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Europe Trip (Amsterdam, Paris & Swiss)... HELP!!

Hi,

I would like to first brief you on my overall plan and then ask questions.

I am from India and going to tour Europe starting Amsterdam, Paris and Switzerland. We are two passengers.

This is my brief plan with dates of travel

25-Oct Leave Bengaluru for Amsterdam

26-Oct Amsterdam (reach around noon/evening)

27-Oct Amsterdam

28-Oct Amsterdam to Paris (leave for Paris in evening)

29-Oct Paris (Versailles)

30-Oct Paris

31-Oct Paris

1-Nov Paris to Swiss (Interlaken)

2-Nov Swiss (Interlaken)

3-Nov Swiss (Interlaken)

4-Nov Swiss (Lucern)

5-Nov Swiss (Lucern)

6-Nov Swiss (half day Zurich tour) and leave for Bengaluru

We haven’t booked any tickets (Air nor Train) yet.

I want to be honest, that we are on a tight budget (literally shoestring budget) and want to plan correctly so that we don’t end up over spending.

Q1: I just came across this France-Switzerland Select pass, which I want to know if this will cover travel on city transit systems through Switzerland, including buses? Want your feedback. By the way, I was thinking to take 6-day pass (1 Nov to 6 Nov).

http://www.eurail.com/eurail-passes/select-pass/two-country/france-switzerland

Q2: Apart from this, I seek your expert advice/intervention to plan my complete holidays/trip thorougly.

Q3: Could you suggest basic/cheap accommodation stay in these places? Probably with precise information would be more helpful.

Q4: And any information on Paris Metro Pass and travelling for a day to Versailles during our stay in Paris.

Q5: By the way, having provided the precise dates, can you tell me if it is right time to visit these places and any tips or any preferable places within European Union countries?

Q6: And any general tips for travelling and saving cost will be really very helpful?

Thanks & appreciated.

Official Answer
photo Travel Expert
Rail Europe Posted 2 years ago

Hello Rahul,

Thanks for the question.

For your travel from Amsterdam to Paris you can purchase point to point ticket.

- Amsterdam to ParisThalys train.

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.

For your travel in Paris you can purchase the Paris Pass. However kindly note the Paris Pass is not valid for travel from Paris to Versailles. You will need to check locally for travel from Paris to Versailles.

To purchase Paris Pass click “Here”.

You can purchase the Swiss Travel Pass for your travel in Switzerland. You will receive pass holder discount for your travel From Paris to Zurich/Lausanne/Bern on TGV Lyria direct trains only. If you want to travel to Interlaken only you will need to purchase point to point ticket for your travel from Paris to Basel and Basel to Interlaken you can travel with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Swiss Pass Details –

Children below 16 years are free if accompanied by the at least one parent having a Swiss Pass. We issue a Swiss family card for children.

With a Swiss Travel 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 within Switzerland. These discounts can only be availed locally by showing your Swiss Pass to the ticketing office in Switzerland.

With a Swiss Travel Pass you can travel free on intercity trains within Switzerland. You will require compulsory seat reservations on Scenic trains.

To Purchase the Swiss Travel Pass click “Here”.

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.

1) The Eurail France – Switzerland Pass is valid on travel on trains from one city to another. It cannot be used for travel on any other transport like bus, ferry, tram, metro etc.

2, 3, 4 & 5) We do not advice in term of cities or destination to visit and hotel accommodations. You will need to check with the travel agent regarding these services. As we assist only regarding train travel tickets and passes, for metro you will need to check locally.

You can click on the link for our agents near you :

http://www.raileurope.fr/corporate/-Where-to-buy-?zone=Asia&id_pays=7#Bangalore

6) All available fares are displayed on the website, you can check and book accordingly.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Amar, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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