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sandeeps
sandeeps
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Jul 13, 2015 - 11:14 AM

Hi,

I am planning to visit to Switzerland in next month. Following is my Itenary:

Day 1: Germany - Zurich, Zurich - Lucerne. Explore Lucerne city for remaining time.

Day 2: Lucerne - Mount Titlis - Lucerne

Day 3: Lucerne - Lauterbrunnen (Stay in Lauterbrunnen and explore nearby places and/or boat rides in Interlaken)

Day 4: Lauterbrunnen - Jungfra - Lauterbrunnen

Day 5: Lauterbrunnen - Zurich (Explore Zurich full day and take flight from Zurich in Evening)

Posts in your forums have been very helpful. I feel Swiss Pass would make my trips flexible and easy without need to get tickets for all legs. If I go for pass then I'll be buying 4 day Swiss pass.

Your helpful suggestions would make it clear for me. Also your suggestions to change my itinerary for easy would be welcomed.

Thanks in advance!

Last modified on Jul 13, 2015 - 11:46 AM by sandeeps
Arno
Arno
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Jul 13, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Hi sandeeps,

Engelberg is not near Interlaken. It's located at the end of a valley which makes it a wonderful place to hike but not to explore other regions. It takes 45 minutes to get out of the valley and start traveling to somewhere else. If you want to stay there anyway it makes sense to do so at the end of day 2 as you'll be in Engelberg when you visit Mount Titlis. Making your base in Lucerne would be more comfortable and you'll be more flexible.

The trip to Jungfraujoch is very long from Lucerne, and even more from Engelberg. It's doable but it takes a lot of time (see the timetable for details).

Please note that the Swiss Pass has been discontinued last year (see here). It has been replaced by the Swiss Travel Pass. Our pass page provides all the pass details, like how to use it, where to buy, etc. You could use the 4-day pass for your day 1 to 4, and buy a single point to point ticket to Zurich on day 5.

I hope this was useful!

Last modified on Jul 13, 2015 - 11:40 AM by Arno
sandeeps
sandeeps
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Jul 13, 2015 - 11:45 AM in reply to Arno

Oh I am really sorry. By mistake instead of Lauterbrunnen I mention Engelberg. Can you please reconsider.

Sorry for inconvenience. I have updated my question.

Last modified on Jul 13, 2015 - 11:47 AM by sandeeps
Arno
Arno
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Jul 13, 2015 - 12:15 PM

No problem! Now the itinerary makes much more sense! You can buy a ticket from Germany to Lucerne for day 1 and use the Swiss Travel Pass on day 2 to 5. Your local Indian site can sell you all you need:

Enjoy your trip!

sandeeps
sandeeps
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Jul 13, 2015 - 12:20 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks for your valuable advise.

Should I go for Swiss travel pass or Swiss half price card?

sandeeps
sandeeps
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Jul 13, 2015 - 12:37 PM in reply to sandeeps

If I am using Swiss travel pass, will I be charged anywhere except Cable car at Mt. Titlis and Mountain train of Jungfra?

Can you please help me get rough estimate. Your help would be really appreciated.

Olga
Olga
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Jul 13, 2015 - 1:39 PM in reply to sandeeps

Hello sandeeps,

I'm a huge fan of the Swiss Travel Pass, because it's easy - you just hop on and off trains, buses and boats without having to buy additional tickets. You can compare passes here: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass.

Prices of Mt. Titlis and Jungfraujoch can be found on the following websites: www.titlis.ch/en/ticke ts and www.jungfrau.ch/en/qui ck-navigation/top-of-europe/fares/

The only two mountains where you will have to pay extra are, in your case, Mt. Titlis and Jungfraujoch. You can check the validity map for the Swiss Travel Pass here: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity. You will find a downloadable map there as well.

Have a nice trip!

sandeeps
sandeeps
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Jul 13, 2015 - 1:47 PM in reply to Olga

For going to Jungfra, should I go from kleine scheidegg?

If yes then whether train to kleine scheidegg is free?

Passes bought from Rail Europe India would be delivered or we can have a print out?

And our days of pass usage counts from validation of pass or first journey?

sandeeps
sandeeps
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Jul 13, 2015 - 1:48 PM in reply to sandeeps

Olga,

Your link is very useful. I was looking for something like that.

Thanks for that!

Arno
Arno
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Jul 13, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Hi sandeeps,

The passes will be delivered. Which legs to Jungfraujoch are free is explained in the last link Olga gave you.

When you validate your pass you can choose which day should be the first travel day. Usually you do so on the day you will actually start using it for the first time.

Last modified on Jul 13, 2015 - 2:11 PM by Arno
sandeeps
sandeeps
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Jul 13, 2015 - 2:14 PM in reply to Arno

Ok that sounds great!

So pass validation is done at specific places or any location from where I start using it by bus/train/boat?

Your forum is very useful. I really appreciate your help.

Thanks a lot!

Arno
Arno
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Jul 13, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Please see here for more about validation: myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/ howtouse.

I'm glad to help. Have a wonderful time in Switzerland!

sandeeps
sandeeps
10 posts
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Aug 2, 2015 - 1:04 PM in reply to Arno

Hi,

Some more doubts :) Sorry to bother you again.

My age is 25 years and 7 months. Am I eligible for Swiss Travel youth pass?

And can you help me in finding where can I buy Swiss Travel pass in Lucerne?

And whether passes should be bought from specific stations or any Rail station?

Arno
Arno
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Aug 2, 2015 - 4:34 PM

Hi sandeeps,

You indeed qualify for the youth version of the pass if you are not 26 yet on the first travel day.

There's no need to wait with your purchase until you reach Lucerne. You can easily buy the pass online and that's much cheaper too. Please see the links I gave you on July 13. Apart from that website, you can also buy the pass and the ticket from Germany via www.raileurope-world.com/pass/swiss-pass, if you prefer that. Discount codes can be found here: www.raileurope-world.com/deals/great-deals-to-tour-Europe. You can buy the pass at the rail station of Lucerne too, but not for this low amount, see here.

sandeeps
sandeeps
10 posts
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Aug 6, 2015 - 4:30 PM in reply to Arno

Hi,

Thanks for reply. May I know if prices shown on website will be same as price for which I can buy at rail stations? And at www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/urgent-in-switzerland-where-to-buy-swiss-pass you have written that pass price will be higher in Interlaken, why so?

Arno
Arno
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Aug 6, 2015 - 4:53 PM in reply to sandeeps

Hi sandeeps,

Pass prices vary all the time, and any retailer can sell it for the price they want (see here for more details). The topic you referred to is old (2011), but right now it still holds true that you'd better buy your pass online as that's much cheaper, and in general it's also more convenient. Please see my August 2 post: the low price and the additional discount offered by www.raileurope-world.com/pass/swiss-pass is not available when you buy it at a rail station. It's a Rail Europe offer, so you have to buy through them to get that low price.

sandeeps
sandeeps
10 posts
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Aug 6, 2015 - 5:06 PM in reply to Arno

Oh! Thanks for info and quick reply!

Actually unfortunately its late for me to buy a pass now online. By way if I buy pass from a railway station, price would be same as what is shown on sbb's website? And do prices vary from station to station?

I am considering to go to Interlaken first so price at Lucerne or Interlaken should be same right?

Arno
Arno
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Aug 6, 2015 - 5:28 PM

I'm sorry to hear it's too late now! The prices are the same at any station. You will pay the prices as listed on the SBB webshop at www.swissrailways.com.

Enjoy your stay!

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