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Best pass/trains for travel between France, Belgium and Switzerland

We arrive in Paris 25/09 for 5 days. We then travel to Lyon for 4 days and then have 2 days each in Carcassone, Bordeaux and St Malo. We spend our next day in Lille before travelling to Ypres (Ieper) in Belgium for 2 days. We hope to then reach Geneva for one night, travel to Zermatt for 2 nights then take the Glacier Express to Chur (spend one day there) before moving on to Lucerne for 2 days, then take the very fast train to Zurich for a late afternoon flight home. Are we best with a Eurail Flexipass, or Swiss Transfer Ticket for some of our journey? Thank you!

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Rail Europe Posted 4 months ago

Hello Lynette,

Thanks for the question.

As per your Itinerary it is best to purchase Eurail Select Pass 3 countries with Benelux - Switzerland - France selected in your Pass.

To purchase the Pass click "Here".

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.

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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Thank you Leora,

That is very helpful. Within the Pass details there are options and the 10 day within the 2 month time closest suits our needs. We have at least 11 days where we will actually be travelling by train (there may also be an occasional side trip). Do we simply purchase seats as we go once we have exhausted our allotment through the pass? This is my first time in Eurpe, so please excuse my extra questions!

Thank you!

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Hello Lynette,

Thanks for your reply.

The maximum number of validity days you can select in your Pass is 10 days within 2 months. As your travel consists of 11 days, you can purchase point to point ticket for your travel on any 1 day and travel with the Pass on other days.

It is advised to purchase seat reservations prior your travel in order to avail confirmed seats are seat reservations purchased locally at the train station are subject to availability. You can follow the above procedure for seat reservations.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Thank you - that is very helpful!

Best Wishes,

Lyn

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Hello Lynette,

Thanks for your reply.

Always happy to help!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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I might have a similar itinerary. My question is that is the pass valid for travel within the city. for example on trams in Lucerne and travel between Zermatt and Lucerne? Shall be thankful for your advice.

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Hello Supriya,

Thanks for the question.

Eurail 2 country Pass is valid only for travel from one city to another by train only. This pass cannot be used to travel on any other transport like bus, trams, boat etc. Also not valid for travel within a city.

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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