind Regards

Liza

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Hi

Just looking at the sums for the various passes with our itinerary.

If we went as per your suggestion with a swiss pass (5 days) and an italy pass (3 days) and chose 1st class, we would be paying 1290 and 690 respectively (total of 1980).

If we chose the eurail select pass (8 days in 2 months) for 2 adults and a child in first class, it would be 1283.5.

By choosing the eurail select pass are we missing something that we would have gotten compared to getting two separate passes?

Cheers

Liza

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Hello Liza,

Thanks for your revert,

Kindly note that the Eurail Select pass is for 4 countries, as you are traveling within only 2 countries I would suggest that you buy Swiss Pass and Italy Pass separately.

Your travel from Montreux to Milan would count 1 day on each pass.

With Swiss pass and Italy pass you can travel free on regional trains, however reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains, night trains, scenic trains and border crossing trains with both the pass. With a Pass the seat reservations will be offered at discounted fares (Pass holder fares).

Hope this helps!!!

Priyanka, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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I am travelling from Milan to Montreux and I am buying a swiss half fare card.

Can I use Swiss half fare card for this journey.

If I am buying without using swiss half fare card its costing me $51AUD for 2nd class and If I am using seat reservation using Swiss half fare card its showing me $54 for 1st class.

Please let me know if I can use this

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Hello Manoj,

Thanks for the question.

Kindly note that with a Swiss half fare card, you can only travel in Switzerland and not beyond that.

You will have to purchase point to point ticket for your journey. You can travel as follows :

- Milan to Montreux – Eurocities train.

Keep in mind that seat reservations would be mandatory for all High-Speed, Night, Scenic and Border Crossing trains.

In order to book tickets, please visit our website.

You would need to feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares. You need to select the fare which is preferable to you and then add it to Cart. Once added, you need to mention the names of the passengers to make the payment on the next page.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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