May 11, 2015 - 5:55 PM
Tamanna here, Thanks or your responses on email. while i am still reading all the links you sent, a few basic questions
1. The Swiss pass costs approx 363euros per person. when i did the calcs for the trips i am doing as per the tips on this website, the cost of just 3 one way trips came close to 350 euros. so are we saying that the pass helps me save more than half the cost of train tickets? is it so cost effective? i read on a few reviews that there are hidden costs that come to light only when you travel, eg seat reservations are costlier, sometimes there are no seats available for passholders etc?? Considering that i am travelling with my mom who has had a spine injury last year, i do not want to risk not having seats. please throw some light
2. when i see a direct route which has a connection (eg zurich to interlaken), they say that trains are at a time difference of 20 mins and hence if you are travelling with luggage, you should plan 45 mins of time gap and hence book separate tickets. qs is that if the route shows a particular connection point (in this case Bern), is that the only connecting station ? where can i get more options?
3. while travelling within Switzerland, or my last transit from Geneva to Paris, should i plan for additional time for visa checking etc? i intend to reach the stations 30-45 mins ahead of the train time, is that sufficient?