Travelling by Train from Amsterdam to Interlaken - which Route and which travel pass

Hi, I'm looking at travelling from Amsterdam to Interlaken. the two options for routes are:

  1. Thalys Amsterdam to Paris Nord, changing to Paris Gare De Lyon for TGV to Basel, Switzerland, with a 5-minute train change to an IC train for Interlaken - Not sufficient time I believe! Total travel time (not missing the 5-minute connection) is 9hr 5 min
  2. The other route is direct Amsterdam to Basel, via Germany on the ICE and swap over to IC train for Interlaken, with 12 Minute change over. Total travel time is 8hr 46 min
My questions are:

  1. If you go via Paris, do you need to add France as a country on your travel pass?
  2. Getting between Paris Nord and Paris Gare De Lyon is this best by Suburban train and is this hard to find your way?
  3. If you miss the connection in Basel, the 5 or 12 minute transfer time, depending on route, can you catch the next train and what happens if you booked? How do you change it if you are in transit
  4. How do ICE trains compare to Thalys/TGV
  5. I'll be travelling from Interlaken to Locarno, Como, Rome, Naples, possibly Berlin to Munich. Should the travel pass cover Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Germany (possibly including France if I choose to go via Thalys and TGV)?

Any alternatives or recommendation you can provide would be greatly appreciated

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Rail Europe Posted 2 years ago

Hello Shane,

Thanks for the question.

May I know your travel date from Amsterdam to Interlaken so that I can check the route and assist you better.

Awaiting your reply!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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I was actually able to sort it out and found the answers across a number of different sites. The trains end up on the side by side platforms, but if I miss it I can use my pass and catch the next one

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Hello Shane,

Thanks for your reply.

As per your Itinerary you can purchase Eurail Select Pass 4 countries with Benelux - Switzerland - Germany - Italy.

To purchase the Pass click "Here".

As you wish to travel from Amsterdam to Interlaken, there are ICE and Intercity trains with 1 connection at Basel. There are Thalys trains as well with 1 connection at Paris. As France is not included in the Pass, you will need to purchase point to point ticket for this route with a Pass. Hence you can travel via Basel as you can travel with the Pass itself.

If you miss the train at Basel, you can board any train with the Pass to Interlaken as it is via Intercity trains.

ICE are high speed trains. Best to visit all major cities in Germany, like Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt etc.

Thalys are high speed trains and best way to travel between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne.

TGV are high speed trains, connecting 1,400 destinations in France.

Keep in mind that seat reservations would be mandatory for all High-Speed, Night, Scenic and Border Crossing trains. But, you will avail pass holder/discounted fares for these journeys with the pass. With a Pass you can travel on regional/intercity trains within a country.

In order to book seat reservations, please visit our website www.raileurope.com.au.

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!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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