Help with type of rail passes needed please :)

Help with type of rail passes needed please :)

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Luv2travel
Luv2travel
4 posts
new member
May 13, 2015 - 7:26 PM
Greetings:

I would greatly appreciate your input into what type of rail passes we need for the following itinerary (much of it determined by weather). We arrive August 11th and depart August 31st. Thank you so much in advance!

Day 1:
Arrive Zurich; take train to Lucern

Day 2:
Mt. Pilatus

Day 3:
Mt. Rigi

Day 4:
Enjoy Lake Lucern

Day 5:
Train to Wengen

Day 6:
Jungfraw

Day 7:
Schilthorn

Day 8:
First

Day 9:
Manlichen Walk

Day 10: Brienzer Rothorn

Day 11:
Train to Zermat

Day 12:
Gornergrat Bahn to Matterhorn and glacier palace

Day 13:
Rothorn

Day 14:
Gornergrat

Day 15:
Train to St Moritz

Day 16:
Diavolezza

Day 17:
Muottas Muragl

Day 18:
Mount Corvatsch or Piz Nair

Day 19:
Train to Zurich

Day 20:
Zurich

Day 21:
Home
Arno
Arno
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May 14, 2015 - 10:43 AM

Hi Luv2travel,

Looking at your itinerary (which is very nice by the way), I say an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass Flex Combi would be the best choice. All details are on myswissalps.com /swisstravelpassflex. For purchase options, please click to the Price section of that page, select the pass type, and click 'Show results'. You live in the US, so it makes sense to get the pass through raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-travel-pass-flex-with-half-fare-card-combi/index.html.

If you prefer to compare this option with other passes, please see these instructions.

Last modified on May 14, 2015 - 10:44 AM by Arno
Luv2travel
Luv2travel
4 posts
new member
May 14, 2015 - 11:50 PM

Thank you Arno:) I would greatly appreciate help with the next questions:)

1. With the pass are we only allowed to travel on the buses, boats and city transport on the days we use the pass (or few extra days we have on it)?2. As I read it this pass will give us a 25% off of the transportation in the Jungfrau region correct?3. Do we need to make reservations on the Glacier express? Do you recommend first class on it?4. Is there any other type of pass that will get us discounts into the mountains that we have listed?5. Does this pass cover going into the mountains in St Moritz? Which transport into the mountains is free?6. With this itinerary it is worth buying the Swiss Half Fare Card?7. Does it matter if we buy an epass?

thank you so much for your help:)

Annika
Annika
4417 posts
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May 15, 2015 - 6:11 AM

Hello luv2travel! Let's take a look at your questions:

1. The Swiss Travel Pass Flex Combi Arno mentioned grants free traveling on buses, boats and city transport on the free travel days you select. On the remaining days, it works as a Swiss Half Fare Card and buses, boats and city transport will be discounted by 50%.

2. No, that's not correct. A general Swiss Travel Pass Flex provides free traveling as far as Wengen, Grindelwald and Mürren. Further transportation into the mountains is mostly discounted by 50%, the only exception being the leg Wengen/Grindelwald-Jungfraujoch: that's 25% off. But with the Combi variant, you'll get 50% discount on this leg too since it works as a Swiss Half Fare Card.

3. Yes, Glacier Express seats should be booked in advance. Please find information here. First class offers more space and comfort, and it may be worth your money if you're traveling in August. Trains may be rather full that month.

4, 5, 6. You can check which mountain transportation is included by taking a look at the validity maps of all passes. As for the Swiss Travel Pass Flex Combi: Corvatsch and Furtschellas near St. Moritz are included, other mountain tops are not. But note that many hotels in St. Moritz offer the "Mountain railways included offer" option if you book for two or more nights: it allows free use of many chair lifts and cable cars. Overall, I think Arno's suggestion of the Swiss Travel Pass Flexi Combi will work out best, since you can use free travel days for your longer and more expensive transfers, and profit from the 50% off during shorter day trips.

7. For ordering, you can best follow the purchase link Arno provided. The Swiss Travel Pass Flex Combi isn't available as an e-pass yet, but you have plenty of time to have your paper ticket delivered at home before departure.

Last modified on May 15, 2015 - 6:12 AM by Annika
Luv2travel
Luv2travel
4 posts
new member
May 15, 2015 - 11:27 AM in reply to Annika
Thank you SO MUCH:)

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