Advice Needed on Switzerland Rail Pass

Advice Needed on Switzerland Rail Pass

Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Google+ Share this page on Twitter Print this page
Create an account to receive an e-mail when someone replies to this thread
Posts: 4. This thread is closed.
wanderlust
wanderlust
2 posts
new member
Mar 4, 2012 - 3:07 AM
Hi! We are a couple planning to travel on our own in Bern, Interlaken, Luzern with excursions to Lake Luzern and Jungfraujoch. Would be helpful if anyone could advice us on a few issues. We are travelling on a tight budget.

Our itinerary would include train from Geneva to Bern(we will be staying in Geneva first and our flight back home is from Geneva) and a three nights stay in Bern. From Bern, we would be travelling daily to many destinations - to Interlaken and then 'mountain train' to Jungfraujoch and then back to Bern; Bern to Luzern with perhaps boat rides in Lake Lucerne(if that's possible) and then back to Bern. Finally a return train to Geneva from Bern.

A few questions needing advice:
1.)Would it be more advisable to get a 4-day Swiss Pass than to purchase the tickets separately with such itinerary?
2.)Does the Swiss Pass also cover tram rides?
3.)The 'mountain rail' to Jungfraujoch - is that 'free' with the Swiss Pass or do we still have to purchase separate tickets for this?
4.)I wonder if it's practical to have an excursion from Luzern to Mt. Titlis or Mt. Pilatus on just a day-trip to Luzern from Bern?
5.)I have difficulty purchasing detailed maps(with street names; train, bus and tram stations/stops; hotels and restaurants) of Geneva, Bern and Luzern in my country and trying to find such maps in the internet had not been fruiful. Any suggestions of websites with such maps?
6.)We were thinking of purchasing the Swiss Pass from a company in this website:- http://rail.myswitzerland.com/ . The company has a special offer for Swiss Pass of 4 days: http://rail.myswitzerland.com/produkttexte.php?passid=1 . A few questions(as we had some not too good experience with online purchase/booking):-
a.) Is it advisable to purchase the pass from this company?(i.e. has anyone purchased the pass from this company to ensure that it's not some scam/bogus site?)
b.) We live in the Far East - will it be a problem for the Pass to be delivered to us should we purchase them?

Would be grateful if anyone can help us with these questions. Thank you!
Arno
Arno
7342 posts
expert &
moderator
Mar 4, 2012 - 3:59 AM
Hi wanderlust, and welcome to our website,

As for your questions:

1. Yes, a pass would be more economical and convenient.
2. & 3. Yes, trams are free. The Jungfrau trip is free to Wengen and 25% off from there on. Our Swiss Pass page allows you to download a network map to see such details for yourself.
4. I'm not sure what you mean. You can travel to the valley stations of those mountains for free and get your discounted ticket to the top there (assuming you have a Swiss Pass).
5. Our hotel pages have maps you may find convenient to prepare your trip. As for paper maps, you can take a look at mapsworldwide.com. Maps will be available locally as well.
6. That offer is available on our site as well. You can find it here. In order to find a reseller, you can best visit our Swiss Pass page I linked to above. Fill out your country, preferred pass and number of travelers on the right, and all appropriate options will be displayed. It includes details such as shipping amounts and delivery times. This saves you from a lot of searching for resellers. We've only listed trusted resellers we work with for years.

I hope this helps. Enjoy your stay!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
wanderlust
wanderlust
2 posts
new member
Mar 4, 2012 - 4:21 AM
Hi Arno. Thank you so much for your very prompt and helpful reply!

Just one last question. Is your company affiliated to Boustead Travel Services in Malaysia and thus have the special promotion of the Swiss Pass as well? We will be certainly considering the Swiss Pass promotion. Many thanks once again.
Arno
Arno
7342 posts
expert &
moderator
Mar 4, 2012 - 8:13 AM
Hi wanderlust,

You're welcome! I don't know that company. The resellers we work with offer the promotion and will ship the pass to Malaysia. Details are on the Swiss Pass page I linked to (fill out the dropdowns on the right).

ALL SWISS RAIL PASSES

Find out how the several passes work, what they cost and where to buy.

More

HOW TO PICK THE BEST PASS

Having trouble finding the right rail pass? Learn how to pick the one that best fits your plans.

More

THINGS TO DO IN SWITZERLAND

Suggestions for day trips and hiking trails in the Swiss Alps.

More

THE HOTELS WE SUGGEST

Browse the hotels that we like. Budget hotels, hotels near the rail stations, mid class hotels, luxurious 5-star hotels, airport hotels and more.

More

More on MySwissAlps.com

Swiss tips in your mailbox

Sign up to receive our newsletter and the latest forum messages. The best way to prepare for your trip!

Sign up

Get a customized itinerary for your trip

Let Swiss travel consultants create a customized itinerary. They can arrange for your entire trip.

More
© MySwissAlps.com 2002-2016