What is the difference between Eurail France - Switzerland Pass vs. Swiss Travel Pass?

What is the difference between Eurail France - Switzerland Pass vs. Swiss Travel Pass when it comes to:

1. benefits or discounts

2. coverage or transportation

Does it include

1. Golden Pass line

2. Mt. Titlis Cable Car, Rotair and cliff walk?

3. Cogwheel

Official Answer
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Rail Europe Posted 4 years ago

Hello Kady,

Thanks for your question.

Switzerland features 2 main networks – the ‘ basic’ network and the ‘ Swiss Travel System’ network. The basic network includes all major railway connections and boat companies to major cities and tourism areas, plus different bonuses in Switzerland.

The Swiss Travel System network includes the basic railroads, urban transportation systems, postal buses and all major mountain railways/cable cars. The Eurail Pass covers only the basic network.

The Eurail Pass covers the ‘basic’ network

The Swiss Pass covers the 'Swiss Travel System’ network.

For the travel on the Golden Pass Line, you would receive pass holder fares with the Swiss Travel Pass. The trip to Mt. Titlis you would also receive 50% discount fares but you would have to avail it locally.

Request you to kindly advise which cog wheel you would be travelling on so that we can advise if it is included in the Swiss Travel Pass

Kindly note that there would be no discount on the Cliff walk

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Thank you for your prompt reply, Anthony.

As a follow up, I'm still a little confused about the difference between the 'basic' network and the 'Swiss Travel System". Does the basic railroads under Swiss Travel System refer to the same 'basic network'? Also, if the Swiss Travel Pass includes all major mountain railways/cable cars, why should we have to pay pass holder or discounted fares for the likes of Golden Pass Line or the cable car to Mt. Titlis?

Our itinerary involves going from Zurich to Lucerne through St. Gallen and Schafhaussen, around Interlaken/Jungfrau region, Montreux and Bern, before traveling to Paris. Would you recommend a Eurail Swizerland-France pass or a Swiss Travel Pass and a one way train to Paris instead?

Again, thanks for your help.

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Hello Kady,

Thanks for your reply.

The Swiss Travel Pass would be most ideal for your travel plan. For your travel from Bern to Paris you would receive pass holder fares for the journey with the Swiss Travel Pass, however sometimes point to point tickets are rather cheaper. For that you would have to check fares before purchasing with or without the pass.

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.

An Eurail Pass including Switzerland wouldn’t give you most of the features as the Swiss Travel Pass would. It would be best to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass.

To be more precise, the following are the benefits with the Swiss Travel Pass:

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.

To purchase the pass click “Here”.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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