Best transportation way for 7 days in Switzerland

Best transportation way for 7 days in Switzerland

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Lem84
Lem84
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Dec 30, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Hi. We are planning to come to Switzerland in the second week of July. We will be travelling from Italy. I read that Bernina express travels from Italy to Chur. Is it true? What would you suggest us if we want to use Bernina express and spend 7 days travelling around the country? Is Swiss Travel Pass Flex suitable for us as we will spend a few nights at where we go ? Does it also cover the cost of Bernina express and any other expresses we would use? When can we buy it? And how do we use it if we choose 4 days within a month one? Thank you

Lem from Cyprus

Arno
Arno
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Dec 30, 2015 - 9:54 AM

Hi Lem,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! What you read about the Bernina Express is certainly true. All the information is here: myswissalps.com/ berninaexpress.

I would suggest to take a train to Lugano. Then the Bernina Express bus to Tirano, and finally the Bernina Express train to Chur or St. Moritz, depending on how/where you would like to spend the rest of your week.

Which pass is most suitable depends on your itinerary. So you'd best create a detailed itinerary first, and select a pass based on that as explained here: myswissalps.com/train/ ticketspasses/practica l/ chooserailpass. If I had to guess right now, I would say an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass would be the best choice. That's what most people do when traveling around the country for a week. You'll find all the details here: myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass. Be sure to watch the video for a quick intro. Most passes can be purchased from 6 months before the travel date.

This page is helpful too: myswissalps.com/ plantrip/doityourself. Note that there are rail packages as well, if you don't want to do all the planning yourself: myswissalps.com/ railholidays.

Lem84
Lem84
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Dec 30, 2015 - 10:07 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you :)

Lem84
Lem84
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Dec 30, 2015 - 10:19 AM

So is the cost of the Bernina expressed covered by the travel passes? And if we wont travel all 8 days isnt it better to buy the flexible one? As the price goes really high depending the number of days.

Arno
Arno
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Dec 30, 2015 - 10:54 AM in reply to Lem84

Hi Lem,

Sure it's covered, except for seat reservations. You can check the map for what's included in the pass: myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/ validity.

For most people the Swiss Travel Pass Flex (myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpassflex) is too expensive. The main reason for that is that travel days are more expensive than travel days of the Swiss Travel Pass. Plus, the discount on non-travel days (the Combi variant of the pass) is not valid before the first free travel day and after the last free travel day. So that's kind of limiting. Also the consecutive pass is more convenient. But, as said, you need an itinerary first and then do the math. The Flex pass does not suit the average traveler very well, but it may suit you.

Lem84
Lem84
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Jan 1, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Hi again. I have another question. When i use the bernina express to come to switzerland from italy, does it count as a one day use from my swiss travel pass?

Arno
Arno
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Jan 1, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Hi Lem,

The Swiss Travel Pass includes consecutive travel days. Whether or not you travel on such a day and which train you're on does not matter, the day counts nonetheless. You can find details in the "How the use" section of the Swiss Travel Pass page: myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpass.

Lem84
Lem84
6 posts
new member
Jan 6, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Sorry to interrupt again but when i read about bernina express i understand that it goes from chur to tirano but not from tirano to chur. Is it true? Or am i getting it wrong? Its a very important info for us so i want to be sure. Thank you

Arno
Arno
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Jan 6, 2016 - 1:20 PM in reply to Lem84

Hi Lem,

No problem! The Bernina Express runs in both directions: Chur - Tirano, Tirano - Chur, and also part of the route: St. Moritz - Tirano and Tirano - St. Moritz. Plus, there are plenty of local trains as well running on the exact same route in both directions.

Lem84
Lem84
6 posts
new member
Jan 6, 2016 - 2:26 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you very much :)

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