Advise me on the itinerary and railpass

Advise me on the itinerary and railpass

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Ejazz
Ejazz
3 posts
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May 1, 2015 - 4:15 PM
I will be in Switzerland from 24 May to 2 June. I have already booked accommodation in Hombrechtkon for the entire stay. My question is - how do I plan the itinerary if I want to visit Lucerne, mt pilatus, Rigi, mt Titlis, Interlaken, Berne, Geneva, Basel, the alps train, and Zurich town. Can I add more? I would prefer hiking spots. Also what is better for me - A swiss pass or point to point tickets?ThanksEjaz
Arno
Arno
7721 posts
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May 1, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Hi Ejaz,

How to plan is explained here. In your case, traveling would require to first take a bus to the nearest rail station (Feldbach or Bubikon), then continue by train from there. All schedules can be found in the timetable. Attractions can be found here. You first need a itinerary, then you can pick a rail pass as explained here. A Swiss Travel Pass does seem to make sense tough, as you have quite some traveling to do.

Last modified on May 1, 2015 - 4:31 PM by Arno
Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2656 posts
expert
May 2, 2015 - 2:33 AM in reply to Ejazz

Ejazz-

Arno has organized this My Swiss Alps website very well to help you get organized, and he has pointed you to the "start up" directions.

If you have put your destinations on a map, and know what you intend to do while you are at each of them, then the timetable for Swiss Rail (and buses, cable cars and boats) can help you figure out travel times.

The site is included in the information that Arno has provided. It is:

sbb.ch/en/ home.html

After you have selected a particular journey, you can use the supporting links to get a map of the route.

If you want a very good topo map of Switzerland, you can look at :

swisstopo.admin.ch/ internet/swisstopo/ en/home.html

Click on the map on the right side of the home page.

I also like the map My SearchSwitzerland, because, at least in the Classic version, you can mouse over a station symbol and get a timetable to/from that location. I've not learned to use the new interface effectively, but I'm sure it does the same thing.

map.classic.search.ch

By the way, for future reference, the name of the town is Hombrechtikon. May Swiss town names end in "ikon."

I am curious how you picked that location. If it is not an intrusion, could you let me know? I am always looking for nice places to stay that are an easy train ride from Zürich. It is not a usual tourist destination. If it is an intrusion, no problem, don't bother.

While you are in that area, a very nice way to spend a few hours is to to take the train across the Seedamm from Rapperswil to Pfäffikon ( or, take one of the selective ones which stop at Hurden), and walk back toward Rapperswil. Take the "boardwalk."

A nice nature walk, and the views towards Rapperswill are very nice. Not your usual tourist destination, but I use that as "jet -lag-afternoon- time -filler" on some of my arrival days in Zürich.

In fact, on my next trip, I shall stay in Hurden.

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Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2656 posts
expert
May 3, 2015 - 4:04 PM in reply to Ejazz

Ejazz-

A second comment-

With your plans and available time, you might be better off to establish two bases and do day trips from them. At least, keep that in mind after you have put the dots on a map.

Travel to and from Hombrechtikon in a single day to include Geneva, or Bern and Geneva, for example, will be a very long day.

Zürich has excellent connections to every part of Switzerland, but you do have to get there from Hombrechtikon.

Confirm in your planning that the bus necessary to return you to Hombrechtikon runs late enough at night to get you back there.

Ejazz
Ejazz
3 posts
new member
May 4, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Thank you all so much for the replies.

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