May 9, 2011 - 12:49 PM
1) The Eurail Select Pass doesn't offer as much discounts as the Swiss Pass and other Swiss rail passes do. For example: the Schilthorn isn't included, train connections from Interlaken to Grindelwald / Lauterbrunnen / Wengen and so on are only discounted by 25%, and so on. Please refer to the Eurail Select Pass
page for an overview of what's included. I think a Swiss Half Fare Card
would be a good supplement.
2) You could visit both Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn in one day if weather is good, but I wouldn't prefer to do so. It will be hard to combine it with hiking as well. You could take the relatively easy hike from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, but this would result in a very long travel day. Please take a look at the timetable
to get an indication of travelling times.
3) Bad weather alternatives are the Trümmelbach falls near Stechelberg, the Aare gorge at Meiringen, the Beatus caves near Beatenberg and the Swiss transport museum ('Verkehrshaus') at Lucerne. Further tips can be found in our day trip overview
. The Glacier Express is quite a detour and would change your travel scheme. Moreover, you have to reserve seats in advance.
4) The VIP seats on the Golden Pass train are a great experience, so it's worth the extra money in my opinion. Prices can be obtained through the timetable
(see the FAQ
for more information) or at the Golden Pass website
. For a regular 1st class seat you would have to pay the difference between the second and first class price.