Getting the best out of swiss passes

Getting the best out of swiss passes

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sirles
sirles
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Sep 3, 2016 - 9:52 PM

I am from UK and will be using the train all over Switzerland. We will be in Switzerland for 14 days and will be using the trains at least 12 days. As there is a few different passes available, I want to get the most out of the pass but without paying too much money for it. There is just the two of us.

Our plan is from zurich airport to zurich for 2 days then on to Interlaken for 5 days and then Luzern for 4 days followed by 3 days in Zermatt and then back to Zurich for 1 day before we head off to Milan using the Bernina Express. Also during our stay in these places we will be going up Jugenfraujoch, Shilthorn, Bern for a day out and up Matterhorn.

Any advice would be grateful.

Arno
Arno
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Sep 4, 2016 - 6:46 AM

Hi sirles, welcome to MySwissAlps!

With the amount of traveling you plan to do a 15-day Swiss Travel Pass makes sense. All details are here: myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass. I would change the order of towns to save time: go straight to Lucerne, then Interlaken, then Zermatt, and finally Zurich before taking the Bernina Express. One full day in Zurich is sufficient unless you have very specific things to do in mind.

sirles
sirles
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Sep 4, 2016 - 12:09 PM in reply to Arno

Hello Arno

Thank you for your reply. Just have realize about Lucerne and Interlaken. Unfortunately I have already booked the hotels.

Regarding passes, they cost £338 per person 2nd class for what we want? No need to make advance bookings to get the train with the pass?

Do you know how much it is to go up Jungfraujoch from Kleine Scheidegg using the pass?

Thank you

Arno
Arno
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Sep 4, 2016 - 1:10 PM in reply to sirles

Hi sirles,

Yes, the pass currently costs GBP 338 for 8 days. You can print it through www.swisstravelsystem. co.uk. After filling out your address, they will show the delivery options. Pick "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list. They will e-mail the pass (no delivery fees) within 1-3 business days.

In your case you only need seat reservations for the Bernina Express: myswissalps.com/ berninaexpress/ tickets. Unless you take any of the regular trains on the same route, then just board with your pass like it works all over Switzerland.

The ticket you're asked for costs CHF 93, but you'll also have to pay to reach Kleine Scheidegg from Wengen or Grindelwald (it's free to either of these). The ticket you need costs CHF 132.75.

Last modified on Sep 4, 2016 - 1:11 PM by Arno
sirles
sirles
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Sep 4, 2016 - 1:56 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno

The cost of CHF132.75 is with the pass otherwise it would be higher for Jungfraujoch?

Thanks again

Arno
Arno
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Sep 4, 2016 - 3:42 PM in reply to sirles

Yes, that's the pass holder price. The normal price from Wengen is CHF 177, or over CHF 200 if you start in Interlaken.

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