Passes for Switzerland and Austria

Yes, ANOTHER question about Switzerland and Austria! Our itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 - arrive Zurich - train direct to Lucerne

Days 2 & 3 Lucerne

Day 4 to Lauterbrunnen

Days 5,6,7 Lauterbrunnen (probably trip to Grindelwald, definitely Murren, Wengen, Jungfraujoch)

Day 8 to Bern

Day 9 to Innsbruck (via Zurich)

Day 10 to Salzburg

Days 11,12,13 Salzburg (possibly some day trip to Hallstadt for example)

Day 14 to Vienna

Day 15 fly to Amsterdam

I am trying to work out whether to go for the Swiss and Austria Eurail pass, or get the Swiss Pass and then what for Austria? Maybe just a 5 day pass? Point to point is still quite expensive for the Austrian remainder of the trip. Also, if I have a Swiss Pass, that will get me to the Swiss/Austrian border, so how does that work with a 2nd pass or even point to point? Oh, and would I have to reserve seats on the Bern to Innsbruck train as it contains a border crossing??

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

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Rail Europe Posted 4 years ago

Hello Karen,

Thanks for your question.

For your travel in Austria and Switzerland, I suggest you purchase a Eurail Austria-Switzerland Pass.

The Eurail Austria-Switzerland Pass is the most comprehensive pass to visit Austria and Switzerland.

Reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains, night trains, scenic trains and border crossing trains.

With a Pass the seat reservations will be offered at discounted fares (Pass holder fares).

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "Seat Reservations“ & 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.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

Hope this helps!!!

Isha, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Thanks Isha, that's a great help. Does the Austria-Switzerland pass pretty much give us the same benefits and discounts as the Swiss Pass, the only difference being you have to fill in the dates each time you use the Austria-Switzerland pass?

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Hello Karen,

Thanks for your question.

You can use the pass consecutively or any 5 days in 2 months.

Flexible validities allow you to choose which days you want to travel within the period covered by your rail pass.

E.g. For a rail pass with a validity of 5 days within 1 month. If you activate your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can travel on any 5 days of the month.

Consecutive validities give you unlimited travel during consecutive days.

E.g. For a rail pass with a validity of 3 days continuous. By activating your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can use it until the 3rd.

Hope this helps!!!

Isha, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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