Advice on Which Pass to Purchase

Advice on Which Pass to Purchase

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architdalal
architdalal
3 posts
new member
May 30, 2015 - 2:48 AM

Hello,

We are 2 families. 4 adults and 3 children (ages 8, 7 and 4). Our travel dates in Swiss are 16th June to 23rd June. Our itinerary as below. Can you please help guide as to which rail pass will suit us the best?

16th June - Spending the day in Zurich

17th June - Train to Lucerne. Spending day in Lucerne old town

18th June - Travel to Mount Titlis and back to Lucerne. Night stay in Lucerne.

19th June - Travel to Bern by train and back to Lucerne. Stay in Lucerne.

20th June - Travel by rain from Lucerne to Wengen. Stay in Wengen

21st June - Travel to Jungfrau and back to wengen.

22nd June - Train from Wengen to Geneva. Spend day in Geneva including night stay.

23rd June - afternoon flight to Venice

Appreciate your help and advice for the above itinerary and travel plans. Again we will be using buses and boat rides as needed within the days we spent in each town/cities.

rgds, Archit

Arno
Arno
7722 posts
expert &
moderator
May 30, 2015 - 6:45 AM

Hi Archit,

At first glance I would say Swiss Half Fare Cards work out best from a price point of view. You may want to compare it with 8-day Swiss Travel Passes. In both cases, the children travel for free with the free Swiss Family Card you can order along with the passes. Please see here for how to compare.

Be sure to click to the Price and Discounts sections on the pass pages I linked to, so that you can buy online at the best rate. Allow a couple of days for delivery.

A few tips about your itinerary: I would skip Geneva and have an additional day in Wengen. Right now, you only have one full day there. If the weather happens to be bad you will miss the Jungfrau. After Wengen you can easily travel to Venice by train. That's more comfortable and allows you to see more of the scenery. Either of the above passes is valid to Domodossola (the Swiss border). So you would need regular tickets from there to Venice: myswissalps.com/ traintickets/italy.

I hope this was useful for you!

architdalal
architdalal
3 posts
new member
May 31, 2015 - 12:04 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you Arno for your advice. I did end up purchasing the half fare card.

rgds, Archit

architdalal
architdalal
3 posts
new member
May 31, 2015 - 12:09 AM in reply to architdalal

hi Arno,

Sorry I have 1 more question which if I can bother you with. How do I get Swiss family card for the children. Do I get this online or when I start my journey in Swiss in any railway stations?

rgds, Archit

Arno
Arno
7722 posts
expert &
moderator
May 31, 2015 - 8:41 AM

Hi Archit,

You could have ordered along the Swiss Family Card with your pass. Through www.raileurope.com.sg/ pass/swiss-half-fare- card, for example. You can't order it separately, but you can still get it at the rail station in Switzerland when you validate your pass.

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