Difference between interrail pass - swiss pass

Difference between interrail pass - swiss pass

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Apr 29, 2013 - 9:18 AM
hi,

can someone suggest which pass is better for travelling in swiss. I am travelling with my wife and 3 year old daughter for four days. I have to buy either two interrail pass for one country i.e. SWISS or SWISS pass for both of us (me and my wife). Interrail seems to be cheaper but i am not sure if it covers all transportation of swiss travel network.

what is covered in interrail pass ?

Please guide, thanks

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Apr 29, 2013 - 1:11 PM
Hi VN,

What are the trips you've planned and what's your country of residence?
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Apr 29, 2013 - 1:23 PM
Hi Arno,

I am indian citizen but have german resident permit and staying in germany since two years so i think I can avail interrail pass

secondly I will be staying in interlaken for four days and planning to visit all places near to interlaken including zermatt, Lausanne and lucerne.

haven't made any final plan however want to include some lake, boat trips and mountain trips ..

Thanks, VN
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Apr 30, 2013 - 3:56 AM
Hi VN,

Thanks for the extra information. Yes, I also assume you're eligible for Interrail. Your daughter would travel along for free with both passes. As for the adults: Interrail is a bit cheaper than a Swiss Pass. Interrail mainly covers trains, and a discount on a limited number of private railways/mountain transport services. The Swiss Pass covers trains, buses, city transport, 50% discounts on most mountain transport, and free museum entrance. Some examples: The Gornergrat railway from Zermatt is 25% discounted with Interrail, 50% discounted with a Swiss Pass. The train from Visp to Zermatt you'll use is 25% discounted with Interrail and free with a Swiss Pass. The Rigi railways near Lucerne are 50% discounted with Interrail and free with a Swiss Pass.

The total difference of about EUR 70 for the passes would easily be worth it if you plan to take cable cars/trains (like the above examples) that are not/less covered by Interrail, as standard tickets are quite expensive. You can download a detailed network map of what's covered from the Swiss Pass page. You can get the pass here.
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Apr 30, 2013 - 4:22 AM
Hi Arno, Thanks you so much for your suggestions. Yes I too made some analysis and have seen swiss pass looks more better in coverage than interrail with just diff of around 70€.

Could you please guide me if swiss pass can be availed at Basel Bad BF station when I arrive to that station around 9.30 in morning. (If I just do not order it online).

Thanks, VN
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Apr 30, 2013 - 6:22 AM
Hi VN,

Yes, it should be available there. Opening hours are at the SBB website. It's easier to get it online though, so that you can just stay seated and don't loose time. There isn't much of a price difference.

Enjoy your stay!
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Apr 30, 2013 - 7:29 AM
Alright ! Thanks you Arno :-)

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