Aniruddha Bose

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FRANCE SWITZERLAND BENELUX - 3 countries 6 day pass

Hi Sir/Madam,

I am doing the following and wanted to check if there are some restrictions if I am taking the Eurail Select pass for 3 countries for 6 days. Would appreciate if someone can tell me what won't be covered from my plan..

Day 1: Strasbourg to Luzern

Day 2: Luzern to Interlaken

Day 3: Travel within Interlaken

Day 4: Interlaken to Zurich

Day 5: Amsterdam to Brussels to Bruges

Day 6: Bruges to Paris

Do I have restrictions on any particular trains?

Can I hop on any train to travel to my destinations?

Is the cogwheel train from Interlaken to Jungfrau covered?

Are the boat rides/ bus rides/ tram rides covered?

It would be great to get an answer!



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Rail Europe Posted 1 year ago

Hello Aniruddha,

Thanks for the question.

With reference to your Itinerary, may I know how will you be traveling from Zurich to Amsterdam.

Awaiting your reply.

Kind Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Hi Leora,

We have booked a flight from Zurich to Amsterdam.

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Hello Aniruddha,

Thanks for your reply.

Kindly refer to the below routes which require seat reservations and which are free seating with a Eurail Select Pass 3 countries including France, Switzerland and Benelux.

- Strasbourg to Lucerne - You can break and book as below:

Strasbourg - Offenburg - Basel - Lucerne.

Strasbourg to Offenburg - TER train - Free seating with a Pass.

Offenburg to Basel - ICE train - Compulsory seat reservations

Basel to Lucerne - Intercity train - Free seating with a Pass.

- Lucerne to Interlaken - Golden Pass Line scenic train - Seat reservation is not mandatory on this route but recommended.

- Interlaken to Zurich via Bern - Eurocities train - Free seating with a Pass.

- Amsterdam to Brussels.

There are 3 trains on this route. Please note the below details of the trains.

Eurocities trains - Free seating with a Pass

Thalys trains - Compulsory seat reservations

Eurostar train - Compulsory seat reservations

Hence it depends on which train you want to travel on. If you want to travel on Eurocities train, it is free seating and seat reservation is not required with a Pass. However if you want to travel on Thalys or Eurostar train, you will need compulsory seat reservations.

- Brussels to Brugge - Regional train - Free seating with a Pass

- Brugge to Paris via Brussels:

Brugge to Brussels - Regional train - Free seating with a Pass

Brussels to Paris - Thalys train - Compulsory seat reservations

Hence you can purchase seat reservations accordingly as per the above details.

Please note, you cannot hop on the trains that require compulsory seat reservations. You can hop on the train that is free seating with a Pass i.e. Regional and Intercity trains.

The route to Jungfraujoch is as follows:

Interlaken – Grindelwald/ Lauterbrunnen – Jungfraujoch.

Interlaken – Grindelwald/ Lauterbrunnen– Jungfraujoch : Mountain Train/Cable Car ride, has to be booked locally. You will get a discount with the Pass.

Please note, local transport (Bus, boat and trams) are not included in a Eurail Pass.

For additional benefits with a Pass, kindly check under Benefits section on the website.

Hope this helps!!!

Kind Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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