Jun 22, 2011 - 9:23 AM
Hi Haggis, and welcome! I'm glad to hear that the forum provided information you were looking for. As for your question: you're right, there are differences between the Eurail Select Pass and the Swiss Pass in what is covered. Some examples that are relevant to your itinerary: part of the Glacier Express (Disentis-Brig, which you'll probably cross when heading for Interlaken using the Glacier Express) isn't covered, whereas the Swiss Pass offers free travel there as well. Regional trains from Interlaken to Wengen or Grindelwald (you'll be using them when getting up to the Jungfraujoch) are discounted by 25% with the Eurail Select Pass, but for free with the Swiss Pass. Urban transportation in Chur, Interlaken, Lausanne and Geneva isn't included in the Eurail Select Pass, but is included in the Swiss Pass. Please refer to the Eurail Select Pass and Swiss Pass page for detailed overviews.
So in all, the Swiss Pass covers more trips in Switzerland and offers a more comfortable way of traveling there. Another difference is that the Eurail Pass comes in a 1st class variant only, whereas the Swiss Pass is available for cheaper 2nd class traveling as well. Calculations would have to show whether the advantages of the Swiss Pass make up for the price difference with the 3 country Eurail Select Pass.
I hope this helps you decide! Best regards,
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