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Aug 15, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Dear Sir

I would like to buy a 15 day second class Swiss Pass, travel most places using second class ticket

but I want to make a reservation for first class seat on Glacier Express & Golden Pass

The ticket re-seller(travel agent) in Taiwan said the reservation will depend on the class you buy and could not be changed, it is restricted to reserve first class seat using a second class pass, so the travel agent ask me to buy first class Swiss pass for 15 days.

Does anyone know if I could just using a second class ticket to reserve first class seat only on Glacier Express & Golden Pass and pay for the upgrade fee and reservation fee.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely yours


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Aug 15, 2016 - 2:06 PM in reply to kimichien

Hello Kimi, welcome to MySwissAlps!

You can certainly buy a 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass (not Swiss Pass) and upgrade for a few trips only. You don't need a travel agent for any of this. Here's the easiest way to do it:

  • The pass can be purchased directly from the Swiss railways: go to en and enter the number of passengers and your address. Once asked for the delivery method, pick "Online Ticket". They will e-mail the pass within 1 to 3 business days so you can print it yourself. It is ready for travel so you don't loose time upon arrival. Note that travel agents may issue passes that are not ready to use and require you to visit a ticket office first to validate the pass.
  • An upgrade to 1st class can be purchased at any time in Switzerland. Upgrades do not sell out. Please see train/practical/ 2nd1stclass.
  • A seat reservation for the Glacier Express can be made through the links on glacierexpress/ tickets. Please see pass/tickets for Golden Pass reservations.
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