Eurail in Switzerland

How to travel by Eurail in Switzerland. Overview and information to travel routes, Swiss train types, night trains and Eurail reservations.

Validity:

Eurail is valid on all trains of SBB (State Railways), RhB, BLS, FART, MOB, SOB, SSIF, THURBO, ZB as well as on IC Buses of DB.
Discount available on trains of AB, ASM, CJ, FB, LEB, MBC, MGB, MVR, NstCM, RB, RBS, SZU, TMR, TPC, TPF, TRAVYS, TRN, WB, WB
Not valid on GGB, BOB, JB, SPB,...
For more information about train companies in Switzerland click here.


Reservation and supplement:

Day trains: All trains in Switzerland can be used without a seat reservation. Seat reservation is compulsory only for travel on tourist trains Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Train du Chocolat. In international traffic, seat reservation is required for travel on Lyria services to France, EC trains to Italy and on the IC Buses of DB.
For more information about reservations in Switzerland click here.

Night trains: Eurail is valid on all night trains. Reservation is compulsory on night trains to Vienna, Budapest and Zagreb. Seat reservation is optional on night trains to Berlin, Hamburg, Prague and Amsterdam.
For more information about night trains in Switzerland click here.


Good to know:

Switzerland has a dense railway network with frequent and reliable trains even on secondary lines. Besides state railway SBB there are numerous private railway all across Switzerland. With Eurail you can travel onboard the trains of the most important private railways, allowing you to discover almost all of Switzerland. Many private railways give 50% discount and only a small number doesn't accept Eurail at all. Besides cities such as Zurich, Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne or Chur you will find some of the most scenic railway lines in Switzerland.

Timetables are available in our schedule planner or the Eurail app which include all trains and timings. You can also check on the national schedule planner.

There are many private railways operating in Switzerland, have a look at our detailed map to see where your Eurail pass is valid, where you get a discount and where Eurail is not valid. While Eurail is valid on most of the larger railways, there are two important exceptions: On Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB), there is only a 50% discount for Youth Eurail pass holders, others have to pay full fare. MGB operates one half of the Glacier Express route, from Disentis via Andermatt and Brig to Zermmat, as well as the short line from Andermatt to Göschenen. Also, Eurail is not valid on the railways in the Jungfrau area - you have to pay full fare for travelling from Interlaken towards Grindelwald, Wengen and Jungfraujoch.
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